Most Anticipated of 2015: #6 Saosin Reboot

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Last year saw the return of a few of our beloved bands, but perhaps none was more surprising than that of Saosin. The band announced an appearance at Skate & Surf Festival early last year with original vocalist Anthony Green. What followed were a few scattered performances and the hint of new music on the horizon.

Of course, Saosin fans are well accustomed to these sorts of promises. After going radio silent sometime in 2010, irregular rumblings would surface, teasing the idea of a new album or a new lead singer to replace the exiled Cove Reber. For many, a reunion with Green and another album was a laughable notion. But here we are.

The band played a few new songs they had written to round out their setlist at shows throughout the year, so it’s obvious that they’ve at least penned a few new tracks together. However, Green still resides full time in experimental post rock act Circa Survive, which just released a new album, and has made clear that Circa is his first priority.

Nevertheless, the band has already announced some new dates for early 2015 and Green has made clear his desire to explore the post-hardcore sound further with the guys in Saosin. Whether time will allow such sessions remains to be seen. For now, fans of Saosin can at least dream about the possibility.

Green’s original parting with the band was not a pretty one. The fact that the group has reconciled and seems excited to share the stage together seems almost like a small miracle. With a renewed sense of vigor and friendship, who knows what possibilities lie ahead. Whatever happens, it’s certainly better than more silence.

kiel_hauckKiel Hauck is the editor in chief at It’s All Dead. Over the past decade, he has been a contributor for multiple online and print publications and was most recently an editor at PopMatters. Kiel currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and their imaginary pet, Hand Dog. You can follow him on Twitter.

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Saosin play “Seven Years” at Chain Reaction

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This isn’t necessarily “news,” but it is pretty freaking awesome. Last week, Saosin made their triumphant return to Chain Reaction in Anaheim, California, with two performances in one night. You weren’t able to make it? Don’t worry – we weren’t either. Lucky for us, several people caught it all on camera. Below are a few of the better videos from the night: one of “Seven Years” and the other of “Lost Symphonies”. Enjoy!

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Video interview with Saosin

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Derek Scancarelli of Alternative Press recently had the chance to chat with Saosin about their current reunion shows, what Translating the Name has meant to their individual careers, the band’s relationship with former vocalist Cover Reber, and if the band will record any new music with Anthony Green. Check out the interview below:

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Circa Survive begin recording fifth full-length album

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Anthony Green is a busy man. It looks like Circa Survive are back in the studio recording their fifth full length album, according to a recent tweet from Green. The band self-released their fourth album, Violent Waves, in 2012 to critical acclaim. Will Yip is set to be the producer of the new album, having co-produced Violent Waves and produced Anthony Green’s 2013 solo album Young Legs.

What Circa Survive album is your favorite? What are you hoping to hear from the new record? Let us know in the replies!

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Saosin announce three more shows with Anthony Green

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Well, it’s official – Saosin will be playing a few more reunion shows in addition to their Skate and Surf Festival date. Check out a photo of the upcoming dates posted by Saosin guitarist Justin Shekoski below:

At the band’s Skate and Surf set, Saosin will be reunited with original vocalist Anthony Green and will be playing their first show since 2010. Green originally departed from the band in 2004.

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What do you think of the announcement? Do you expect more dates to be announced? A new album or EP? Share your thoughts in the replies!

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Circa Survive to release split with Sunny Day Real Estate on Record Store Day

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In what may be the most surprising news of the week, it looks like Circa Survive and Sunny Day Real Estate will be releasing a split 7” for Record Store Day (April 19). The Sunny Day Real Estate track, titled “Lipton Witch”, is the first song released by the band in 14 years. The Circa Survive track, “Bad Heart”, was recorded by the band after the release of Violent Waves.

The pressing is limited to 2,500 copies, with 2,400 being pressed on burgundy vinyl and 100 being pressed on clear vinyl. You can check out the artwork below:

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For more information on Record Store Day releases, you can visit the official website.

