It seems like forever since Daybreak seemingly wrapped up a chapter in the legacy of rockers Saves the Day. Just two years on, after the band’s third cut in a trio of interconnected records of sorts, they have returned to all things roots related with their upcoming self-titled album – strangely enough being released by Max Bemis‘ Rory Records, an imprint of STD’s former label Equal Vision Records. The presence of a new track, though, means we’ll get to hear them once again wind us down a road of something new, but “The Tide of Our Times” isn’t exactly all familiar in Chris Conley’s approach as much as it harkens thoughts of throwback punk-rock in its droning distortion and upbeat catchiness.
This track has some poppy elements a la the the band’s Daybreak-era work, but doesn’t necessarily abandon all of the punk roots laid down on earlier records. It does leave a little bit to be desired though as the guitars slam repeatedly on the same riff for a good chunk of the song – if anything, it makes the breaks and melodic whips of the track that much sweeter in the process. To boot, Conley sounds vocally just as good as he always has, leaving even this somewhat forgetful Saves the Day fan anxious to hear a bit more. “The Tide of Our Times” isn’t flashy or necessarily aiming for the jugular, but it helps instill a mindset of what we can hope to hear on the upcoming LP.
You can stream “The Tide of Our Times” for yourself over at Spin. The band’s self-titled record is set to be released on September 17.