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I missed most of the back-and-forth between gr8080 and markers about Saves the Day vs. Say Anything. I liked the hell out of the two albums of theirs that I picked up after getting massively dumped by this chick in the early 2000s. I think that Chris Conley's lyrics definitely wavered back and forth between awesomely righteous emo and misogynistic creepy embarrassing emo, but he maintained a fairly high quality of imagery throughout and the songs themselves were consistently powerful pop-punk.

I haven't heard anything since "Through Being Cool" and "Stay What You Are" though. Has anyone been keeping up with these guys?

kkvgz, Tuesday, 13 September 2011 11:38 (six years ago) Permalink

ha yeah. At Your Funeral was a soundtrack to a self loathing, more emo time in my life. I did hear something a lot later from Under the Boards and hated it. TBF Stay what you are was pretty hit and miss too.

owenf, Tuesday, 13 September 2011 11:56 (six years ago) Permalink

Eh, I think it's pretty consistent for the first 7 songs. Then you have "Nightingale", which is way over-syrupy but probably does the trick for the ladies in the audience. Then "All I'm Losing Is Me" is more of a return to form. I honestly can't remember the last two tracks and may have forgotten to download them at all (Audiogalaxy, RIP).

kkvgz, Tuesday, 13 September 2011 12:08 (six years ago) Permalink

Just to get it out there, the most embarassing has to be "Rocks Tonic Juice Magic" off of Through Being Cool.

Let me take this awkward saw
And run it against your thighs
Cut some flesh away
I'll carry this piece of you with me

What's up ICP?

And if not I'll take my spoons
I'll dig out your blue eyes
I'll swallow them down to my colon
They're gonna burn like hell tonight

I can't even.

I'd buy you lemonade right now
if you were here
then I'd throw it in your face
And I'd listen to you cry

Oh my god... And this disappoints me so much because then you have the awesome, awesome, super-catchy emo coda of "you and are are like when fire and the ocean floor collide".

kkvgz, Tuesday, 13 September 2011 12:16 (six years ago) Permalink

haha

owenf, Tuesday, 13 September 2011 12:21 (six years ago) Permalink

i have kept up with these guys. in reverie is a really really underrated record, i think, maybe my favorite pop-rock record, or at least what i'd consider the best for an arbitrary set of years. it's not emo at all.

sound the alarm and under the boards bring back the emo but ends up sounding like my chemical romance, mostly because conely's voice has twisted into an even higher, whinier register. people have a lower tolerance for this stuff, but there are strong pop hooks throughout.

the new one, daybreak, is all right but feels kind of half-finished, unfortunately. first time i've been really underwhelmed by this band.

mutant slow drum (BradNelson), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 18:48 (six years ago) Permalink

feel like this song is representative of in reverie but it's all on spotify:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc2ryRmcTy0

mutant slow drum (BradNelson), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 18:52 (six years ago) Permalink

also, favorite song from the sound the alarm era

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2emMzZrc72I

mutant slow drum (BradNelson), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 18:55 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Maybe I should fly out to Montana where it's quiet.

how's life, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 10:00 (five years ago) Permalink

the new one, daybreak, is all right but feels kind of half-finished, unfortunately. first time i've been really underwhelmed by this band.

i was full of shit. daybreak is awesome

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:59 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
four weeks pass...

God, I can't stand his voice now. What the hell, Chris?

how's life, Tuesday, 27 August 2013 17:38 (four years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

love this record, which probably isn't a surprise to anyone

the shifting texture of chris conley's voice from record to record is kind of fascinating to me

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 17 September 2013 19:03 (four years ago) Permalink

it's really something. His voice, that is.

Me & Mahomies (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Wednesday, 18 September 2013 04:14 (four years ago) Permalink

Having a hard time stomaching this new version of it

Me & Mahomies (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Wednesday, 18 September 2013 04:15 (four years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

I sipped down
Warm ginger ale

how's life, Tuesday, 20 May 2014 10:16 (four years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

in reverie is a perfect album

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Monday, 20 April 2015 13:06 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

been singing This is Not an Exit today, introduced it to my sis and we are bonding over it. Now i want to learn this on guitar tonight:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py0Zp7m0U3k

fgti spinner (Spottie), Thursday, 8 February 2018 23:29 (six months ago) Permalink

his voice is unreal

fgti spinner (Spottie), Thursday, 8 February 2018 23:48 (six months ago) Permalink

stay what you are is a perfect album. guess they have two under their belt.

fgti spinner (Spottie), Thursday, 8 February 2018 23:49 (six months ago) Permalink


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