Saves the Day Unveils U.S. Tour Dates and Grows Up

New Jersey's Saves the Day was a benchmark of late-'90s, mall-friendly pop-punk emo. Frontman Chris Conley sang the same kinda songs about girls with the same eunuch-nasal vocals as all the band's nationwide suburban peers. But he also slipped in an extra little darkness. His take on teenage white male ennui (see also: sexual frustration) left a vinegar aftertaste despite ostensibly sweet ingredients.

As always, those boys started getting a little fuzz on their upper lip. And, honestly, they fell off our radar, because the announcement that they'll be performing this November alongside Jersey pop-punk peers Bayside was a surprise -- local stop is at Revolution. Saves the Day is not only still a band but it also has a new full-length, titled Daybreak, coming out this fall. 

So Saves the Day is on its way. But, like we were saying, you better not expect some sweet little emo boys. What if we've got on our hands here is bona fide poop-in-the-diaper emo men. What follows is the band's evolution over the years.

When we first met Saves the Day, its members were plucky suburbanites whose visor-wearing demographic smiled while singing along to songs about being allergic to their own virginity. Check out vocalist Chris Conley's supercrucial, spunky, young-at-heart mic twirl. These boys were born to whine, but get 'em a pair of hooters to honk in the back of their Dad's car and they'll be shouting carpe diem!

In 2001, they made the jump to Vagrant and were ushered into melancholy young adulthood, perfectly exhibited in their emo-ly existential video for "At Your Funeral." Check out vocalist Chris Conley's supercrucial jaw.

Right before we lost track of it, Saves the Day had morphed into a horrific parody of itself that was long overdue for merciful euthanization. Check out vocalist Chris Conley's bright-pink 'do for a perfect example of how NOT to age gracefully in emo.


OCTOBER             CITY                         VENUE

Thu 6                        Philadelphia, PA       Trocadero

Fri 7                          Philadelphia, PA       Trocadero

Sat 8                         Boston, MA               Royale

Sun 9                        Boston, MA               Royale

Tue 11                       Cleveland, OH           House Of Blues

Wed 12                     Detroit, MI                Majestic

Thu 13                      Chicago, IL               House Of Blues

Fri 14                         Milwaukee, WI         Rave

Sat 15                        Sauget IL                  Pop's

Sun 16                       Lincoln NE              Bourbon Theatre

Tue 18                       Denver, CO             Summit Music Hall

Wed 19                      Salt Lake City, UT   In The Venue

Fri 21                         Seattle, WA              El Corazon

Sat 22                        Portland, OR            Hawthorne Theater

Sun 23                       San Francisco, CA  The Fillmore

Tue 25                       Pomona,CA             Glass House

Wed 26                      W Hollywood, CA  House Of Blues

Thu 27                       San Diego, CA        House Of Blues

Fri 28                         Las Vegas, NV        House Of Blues

Sat 29                        Tucson, AZ              The Rock

Sun 30                       Albuquerque NM      Sunshine Theater


Tue 1                        Dallas, TX                 Trees

Wed 2                       Austin, TX                Emo's

Thu 3                        Houston, TX             Warehouse Studio

Fri 4                          Pensacola FL             Vinyl Music Hall

Sat 5                         Atlanta, GA               Masquerade

Sun 6                        Orlando, FL                House Of Blues    

Tue 8                        Ft Lauderdale, FL       Revolution

Wed 9                       St Petersburg, FL        State Theatre

Thu 10                      Charleston,SC             Music Farm

Fri 11                        Carrboro NC               Cat's Cradle

Sat 12                       Norfolk VA               Norva

Sun 13                     Towson, MD              Recher

Saves the Day, with Bayside. Tuesday, November 8, at Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Visit

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