Sunday, February 21, 2010

Saves The Day - Ups & Downs: Early Recordings and B-Sides


Saves The Day, sometimes referred to jokingly as "Jersey's Second Best Dancers" in response to their earliest stuff's obvious Lifetime influences, has had some serious ups and downs over their now long career. Lineup changes, style changes, voice changes, and a brief stint with pink hair have all changed the sound of this pop-punk/emo/power pop band pretty drastically. This compilation, as it's title suggests, is a collection of harder to find Saves The Day songs. It is also a compilation of some of their best work.

As mentioned, the band is often compared to Lifetime. I tend to agree, but not in a mocking way. The early recordings by Saves The Day, including many found on this compilation, take the best elements of super sweet melodic hardcore/pop-punk that everyone loves in Lifetime and add the incredible lyrics and unique voice of Chris Conley, producing some of my favorite tunes by any band. My favorite track is "Sell My Old Clothes, I'm Off To Heaven", a heartbreak anthem that showcases the amazing songwriting ability of an extremely talented band. The compilation also includes a couple of covers, one of The Clash and one of The Descendents "Cheer", both which are a great window into the early development of a band that formed when all of the members where very young. If you are a fan of Saves The Day, or really any New Jersey style emo/punk then you need to get your hands and ears on this.

Saves The Day - Sell My Old Clothes, I'm Off To Heaven

1 comment:

  1. This album is so good. A lot of Saves The Day's early material is amazing