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Saosin and Midtown to reunite at Skate and Surf 2014

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As many predicted, there are some huge reunions taking place at this year’s Skate and Surf Festival. Both Midtown and Saosin are reuniting and will be headlining the festival on Saturday, May 17. Saosin will be playing with original vocalist Anthony Green. Check out the full lineup below:

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Weekend passes go on sale tomorrow at the Skate and Surf website.

What band are you most excited to see?

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Whatever happened to Saosin?

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Update: On February 17, it was announced that Saosin will reunite with Anthony Green as vocalist for a performance at this year’s Skate & Surf Festival. You can read more info here and listen to our podcast discussion about the reunion here.

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It’s that time of year again.

Fans of SoCal post-hardcore act Saosin are now well accustomed to the scattered, vague assurances such as the recent Tweet above. Instead of jubilation, the general response is more of an eye-roll. You’ll have to excuse us for our lack of enthusiasm, but we’ve heard this before.

It’s been over four years since the band released their last album, the shaky and uneven In Search of Solid Ground. Shortly thereafter, vocalist Cove Reber was dismissed, but not without promise of a new and improved Saosin on the horizon.

What followed was what appeared to be an awkward public audition for former Tides of Man vocalist Tilian Pearson. The resulting product consisted of a few shrug-worthy leaked demos before Pearson began his own solo project and officially joined the ranks of Dance Gavin Dance.

In the time since, fans have been treated to erratic and ambiguous messages and rumors that serve simply to remind us that Saosin is apparently still a thing. However, what’s far more interesting than these nuggets of non-information is observing the fan response – one that is now much akin to an oddly dark kind of classic conditioning.

Upon each ringing of the bell, we collectively choose to fight back our salivating hunger for new music in favor of the most active kind of apathy. We’ll roll our eyes, but not without an audible groan to let you know that we’re still here. Still waiting.

If Fall Out Boy’s triumphant reunion last year proved anything, it’s that the shelf life for this scene might be a little longer than everyone expected. It’s true that Saosin doesn’t hold the same mainstream appeal as Fall Out Boy, but they do hold one of the most rabid underground followings that the post-hardcore genre has seen. A following that has surely dwindled to some extent during the band’s prolonged absence, but one that appears ready to reconvene at a moment’s notice – whether they’ll openly admit it or not.

Consider the groundswell of response to each Saosin release through the years. Even at their worst, everyone had an opinion to give, and in some ways, even the negative jeers were filled with a knowing tone that the band could do better. No one seemed ready to give up. That notion is the unspoken undercurrent that drives the multiple pages of responses to each Saosin “update” – even when the voices are saying, “I don’t care.”

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One thing that became clear during the Tilian Pearson experiment is that the third time is rarely a charm in this scene. Jon Bunch may have been a great vocalist and songwriter, but how does one go about filling the shoes of Jason Gleason and Chris Carrabba? Fortunately, Further Seems Forever fans were treated to a proper re-writing of history in 2012 when the band reunited with original vocalist Carrabba after an eight-year absence.

What resulted was Penny Black – a proper return to form that would become the band’s highest charting release. A successful reunion tour even featured a cameo from Gleason, joining the band on stage for a performance of “The Sound”. If this were to be the band’s farewell, very few would complain.

Could this serve as a model for a Saosin comeback? Whisperings of a reunion with Anthony Green have persisted since Reber’s departure. Although baseless at first, Green shockingly shared the stage with Saosin guitarists Justin Shekoski and Beau Burchell for a performance of “Seven Years” just over a year ago during a solo tour. Last summer, Green admitted to Alternative Press that he would consider working with the band again “if the timing was right.”

For many fans who have spent far too long waiting, perhaps it’s easier to assume that the timing will never be right, or at least not soon enough to get excited over.

But since we’re all just spit-balling here, what about a reunion tour with both vocalists? The first half of the set could consist of Reber-era material before a short intermission, followed by Green joining the band to perform the entirety of Translating the Name. Heck, the band could even record an EP with a few songs from both vocalists to satiate fans on both sides of the fence.

