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Chris Conley

Chris Conley (Photo: Mary Gaston)
Background information
Birth name Christopher Lane Conley
Born February 29, 1980 (1980-02-29) (age 29)
Origin Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Emo
Indie rock
Power pop
Punk rock
Instruments Singer, Guitar, Bass
Years active 1997 - Present
Labels Equal Vision
DreamWorks
Vagrant
Associated acts Saves the Day
Two Tongues

Christopher Lane Conley (born February 29, 1980) is an American musician and songwriter/composer, and the lead-singer/rhythm guitarist in Saves the Day. As he is the only remaining original member as well as major artistic contributor, Saves the Day has been referred to, in recent years, as "essentially the Chris Conley show".[1]

Chris and David Soloway (former Saves the Day bandmate) have recently joined forces with Max Bemis and Coby Linder from the band Say Anything to form the band Two Tongues.[2]

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Background

Conley was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, and began playing the guitar when he was thirteen years old. He says that listening to Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith as a child made him interested in writing and playing music. The first song he ever learned on guitar was Stairway to Heaven.[3] Interestingly enough, in an interview at the Meadowlands concert in 2008, Chris Conley mentioned that much strife was caused by his practicing the famous Led Zeppelin song. Chris indicated that he practiced the song to such an extent that his father threatened to forcibly take his guitar from him. [4]

Because of the strife with his father, Chris needed a new outlet. Consequently, he formed a band with a group of classmates at Princeton Day School.[5] The band was originally titled Indifference, but later renamed the band Sefler. Conley has cited some of his early influences as the Beatles, the Smiths, Billy Joel, Superchunk, the Smashing Pumpkins, Sunny Day Real Estate, Archers of Loaf, Screeching Weasel, Jawbreaker, Gorilla Biscuits and Lifetime.[6]

Sefler was originally composed of Chris Conley, Bryan Newman, Chris Zampella and Justin Gaylord. They recorded a 3-track 7" entitled "13 Hours of Everything" one afternoon in a friend's basement. They then recorded a nine-track demo at Trax East Studio in New Jersey. While recording, a friend of the band (and later bassist), Sean McGrath, suggested that they change their name to Saves the Day, which they did.

Saves the Day

Saves the Day signed to Equal Vision Records and recorded their first album Can't Slow Down, which was released in 1998 during their first US tour alongside bands Bane and Countervail. Lyrically the album included idealistic dreams, feeling inadequate, honesty and unhappiness, which reflected Conley's life at the time. The style of music is often considered very similar to that of the band Lifetime.[7]

In 1999 the band released their second album Through Being Cool. With this album, Conley's lyrics started becoming morbid and corporeal, and the style of music changed into a more pop punk sound.

At age 19/20 he started listening to the Beatles and has cited them as the main influence for In Reverie.[6]

During the writing of Sound the Alarm, Conley was heavily influenced by Bad Brains, The Damned, The Misfits and The Stooges.

Conley, with Saves the Day, has released 4 other albums. Lyrically, all are considered similar except for In Reverie, which is a more positive album. Conley cites a lack of turmoil in his life at the time as the cause of the change in tone.[8] This lack of turmoil impacted upon Conley's songwriting ultimately resulting in them being released from their major label Dreamworks. In April 2006, Conley made comment in Rolling Stone magazine that Saves the Day's release Sound the Alarm, is "about the black clouds inside my mind, It was these intense fears and paranoia and diluted thoughts that were eating me alive. It was utter insanity." in regards to the failure of In Reverie and subsequent release from Dreamworks.[9]

Solo Touring

While there are no plans for any solo recordings, Chris and David Soloway has recently toured throughout the USA, playing acoustic versions of Saves the Day songs.[10][11] Conley, and an army of committed fans recently have posted performances via the bands website, the band's official YouTube account and elsewhere on the YouTube site. Conley also finished up a solo three week acoustic tour with Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids.

Two Tongues

Two Tongues is a new collaborative project between Chris, David Soloway of Saves the Day and Max Bemis and Coby Linder of Say Anything. Their debut album hit shelves February 3, 2009. Three tracks on their album releasing in February of 2009 is available for listening on their Myspace page.

Discography (Conley as primary composer)

Compilations featuring Conley's compositions

  • The Rebirth Of Hardcore:1999 on Supersoul Records, Good Life Recordings, Temperance Records (1999) (features "The Art of Misplacing Firearms")
  • Punk Uprisings: Incompatible, Vol. 2 (1999) (features "Shoulder to the Wheel")
  • City Rockers: A Tribute to the Clash (1999) (features cover of Clash' "Clash City Rockers")
  • Equal Visions Records Sampler (2000) (features "Always Ten Feet Tall")
  • Vagrant Records: Summer Sampler (2000) (features "Holly Hox, Forget Me Nots")
  • Another Year on the Streets (2000) (features "Sell My Old Clothes, I'm Off to Heaven", "A Drag in D Flat")
  • Another Year on the Streets Vol. 2 (2002) (features "Ups and Downs", "Nightingale")
  • Welcome To Vagrant Records (2003) (features "At Your Funeral")
  • Living Tomorrow Today: A Benefit for Ty Cambra (2003) (features "A Drag in D Flat")
  • Another Year on the Streets Vol. 3 (2004) (features "When It Isn't Like It Should Be")
  • A Compilation to Beat Cancer (2004) (features "Don't Go Outside")
  • Tony Hawk's American Wasteland (2005) (features cover of Dead Boys' "Sonic Reducer")
  • Warped Tour 2006 Compilation (2006) (features "The End")

References

  1. ^ Sound the Alarm album revue (Scenepointblank.com)(The Cavalier Daily)
  2. ^ http://www.sayanythingmusic.com/news/two-tongues-release-date
  3. ^ "Saves The Day : In Reverie". Modernrock.com. http://reviews.modernrock.com/2316. Retrieved 2007-08-10.  
  4. ^ "INTERVIEW Saves the Day", Accessed 8 July 2009
  5. ^ "A perfect world Princeton's Chris Conley puts life's imperfections in perspective", Home News Tribune, March 26, 2004. Accessed August 19, 2007. "Saves the Day — also Eben D'Amico, bass; David Soloway, guitar; and Pete Parada, drums — was formed in the halls of the Princeton Day School high school in the mid-1990s."
  6. ^ a b "Band 'Saves' day with solid new effort" (The Cavalier Daily)
  7. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie. "Saves The Day : Equal Vision Records". Equal Vision Records. http://www.equalvision.com/artists/show/60. Retrieved 2007-08-10.  
  8. ^ Change what you are(Aversion Magazine)
  9. ^ "Article about Conley in Rolling Stone Magazine" (Rolling Stone)
  10. ^ Chris Conley Tour Dates
  11. ^ ReadJunk.com article announcing Chris Conley solo tour

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