Saves The Day / Taking Back Sunday / Moneen

Saves The Day/Taking Back Sunday/Moneen: live in Seattlelive in Seattle (2003)
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Although Saves the Day, Taking Back Sunday, and Moneen had their Seattle show scheduled on a Monday evening, it did not stop their young fans from selling out the Showbox on a school night. I have to admit, I was even contemplating showing up for this show, I thought that sleep and relaxation on a .

Although Saves the Day, Taking Back Sunday, and Moneen had their Seattle show scheduled on a Monday evening, it did not stop their young fans from selling out the Showbox on a school night. I have to admit, I was even contemplating showing up for this show, I thought that sleep and relaxation on a weeknight may be more important. I am sure glad I decided to make an appearance ?? this was one of the most entertaining shows I have been to in a long time.

Going into the show I knew what to expect. A lot of young fans ready to sing along to every word of every Taking Back Sunday and Saves the Day song. I on the other hand, was ready to hear Moneen again. I saw them earlier in the summer when they were on tour with Reggie and the Full Effect, and I was quite impressed with their set, however disappointed that they only played four songs. This time around they played five songs, not a huge increase, but better than four. These Canadian boys know how to rock, and I think they just might be Vagrant's best kept secret. But I don't foresee Moneen being a secret for much longer. They had a decent amount of dedicated fans begging them to play songs off their earlier album. To those who are not familiar, Moneen is a emo/punk band with a more melodic sound. I think the reason I enjoy them so much is because of their attention to detail and long instrumental solos in the middle and beginning of their songs. My favorite of the night was "Start angry . . . end mad". Head over to their website and check these guys out ?? they are fun.

The crowd soon grew restless for Taking Back Sunday. It was obvious there was a toss up in the crowd as to who was the favored act for the night, TBS of Saves the Day. Taking Back Sunday took the stage to an enormous amount of cheering from the fans. Their set covered almost all of Tell All Your Friends, ending with a powerful rendition of "No I in Team". The new members of the band fit in perfectly. I'm not going to lie, I was disappointed the original members did not take the time to introduce the newest members. For those of you who are not familiar with the new line up, Fred, their new guitarist is also a member of an amazing east coast band, Breaking Pangaea (who are currently taking a break), give them a listen. In some ways I have to say I felt as if the Taking Back Sunday crowd was turning into one similar to what you might find at a Dashboard show. Every single word to every song was perfectly articulated by every kid in the venue. Thank God the sound system at the Showbox is pretty decent, if not, hearing Adam and Fred's voices would be close to impossible. Overall Taking Back Sunday was just decent. I think I may have enjoyed some of their previous performances more than this one.

And finally, Saves the Day. It had been a while since the last time I saw them which was back when they were opening for Blink and Green Day. With In Reverie just out, I was excited to hear their new songs. I have to confess, I have not picked up this album yet- yet being the key word, because after I heard their set, I was sold. There has been so much talk about the new material. I have heard drastically different reviews from many people. I decided to keep and open mind, and not be too persuaded by what I had hear, and make my mind up for myself. After hearing the new songs live, I want to say they had some what of a mellower, folk-ish feel to them. And I really like it.

Saves the Day was nothing short of amazing. I am really not a huge Saves the Day fan. I own all of their albums, and enjoy them, but I would not classify them as one of my favorite bands, but I found myself have such a great time listening to them play. They were flawless. Saves the Day has perfected their sound and a band. And Chris Conley's vocals are really something else. He has such a pure voice that carries and never sounded awkward, strained, or tired. Their stage presence it very tasteful as well. Chris had a huge genuine smile on his face all night, and could not stop thanking the crowd. I can't really explain why, but if you where there, you could tell how moved he was to have everyone appreciate the band and sing along to his music. I know I can't stop praising Saves the Day, but let me make one last comment. Their set was the perfect mix of songs. Ranging form "Jessie and My Whetstone" off of I'm sorry I'm Leaving to four tracks off In Reverie the songs were placed perfectly in order. We were not overwhelmed with new material, but none of their great hits were forgotten.

