The lead singer of Saves the Day, Chris Conley, was kind enough to hang out for a bit and answer some questions. When you’re done reading check out their official site where you can get some fantastic shirts! Also be on the lookout for their new album later this summer!
So what are you up to right now?
I’m currently at home in Chico, CA enjoying early summer with my family. Just finished working on a new Saves The Day record which will be released later this year. For this album we decided to run a crowdsourcing campaign through PledgeMusic.com to get our fans more directly involved in the process. Last week we played a bunch of all-request sets in backyards, basements, and living rooms all over the north east as part of a series of concerts coordinated through the Pledge site. This fall we will be touring the States headlining clubs and theaters across the country in support of our new material.
2. What’s been your most memorable concert so far?
About a year ago, we were on tour with Yellowcard in the UK, and we set up an acoustic after show one night at a pub in east London called The Macbeth. We headed straight from the stage at the HMV Forum to the east side where we found fans climbing the rafters, hanging over the railings, and spilling out onto the street. Having no idea what to expect, we were floored by the buzzing anticipation alive in the air. The night erupted into chaos when we started playing, with people jumping from the bar, singing from the staircase, rushing the stage, and altogether losing their minds in a mass singalong. The room became an ocean of swaying bodies and we took requests until 2 in the morning playing everything under the sun and a couple Weezer covers thrown in for good measure.
3. Besides your music, who are some of the bands that you enjoy right now?
When I was in high school, Sunny Day Real Estate, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Jawbox, Jawbreaker, and Archers Of Loaf were my favorite bands and they remain a constant source of inspiration to this day. I have been a fan of their work for more than half my life, so I’m loyal, to say the very least. Of the bands that are currently active, Radiohead, Queens Of The Stone Age, and The Flaming Lips are the groups I listen to the most. But The Beatles are by far my all-time favorite.
4. Without fear of judgement, what are your top five favorite movies of all time?
In no particular order, my favorite movies are Brain Candy, Waiting For Guffman, The Muppets, Inception, and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Good stuff.
5. Can you describe the last three picture messages you’ve received on your phone?
The last few photos I received via text have all come from my wife. The first one is a screenshot of an eCard with an illustration of a high society couple from the ’20s toasting martinis with text that reads: “Who wears the pants in our relationship? We prefer it when neither of us are wearing pants.” Classic. Next is a shot of our daughter in a purple and green sundress lying on the floor hugging our one-year-old yellow lab, Jo Jo. And the last picture is of my wife and daughter in the pool soaking up the sun with an enormous inflatable crocodile behind them in the background.
6. What’s the strangest celebrity encounter you’ve ever had?
Sometime in the summer of 1999 we played a tiny venue in New Orleans with New Found Glory and hit Bourbon Street after the gig. Having previously played the city a number of times, we knew where to go for the best Hand Grenades. After several explosive neon green beverages, we were rolling. At some point in the evening, we ran into Tone Lōc out on the street walking around with a few lady friends. For some reason I thought it would be a great time to show Tone my push-up prowess, perhaps in the hope of having him hit the pavement with me for a competition, or at the very least, potentially connecting for a post-push-up high five from this righteous dude of intrigue. Needless to say, he just kept walking, so I jumped up and yelled, “I love Funky Cold Melina, Tone Lōc!” And yes, I shouted “Melina” not “Medina” so now I have to live with that for the rest of my days. Tone, wherever you are, I’m sorry.
7. Are there any TV shows you’re keeping up with right now?
I absolutely love Arrested Development and I’m excited it’s back by popular demand. The show is intricate and nuanced in a way that reminds me of the work of Christopher Guest. After initially dropping Mad Men due to the despicable nature of the main characters, I came back to the show after pondering its premise on a deeper level. What seemed pointless to me at first became a promise of redemption. I’m enjoying watching the characters grow and evolve as they make their way through the mistakes and emotional chasms of their lives. The Wire is maybe my favorite show of all time, having touched upon so many complex themes and conflicts that plague us in this complicated modern world. However, seeing as though that show has been over for some years now, I probably ought to get into David Simon’s new show Treme. All things in time.
8. If you woke up tomorrow as a woman, what’s the first thing you would do?
The first thing I would do is turn to my wife and tell her something magical had happened. Then I would take her for a picnic by the creek where we would eat sliced cheese and fruit. Maybe chat about old friends or see an otter by the banks. One can only dream…
9. Who are some of your favorite accounts on Twitter?
Oh man. So many good Twitter feeds to follow. Some of my favorites are @curlycomedy @lanyardtwerk @LouisPeitzman @UncleDynamite @Caissie @AmberTozer @TheBosha @000___000 @tedleo @aimeemann @spacejamb @jonwurster @TheOnion and of course the always hilarious and dashing @robfee.
10. What’s your favorite thing about me?
My favorite thing about you is how you look in blue, but we can get to that later. For now, I’m happy you thought of me for this interview. It’s been fun! :-)