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Say Anything/Saves the Day/Reggie and the Full Effect Announce Tour

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A full-album show is always a special event. A full-album anniversary show is even more exciting. However, take 2 classic albums celebrating anniversaries in 2014, put those bands on a tour together, and add the well-liked Reggie and the Full Effect performing an album all the way through, and you have the makings of a tour for the ages. Say Anything finally spilled the beans on their upcoming fall tour, which has the band playing their classic sophomore album …Is a Real Boy front-to-back for the 10-year anniversary, along with some of their other hits. They are bringing along Saves the Day, who will be celebrating the 15-year anniversary of their pop punk/emo classic Through Being Cool for the occasion. Opening up will be Reggie and the Full Effect (fronted by former Get Up Kids keyboardist James Dewees) performing Under the Tray… in its entirety. The tour begins at the House of Blues on San Diego on November 14 and wraps up at the House of Blues in Anaheim on December 21. This is a tour you will not want to miss; presale tickets are available now with tickets going on sale on Wednesday, September 10.

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Five Great Albums Celebrating Anniversaries in 2014, And Why Their Full-Album Tours Would Be Awesome

by Vasilis

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Earlier this month, Riot Fest planners announced that the Chicago and Denver dates will feature 10 legendary bands (including Weezer, The Get Up Kids, The Descendents, and NoFX) playing 10 “essential” albums to celebrate the 3-day festival’s 10th anniversary. As a fan of full-album shows, I was ecstatic to the point of legitimately contemplating a weekend in Chicago to catch some of my favorite albums played in their entirety. It also got me thinking about which albums could benefit from a tour in their honor.

The anniversary tour trend has become a welcome staple in the music world. Though the phenomenon had no official documented beginning, I remember it rising to prominence with the 10-year anniversaries of emo heavyweights Jimmy Eat World (Clarity) and The Get Up Kids (Something to Write Home About) in 2009. I recall regretting missing these tours, though at the time I was unaware that they would become a musical mainstay. Today, bands across all genres pay respect to their most cherished, successful, or personal favorite albums by touring or playing a string of shows in which they perform the album front-to-back, in addition to their greatest hits.

The anniversary tour has plenty of supporters and detractors. On one hand, they are a trip down memory lane that can reignite some powerful feelings stemming from an album that has changed the band’s career or even the music scene it exists within. Having the opportunity to witness New Found Glory perform Sticks and Stones showcased how truly transformative that album was for pop punk and how it holds up to this day. On the other hand, they are becoming exceedingly commonplace, which can run the risk of ruining the tradition’s specialness. They have also begun to feel like cash grabs to some, providing an opportunity to milk past successes with vinyl re-releases, re-done acoustic albums, and never-ending tours. Nowhere was this more painfully evident than with Taking Back Sunday’s Tell All Your Friends, a classic album that was run into the ground by the band over the past two years following its 10-year celebration.

Negatives aside, I love these tours and make every effort to attend as many as I can. I have seen Motion City Soundtrack play their first four albums over two nights, Rx Bandits play my two favorite albums of theirs on back-to-back nights, and too many 10-year tours to count. 2003 proved to be one of the best years for anniversaries thanks to an abundance of memorable albums, and 2004 (and 1994) are packed with great releases as well. After performing Smash oversees, The Offspring are bringing the punk rock masterpiece to the states this August in a rare 20th Anniversary Tour that is sure to be a big hit. In the “Victory Records emo” era, Hawthorne Heights are honoring The Silence in Black and White over the next 6 months in various locations across the world. With 2014 only half-over, more tours are sure to follow before the year ends.

With all that said, I decided to think back to the past 25 years and pick some albums I think are worthy of receiving the “anniversary tour” treatment. There are at least ten albums I would like to see from 2004 alone, so I am breaking it up in 5-year increments to spread it out and highlight some truly monumental releases that have had a big impact on music.

5-Year Anniversary (2009): Manchester Orchestra – Mean Everything to Nothing

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Five year anniversary tours are very rare and mostly unnecessary, but A Loss for Words and Hit the Lights are both celebrating young albums this year, so I figured I should include a pick from 2009. Mean Everything to Nothing is one of the best albums from a magnificent year, an emotionally captivating masterpiece that deserves a ton of recognition. Andy Hull’s raw and candid lyrics are meaningfully sung over his distinct Southern crooning on this 50-minute epic, which remains their best work to date. The band is currently touring in support of their new album COPE, but they are playing half this album on that tour, including “Everything to Nothing” and “The River”, the album’s passionate closing tracks. Seeing Mean Everything to Nothing in its entirety would be very fulfilling, albeit very emotionally draining. However, it contains the band’s best music and should one day see the full-album treatment.

