your favorite emo band

Pop punk problem #40
  • People confusing with emo and you getting offended because that phase ended the day you hit 14 but later listening to your favorite pop punk bands and calling them emo.
  • me, on a date: which band of the emo trinity is your favorite?
  • my date: i don't like the emo trinity.
  • me, shoving breadsticks into my purse: im sorry, i must go, imm-
  • my date: i think it should be the emo quartet, with twenty one pilots.
  • me, slowly taking breadsticks out of my purse: go on.
emo asks
  • 1. what is the REAL emo trinity?
  • 2. what was your first favorite emo band?
  • 3. did you listen to BOTDF?
  • 4. whats the most emo thing you've ever done?
  • 5. did you ever have a myspace?
  • 6. what do you chime in with?
  • 7. are you still emo today?
  • 8. black or red?
  • 9. favorite emo band today?
  • 10. favorite singer?
  • 11. favorite guitarist?
  • 12. favorite bassist?
  • 13. favorite drummer?
  • 14. are you a FBR emo or a mcr/the used emo?
  • 15. favorite underground emo band?
  • 16. underrated emo band?
  • 17. overrated emo babd?
  • 18. least favorite emo band?
  • 19. who is your supreme emo idol?
  • 20. most embarrassing thing you've said just to be emo?
  • 21. how many band shirts do you own?
  • 22. how many times has mcr made you cry?
  • 23. how much of your closet is black?
  • 24. how old were you when you turned emo?
  • 25. how long do you think your "emo phase" will last? or, how long did it last?
Start Today: Saves The Day

by Jessica Perry

Who are these guys?

If your favorite band is active in the modern pop-punk, emo, or hardcore scene, Saves the Day is probably among their favorite bands. If you’ve been to a local show in the past 10 years, you’ve probably heard at least one “You Vandal” cover. Saves the Day gets cited a lot as an influencer. Fall Out Boy started as a Saves the Day cover band; The Wonder Years have frequently credited Saves the Day as an inspiration. Max Bemis is a vocal and unapologetic Saves the Day fan-turned-friend. Their cross-genre and cross-generational influence cannot be overstated, but their continued evolution and relevance often falls to the wayside.

From a biographical standpoint, Saves the Day was born in Princeton, New Jersey. Previously named Sefler, the band adopted the Saves the Day moniker in 1998; at the time, all of the original members were still attending high school. A lot has happened in the past 18 years that will be alluded to below – numerous lineup changes, commercial success, sonic exploration, punk/hardcore ostracization, a modest rebound. Being Saves the Day – and being a Saves the Day fan – can be admittedly rocky. I could (and plan to) write a book about the ups and downs, but it’s critical to at least briefly note the tumultuous nature of their legacy – it characterizes their history, contextualizes their discography and is a defining element of the die-hard fan experience. And it is certainly a point of awareness and inspiration for Chris Conley, the band’s lead singer, songwriter, lyricist and only remaining original member.

Where to start?

The natural and most common response to that question is 1999’s Through Being Cool, and I can’t argue with that. Widely considered the band’s breakout record, it’s easily their most celebrated in modern alternative music circles. The album is The One – the one that changed the lives of those it touched (including mine); the one that pioneered a genre of hooky, emotional aggression paired with brutally vivid imagery; the one that made many people want to pick up guitars and write songs for the first time. Through Being Cool is some of Saves’ most relatable material, laden with themes of love, distance and heartbreak, traversing America in the name of all of them. It’s easy and accessible, able to simultaneously transport you backwards and increase your real-time emotional awareness. Between the first life-affirming riffs of “All-Star Me” and the final strums of “Banned From the Back Porch,” Through Being Cool contains some of its generation’s most pivotal anthems. If you’re younger and just beginning your back-cataloging journey: this is for you. If you’re older and looking for something to help untangle your heartstrings: this is for you, too.

Recommended Tracks:
For me, at least, Through Being Cool is divided into two distinct parts. Tracks 1-5 are the summer anthems you blare out your car window and wail with life-dependent urgency among friends. Of these, “You Vandal” and “Holly Hox, Forget Me Nots” are the standouts. (“Shoulder to the Wheel,” the album’s single, does not truly showcase the band or album’s essence.) The back half of this record, though, is the stronger half, and it’s what really sets Through Being Cool apart from other pop-punk records. It’s rife with heart-wringing pleas and desperation. Conley’s soaring vocals, his use of metaphor and his repeated references to the color orange have become synonymous with autumn in New Jersey. “My Sweet Fracture” and “The Last Lie I Told” are the hardest hitters.

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