Alas, any idea presented is at best speculation and, at worst, daydreaming. Perhaps the only solace is that our time wasted pondering on impossible scenarios is time that the band has spent slowly fashioning their return.

In the end, I’m fully content with spinning Translating the Name and Saosin for as long as time will allow and I suspect most fans of the band feel the same. Yet with every reminder that there is “a pulse,” I’m reminded of what has become a twisted game of cat and mouse – one that keeps me cautiously hopeful, even as I shrug it off.

by Kiel Hauck

kiel_hauckKiel Hauck is the editor in chief at It’s All Dead. Over the past decade, he has been a contributor for multiple online and print publications and was most recently an editor at PopMatters. Kiel currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and their imaginary pet, Hand Dog. You can follow him on Twitter.

Review: Anthony Green – Young Legs

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There’s a little something for everyone when it comes to the music of Anthony Green. The man has become one of the more notable icons in the scene through his array of projects, each showcasing a different angle of his recognizable vocal abilities. Not a fan of the post-hardcore chaos of Saosin? Check out the experimental art rock of The Sound of Animals Fighting. Not into the ambient alt-rock of Circa Survive? Throw on the mellow indie rock of his solo outings.

Of course, with so many different musical personalities, it’s easy to understand why one might feel a bit fragmented when following his work. Over time though, Green’s musical endeavors have begun to swing closer and closer to a central point, melding into his most recent release, Young Legs. This new album is the most seamless and unified effort of his solo career, and thus, it is certainly his best.

A large reason for the uniform atmosphere of Young Legs is the addition of Good Old War, a band that has often contributed backing assistance to Green, but this time provides the soundscape of the entire record. With ease, they transition themselves to fit whatever emotion Green is emitting and provide the perfect backdrop.

The album’s opener, “Breaker”, sounds like an extension of last year’s Circa Survive outing, Violent Waves, but with a more personal feel. The guitar work on the latter half of the song is captivating and grabs your attention without distracting from the song itself. It’s an excellent choice to kick of the album. “100 Steps” is a piano driven number with a building chorus that sounds like it belongs somewhere on soft-rock radio.

As for Green’s vocals, they’ve never sounded better. “When You Sang to Me” finds Green at his best, effortlessly crooning the ghostly chorus of “I wasn’t the only one awake when you sang to me”. Likewise, the quiet and somber “I’ll Miss You” showcases the soft layered, haunting vocals that Green pulls off better than anyone. The slow acoustic track, “Conversation Piece”, is simple in sound, but complex in its delivery, with Green painfully singing, “The very thing that made me want you in the first place is what’s driving me away”.

Anthony Green has always been well adored for his vocal ability, but what makes Young Legs so special is his willingness to corral and harness his delivery. His vocals manage to express pain, confusion and joy throughout the album’s 11 tracks without ever resorting to his screechy upper register. The constraint is appropriate and allows the richness of his voice to shine through on each and every song. It turns out, Anthony Green is an even better singer than we knew.

Green’s solo releases have always felt like a special treat for those who clung tightly to his other projects. However, both Avalon and last year’s Beautiful Things often felt more like collections of b-sides and random ideas – not poor work, but disjointed in their presentation. Young Legs triumphs by standing alone as a cohesive work of art that feels complete from front to back. As Green has grown as an artist, he has become noticeably more confident and controlled in his output, and with Young Legs, he has once again set a new standard for himself and generated even more excitement for his future work.

4/5

by Kiel Hauck

kiel_hauckKiel Hauck is the editor in chief at It’s All Dead. Over the past decade, he has been a contributor for multiple online and print publications and was most recently an editor at PopMatters. Kiel currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and their imaginary pet, Hand Dog. You can follow him on Twitter.

Anthony Green streams new album “Young Legs”

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Anthony Green is currently streaming his new album Young Legs at his website.

The album is a follow-up to last year’s Beautiful Things and was recorded earlier this year with Good Old War serving as the back up band. The official release date for the album is November 12. You can preorder the album on iTunes.