Orange County, CA rockers deliver a revved-up crash course in existential thought.
Who? The first incarnation of Newport Beach, CA-based Saosin featured guitarist/vocalist Beau Burchell and drummer Alex Rodriguez (both formerly of Open Hand), guitarist/vocalist Justin Shekoski, and two others. The group’s original lead singer now fronts Circa Survive and the bassist left to join Ashlee Simpson’s band, so the remaining members of the post-hardcore outfit recruited angsty lead singer Cove Reber and blasting bassist Chris Sorenson to round out their lineup. After working their way through 2005’s Warped Tour circuit, the quintet are finally dropping their self-titled debut full-length.
What’s the Deal? Saosin is both pulse-pounding and hypnotic, as its anthemic heft is consistently lightened with driving and enthusiastic hooks. Wailing guitars and manic rhythms give way to melodic instrumental coos, perfect for reflecting on the philosophical questions and mediations Reber yowls out beautifully, like “why believe in nothing?” (“It’s Far Better To Learn”) and “it’s so simple when you know who you are” (“It’s So Simple”).
Fun Fact: The band worked with producer Howard Benson during the entire recording process, and when hitting the studio they adopted his attire of choice — sweat suits. SARAH HAUFRECT
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