10-Year Anniversary (2004):Jimmy Eat World – Futures

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10-year” tours are the most popular, and there is no album I would like to see more than Jimmy Eat World’s best work, Futures. The band has already done Clarity and has performed Bleed American at select shows oversees. However, Futures is the band’s most complete work, mixing their alt-rock present with their emo past with a solid blend of both their slower and their heavier works. Many would argue this is the band’s last “great” album, so what better way to pay homage to a fan-favorite than to play it in its entirety for their audience. The best thing about a Futures tour would be getting to hear “Futures” (their best opener) and 23 (their best closer) the way they were intended, as an opener and closer, respectively.

15-Year Anniversary (1999): Saves the Day – Through Being Cool

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Saves the Day played Through Being Cool last year at a secret show in Brooklyn following their sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg show (where they played 30 songs). The show was described by many as surreal, with Chris Conley so in shock that he wondered if it even happened the next morning. The photographs and stories from that night confirm that this album would make a perfect full-length tour. It is considered one of the best albums in the pop punk genre and is incredibly influential. It would give the younger pop punk fans a rare, live look at one of the most important albums the genre has ever seen. Through Being Cool flows from fun and playful to aggressive and emotional with a song for fans of all ages. While the band plays many of these songs live, seeing it front to back would no doubt be a memorable experience.

20-Year Anniversary (1994): Green Day – Dookie

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I’ve already summed up my feelings on Dookie’s importance, as have countless music journalists who are much more adept at writing than I am. Green Day have sworn to take a break from touring, but that doesn’t mean I can’t dream of seeing the most influential pop punk album performed in its entirety in New York City (preferably in a small club like Webster Hall or Irving Plaza). It would be a true celebration of a legendary piece of work that has shaped the music landscape like no band has done since. The band has already played the album in festivals across Europe, but the party-like atmosphere of this youthful album performed in the United States (where it was conceived and recorded) would be unmatched.

25-Year Anniversary (1989): Bad Religion – No Control

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Bad Religion’s No Control got me into punk rock music and is my favorite album from a band whose discography spans 30 years and 15 albums. Clocking in at 27 minutes long, the 15-song effort is short, punchy, aggressive, insightful, smart, and inventive. As the middle work in Bad Religion’s famed “Holy Trilogy”, No Control continues to resonate with punk fans to this day and is a continued source of inspiration. Because of its short running time, the band could play the album and still have time for another 15 songs on top of it from their other albums, which would offer a unique and lengthy setlist while still not lasting longer than the standard 80-90 minutes. The band can even play this album in full as a supporting act with time for more. Though Bad Religion is one of the few bands to not participate in the full-album craze, seeing No Control in its entirety would be a real treat for punk rock fans.

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Top Albums of 2013 (as chosen by Vas)

Band – Album – “Favorite Song”

  1. The Wonder Years – The Greatest Generation – “I Just Want to Sell Out My Funeral”

  2. Streetlight Manifesto – The Hands That Thieve – “Your Day Will Come”

  3. Balance & Composure – The Things We Think We’re Missing – “Keepsake”

  4. Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart – “Plain Sailing Weather”

  5. Kevin Devine – Bulldozer/Bubblegum – “Redbird”

  6. Into It. Over It. – Intersections – “Contractual Obligation”

  7. The Front Bottoms – Talon of the Hawk – “Backflip”

  8. Arctic Monkeys – AM – “R U Mine?”

  9. Citizen – Youth – “Roam the Room”

  10. The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die – Whenever, If Ever – “Getting Sodas”

  11. Fall Out Boy – Save Rock and Roll – “Save Rock and Roll”

  12. Saves the Day – Saves the Day – “Ain’t No Kind of Love”

  13. The Swellers – Light Under Closed Doors – “Got Social”

  14. Mixtapes – Ordinary Silence – “Elevator Days”

  15. Sainthood Reps – Headswell – “Headswell”

  16. Allison Weiss – Say What You Mean – “One Way Love”

  17. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City – “Unbelievers”

  18. Have Mercy – The Earth Pushed Back – “This Old Ark”

  19. Polar Bear Club – Death Chorus – “WLWYCD”

  20. Paramore – Paramore – “Anklebiters”

2013 Top 5 EPs:

  1. Vinnie Caruana – City By The Sea

  2. Pentimento – Inside the Sea

  3. Their / They’re / There – Their / They’re / There

  4. Misser – Distancing

  5. Why Bother? – This Isn’t Very Good

 

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Saves the Day Turn Back Time with Youthful Self-Titled Album, Electrifying Tour

by Vasilis, contributing writer

Where does a band go after releasing three emotionally tormented albums, a conceptual trilogy packed with alienation, fear, turmoil, painful self-discovery, and eventual acceptance? For Saves the Day, the challenge provided just the fresh start they needed. Front man Chris Conley, the band’s only remaining original member, described the completion of the trilogy to Punknews.org as the moment the band “finally found peace”. Daybreak, the trilogy’s final piece, faced many problems with members leaving and re-recordings, but the finished product received solid reviews and re-introduced the world to the band. The trilogy spanned 7 years and countless line-up changes but in the end showed that the band had a lot more left in the tank.

