Saves The Day, the iconic emo rock kingpins, are back with their ninth full length album, the appropriately titled, ‘9’, out October 26 on Equal Vision Records. ‘9’ finds the band exploring new sonic territory, while still plugging in and rocking out with the precision of punk weaned veterans two decades into their career.
If you’re never heard Saves The Day before, that is to say, if you didn’t spend countless hours playing ‘Through Being Cool’ and ‘Stay What You Are’ on loop growing up, ‘9’ ’s opening track would be one hell of an introduction. “Saves The Day” yet another apt title on this record, kicks things off with a bang. A booming opening backbeat merges with jangly guitars before frontman Chris Conley’s vocals take center stage. “Turn it up, we’re Saves The Day!” he announces throughout the song, as a raging, lickety-split guitar solo rips through.
Two of the album’s main singles, “Side By Side” and “Kerouac & Cassady” are placed back to the back, early on the record. “Side By Side” is a relatively straight forward rocker, but “Kerouac & Cassady” stands out, sporting some dessert rock old school Queens of the Stone Age vibes. We’re talking scorching guitar tones and a crushingly heavy rhythm section, with a hint of psychedelia thrown in for good measure. “Rose” features the most wonderfully murky bass and hi-hat groove you’d ever hope for. There’s also some ethereal piano melodies spread out during a brief, instrumental jam session. “1997” is rife with crunchy riffs and more guitar solo pyrotechnics. This leads into yet another ‘9’ single, “Rendezvous.” A lumbering, heavy-ish tune, walking the line between catchy hooks, and blow your speakers out foot stomper.
Saves The Day have the unfortunate burden of being one of the most revered and influential punk subculture heroes still operating today. The band’s early watershed records basically shaped the 2000’s rock landscape. Chris Conley and co. have spent most of the past decade slowly evolving into the band’s, anything is possible with raaawk guitars, incarnation. They embrace/tackle different elements on ‘9’ than anything you’d think the kids from the late 90’s would have ever dreamed of. Some tunes work better than others, but their ambition is worthy of praise no matter what. If the end results in glorious epics like the album’s closing track “29” [clocking in at 20+ minutes of awesomeness] then it’s all worth it ultimately.
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