SaveNone – Always Never
Well ladies and gentlemen, its time to put on your hats and gloves and maybe a snowsuit or two because we are once again heading to the great white north. Thats right, yet another amazing band from our brothers in Canada. Once again this country has delivered yet another ridiculously hard album to review, I am on play 15 of this album and its still a toss up for what my favorite song is. Im beginning to think that there is something in the water in British Columbia that causes bands to consistently churn out amazing albums.
I have said this before but we listen to stupid amount of music here, and when a relatively unknown band creates a debut album and then ships it off for us to review we tend to expect there to be a couple good memorable songs and the rest be mostly filler. This is so NOT the case with SaveNone’s debut album Always Never, each song feels like it needs to be on this album, as if it were there to help piece together a story for you. In most cases when you have an album like this there is bound to be at least one song that feels forced, as if the producer was like, quick write one more track so i can lay it out and tie things together, as im learning Tim at EarArt really takes pride in what he puts out of his studio. So far every album we have heard from Tim has earned its place in our permanent playlist, that should say something about the quality that this guy must demand from the bands that enter his studio.
One thing I was a little worried about going into this album was the fact that SaveNone has 2 vocalists. In some bands this works out ok such as in Linkin Park where you have each vocalist using a different style. Incredibly enough SaveNone really seems to have perfected their style with the 2 vocalists and it actually works out pretty well. The album opens up with “Never Know Me” which I think really showcases their style and what they can do with a 6-man band. The vocal style is actually kind of unique in my mind, i think it adds kind of eerie feeling to some of the tracks, especially on this one. I find myself still signing the chorus of this song even after it ends, and if you are a true fan of hard rock music you should be singing it as well.
“Every Kiss” opens with a short sound byte which i will talk about later and then goes straight into the unique, almost eerie vocals that i talked about earlier. From there it goes straight into a straight up balls to the wall rock song that will have you bobbing your head and singing along as the story unfolds between your ears. Rizzard and Wingo play some pretty tight guitar throughout this song, this song overall is very satisfying and definitely one of my favorite tracks on this album. My only gripe about this song is at the very beginning of it there is a sound byte from a female saying that her plane just landed and she cant wait to see somebody. Normally this type of thing would not bother me at all, but when it comes to reviewing an album about the 12th time around and you here the same sound clip it gets a bit annoying. Now with that said, will a normal listener have the same issues with this? Doubtful, the only reason I do is because I have listened to this album roughly 19 times and it just started to wear on me. Had I not been reviewing this album and listening to it over and over again it wouldn’t have been an issue at all.
“Pockets Of Bliss” was actually the first song I heard from SaveNone and im not going to lie, as soon as I heard it I knew that I needed to hear this entire album as soon as I could possibly get my hands on it. Im not quite sure what draws me into this song but my favorite part of it is the same thing that I like about all of the songs on this album, the vocals. I dont honestly think I can name another band that can rock as hard as these guys can with vocals that sound as unique as these do. The song itself is more of a ballad style song then anything else, and it fits perfectly into this album. This song is easily one of my favorite songs out of not just this album but out of my entire music collection.
I would like to pick out another song to talk about but i literally cannot chose from what is left on this album, each song is very, very good and I just cant make up my mind on which to talk about so im just going to end it there. This is a phenomenal debut album and a must own for anybody that enjoys straight up hard rock, you will not be disappointed when you pick this album up. I would not be surprised if you start to hear any of these guys’ songs on your local hard rock radio station soon, if not you need to call and request them. This album comes out this fall, we will let you know if we here anything more from SaveNone about the release date, hell, we might even throw a contest and give a couple of you guys this amazing album in some sort of contest, keep checking back for more info on that.
Jason White (Vocals)
Mike Brooks (Vocals)
Bobby Gottschalk (Bass)
Tim Wingo (Guitar)
Richard Collins (Guitar)
Mike Collins (Percussion)
Recorded at: Ear Art Music Studios in Delta
Engineered and Produced by: Tim Neuhaus
We would like to thank Richard of SaveNone for hooking us up with a pre-release copy of this album!SaveNone - Always Never,