Saves The Day
Into It. Over It, Hostage Calm
200 W. Second St
Pomona, CA, 91766
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Saves The Day
Daybreak. It's a fitting title for Saves The Day's upcoming record, the third part of a trilogy that began with 2006's Sound the Alarm and continued with Under The Boards in 2007. "Sound The Alarm is an expression of discontent. Under The Boards is reflection and remorse. Daybreak is acceptance," explains singer-guitarist and chief songwriter Chris Conley. "Daybreak wraps up all the turmoil and misery of the previous two albums and transcends the pain by facing the fear and angst that comes in this Life and turning it into growth and positive change."
Positive change makes sense for a band that has always had a penchant for evolution. After forming in Princeton, New Jersey in 1997, Saves The Day released its debut album, Can't Slow Down, in 1998. The band followed it up with the genre-defining Through Being Cool one year later. 2001's Stay What You Are elevated Saves The Day to an even greater level of success and critical recognition, followed soon after by 2003's In Reverie. In Reverie took an exciting sonic leap from Stay What You Are, which itself was a stylistic departure from Through Being Cool. Each album the band has released has its own distinct style and flair, though they are all undoubtedly Saves The Day through and through.
Fast-forward to 2010, and Saves The Day is evolving once again. After the departure of long time member David Soloway in 2008, along with Mannuel Cerrero and Durijah Lang in 2009 (who left the band to focus on former group Glassjaw), Saves The Day hit the road rocking all their classic tunes with a brand new look. Arun Bali, Rodrigo Palma and Spencer Peterson, now join Conley to round out the Saves The Day lineup. It is with these new members that the band will record Daybreak. As Conley explains, "it makes sense that Daybreak features a new lineup, as thematically the album deals with coming back to Life with a renewed appreciation and attitude of perseverance and acceptance."
Now, with the band ready to release the long-anticipated third part to the trilogy, you get the feeling that a new day is truly breaking for Saves The Day. "Daybreak is both an ending and a new beginning," says Conley. "Daybreak comes back to Life to say, ‘we are here together and we can make it through.'"
Please Remain Calm is the punk album of the Great Recession. The Connecticut five-piece has crafted an album that captures the defeat, the heartache--what it feels like to be young in the American Decline. Following up 2010's critically acclaimed self-titled LP, Please Remain Calm combines elements of Springsteen-esque heartland rock with the band's signature blend of 60s pop melody, 70s punk energy and 80s new wave panache.
Hostage Calm begin Please Remain Calm with weaving counter-melodic guitars and bass, stitched together with anthemic choruses. Openers 'On Both Eyes', 'Don't Die On Me Now' and 'Brokenheartland' take the listener through all of the band's signature stylings, setting the mood as the album reveals greater depth and dynamism. A slower, more intimate version of the band's classic 'The "M" Word' features an orchestral arrangement, complete with strings, brass, keys and concert percussion. Immediately following this, the band delivers perhaps its most avant-guarde arrangement, 'Patriot'; a full a capella ode to a lost love affair with America. What opens as a very electrifying, hit-driven album fully descends into some of the band's most intricate and moving work to date.
But Please Remain Calm is more than Hostage Calm's opus: it's their manifesto. Like how London Calling captured the gray and grinding Britain of 1979, this album calls to mind the hopeless college student moving back in with her parents, the bank boarding up the house next door, and the impossibility of love in a time where nothing moves forward. Pushing musical boundaries at every turn, Please Remain Calm never loses its feeling of timelessness.