There’s no doubt that in recent years emo bands from the Golden Era of the genre have seen a nostalgic resurgence. From Long Island’s Brand New embarking on another tour this summer, to the much-anticipated Rockstar Energy Drink Taste of Chaos tour, the emo bands of the early aughts are back in full force.
This revival of sorts is what brought me to my hometown of New Jersey, where I spent last Friday afternoon with an old friend reminiscing, and, surprisingly, chatting with one of my favorite bands: Saves the Day. Even as recently as a year or two ago, if you would’ve told me I’d be interviewing Chris Conley and his fellow bandmates as they prepped to hit the stage, I would’ve laughed it off. Yet here I was, on a pre-show speakerphone call with the band from a quiet Midtown Manhattan office space–a setting that led the band to accuse me of being an “adult” of all things. (I’m not.)
Saves the Day’s current lineup consists of the beloved Conley and bandmates Arun Bali, Rodrigo Palma and Dennis Wilson, they’ve been through numerous lineup changes, but Conley has remained the glue that holds them all together. Saves The Day originated in Princeton, New Jersey circa 1994 and broke out with their hit album Through Being Cool in 1999. Though they haven’t released an album since their eponymous 2013 record, earlier this year, Conley tweeted that “The first song on the next saves the day record is my new favorite song of all time.” Needless to say, excitement has been building.
During my chat with the band, we talked playing Taste of Chaos–the annual live tour created by Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman and resurrected in 2015–their social media use and how boiling nostalgia has helped pop punk look forward instead of to the past.
“People are sorta reconnecting with these bands that they loved as young adults,” frontman Conley told me while gushing over his love for the fans (and followers). “To us, it feels more like they’re growing with the music–not looking backwards.”
One way Saves the Day has managed to not only keep their fans engaged over the years, but also gaining newer and younger ones, is by actively using social platforms like Twitter and Instagram. Obviously, these platforms have only become popular over the last couple of years, long after the band originally began making music in the mid-nineties.
— CLC (@ChrisLaneConley) June 16, 2016