Saves The Day / Piebald

Saves The Day/Piebald: live in Anaheimlive in Anaheim (2003)
Universal Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 4.5

Contributed by: savesthejaysavesthejay
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This was Saves The Day's test show for their new songs, and also a warm up before heading off to Europe to play a few dates. Moneen was originally supposed to play but they were stuck in the studio and a band called Down To Earth Approach took their place. Down To Earth Approach is a five piece or.

This was Saves The Day's test show for their new songs, and also a warm up before heading off to Europe to play a few dates. Moneen was originally supposed to play but they were stuck in the studio and a band called Down To Earth Approach took their place. Down To Earth Approach is a five piece originally from New York but now residing in Los Angeles. Their sound was sort of indie rock/pop punk/emo but not so good, maybe it was just their live show but they didn't really do it for me. Occasional screams from the backup vocals/guitarist were cool but they seemed a little misplaced, nothing too great to set them aside from the rest of the bands who sound like them.

Piebald was up next and this is the first time I've seen them since Travis had his operation, and it seems like his voice is now smoother and the fact that his voice was a little raspy was part of the sound I like about Piebald. They still brought the rock though playing mostly songs off of their newest offering We Are The Only Friends We Have. Even though the majority of the crowd didn't really seem to be into them, they still seemed to be having fun playing, some of the highlights were "The Stalker," "Grace Kelly With Wings," and "Long Nights." The crowd really seemed to be into that one, surprisingly they didn't play "American Nights" even though local radio station 94.3 (R.I.P.) used to play that song as their single.

Finally the band everyone and their mother was waiting for: New Jersey boys Saves The Day. This is the first time I've seen them since Ted "left" the band and I was quite curious to see how Chris would perform with a guitar, he used to dance like Marcia Brady from the Brady Bunch movie and the dance moves will be gone now‚?¶ but I think I enjoy the four piece Saves The Day better than the five piece. Chris still is very lively as a guitarist bouncing around while singing and playing and Pete behind the drum kit is pure GENIUS, he brings a level of energy to Saves The Day unseen since Can't Slow Down. They played just over a handful of songs that will appear on the new album In Reverie, a bunch of stuff off of Stay What You Are, and just a bit off of Through Being Cool. The new material sounds like their last album mixed with Through Being Cool, more energy but no less intelligent as the latest album. "In Reverie" sounded particularly good, no wonder it might make the album name, expect a lot from these boys they cracked the Billboard list once, I'm sure this next one will do it again. I was kind of disappointed nothing appeared off of Can't Slow Down or I'm Sorry I'm Leaving but I'm sure Pete will learn some of the songs soon.

Set List (in no order):
In Reverie
Cactus New Blue Beat
Wednesday the 3rd
Where Were You?
(2 other new ones that I missed the name of)
All-Star Me
Holly Hox, Forget Me Nots
Through Being Cool
At Your Funeral
See You
Cars and Calories
Certain Tragedy
As Your Ghost Takes Flight
All I'm Losing Is Me
This Is Not An Exit
Sell My Old Clothes, I'm Off To Heaven
Ups And Downs


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benz (May 16, 2003)

i dont think the kid a couple posts down has ever heard through being cool or their new album to make such a comment. through being cool was an incredibly earnest and well written album and their new stuff is very mature

Anonymous (February 17, 2003)

i like licks the penis i mean saves the day

GreenVandal (February 16, 2003)

"The new material sounds like their last album mixed with Through Being Cool, more energy but no less intelligent as the latest album."

The funny part is where he used the word intelligent in the same sentence as Through Being Cool. Just that album title and its incredibly creative cover art blows any hope of this band having any intelligence completely out of the water. Christina Aguilera's "Genie in a bottle" has more depth then these girls. Maybe once they get out of middle school my opinion will change.

Anonymous (February 16, 2003)

by high i mean loud

savesthejay (February 15, 2003)

I just can't count. Okay the main problem with DTEA at this show was that their vocals weren't as high as they should be, to tell the truth they might record a really good CD (rumor has it vagrant is interested, but it is a RUMOR). The screaming from the backup guitarist was nice, it reminded me of a band i can't think of right now but i guarantee you i like that band. Watching them didn't do anything for me, sorry, i'm glad they turned you on to them... don't you think referring to the band members by name is more professional? doesn't it sound stupid to keep using "the drummer," "the singer," etc. plus so what i'm a fan so i learn their names, maybe talk to some of them, i don't throw it anyone's face who i know and who i don't. I don't personally know anyone in STD, i've talked to some of them but not unlike ANYONE could have done. so yeah i suck for not like DTEA oh well, i suck in other ways too. oh did the singer, guitarist, bassist and drummer like the way i stroked their Ding Dongs? "Where's The Creme Filling?"

Anonymous (February 14, 2003)

Saves The Day with Pete Parada... off the Hezy Frashezy

Anonymous (February 13, 2003)

i saw eddie from thrice at this show. he's a really nice guy!

