Some things aren’t meant to be; other things are. Sometimes bands lose key members, only to replace them with newbies that completely change their sound. Others called it quits before it was there time, leaving a small, but notable music catalog. We will always wonder what could have been with the following five bands.
Saosin w/ Anthony Green
Whatever ____core you want to call this genre, early Saosin rocked it. Ask any high-pitched vocalist in melodic post-hardcore what their influences are and you’re almost sure to hear Anthony Green and the Translating The Name EP. “Seven Years,” “Lost Symphonies,” and “3rd Measurement in C” still get thrown around on music fans’ all-time great songs list, and a fair share of current Saosin fans complain daily that new vocalist Cove Reber isn’t Anthony. Now that Green has been or is part of every band not named Saosin (including, but not limited to: Circa Survive, The Sound Of Animals Fighting, Zolof The Rock and Roll Destroyer, High and Driving, and his solo work), we just pray the band’s new disc doesn’t completely suck.
Notable links: myspace.com/saosin, myspace.com/circasurvive
Killswitch Engage w/ Phil Labonte
In no way am I suggesting Phil was the right man for the job; Howard Jones is incredible, and Killswitch is top notch. However, the band did say that Labonte was a close second to Jones in the race for a new singer, which begs the question: what would KsE have sounded like? Howard’s deep, powerful voice is a staple of the Killswitch sound. Had Labonte won the position, would the band have gone the All That Remains and moved away from melodic vocals? We will never know, but one thing is certain: we would have never heard the epicness that is KsE’s cover of “Holy Diver”
Notable links: myspace.com/killswitchengage, myspace.com/allthatremains
Emarosa w/o Jonny Craig
It’s easy to forget how solid Emarosa’s debut EP was, especially now that Dr. Craig roams ’round stage with the mic. This Is Your Way Out is a strong post-hardcore release packed full of enegy and excitement from Chris Roetter’s days as the band’s frontman. When Jonny came along, the music changed to a modified Dance Gavin sound (which I love, I might add), but lost certain aspects of what made old Emarosa interesting, most notably the extensive keyboard use. Had the band hired a vocalist similar to Roetter, the change in sound may have never happened, and we may have never experienced Relativity.
Notable links: myspace.com/emarosa
Pop/Rock has never sounded as good since Acceptance released their sole full-length album, Phantoms. The ballad “Different” shot up the charts and was all over Top 40 Radio in 2005, followed by singles “Take Cover” and “So Contagious.” Each and every track was solid, thanks to great instrumentation and Jason Vena’s tenure as the best vocalist in the genre. Tragedy struck just as the band began working on their follow-up album when Vena decided to drop the rock-star lifestyle to lead a normal life. AP.net has a thread begging for a return every six months or so, and for good reason.
Notable links: purevolume.com/acceptance
The Receiving End Of Sirens
They left us far too soon. The band’s debut, The Heart and The Synapse, showcased a three-way vocal attack, guided by the band’s creative and poetic songwriting. Lead single “Planning a Prison Break” is still one of my favorites of all time, and perfectly combines technical alternative guitar, electronics and the catchiest melody you’ve ever heard. Even after the mighty Casey Crescenzo left the group to form The Dear Hunter, that band bounced back with The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi, a great concept album loosely based on Johannes Kepler’s theory of planetary tonality (confused? check the CD’s wiki page). When guitarist Brendan Brown found out he was having a child, the band decided to call it quits, leaving us with two albums and thoughts on what else would have arose from the group.
Notable links: purevolume.com/thereceivingendofsirens