Chris Conley is ready to celebrate the holiday season. After spending the past few weeks touring all throughout Europe in support of their seventh studio album “Daybreak,” the vocalist and his pop-punk cohorts from Saves The Day are flying back home to New Jersey and plan to bring the noise.
That’s because on Friday Night, December 23, the quartet will co-headline a one-night only hometown engagement as Red Bull presents Noise Complaint from the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. The other headliner for the holiday rock concert will be post-hardcore troupe Senses Fail.
“We got the call about doing the show a few months back and we said yes immediately because we love playing New Jersey and we like the idea of doing a Christmas show for a packed crowd at one of our favorite venues in the U.S. I haven't played with Senses Fail in a few years, so I'm looking forward to seeing them again and sharing the stage,” Conley says.
I'm excited about playing a show with bands who all got their start in Jersey and it's a fun way to connect with the underground scene from my home state.
“I'm excited about playing a show with bands who all got their start in Jersey and it's a fun way to connect with the underground scene from my home state,” he continues. “I have so many fond memories of the old days when we'd play basement shows and VFW halls all over the state with our friends’ bands, so I'm looking forward to sharing the stage with local groups and playing in front of the best fans in the world.”
Although many local groups vied for a slot to perform at the event, Saves The Day and Senses Fail selected emerging alternative rock outfits Banquets and Balance And Composure as the opening acts. In fact, those could be the next two bands to breakout of New Jersey. After all, the Garden State always had a rich musical history.
New Jersey Roots
While New York City is a short drive up the turnpike or a mere train ride away, countless of trendsetting artists earned their stripes in Jersey. Bruce Springsteen developed his craft in the bar scene during the late ’60s, horror rock crew The Misfits emerged during the ’70s, and glam rockers Bon Jovi and Skid Row carried the state during the ’80s. The Bouncing Souls reigned supreme with their melodic punk flavor throughout the 90’s, and bands like Saves The Day, Senses Fail and My Chemical Romance laid down their roots at the turn of the century.
New Jersey certainly isn’t hurting on talent, but there could be some more performance halls. “The South Jersey scene is really good. There’s nowhere to play in North Jersey though. There’s no venue right now, so it’s kinda hurting there being a better scene in North Jersey,” Senses Fail front man Buddy Nielsen explains. “Really, it’s a matter of, like, towns shutting down all-ages venues. It’s just kinda stupid. It goes in cycles, but South Jersey seems really good.”
“There’s so much music around,” he continues. “There’s so many people crammed into one area, so you’re bound to come up with something good. Plus, there is just a lot of people to help sustain a good local music scene with people going to shows and people in bands, and everybody kinda doing their own thing. So, I think they’ve always done well -- just having that history of bands on the Northeast from the Tri-State area existing and being able to play.”
One venue that will benefit from the Noise Complaint show will be Court Tavern in New Brunswick as a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the legendary split-level performance hall to help cover maintenance and upkeep. In its nearly 30-year existence, Court Tavern has hosted countless of acts including The Bouncing Souls, Gaslight Anthem, Pavement and Ween.
“We think it's a great idea to give back to the community, which nurtured our early development, and venues like the Court Tavern are crucial for young bands looking to perform and hone their skills,” Conley explains. “Without supportive promoters and club owners, bands wouldn't be able to get a decent start in the music industry. So we feel like it's important to preserve local bars and nightspots that let bands play in front of eager fans, and donating some of the proceeds to the Court Tavern is our way of letting the underground scene know how meaningful it truly is.”
Saves The Day are currently promoting “Daybreak,” which has been fueled by the single “Deranged & Desperate.” Although the pop-punk quartet will mull over ideas for a new single and video at the top of the year, they will continue supporting the album throughout 2012. Conley will set out on a month-long solo acoustic run for the “Where’s The Band? Tour” in January, to be followed by potential headlining Saves The Day tours, international festival performances and perhaps recording a follow-up effort in the winter.
As for Senses Fail, the guys are taking a break from spending the past year touring in support of their fourth studio offering “The Fire,” which was released last year. The five-piece are currently writing potential bonus material in their down time, but will celebrate their tenth anniversary as a band in February. The group will announce their official plans and upcoming tours in January.
But first, Red Bull’s Noise Complaint is coming to their hometown this Friday for a night full of great music, moshing and possibly fist-pumping. Jersey, stand-up, make some noise and be proud.
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- Red Bull Noise Complaint event page
- Saves The Day - "Deranged and Desperate"
- Senses Fail - "The Fire"