Saves The Day

Saves The Day (10:30 PM)

Into It Over It (9:15 PM)

Hostage Calm (8:30 PM)

Sat, October 12, 2013

7:30 pm

Adv tix $19.00 / Day of show $22.00

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Saves The Day - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Saves The Day
Saves The Day have been through a lot over the past two decades: Van accidents,
member changes, the emo explosion, and the adventures that carried the act and their
fans from adolescence to adulthood. But they've never had a proper history of the band...
until now. Saves The Day's ninth album 9 tells the story of the band from the perspective
of the band's founder Chris Conley and does it in a way that's as exhaustive as it is
poetic and makes the listener a part of the songwriting process. From a narrative
standpoint, 9 chronicles the epic story of a group of kids from New Jersey who realized
their dream and became international sensations. However, on a more existential level, it
shows how Conley “woke up” and became aware of his own consciousness through his
relationship with music and the unbelievable adventures it inspired since he formed the
act in 1997.
“A lot of the memories that I write about in the lyrics for this album I haven't written
about because they were too painful or complicated. But for some reason when I was
writing, my brain kept coming back to thinking about my entire career from a sense of
reflection for the first time,” Conley says of the process of writing the follow-up to
2013's Saves The Day. 9 opens with the upbeat “Saves The Day,” which serves
simultaneously as a mission statement and love letter to fans before segueing into
“Suzuki,” a song that features the opening line, “On a black and red couch playing a
burgundy Les Paul I played on Can’t Slow Down so many years ago, writing album
number nine right now.” Then again, this meta sentiment isn't so surprising coming from
someone who famously penned lines like, “You want to know who I really am, well so
do I” on the song “See You” from the landmark 2001 album, Stay What You Are.
From there the album takes you back to the earliest days of the band's history of playing
house shows on the crunchy, riff-driven “Side By Side” and drops you into what it's like
to be to on tour with your best friends when all cylinders are firing on the instantly
catchy, psychedelica-tinged “Kerouac & Cassady.” Next we move onto the band's
unplanned rise to stardom and relentless work ethic on the driving and uplifting rocker,
“It's Such A Beautiful World.” “This song is about the Through Being Cool era and
things are starting to heat up,” Conley says of the latter track, which sounds like an
unholy amalgam between Weezer and glam metal. “At this point we are flying to
performances all over the world so in the first stanza I say, 'If we get stuck on a plane,
we’re skydiving to the show.' It's such an incredible life to get to live and we were nuts
for it and enjoying every second of it.”
Unfortunately with every cataclysmic rise to fame comes the ensuing pitfalls of ego and
excess and that's what Conley tackles on “Rosé.” “That song is a bit of a dis track about
certain rock star elements that started to be displayed in the band and I was kind of
surprised that I wrote about it because it isn't something that I've thought about in a
while,” Conley says. The song also sees him approaching the vocals in a way he never
has before that unfolds itself more with each subsequent listen and is as ambitious as it is
artistic. This is followed up with “1997,” which sees Conley once again reflecting on the
band's early days over a distorted bass line and groove that's invitingly relentless and
calls to mind an emo version of Van Halen.
Finally, we arrive at “Rendezvous” and how grateful Conley is of the current lineup of
the band, which includes the virtuosic trio of guitarist Arun Bali, bassist Rodrigo Palma
and drummer Dennis Wilson, who are the band's most consistent lineup to date and take
the musicianship on 9 to stratospheric new heights. “At this point, I've actually dealt
with the conflicts and the challenges in a lifelong career in music and now I have the
guys that I could do this with forever and I'm living the dream again. Life is beautiful, so
I intentionally reference the song 'It's Such A Beautiful World' in the lyrics because that
song is about when things were going crazy for us and we were all so excited,” Conley
says of “Rendezvous” which is layered in distortion-drenched perfection. “We're
through all the reflecting and growing at this point, and we're still out here, and we're
still doing it so the timeline essentially ends with 'Rendezvous' looking into the future.”
However, it wouldn't be a Saves The Day album without a surprise twist--and in this
case it's the album's 21-minute-long climax, “29.” “The final track is seven songs in one
and it's the internal personal timeline of my entire life,” Conley explains. “It starts with
'Heartbeat' because I was hypnotized by that sound as a kid and literally it's my first
experience of waking up to life itself,” Conley explains. The finale goes on to introduce
Conley's love affair with music via “So In Love”; Saves The Day's near fatal van
accident in 2000 on “432”; and a difficult rift with a longtime friend on “Tangerine.”
“One of my main artistic passions is the fascination with how you can compose
extremely long pieces of music but also hold the attention of the listener,” Conley says –
and correspondingly “29” sounds less like prog-rock excess and more like an album
unto itself. Subsequently the movement “Victorian & 21st” recounts Conley's meeting
with a longtime partner; “Angel” is a tribute to his daughter; and the epic experiment
ends with “New Jersey,” which sees him reflecting on his relationship with his parents
and his sometimes difficult but always captivating past one last time, culminating with
the line, “I know it’ll be all right, we are alive in the world.”
Ultimately 9 is sonic evidence not only that there's a reason we are alive in the world,
but it's a miracle that Conley rightfully encourages us to celebrate.
Into It Over It - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Into It Over It
Evan Thomas Weiss is more than just a singer-songwriter; he’s a storyteller.

