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Christopher Lane "Chris" Conley (born February 29, 1980) is an American musician, songwriter, and composer. He is also the lead-singer/rhythm guitarist in Saves the Day. He is the only remaining original member as well as major artistic contributor.

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1 Background 2 Saves the Day 3 Solo touring 4 Razia's Shadow 5 Two Tongues 6 Work as a producer 7 Select discography (Conley as primary composer) 8 Compilations featuring Conley's compositions 9 References

Background[edit] Conley formed a band with a group of classmates at Princeton Day School.[1] The band was originally titled Indifference, but later renamed Sefler. Conley has cited some of his early influences as the Smiths, Led Zeppelin, Billy Joel, Superchunk, the Smashing Pumpkins, Sunny Day Real Estate, Archers of Loaf, Screeching Weasel, Jawbreaker, Gorilla Biscuits
Gorilla Biscuits
and Lifetime.[2] Sefler was originally composed of Conley, Bryan Newman, Chris Zampella and Justin Gaylord. They recorded a 3-track 7"
7"
entitled "13 Hours of Everything" one afternoon in a friend's basement. They then recorded a nine-track demo at Trax East Studio in New Jersey. While recording, a friend of the band (and later bassist), Sean McGrath, suggested that they change their name to Saves the Day, which they did.[citation needed] Saves the Day[edit] Saves the Day
Saves the Day
signed to Equal Vision Records and recorded their first album Can't Slow Down, which was released in 1998 during their first US tour alongside bands Bane and Countervail. Lyrically the album included idealistic dreams, feeling inadequate, honesty and unhappiness, which reflected Conley's life at the time. The style of music is often considered very similar to that of the band Lifetime.[3] In 1999, the band released their second album Through Being Cool. With this album, Conley's lyrics started becoming morbid and corporeal, and the style of music changed into a more pop punk sound. Aged 19 and 20, he started listening to the Beatles and has cited them as the main influence for In Reverie.[2] During the writing of Sound the Alarm, Conley was heavily influenced by Bad Brains, The Damned, The Misfits and The Stooges. Conley, with Saves the Day, has released four other albums. Lyrically, all are considered similar except for In Reverie, which is a more positive album. Conley cites a lack of turmoil in his life at the time as the cause of the change in tone.[4] He commented in Rolling Stone magazine that Saves the Day's release Sound the Alarm, is "about the black clouds inside my mind, It was these intense fears and paranoia and diluted thoughts that were eating me alive. It was utter insanity." in regards to the failure of In Reverie
In Reverie
and subsequent release from DreamWorks.[5] Solo touring[edit] While there are no plans for any solo recordings, Chris and David Soloway have toured throughout the USA, playing acoustic versions of Saves the Day
Saves the Day
songs.[6][7] Conley, and an army of committed fans recently have posted performances via the band's website, the band's official YouTube
YouTube
account and elsewhere on the YouTube
YouTube
site. Conley also finished up a solo three week acoustic tour with Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids. Beginning in 2009, Chris joined fellow front men Dustin Kensrue of Thrice, Matt Pryor and Anthony Raneri from the band Bayside to form the Where's The Band? tour, where each play acoustic renditions of fan favorites. On December 1, 2010, Conley announced he would be opening as a solo act for Dashboard Confessional, on the West Coast end of the "swiss army romance tour" In January. This is Following his East Coast touring on the "Where's the band? Tour" in December.[citation needed] Razia's Shadow[edit] In 2008, Conley lent his voice to Forgive Durden's musical project Razia's Shadow: A Musical as the character "Toba The Tura".[citation needed] Two Tongues[edit] Main article: Two Tongues Two Tongues
Two Tongues
is a collaborative project between Chris, former guitarist of Saves the Day
Saves the Day
David Soloway, Max Bemis
Max Bemis
and Coby Linder of Say Anything. Their debut album hit shelves February 3, 2009. Three tracks on their album releasing in February 2009 are available for listening on their Myspace
Myspace
page. In Fall of 2010, Two Tongues
Two Tongues
made their first performances as a surprise in the middle of Say Anything's set each night of the Motion City Soundtrack, Say Anything, and Saves the Day
Saves the Day
tour. They performed the song "Crawl". Arun bali (current guitarist of Saves the Day) played guitar, Kenny Vasoli
Kenny Vasoli
(of The Starting Line, and Person L) played bass, Jake Turner (of Say Anything) played guitar as well, Coby Linder played drums, while Chris Conley, and Max Bemis
Max Bemis
sang. Work as a producer[edit] Conley worked with The Promise Hero
The Promise Hero
to record a demo at his home studio "The Electric Ladybug". Conley has also co-produced albums such as Dr Manhattan's album Jam Dreams. Select discography (Conley as primary composer)[edit]

