Between Chuck Palahniuk's new novel and the brand spanking new Indiana Jones movie premiering tomorrow, I didn't think my excitement could grow any bigger. Then, it did. It grew so big that it hemorrhaged and exploded into a glorious thunderstorm of ecstasy and delight.
For a few months now, I've been reading the delicious teasing of Saves the Day's Chris Conley, touching ever so gently on the side project he'd been cooking up with Say Anything's Max Bemis. I didn't want to blog about it until something concrete finally poked its head through the gray clouds of obscurity, but now the sun is shining like an emotive beacon and the birds are chirping in harmonic unison.
I'd like to start you out with the original blog teaser, the original page of which I've linked above:
"Question: So I heard a rumor that you and David were doing a side project with Max and Coby from Say Anything, Is there any truth to this? If so, Are you guys planning to tour together in the future?
Answer: david and I recorded a full-length with max and coby in january. max and I share lead vocals and we each play guitar. david plays bass and coby plays drums. the songs were 50-50 compositions between me and max (max would write the bridge to my songs, and vice versa) and david wrote one song. we don't have a name for the side project yet, but we have a finished album. there are eleven original songs and one cover of a song by ween called "even if you don't". we're in the process of getting a deal to distribute the music, although right now there is no time set in stone for the release of the album. we'll keep you posted. if the album comes out this year, there's a small chance we will tour in support of the CD. so keep your ears peeled!
Answered by chris on Apr 7th 2008"
Although they don't appear to be attached to a label yet, something has surfaced. And that something is awesome. I can only imagine the bidding war that's going on behind closed doors.
The band, cleverly called Two Tongues (I guess there's
something to be said for keeping things artistically simple every once in
awhile), is finally on the myspace board -- but more importantly, they've
first song from the new album, which is fully recorded and ready
to find a home. Called "Crawl," the song is the perfect combination
of Bemis' slow, driving riffs and Conley's lighter, emo-er (? - I don't care,
I'm using it) clean guitar arpeggio-rambling (which wasn't really a staple of
Saves the Day's music until more recently -- it still isn't incredibly
prominent, but it definitely evokes Conley's musical tendencies more than
Between Conley's industry-legendary rough high-end and Bemis' rising-star gruff low-end, the vocal combination is nothing short of spectacular. I can't imagine these guys will be long finding a label.
Now, for the love of pete, let's just hope Saves the Day and Say Anything can co-exist independently of Two Tongues. Could you imagine the scandal if this new side project broke the other two bands up? Woof.
"Do you know what I would do? / I would play 'can you drag yourself 200 miles with just your fingernails?' / A little game that I made up. / Do you know that I never ever lose? / There is nothing to keep me from coming back to you."
- Chris Conley, "A Drag in D Flat"