The good thing about being a scene veteran is that as the years go on, scene politics cease to matter. Only the music does. This is apparent on the aptly titled ninth studio album from Saves The Day, 9, which is due for release via Equal Vision Records on October 26th, 2018.
The trademark vocals of frontman Chris Conley (the glue that has held Saves The Day together since their founding) are clearly evident on 9. Along with the most stable lineup Saves The Day has boasted for a number of years, bandmates Arun Bali, Rodrigo Palma and Dennis Wilson, Conley and friends have musically crafted the record they wanted to while lyrically telling the story of Saves The Day since their beginning in 1997, a 21-year story that many bands do not have the privilege of telling.
While lead single ‘Rendezvous’ has some similarities, musically 9 is not a late 1990s or early 2000s Saves The Day record. And it shouldn’t be. The effort reflects the growth of the band over time.
Saves The Day have written a record that simultaneously celebrates their journey and reflects who they are as musicians in 2018. As it should be.
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