Saves The Day - The Glass House - September 4th, 2013

Categories: concert review


Saves the Day
The Glass House

Why is it that any good emo band from the '90s broke up soon after their pinnacle of success? Probably because no one wants to be a middle-aged man singing about problems from the narrow viewpoint of a teenager.

What little relevance bands like Dashboard Confessional, Brand New, or Taking Back Sunday held during their career was in the hands of a notably younger audience. Saves the Day seems to be a grandfather to these bands, paving the way for the commercialization of the genre.

Saves the Day, barely making the cut off with their debut album in 1999 had a career during an odd point in the emo timeline. They're not quite considered to be part of the '90s emo heyday of second wave, but more often associated with the 2000's era artists that drove emo over the edge, losing any resemblance to what the genre was founded on.

See also: Top Five Saves the Day Music Videos

That said, Saves the Day front man Chris Conley should probably take cues from bands like American Football and move on with a music career away from the project that made him famous and stop making albums that depend on a fandom he achieved fresh out of high school. Instead he should put his talent into a new project, following the careers of Blake Schwarzenbach, or Mike Kinsella.


Oddly enough, opening act Into It. Over It. was able to capture the essence of what a Saves the Day show probably felt in the early 2000s at last night at the Glass House. On tour with a full band, Evan Weiss was joking around and telling stories between songs, but emotionally connected and full of energy during the performance. However, Weiss should probably stick to playing his shows in his normal acoustic format since his most popular tracks are not with a full band, at least he didn't try to reinterpret them as a full band. Into It. Over It. stuck to a set list of songs Weiss previously recorded with a full band, and songs he couldn't play without a band.

When Saves the Day came out onstage the building flooded with people. What was empty for the first two openers now was packed to the edges.

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