Saves The Day’s Chris Conley Chats Upcoming Hometown Show at Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival and More!

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The 2014 Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival is upon us! In just two days, you’ll sipping, guzzling, loving on, etc. over 100 different beers and rocking out to our Jersey homeboys, Saves The Day!

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If you don’t know them from around the Garden State, you know them from pop punk hits like “At Your Funeral” and “Freakish” in the early 2000’s. The band has endured many members, changes in sound, and the music industry since then, but frontman and leader Chris Conley has somehow kept the Saves The Day train on the tracks with their fans (old and new) right alongside.

We recently caught up with Chris to talk about coming home this Friday, the music and the future of the band. Check out the interview below.

TAC: What are you most looking forward to about playing the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival on April 4th?

Chris Conley: The beer! That’s definitely the tongue and cheek answer. I’m excited to be playing the Beer Festival, but I’m also just excited to be playing to our New Jersey fans because we have such great hometown fans.

TAC: You grew up not too far away in Princeton! Do you have any fun memories of coming to the shore while going up or playing in AC in the early days?

Chris Conley: Absolutely! I used to go to The Stone Pony all the time to see The Bouncing Souls play. It was a great location to go and hang out with your friends on Friday nights.

TAC: What is something your live shows offer that fans can’t get anywhere else?

Chris Conley: I think we are one of the only bands that plays 30 songs a night. In our world of music, and we’re not in the same world of music as Phish or someone like that, but they’ll play for an hour and put on a great show. We like to really beat and play for an hour and a half and cover at least 30 songs a night because we have so much released music at this point. We have over 100 songs out there, so we like to play as many of them as we possibly can without wearing ourselves out. I think that’s a unique experience for Saves The Day fans.

TAC: You’ve been the permanent fixture of Saves The Day for the past 20 years. How have you been able to keep the integrity of the band consistent?

Chris Conley: It’s always just been songs that come from my heart. I’ve always been honest and that sincerity has helped in keeping that thread of cohesion. So although the music has changed and gone through evolution, it’s always coming from the same honest source. I think that really helps. For me, I’ve just been having fun.

TAC: What has been your proudest moment as the leader of this band so far?

Chris Conley: I think my proudest moment is whenever I get to meet those really die-hard fans. When the music has really connected for them and helped them get through a particularly hard period of time, that is a real joy for me. It’s sort of like communion. It’s coming together in this shared experience and it’s triumph over the pain of life together.

And if I were to say a career high, it was opening for Green Day and Blink 182 on their Pop Disaster Tour in 2002 – the Madison Square Garden concert. That was just insane. Playing Madison Square Garden sold out was a dream come true.

TAC: You released your 8th studio album, self-titled Saves The Day, back in September. How is this different from anything else you’ve done before?

Chris Conley: I think this album is the happiest Saves The Day album yet. If you really listen to the lyrics of Saves The Day, I’ve been dealing with existential turmoil for my entire life. I crossed the threshold into a more peaceful way of being and the music reflects that. It’s definitely a more buoyant, bouncy record and the lyrics are optimistic. I’d say it’s easily the most optimistic Saves The Day record out there.

TAC: What was the switch for you in this new attitude?

Chris Conley: I think that over the last ten years, I’ve been trying to get better at living so that I’m not frustrated or confused at the various twists and turns. I think that it was important for me to learn how to be more at peace especially because I was very sensitive and dealing with a lot of inner turmoil. It was a natural process of trying to find that peace inside myself because I didn’t want to be that way anymore. At some point I realized that the world is a messy place and being angry at it wasn’t really the most effective way to respond. Instead, I did a lot of reflection and wrote a trilogy as I went through this process. This new album is the first album on the side of that trilogy. I did the trilogy specifically to get to the root of my troubles. I just kind of dug myself out of the depths by exploring my feelings and it was amazing because I found this great source of strength there and now I’m back and writing happy songs. It’s great.

TAC: You also worked with the same mixer from your 2003 release In Reverie – does this album share any similarities with In Reverie that your others don’t?

Chris Conley: I think there are some more intricate chord progressions on this album like we heard on In Reverie, but it’s probably most like Stay What You Are just because the songs are straight forward, upbeat and poppy. Stay What You Are was written when I was at a pretty good point in my life and I was only just beginning to wrestle with these existential dilemmas and so the music was at least still sonically happy even if the lyrics were starting to go the other way. But now that I’m good, the music is happy and the lyrics are happy, but it’s more of that punchy sound like Stay What You Are. And the mixer who did this record actually did mix and produce In Reverie and Stay What You Are.

TAC: What did you learn from your Pledge Music campaign that you took with you while creating this album?

Chris Conley: Gosh, I learned that we have the best fans in the world! We were able to raise the money for our goal in a couple of days and then the experiences we had with our fans like having people come to spend a day with us in the studio or getting to have someone hang out with us backstage all day at a concert has been absolutely incredible. We get to know each other as people and then we really appreciate one another. It’s kind of like a symbiosis. We appreciate each other equally when you really get to know someone face to face instead of people’s comments on the message boards or something. It’s really a wonderful experience. This Pledge Music campaign was a really intimate experience for us and our fans. I feel like we’re family now. We played in people’s backyards like when their moms and dads were flipping burgers up on the deck. We were playing to these college kids and their friends who were all drinking out of a keg and we were playing on their lawn in their backyard. Those shows were some of the most fun shows I’ve ever played in my life. I learned that that honest, spontaneous connection between fans and musicians never went away in the MySpace age. It was always there, you just had to find a way to get back to it.

TAC: What else is in the works for Saves The Day?

Chris Conley: We’ll be out on Warped Tour for the whole thing and then we’re going to be doing another tour this fall but I can’t say too much about it yet. It’s going to be rad.

Sweeeeeet! Catch Chris and Saves The Day at the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival this Friday. Be safe and stay over by booking a Bally’s Atlantic City room package this Friday night which includes an overnight stay at Bally’s, a $20 Food And Beverage Credit and 2 tickets to the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival Friday night session! And if you would prefer a chance to win tickets to this event, like the WSOP.com Facebook page!

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