Can't Slow Down (1998) on Equal Vision Records I'm Sorry I'm Leaving EP
I'm Sorry I'm Leaving EP
(1998) on Immigrant Sun Records Through Being Cool
Through Being Cool
(1999) on Equal Vision Records Stay What You Are
Stay What You Are
(2001) on Vagrant Records In Reverie
In Reverie
(2003) on DreamWorks Records Ups and Downs: Early Recordings and B-Sides (2004) Bug Sessions
Bug Sessions
Volume One (tour exclusive) (2006) Sound the Alarm (2006) on Vagrant Records Under the Boards
Under the Boards
(2007) on Vagrant Records Bug Sessions
Bug Sessions
Volume Two and Three (2008) Daybreak (2011) on Razor & Tie Saves the Day
Saves the Day
(2013) on Equal Vision

Compilations featuring Conley's compositions[edit]

West Coast Hardcore vs. East Coast Hardcore on Black Cat Recordings (1998) (features "Choke") The Rebirth Of Hardcore:1999 on Supersoul Records, Good Life Recordings, Temperance Records (1999) (features "The Art of Misplacing Firearms") Punk Uprisings: Incompatible, Vol. 2 (1999) (features "Shoulder to the Wheel") City Rockers: A Tribute to the Clash (1999) (features cover of Clash' "Clash City Rockers") Equal Visions Records Sampler (2000) (features "Always Ten Feet Tall") Vagrant Records: Summer Sampler (2000) (features "Holly Hox, Forget Me Nots") Another Year on the Streets (2000) (features "Sell My Old Clothes, I'm Off to Heaven", "A Drag in D Flat") Another Year on the Streets Vol. 2 (2002) (features "Ups and Downs", "Nightingale") Welcome To Vagrant Records
Vagrant Records
(2003) (features "At Your Funeral") Living Tomorrow Today: A Benefit for Ty Cambra (2003) (features "A Drag in D Flat") Another Year on the Streets Vol. 3 (2004) (features "When It Isn't Like It Should Be") A Compilation to Beat Cancer (2004) (features "Don't Go Outside") Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
(2005) (features cover of Dead Boys' "Sonic Reducer") Warped Tour 2006 Compilation (2006) (features "The End")

References[edit]

^ "A perfect world Princeton's Chris Conley
Chris Conley
puts life's imperfections in perspective", Home News Tribune, March 26, 2004; accessed August 19, 2007. "Saves the Day — also Eben D'Amico, bass; David Soloway, guitar; and Pete Parada, drums — was formed in the halls of the Princeton Day School
Princeton Day School
high school in the mid-1990s." ^ a b "Band 'Saves' day with solid new effort" Archived October 15, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., CavalierDaily.com; accessed September 1, 2015. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie. "Saves The Day: Equal Vision Records". Equal Vision Records. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-10.  ^ Change what you are[permanent dead link], Aversion.com; accessed September 1, 2015. ^ "Article about Conley in Rolling Stone Magazine", RollingStone.com; accessed September 1, 2015. ^ Chris Conley
Chris Conley
Tour Dates Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. ^ ReadJunk.com article announcing Chris Conley
Chris Conley
solo tour Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

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Bryan Newman Justin Gaylord Anthony Anastacio David Soloway Ted Alexander Sean McGrath Eben D'Amico Alex Garcia-Rivera Pete Parada Manuel Carrero Durijah Lang Spencer Peterson Claudio Rivera

Studio albums

Can't Slow Down Through Being Cool Stay What You Are In Reverie Sound the Alarm Under the Boards Daybreak Saves the Day

Compilation albums

Ups & Downs: Early Recordings and B-Sides Bug Sessions

Extended plays

I'm Sorry I'm Leaving

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