Saves the Day – Through Being Cool

Saves the Day
Through Being Cool

A lot of people keep telling me Saves the Day sounds like Lifetime. I see some resemblance, but then, Saves the Day sounds very different to me. This is punk with a very poppy edge and some post-hardcore energy thrown in. I hear Suicide Machines in these songs, and a host of punk bands. But they manage to conserve enough originality through most of these tracks to make this a fun listen if not the most original one.

This band is young, all around 20 years old. I wish I could have been selling out clubs at 20. But these guys do it with talent and song writing ability. Some of these songs are energetic and powerful punk romps, some are more poppy and fun, and some are downright anthemic. This band pulls off this album with pure energy and enthusiasm, mixing styles but keeping the power that defined them before. And this album is not all cheerful, poppy stuff. There’s some emotion and heartbreak in here as well.

“All Star Me” is straight-ahead and punk-poppy, with some killer guitar riffs and more unique rhythm than your average punk song. “You Vandal” is sped-up punk, with some of the best vocals that I’ve heard in a long time. “Whoa-ohhh, heyyy-ayyy, what can I do?” singer Chris Conley belts out, unbearably catchy. Too bad it has that overly repetitive punk drum beat that I get so tired of. “Should to the Wheel” is the most rocking of the songs, leaving punk behind a bit and coming across with an almost anthemic track, playing some impressive guitar riffs. “Rocks Tonic Juice Magic” picks up, powerful and energetic, probably the most post-hardcore rock of any of the tracks and also probably my favorite track on the album, with the lyrics, “heart is on the floor, why don’t you step on it?” And “Holly Hox, Forget Me Nots” is almost to catchy to be punk really, although you can hear a bit of that. The guitar riffs here are excellent. “My Sweet Fracture” is probably the most boring, repetitious, unoriginal track. But that’s ok, because “The Vast Spoils of America” rocks in a very post-hardcore feel, and “The Last Lie I Told” is another anthemic rock song, with a serious attitude and edge to it, almost sounding like other post-hardcore bands like Samiam or Shift. “Do You Know What I Love the Most” is another annoyingly trite punk song, but the title track that follows is cutting and brutal, with lines like “I’m gonna stick some needles in his face, and watch him on his knees, watch him when he sees that I’m not fooling.”

Unfamiliar with Saves the Day’s last album, I can’t say if the Lifetime comparison never made sense. But it doesn’t here, in my opinion. Saves the Day manage to combine the best of poppy punk rock with some post-hardcore rock-n-roll to put together some energetic and straight-forward powerful songs. They are clearly playing their hearts out, throwing in post break-up sadness and madness. These songs are fun and fast and edgy enough to sway the minds of some hardcore die-hards.