This concert was for sure a feel good concert, danceable and singable. If this tour is coming to your town, check it out, and have some fun.


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Anonymous (November 13, 2003)

wow, these people really have no taste in music if they're claiming tbs and std sucks. i saw their show in jacksonville and it f_cking rocked. i thought moneen was alright, i'm not dissing their music or anything. but anyway, i thought your review was great. rock on.

Anonymous (October 29, 2003)

Does anyone know the setlist for this show?

Anonymous (October 26, 2003)

Wow, you're older than us, you must know more about good music than us, don't suppose you know anyone even older than you, they must be the musical genius of the universe for being so fucking old, you know, because age determines what you know about music. God I hate fuckers like you.

funkisdead (October 23, 2003)

i just finished fucking your mom.
you will have a new baby brother.

-someone who humped your mom, and who you will soon be calling "sir" out of respect. i am your brand new daddy.

Anonymous (October 23, 2003)

Moneen are boring as hell.

TBS's 5 seconds of fame are over.

STD's decline has hit full stride.

-someone who's older than all of you but who you'll disrespect in later posts anyway. enjoy.

Icapped2pac (October 20, 2003)

I'm actually reppin the Ace Deuce, Cap'n Crunch, but I figure the ol' english D is a better known symbol of the region. Or maybe I should just say I'm from where Arethra Franklin's giant fucking ass has polluted the air for too many years, and Kid Rock continues to do the same with his (excuse for) music. At least we can claim Bear Vs. Shark though...

Anonymous (October 20, 2003)

Fuck Canada.

Anonymous (October 20, 2003)

Love Moneen, Canada represent!

TBS's cd is good but I saw them in NJ at the skate and surf fest and the sing sung horribly.

Saves The Day rocked with Weezer in Montreal. Kick ass show. Love the new cd. I think their getting better and better.


Anonymous (October 20, 2003)

Moneen - kicked ass, never heard of them, but they were awesome
Taking Back Sunday - I saw them about two years ago before the new band memebers, one of the best concerts I've ever seen, this one was not too bad, but not as good as last time.
Saves the Day - this is who I came to see, and it was absolutely amazing performance, They put on one hell of a show!

Nonsense (October 19, 2003)

I don't really like Moneen.

Anonymous (October 19, 2003)



Anonymous (October 19, 2003)

At one point during the set, Chris messed up his guitar line and Eben looked at him at laughed.

funkisdead (October 19, 2003)

weeooo weeooo weeooo weeooo..

Smashcore (October 19, 2003)

That was one of the worst fucking reviews i've ever seen

Anonymous (October 19, 2003)

yeah they are and it blows

Anonymous (October 19, 2003)

does anyone know if tbs is playing message in a bottle at all on this tour?

Jesse (October 19, 2003)

I listend to Can't Slow Down again tonight....for being shit....it's catchy and inventive shit....now I remember why I liked 'em...ahhh nostalgia....my one true plague...

Anonymous (October 18, 2003)

this one is for std..

Anonymous (October 18, 2003)

I liked saves the day until i heard about chris blowing himself. I never would have done it if i had known he could do it himself. Lazy bastard. This score is for head.

Anonymous (October 18, 2003)

In the middle of the Saves the Day set Chris started blowing himself. It was wierd and really disturbing!

Anonymous (October 18, 2003)

more like saves the ghey. so ghey, they deserve their own spelling.

Anonymous (October 18, 2003)

This score is for moneen.

Anonymous (October 18, 2003)

yeah, you guys are real assholes.

Anonymous (October 18, 2003)

katie you amaze me....and all of you internet fucks can suck a turkey dog.

megan (October 18, 2003)

Katie kicks everyone's ass from here to eternity. She's so hardcore, I can't handle it

Jesse (October 18, 2003)

Boys and Girls! Number 1 summer jam! Good Charlotte!!!

captaincrunch (October 18, 2003)

icapped2pac, which part of Detroit are you from?