The 27-year-old driving force behind solo act Into It. Over It. has been penning his tales since 2007. With music that is wholly heartfelt and unabashedly unapologetic, Weiss has been making waves in both the indie and punk rock worlds since the release of his debut, “52 Weeks.”

The collection of songs – which, as the name suggests, was written over the course of a year – began as a project without grand intentions. But as he discovered that people genuinely liked his music, he continued writing. His debut was followed up by a series of splits, featuring songs about towns, which would later be compiled onto “Twelve Towns,” an album that came out earlier this year. There was also the split with Koji, featuring five songs about neighborhoods in Chicago, which is where Weiss is located. And finally, in September of this year, Weiss came out with “Proper,” a 12-song release which, in some sense, he feels is his first proper album.

“I am so proud of that record, and with the amount of time we had to make it, which wasn’t very much, I’m really pleased with how it came out,” Weiss said. “And I think people are generally really stoked on it.”

Disregarding his track record of writing songs that are thematically related, Weiss’ approach this time around was to pay attention to how the songs fit together and fed into one another.

“We made a point to make a cohesive album, which we’d never done before when we were writing songs,” Weiss said of the collaboration between himself and drummer Nick Wakim.

With the exception of Wakin’s role, the rest of the album is entirely written and performed by Weiss. This, admittedly, can create some confusion on the road for fans who have only heard the recordings and assumed that Into It. Over It. was a full band.

While there is always the possibility of touring with a full backing band, the slight disparity between the recorded and the live versions is something that Weiss treasures when performing in front of crowds.

“I think it adds a different vibe to the songs and it allows them to become more personal for people,” he said. “The songs are so personal that it’s like I want to share that intimacy with people that would come see the show.”

Earlier this month, Weiss played Berlin on his first European tour in two years, opening for The Swellers and Broadway Calls

“It’s been nice to get my feet wet again, playing shows here…cause it’s a completely different feel,” he said of the experience. “[And] it’s been rad playing for crowds that aren’t necessarily mine…and being able to win a bunch of people over.”

Although he has been friends with members of the bands for a long time, Weiss acknowledged that his music doesn’t necessarily “fit” with that of theirs. Because of this, audience members who aren’t there to see him specifically are often skeptical of him at first. The good thing though, is that he said he acquires new fans that way.

“To see someone get on stage with just an acoustic guitar…you get written off pretty quickly,” he said of the experience. “It’s definitely been a lot of me, like, having to like, show my worth.”

Although Weiss might come across as a songwriting powerhouse, he shared that he isn’t always initially confident about his songs, explaining that they don’t tend to see the light of day until after they’re already recorded and it’s too late to take them back.

“I do run into periods of self-doubt,” he said of the songwriting. “But really that struggle is just an internal struggle.”

When it comes down to it, he said he is proud of each and every one of the songs he has come up with.

“I mean, there’s 95 songs [and] I love them all, like, I really like every single song,” he said. “You know, maybe there’s things about them that I would have changed, had I recorded them again, but, like, as far as the music goes, or the message, or what I was talking about, they’re all really important to me.”

Looking back on the past four years, Weiss said his attitude toward his songs hasn’t changed; the old ones are just as meaningful to him as the new ones. But he did admit that he himself has changed, both as a musician and a human being.

“I’m a little more focused and I’m more responsible and I think I’m just overall a better person than I was when I started, but I think that also just comes with age,” he said with a laugh. “I would just say I’m more of a grown-up, like, in a good way, you know. Not in a boring way.”
Hostage Calm - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Hostage Calm
Please Remain Calm is the punk album of the Great Recession. The Connecticut five-piece has crafted an album that captures the defeat, the heartache--what it feels like to be young in the American Decline. Following up 2010's critically acclaimed self-titled LP, Please Remain Calm combines elements of Springsteen-esque heartland rock with the band's signature blend of 60s pop melody, 70s punk energy and 80s new wave panache.

Hostage Calm begin Please Remain Calm with weaving counter-melodic guitars and bass, stitched together with anthemic choruses. Openers ‘On Both Eyes’, ‘Don’t Die On Me Now’ and ‘Brokenheartland’ take the listener through all of the band's signature stylings, setting the mood as the album reveals greater depth and dynamism. A slower, more intimate version of the band's classic ‘The “M” Word‘ features an orchestral arrangement, complete with strings, brass, keys and concert percussion. Immediately following this, the band delivers perhaps its most avant-guarde arrangement, ‘Patriot'; a full a capella ode to a lost love affair with America. What opens as a very electrifying, hit-driven album fully descends into some of the band's most intricate and moving work to date.

But Please Remain Calm is more than Hostage Calm's opus: it's their manifesto. Like how London Calling captured the gray and grinding Britain of 1979, this album calls to mind the hopeless college student moving back in with her parents, the bank boarding up the house next door, and the impossibility of love in a time where nothing moves forward. Pushing musical boundaries at every turn, Please Remain Calm never loses its feeling of timelessness.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

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