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Princeton, New York NJ, United States (1994 – present)

Saves The Day is a Rock band from Princeton, New Jersey and formed in 1994.

They got together when its members were only 13, signed a label deal while still in high school, and went on to sell thousands of records, tour with blink-182 and Weezer, land songs on the playlist of Los Angeles’ KROQ, and influence countless followers.

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Chris Conley’s lacerating, frequently existential lyrics provide sharp counterpoint to his sweet melodic sensibility as the band exercises their penchant for a variety of rock, punk and pop hooks. In Reverie was produced by Rob Schnapf, who has worked with Saves The Day before, as well as with Beck, Elliott Smith and Guided By Voices.

Precocious from the get-go, Conley took up the cello at six. He had his first real rock ’n’ roll epiphany while sitting in his dad’s Mazda listening over and over on his Discman to the opening drum fill in “Stairway To Heaven.” “That summer I started playing guitar,” he explains. “I was 13. When I got back to school, a friend of mine, who was our drummer for a long time, asked me to come to his house and jam. David played guitar. That was the first incarnation of Saves The Day. We were called Indifference and later, Sefler, which came from an e-mail typo.”

Says Soloway: “We’d play on the street outside Chuck’s Café in Princeton.” “They had great wings,” Conley adds, “which is what they gave us for playing.” As Sefler moved indoors to the school gym and friends’ basements, they began discovering indie rock. “I was getting into Superchunk, Sunny Day Real Estate, Archers Of Loaf, Jawbreaker …, ” Conley recalls. “We would play as hard and fast as we possibly could without losing the melody.”


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  • jessyrocker

    Just Great

    7 May 6:44am Reply
  • Coolbutlame

    I'll never forget the day I saw these guys play 5 songs and then Atlanta was evacuated because of storms. Fuck Warped Tour.

    4 May 6:25pm Reply
  • jessyrocker

    Just Great

    16 Apr 6:01am Reply
  • diamond_tough

    I was listening to this band called Lifetime and they totally ripped off Can't Slow Down, the nerve!

    10 Apr 4:59am Reply
  • RJKlein

    I still love this band! They're like the soundtrack of my life.

    29 Mar 11:34pm Reply
  • GayHead

    Yeah that's not the point I was trying to make, 'accidentXprone' - was just meant to be an amusing anecdote, lighten da fuk up.

    24 Feb 3:41pm Reply
  • nikkicoyote

    you can't run from your past christopher

    18 Feb 10:09pm Reply
  • accidentXprone

    yeah i'm sure he'd never heard that before

    16 Feb 12:16am Reply
  • GayHead

    I told Chris Conley that I thought Saves The Day used to sound like Lifetime and he ran away from me.

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • ACA1985

    setlist videos and photos from the NYC through being cool show!

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • BruceMcD2020

    Guess who had one of the most played songs on "Steven's Untitled Rock Show?" Check out the full playlist at!

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • magnificohan

    Vote up

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • diamond_tough

    In regards to Stay What You Are I don't really share the same enthusiasm for it than I do Can't Slow Down and Through Being Cool I hardly ever listen to it. I think all the hype was over a how they were able to put pop hooks and catchy choruses in emo songs, you know that whole 3rd wave whatever shit. It's an okay album, they were able to shed their whole "Jersey's Second Best Dancers" image but I guess in retrospect being a decent Lifetime knockoff band is far better than whatever image they have now, smh.

    4 Dec 2014 Reply
  • senorblanco

    the Through Being Cool show was a pathetic display. Chris and whatever dudes he's hired to keep up the charade are bullshit in the entertainment department. Massively disappointed with what this band has become

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • msrebridges

    Through Being Cool is fifteen years old today. Happy Birthday to my all-time favorite record.

    2 Nov 2014 Reply
  • knight_88

    Totally forgot how much I love this band!

    2 Nov 2014 Reply
  • bobo9390

    Actually, I'd say Under The Boards is really underrated. Very haunting atmosphere and the best lyrics Chris has written post-In Reverie.

    1 Nov 2014 Reply
  • bobo9390

    Not sure what the hype has always been about SWYA. It's highly influential, but it's not even close to their best. 4th or 5th for me. CSD, TBC, and In Reverie are definitely better imo. And I'd say Under The Boards is about on par with it. The only album I don't think is great is Sound The Alarm.

    1 Nov 2014 Reply
  • diamond_tough

    lol nothing after Stay What You Are is on the top tracks... figures.

    10 Oct 2014 Reply
  • shillace

    Literally just became my favourite band

    20 Sep 2014 Reply
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