Saves The Day Live In Philadelphia (9/27/13)


It’s impossible to grow up in New Jersey in the late 90s, be into melodic hardcore, and not listen to Saves The Day.  Sure, I don’t know anything by them after Can’t Slow Down and Through Being Cool, but I am still always stoked to see them just to be able to rock out to those few old songs.  So when I saw they were playing Philly’s Union Transfer on Friday night, I was one hundred percent in.

I was still hurting from the secret Bouncing Souls show the night before, but no matter, nothing was going to get in the way of my fun.  I got there late with some friends, missing both Hostage Calm and Into It Over It but in time for Saves The Day.  The venue was completely sold out, and as usual the crowd was quite the dichotomy of older fans who were looking to two step to the older melodic hardcore and younger fans who got into them from the poppier songs of their later work.

I want to say straight up that it was an incredibly weird show.  I don’t mean that in a bad way, but it was definitely strange for reasons I’ll get into.  The band took the stage, and blasted into one of their newer songs before causing a pit to open up once they started Shoulder To The Wheel (and it was at this point, I immediately got a black eye and a split lip from a stray elbow which phased me for a total of .05 seconds as I was way too stoked to even pay attention to any bodily injuries).

They continued their set switching between all of their albums, but Philly was randomly aggressive this night.  Singer Chris wound up in an altercation with some fans who wound up breaking his guitar, and at one point it looked like he was pissed off enough that he wasn’t going to continue the show.  He took a second, gave a little spiel about how we all need to get along, and continued their set.  But this is where weird gets weirder… a fan tells him to check his pocket, and he does, and there’s someone’s iPhone in there, to which he is just straight up confused by the David Blaine nature of this voodoo that just happened.  At this point, no one even knew what the fuck was going on, and everyone just collectively shrugged and continued rocking out.

Setbacks aside, Saves The Day played a very long solid set, although I wish they played more off of Can’t Slow Down… but they did play a shit ton off of Through Being Cool and even “A Drag In D Flat” and “Sell My Old Clothes, I’m Off To Heaven” so I really can’t complain.

Shoulder To The Wheel
Cars And Calories
Anywhere With You
Holly Hox, Forget Me Nots
In The In Between
The End
As Your Ghost Takes Flight
The Last Lie I Told
Say You’ll Never Leave
Jukebox Breakdown
Driving In The Dark
The Tide Of Our Times
A Drag In D Flat
Get Fucked Up
Let It All Go
Rocks Tonic Juice Magic
Jesse & My Whetstone
All I’m Losing Is Me
Xenophobic Blind Left Hook
This Is Not An Exit
You Vandal
Always Ten Feet Tall
Where Are You?
Through Being Cool
Undress Me
Ring Pop
Sell My Old Clothes, I’m Off To Heaven

At Your Funeral
Banned From The Back Porch

Saves The Day – Deciding

Yeah Your World Is What You Made It, And I Don’t Want A Part Of It:
Saves The Day – Can’t Slow Down
Saves The Day – Through Being Cool

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