With a little over a week remaining until the release of ‘9’ – Saves The Day’s highly-anticipated, first new full-length in five years – they have unveiled a new video single entitled ‘Side By Side’ here. ‘Side By Side’ is a nostalgia-drenched alt-rock anthem that reflects on the very beginnings of Saves The Day and frontman Chris Conley’s musical journey, with him revealing: “Side By Side’ is about starting a band with your best friends and leaning into the dream called Life!” Sonically, the track sports a massive hook that is propelled forward through a wall of screaming guitars and cannon-esque percussion. The perfectly-placed guitar leads throughout help to add another level of octane, to a track already fueled by the spirit and energy of a group of teenagers with big dreams starting a rock band in their garage. The video, which was directed by Robyn August, captures that process as friends become bandmates and have the time of their lives building towards their first gig. As anyone who has played in a band will tell you, the first few stages of doing so are some of the best times you’ll ever have, and this video captures that wild hopefulness perfectly. Bassist Rodrigo Palma reflects: “When Chris brought us the riff for it, I thought it sounded like how the Beastie Boys’ “Fight For Your Right” video looked. We approached the song imagining a party that got crashed by Van Halen and Sick Of It All. It’s about the first moment, the primitive spark of a riff that brings everyone together. Director Robyn August and I riffed together on these themes, and this video is the new riff that is born from that.”
Saves The Day will be releasing ‘9’, their first new album in five years, on October 26th via Rude Records, with pre-orders available here. Entitled ‘9’ to mark the fact that this will be Saves The Day’s ninth studio record and is comprised of nine songs, when listened to together they tell the story of the band from the perspective of its founder, Chris Conley. The album offers this first-ever autobiographical look into the band’s history in a way that is as exhaustive as it is poetic and makes the listener a part of the songwriting process. As Conley puts it “This album is the story of Saves The Day and my own personal journey through life, which all unfolded as my relationship with music progressed”. On the surface, ‘9’ chronicles the epic story of a group of kids from New Jersey who realized their dream and became an international sensation. On a deeper level, it shows how Conley “woke up” and became aware of his own consciousness through his relationship with music and the unbelievable adventures it has inspired since he formed the act in 1997.
In support of the new long-player, Saves The Day will be touring North America from November, joined by Kevin Devine and An Horse. The second leg of their North American run commences Feb 15 through March 8, with support from Special Guests Remo Drive & Mighty. All tickets are available now from savestheday.com.
Saves The Day ‘9’ Tracklisting: 1. Saves The Day | 2. Suzuki | 3. Side By Side | 4. Kerouac & Cassady | 5. It’s Such a Beautiful World | 6. Rose | 7. 1997 | 8. Rendezvous | 9. 29
Announced Live Dates: Tickets at savestheday.com
11/1-11/20 US tour with support from Kevin Devine and An Horse
15/02-8/03 US Tour with support from Remo Drive and Mighty