We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Save Ends’ new song “Beautiful Trouble” (listen below). The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming album A Book About Bad Luck, which is scheduled to be released through Black Numbers on October 13th. You can pre-order the album here.
Christine from Save Ends commented on the song:
“This is a sad song, sorry! In 2005 my younger sister passed away while receiving a liver transplant. It’s been almost impossible to write about that experience over the years but I was able to push myself to do it on this record. The song is about memories, not just in your mind but also in the places you still inhabit that are filled with reminders of someone you’ve lost. Its about the physical feeling of remembering a moment in time that’s incredibly happy but can also make you feel so sad. Some memories are strong and others are more faded. Its about putting those all together and keeping someone you lost with you at all times.”
Interview with Save Ends vocalist/bassist Christine Atturio & vocalist/keyboardist Brendan Cahill | By Renaldo Matadeen
First off, absolutely love the record! A Book About Bad Luck is a pretty interesting album title… what does it imply?
Brendan Cahill: Thanks a lot, it’s great to hear that you like it. Overall the record is a pretty big downer, lyrically. So we didn’t think it’d be a good idea to call it something like: ‘Celebratory Times in the USA’ or whatever. The title itself came from a line in the opening song: ‘I started a book about bad luck, and how to cope with growing up.’ And it really seemed to fit the theme of the album. The album is almost totally about growing older and dealing with your relationship to the past. So, I suppose in a way the title reflects an idea of a catalogue of all the blows that life hands you, while you cope with growing up.
It’s definitely emotionally heavy. The two tracks that really caught me were “Heavy Hearts” and the closer “The Wraith I’m Running From.” Can you tell us more of what they’re about?
BC: I’ll speak to the “The Wraith I’m Running From” because I wrote the lyrics for that one. On every album we try to have at least one reference to Dungeons & Dragons on it. We’ve told this story a bunch, but Save Ends is a reference to a fourth edition D&D mechanic, and we decided to start this band while a bunch of us were playing D&D. So the game has a special place in our hearts.
This song is about our friend’s character who happens to be an undead Dwarven Lich. He’s an evil character who gave up his mortal life to become a ghoulish hovering undead thing. Anyway, the song is a love letter from him to a long lost love. It’s basically him struggling to reconcile what he’s become while asking his former lover to escape their mortal body and live forever with him. I’d like to think of this as a letter that never got sent.
Christine Atturio: And I’ll take “Heavy Hearts… It’s about being in a situation where no one wants to be the one to make the hard decision. It’s about saying ‘fuck it’ and moving forward for your own sake!
A message we all need! Now, in terms of the musical essence of the record, there’s a lot of Midwestern indie/emo tones to this, I’m picking up a band I adore a lot (Annabel) but then there are moments where I can sense some Waxahatchee, some Laura Stevenson… and so on. Which artists would you say really helped influence this record?
BC: Well, we really like Annabel (shout out to Bad Andy [Hendricks, drummer] and the boys)! I think they make some of the best emo out there. So yeah, they could have definitely been an influence. Bands like Waxahatchee and Laura Stevenson are definitely influences too, but maybe just because we like them. We definitely didn’t go out trying to sound like anyone. But I’m sure our favorite bands find a way to shine through in the music.
For me, my formative touchstones include those Vagrant [Records] bands like The Get Up Kids, The Anniversary, Saves The Day, as well as bands like Propagandhi, Millencolin, The Weakerthans, Osker and Braid. Maybe Death Cab For Cutie fits in there somewhere too. I feel like I’ve consistently listened to them over the years. Tom [Ciesluk, guitar] and Brad [Rheault, bass] both played and play in No Trigger respectively and they tend to have some influences more on the hardcore or punkier side of things. But one of Tom’s all-time favorite bands is Jethro Tull, so… to summarize, I have no idea who our influences are.
CA: Bad Andy! For real, being compared to any of them is such a huge compliment. They’re all definitely in heavy rotation for me. The Anniversary, Rainer Maria and The Forecast have always been my biggest influences when it comes to this band. I also listen to a lot of records from the 90’s still like Failure’s Fantastic Planet, Archers Of Loaf’s Icky Mettle, and Swervedriver’s Mezcal Head. So I think somewhere my brain mashes those things all up and then songs come out!
That’s a lot of different styles there! Now, moving into your favorite songs off the album, what are they? Or even, which are the ones you’re looking forward to playing the most?
BC: I like “Beautiful Trouble” and “Goodnight Moon” a lot. Same with “Way Back.” But I think I look forward most to playing “Hateful Kids.” It’s probably not going to win any awards for best song ever written, but the message is about how America’s value system is all out of whack, and I’d like to talk about that and then sing about the hateful kids that are running and ruining our country.
CA: “Surf Bed” is the first stripped-down acoustic song we’ve ever put on a record and I think it came out really cool. “Beautiful Trouble,” “The Wraith I’m Running From,” and “Way Back” are really dynamic songs so I find them fun to play because they really keep me on my toes!
Speaking of playing live, FEST!!! — how excited are you guys for this? What’s the thing you’re looking forward to the most at FEST?
BC: FEST is the best! Seriously the best weekend of the entire year. I’m so psyched they keep on having us back. We’re playing last, at 1am at Loosey’s on Friday [October 27]. So the hardest thing will be making it to 1am without getting drunk on that first night. We’ve learned that lesson the hard way. And then we have the rest of the weekend to lose our minds singing along to all of our friends and favorite bands. I love that weekend so much!
CA: I am so excited! My favorite thing about FEST is the general atmosphere… it’s so uplifting! Everyone is so happy and friendly and excited to meet everyone else. Plus, I’m going to get to see Rainer Maria and I know there’s a lot of good food in store for me!
[Laughs] Well, in wrapping up here, what do you think separates this album from your previous stuff… and what would you tell fans to expect from it?
BC: We spent years on this record. Our last full-length came out in November 2013. So we’ve had a lot of time to work on things. We’re all very proud of it and I personally think it’s the best thing that we’ve ever done. When you play with the same people for so long, the writing process becomes incredibly comfortable. Like, writing songs with this group feels incredibly easy. So I think our writing process has improved since the early days.
We’re also approaching our mid-thirties, and we’ve gotten some perspective on things that we didn’t have seven or eight years ago when we started this band. I think if you liked our older stuff, you’re going to be able to draw a straight line from that to this record. I think we’ve just gotten better at it.
October 27 – Gainesville, FL at Loosey’s (Fest 16)
Record Release Shows:
November 15 – Cambridge MA at Middle East Upstairs
November 16 – Brooklyn NY at Gold Sounds
November 17 – Philadelphia, PA at The Pharmacy
November 18 – Pittsburgh, PA at Mr Roboto