Anonymous (October 18, 2003)

"And since when did it become so cool to make your music folky?" apparently you can only write music if it's considered cool and not just do whatever the hell you want

zGRAVYzHAVOKz (October 17, 2003)

Imagine anonymoose, a moose that wears a cape and tights and a mask, and he walks up to people, makes fun of them in some way, and proceeds to fly away with his moose action power. Now that is what is needed in the world.

oi oi oi, good charlotte rules.

love, mark

inagreendase (October 17, 2003)

I think she meant who was that posing as her. Notice the timeframe between her question and Jesse's post.

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

some douchebag anonymouse kid that can't take the time to register or at least mark his name at the bottom of his comment. oh well, i don't expect anything better from the punknews community.


Katie4213 (October 17, 2003)

man. there is a lot of hostility here. who made the post two down from this one?

Jesse (October 17, 2003)

Why do we always hurt the ones we love?

Back off guys, seriously. Just because she's a girl, doesn't mean that assaulting her will do you any good. She gave her opinion. She does not listen to "teenybopper" music. I happen to know Katie, and know that half the music she listens to is so hardcore it would make your own "15 year old teenybopper ass" cry.

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

Oh GOD...look dude, do you know how lame it is when you try to be cool by listing bands you know on here....youre not impressing anybody so get over yourself.

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

teenybopper ass eh?? hmm i never knew arab on radar, curisve, the locust, lightning bolt, the new trust, the velvet teen, minus the bear, alkaline trio, bob dylan, blood brothers, the ghost, and the weakerthans were teenybopper music. thanks for letting me know. i'll have to make a note of that for future reviews.

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

Is it true they hand out free Kleenex to the crowd on this tour??

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

hands down moneen is the best band on this tour

Icapped2pac (October 17, 2003)

Not a bad review, although I admit I too would like to have read what else STD played. I'm just wondering how long it will be before they completely abandon Through Being Cool like they did Can't Slow Down. I know, "they're maturing as a band blah blah blah", but seriously, that new single is one of the worst songs I've heard this year. And since when did it become so cool to make your music folky? I always wondered how the Indigo Girls still sell records, and now I know that it must've been my former favorite emo-punk bands snatching that shit up. Can't you just picture Chris from STD in a little quilted skirt sitting in his room listening to the Indigo Girls? He probably has his nuts tucked between his legs like Buffalo Bill, too.

On to TBS... I'm sure that Breaking Pangaea is a great band, and Fred's a great guy, but if you think he vocally adds anything to this band, you're kidding yourself. When they played on Kimmel, he sounded like that dying giraffe call from the South Park movie. And if it's true that the old guitarist wrote most of the material on the album, you can bet the 2nd album is gonna sound like a failed attempt by somebody else trying to write songs similar to how he did (and similar to what has made them so big). Or hell, who knows, maybe they'll get Laura Ingles skirts and go folk, too.

As for Moneen, they fucking rock. I saw them with about 25 other people with Choke and Park in Ypsilanti, MI a while ago, and they tore shit up. They seemed a little sloppy, but that's what happens when you get into the music as much as Kenny and the boys do. I haven't seen them since, and it looks like I won't anytime soon if they're only getting to play 4-5 songs. How fuckin weak is that? And how many shitty opening bands have I seen over the years that have gotten WAY too much shine? WAY too many. Here's to a Moneen headlining tour soon with a weekend show in the D.

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

Moneen, emo/punk? Are you seriously retarded? Moneen is neither emo or punk, but your teenybopper ass likes to classify them as that.

Moneen has more talent than TBS or STD ever will have, and they rock out like no body business. this scores for them alone.

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

anyone hear Saves the Days new album. I never had so much fun making fun of an album

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

god i hate when a band's stage presence isnt tastefull

inagreendase (October 17, 2003)

if you think "your" a pretentious asswipe, "your" probably right.

Decent review, just woulda liked to hear a couple more song titles.

Although... "Moneen is a emo/punk band with a more melodic sound." Ehh, I wouldn't totally classify them in that perspective, they're a little more experimental than the typical emo/punk variety.

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

if you think these bands are good, shoot your dumb 15 year old teeny bopper self in the face.

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