Saves the Day

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After nearly two decades and an abundant helping of line-up changes that have left singer Chris Conley as the sole remaining original member, Saves the Day has remained one of the most important staples of contemporary emo, with no indication of becoming stale.  In September, the band unveiled its eponymous eighth studio effort boasting a collection of boisterous power pop anthems demonstrating its ability to change with the times while retaining Conley’s confessional lyricism that fans know and love. 

It’s a style that’s contributed to the rise of the genre’s new wave with mixed results. Patrick Stump reportedly auditioned for Fall Out Boy by covering “Through Being Cool,” and on the more local scene, Balance and Composure frontman Jon Simmons has cited the group’s breakthrough release Stay What You Are as one of the albums that shaped his musical palette. In an almost poetic twist of fate, the latter will  join his heroes as one of the opening acts for a short run of acoustic shows, which kicked off last week in Chicago. Also joining in the fun will be Walter Schreifels of legendary post-hardcore bands Quicksand and Rival Schools.

Though the tour got off to a bit of a rocky start—the band’s tour van was robbed of a MacBook and Schreifels’ guitar after their first concert—it has continued to go on without a subsequent hitch, with the headliners promising long sets, deep cuts and the possibility of taking requests. Not bad tricks for a bunch of old dogs. / J.A.

7:30pm. Sold out. With Walter Schreifels + Jon Simmons. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. 215.563.3980. r5productions.com

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Sunday, December 22, 2013
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