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Saves the Day – Self Titled Album

With the trilogy behind them, Saves the Day asked fans to help fund their upcoming, self-titled album, which resulted in a hugely successful Pledge campaign. This allowed the band to write the album they wanted to while giving fans the opportunity to witness cool, intimate shows where played their classic early albums in return. The resulting album felt like a dream fulfilled for Saves the Day, who finally have a solid core line-up. The tracks are short and punchy with poppy melodies mixed with the old, aggressive feel of earlier Saves the Day music and a noticeably brighter outlook on life. The album combines the eclectic variety of In Reverie with the classic Saves the Day sound of Stay What You Are, with songs like “Remember”, “The Tide of Our Times” and “Ain’t No Kind of Love” feeling like a breath of fresh air for the band. With a new album in tow, the group embarked on a long-awaited headlining tour where they asked fans to weigh in on what songs they wanted to hear.

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Hostage Calm – Music Hall of Williamsburg

So on September 26, when the tour came to Brooklyn, the anticipation was sky-high as The Music Hall of Williamsburg was the earliest show to sell out. Connecticut-based punk band Hostage Calm opened, quickly marching through tracks from their latest full-length, Please Remain Calm,along with old fan favorite “War on a Feeling”. The band has been touring tirelessly in support of the 2012 album, and while their crowd was small, the dedicated group still showed up to sing along to every verse. Evan Weiss’s acoustic/punk project Into It. Over It. followed, sporting a full-band look that contrasted nicely to Evan’s usual solo acoustic set-up. While Evan’s witty, insightful and self-aware lyrics can often get a bit swallowed up in the full band setting, his stage presence and unmatched energy were still front-and-center. Evan and his backing band were on point during the 14-song set that spanned the entirety of the band’s catalog with some solid choice cuts, including “Humboldt”, “Heartificial”, and “Discretion and Depressing People”.

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                                                                                                       Into It. Over It. – Music Hall of Williamsburg

Saves the Day finally stormed the stage at 10pm, sporting a setlist that featured 30 (yes, 30) songs that touched on the band’s entire career. After opening with “Remember”, the first track off their new release, fans were whipped into a frenzy when the band launched into old pop punk favorite “Shoulder to the Wheel”, and there was no shortage of somersaulting stage divers and crowd surfers in the audience. The reaction to each song off Through Being Cool or Stay What You Are was nothing short of pure bedlam, but the band only became more invigorated to see the response they were getting. At times the crowd’s singing overtook Chris Conley’s nasally vocals as the show became a celebration of the band’s entire career. Fans showed some of the newer songs some love as well, displaying the devotion and appreciation to their entire catalog.

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                                                                                                       Saves the Day – Music Hall of Williamsburg

The great thing about Saves the Day is they always change their setlist up, so no two are the same. While the band would never leave off classics like “Holly Hox, Forget Me Nots”, “Firefly”, or “The End”, every show is an opportunity to hear songs like “Through Being Cool”, “Jukebox Breakdown”, “Get Fucked Up”, “Undress Me”, and “Bones”, some lesser known tracks that show off the band’s impressive range. By the time they ended with popular b-side “Sell My Old Clothes, I’m Off to Heaven”, fans were not ready to go, and neither was the band. Returning to the stage to play the hauntingly catchy “At Your Funeral”, the band busted out two more rare tracks to end the night with “Banned From the Back Porch” and “Jodie”. Finishing with the closer from their 1997 debut album Can’t Slow Down felt fitting, as the band paid tribute to their past while the fans rewarded them with the energy and passion they have earned. In the end, the set proved to be one of the most memorable I have ever witnessed.

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                                                                                                        Saves the Day – Music Hall of Williamsburg

Never ones to rest, the band also played a secret after-show at St. Vitus Bar in Brooklyn at 1am, playing through their 1999 pop punk magnum opus Through Being Cool. The band’s tireless work ethic, passion, and love for their fans and their own work is something to be admired and praised, and with so many people packing their shows on tour it was a just reward for another solid album and a fantastic live show. It appears stepping into the time machine has been the best thing Saves the Day could have done.

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