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Saves The Day
Under The Boards
Vagrant Records
www.savestheday.com


Ok, this new album from Saves The Day had me from the first song - and appropriately, the title track - "Under The Boards." It's deep, dark and makes you wonder what Chris Conley might have hidden away. Right away it's hilarious when he adds into his lyrics the sentence: "I wanna crawl under the ground and not come out for 37 years when my life runs out…" Pegging Chris at about 27 years old, apparently our life runs out at age: 64.

"Radio" is appropriately titled as it clocks in at 2:13, making it the ideal song for today's alternative stations. The tone is naturally higher on this song, seeing as how most radio audiences want their music "happy-go-lucky." For that matter, all of the songs on this album are at least the perfect length for the radio. With the longest one at 3:26, hopefully all will get an equal shot at making a music director's list. "Can't Stay The Same" isn't really much different; the octaves are on the high end, evoking an almost giddy response out of me. One of my favorite songs on the album is "Lonely Nights" and for the pure fact that the beginning lyrics are: "I guess I wrote this song to hear you singing along." This song has a very Spoon-ish feel to it, as it starts out with simply a piano and Chris' almost poetic voice. It could be argued that every "emo" song is a ballad of some sort. However, I'd have to say that this song is the optimistic ballad of the emo persuasion. It took a couple more songs to really find another one I could get excited about. When I got to "Getaway", I finally found that song. This song is kind of the runt of the litter on the album. It starts off ever so slightly and quietly, sort of playing a trick on you, making you turn up your stereo. If you're patient, the rock really breaks about :50 in to it. You can tell it's a very simplistic song, basic beats and rudimentary guitar; however it's the dark demon of the band that shows itself. After you're finished, you feel a little concerned about the boys. Or maybe that they just need a hug. Finishing the album out is "Turning Over In My Tomb" which is probably the most brilliant of all of them. When it comes in there's a strong presence of some Smashing Pumpkins influence, or if nothing else, just Billy Corgan. The happy-go-lucky is gone as you could expect with a title like "Turning Over In My Tomb." The lyrics cleverly tie in not only the album title, but the title track as well. "So now I'm stuck under the boards, no room to run not anymore." My only criticism for this song: the tempo - it's too slow! There's no way an audience would respond to this in a live setting.

I like it. I had heard of Saves The Day from Warped Tour, yet had never actually listened to any. Now I'm a fan. Its takes quite a band that can mix Spoon and Smashing Pumpkins together on the same album. Plus, I love the fact that now I feel old, at the haggard age of 24. Thanks guys.

-Rachel Fredrickson


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