Title: Saves The Day
Release Date: April 14th
Label: Easy Life/Sony Red
The New Jersey four piece Saves The Day return 20 years on from their debut album ‘Can’t Slow Down’ with their self-titled eighth studio album ‘Saves The Day’. They are undeniably one of the most influential pop-punk/alt-rock bands to come out of the US in the mid 90’s and they have continued to uphold their reputation of driven emo music throughout their seven albums and countless personnel changes.
The fact that lead vocalist Chris Conley is the only remaining member 20 years on may leave the band’s reliability in questions, but the self-titled release is the standard Saves The Day album that can be expected, with no dramatic changes or experiments, but simply another good album from the Princeton four piece.
The opening track “Remember” is a classic up-tempo rock song with a simple pop melody that will easily get people singing along, but the reminiscent lyrics from Chris maybe thinking too much in the past, resulting in the band sounding a bit too nostalgic. The lyrics “turn up the stereo and turn back the clock to the start” is certainly an easy thing to imagine with this new album as it sounds like it could have been released in the early 2000’s. The second track on the album “In the In Between” is definitely one of the album’s best, with a driving guitar riff in the verse, a tremendously catchy chorus and a guitar solo that completes the simple energetic track that will instantly connect with the audience.
The album continues in the stereotypical pop punk fashion of songs with lyrics about love and relationships with both mid and up tempo songs. The softer and more driving guitar both accompanied by the soothing unique vocals of Chris Conley capture the dynamic sound that Saves The Day have captured throughout their previous seven albums.
The fast tempo tracks (Ain’t No Kind of Love, Ring Pop) create a simple mind set of enjoying yourself with friends in the sun that mix in with the slower delicate side (Supernova, Beyond All of Time) of Saves The Day’s arsenal that creates a slight difference throughout the album, but as you listen to the album from start to finish, it is hard to know when one track begins and the other track ends.
Overall, the self-titled album from Saves The Day is another album to proudly add to their already great back catalogue of albums. But sadly not good enough to put on the same pedestal as possibly their best; 2001 album ‘Stay What You Are’ or 2006 album ‘Sound The Alarm’. Saves The Day are still a massively iconic band and the new self-titled album ‘Saves The Day’ is just another example to show why they’re still here 20 years on.