In the late 90s, it would have been hard to find a band more emblematic of the burgeoning emo movement than Saves the Day.
Led by vocalist Chris Conley, the group married elements of punk, pop, and hardcore with butt-hurt lyrics about mean ex-girlfriends and missing your mom. The perpetually jilted Conley was one of emo’s first poster boys, lamenting his broken heart via some impressively nasal vocals.
Along with acts like Midtown and the Get Up Kids, Saves the Day gave a generation of teenagers the perfect soundtrack to marinating in their own romantic despair. The band peaked with 1999’s guilty pleasure Through Being Cool, a taut collection of breakup songs that were as catchy as they were whiny.
People looking to relive their pubescent years of heartbreak and self-pity will be pleased to know that Saves the Day are set to play Soma on Thursday, October 14. The New Jersey boys are opening, and once they’ve finished making you cry in your Zima, LA’s Say Anything and Minnesota’s Motion City Soundtrack will be on hand to make you question your life choices.
It all sounds pretty torturous, but a healthy masochistic streak is a must for all dedicated emo kids. Tickets can be purchased here. As you might guess, the event is all ages.