Saves The Day - 1984 - EP

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Alternative Rock, Emo
Independent
Saves The Day
1984 - EP
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It has not been an easy road for the "Chris Conley project", so named because of the revolving door of band members throughout the years. During their effort to complete their three-part concept series, members have arrived as quickly as they left, leaving song-writing a thing of the backburner. But to help bridge the gap between Under the Boards and Daybreak, Saves the Day has released the 1984 EP, a group of songs that definitely appear to be an easy filler release to ease the waiting.

It will come as no surprise to Saves the Day fans that Conley does not adopt the same vocal style of the Through Being Cool/StayWhat You Are era, nor is it likely he could do so physically. After such a long career, this is hardly unexpected, but unfortunately his vocal ability fails to do justice to the acoustic of “Driving In the Dark”. But previewed here also is the song “1984” to be released on Daybreak, offering a punchy and upbeat guitar riff, with distinct references to the Orwellian novel in the lyrics. In a way, it resembles the older Saves the Day, something that many fans have definitely been aching for. However, the next song is in a different direction. Instead of a reflective stance on life, it offers hope and encouragement (“those haunted voices in your head are all ghosts/so long ago, those sideways eyes cut through/but you know it’s time to let it all go”). Thus, in two songs there is already an impression of conflict resolution that will put the other two albums in the trilogy to rest.

Offered only via cards at shows to download digitally, the songs on the EP seem to be limited in access and not worth the effort. A couple acoustic renditions and some new material might work as a stand-in release, but it can’t pass as an excuse for a good record. Perhaps made in a hurry to tie loose ends, or perhaps for need of a confidence boost, the 1984 EP is definitely a nice collector’s item for Saves the Day fans, but serves little more purpose.

1. 1984
2. Let It All Go (acoustic)
3. Driving in the Dark (acoustic)
4. Hold (electric)
5. Stay (electric)

Saves the Day is a Rock band from Princeton, New Jersey and formed in 1994.

They got together when its members were only 13, signed a label deal while still in high school, and went on to sell thousands of records, tour with blink-182 and Weezer, land songs on the playlist of Los Angeles’ KROQ, and influence countless followers.

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