Anonymous (February 13, 2003)

I don't think this dude even watched Down To Earth Approach. Or maybe he just can't count. They had 4 members not 5. And, I thought they ruled. I also like how he refers to the members of the bands by their first name, like he is friends with them. The only reason you got a mention on The Vagrant site is because you were stroking the Ding-Dongs of Saves The Day

Anonymous (February 13, 2003)

whoooooaa emooooo

whoooaaa emooo

Anonymous (February 13, 2003)

Pete is in face to face as well.

westsidepunk (February 13, 2003)

Did Pete Parada used to be in another band, or does he have a brother in another band? I feel like that dude was in another band I listen to.

yellowtrash (February 13, 2003)

any bootlegs?

Anonymous (February 12, 2003)

I think some homosexuals would be offended by the name saves the gay.

Anonymous (February 12, 2003)

i didn't even catch that the first time

Anonymous (February 12, 2003)

"Chris is brilliant and he doesn't not look like a 12 year old girl."

Can anyone say "double negative".

-jeremy a. from gj CO

Anonymous (February 12, 2003)

eh... brian and dave... mixed them up. oh well.

-Scotty (work sucks)

TheBouncingSoul (February 12, 2003)

I love banned from the back porch...thats my favorite song off that album

savesthejay (February 12, 2003)

i like "banned from the back porch"

oh and bryan was the original drummer that quit, so that leaves chris as the original member... the band is now chris conley (guitar, vocals), Eben D'amico (bass), Dave Soloway (guitar, backup vox), and Pete Parada (drums).

Melvyl (February 12, 2003)

am i the only one who really fucking likes "banned from the backporch" of through being cool?

that song fucking rips it.

Scotty (February 12, 2003)

Chris is the only member currently in the band that was around during Can't Slow Down. Eben didn't come on till Through Being Cool. I don't see what any of that has to do with them not playing the songs though. Chris can play them. Eben can play them. Bryan can play them. If Pete learned them then they could play the songs.

Anonymous (February 12, 2003)

Hey i went to the show and trust me there is a reason it sold out in 4hours it was an amazing show, saves the day is an awsome band i felt truley privleged to see them in a venue like chain reaction. the new songsare amazing too. ROCK ON SAVES THE DAY!

gutterhippo (February 12, 2003)

when i saw STD a couple months ago, they played 3 songs off of I'm Sorry I'm Leaving, and this was with the new drummer. The songs sounded amazing with the whole band element. I wish they would've played something off of Can't Slow Down, though. There was a post a couple of posts down that says something about eben and how they won't play the songs anymore. Could someone please clarify because that post made no fucking sense.


joeg (February 11, 2003)

wuh? huh? savesthgay. . . oh! i get it. because it rhymes with savestheday. got it.

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

savesthejay what a dumb ass name should be savesthegay

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

i thought about going to this show, but i could afford to pay $20 ($15 ticket price plus whatever service charges ticket bastard would add)
and i hate piebald. saves the day would've been fun to see though, for old times sake.

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

According to Eben, they are never going to play can't slow down stuff ever again because now he's the only person from that era in the band and they just want to push forward. But for all of those who think that its their best album, Chris was noted saying that he can't listen to Through Being Cool cause it sounds so young and that he feels more like the kid he was when making CSD

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

Saves the Day is AMAZING. The show was KICK ASS! Chris is brilliant and he doesn't not look like a 12 year old girl. I love the fact that he can play the guitar and still maintain to make contact with the audience. The new songs are awesome...the titles are:
Cactus Stomp Moonbeam
In Reverie
Wednesday the Third
My Waking life
Where are you
I had the pleasure of once again talking to chris after the show and he said they're hoping that the album is out by September which will be quickly followed with a tour. For those of you who don't like STD, you don't know what music is.

savesthejay (February 11, 2003)

yeah sorry about that typo on the Piebald song, I was typing "Long Nights" and then I just carried it over to "American Hearts" oh yeah and they Saves the Day didn't play Through "Being Cool", they played "My Sweet Fracture," sorry about the mistakes i wrote it quite late and was probably delirious. On a side note, www.vagrant.com posted a link to this review (well to punknews.org at least) and that is right now the best thing that's happened to my journalism career/hobby.

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

Piebald is great. I'm glad the singer from STD plays guitar because his dance on stage is really bad.

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

no "american nights" is a bad typo. its supposed to "american hearts"

TheBouncingSoul (February 11, 2003)

yeah, they've been playing shows forever.....and i still like saves the day, great band

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

well, piebald has been playing shows with them for quite a few years now so looks like you will have to get over it.

BostonMusicGuy (February 11, 2003)

Its a disgrace that Piebald would even play a show with Saves the Day. I hate Saves the Day.-BostonMusicGuy

TheBouncingSoul (February 11, 2003)

and Pete Parada is the most underrated drummer around today

TheBouncingSoul (February 11, 2003)

is "American Nights" a B-side to the "American Hearts" single?

Hamish (February 11, 2003)

Piebald is so much better than STD that it hurts.

sloppyblake (February 11, 2003)

yah i don't think there is a piebald song called t hat...

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

I thought Down To Earth Approach was bad ass..

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

american nights?

HeyBarmold (February 11, 2003)

As much as i like Saves The Day, which i do alot... Chris looks like a 12 year old girl now. He needs a haircut like whoaaaaa!

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)


Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

good review. That is strange to think Chris plays guitar now, I just can't picture it.

*****Wuss-Emo-Rock***** (at school)

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

why do you say "left"?

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

Good review. I hope the new album doesn't suck.

unconcerned (February 11, 2003)

are you a 12 year old girl?

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