The transition from smart-ass youth to adulthood involves growing pains, something to which Saves the Day singer/guitarist Chris Conley can obviously attest. Conley’s led the New Jersey act for 17 years and seven albums, through numerous lineup changes and a somewhat ill-fated major label deal. They emerged in the mid ’90s alongside punk-pop/emo peers like the Promise Ring, the Get Up Kids, and Jimmy Eat World, earning underground cred and attention aplenty for their first three albums. Their 2003 Dreamworks debut In Reverie slowed the tempos and pursued a poppier alt-rock direction, alienating their core fans. They returned to an indie label three years later for Sound the Alarm, revisiting their punk roots. The album’s thematic tone touched off a three-album arc of self-discovery — from discontent through remorse into acceptance. The follow-up, 2007’s Under the Boards, explored a moodier, meditative sound, not far removed from In Reverie. Both pale next to Saves the Day’s latest, Daybreak. In the intervening four years, Conley assembled an entirely new lineup and completed the band’s transformation into a supple, catchy indie rock-out with their most upbeat and adventurous release to date. Boston punk group Transit and New York punk bands Bayside and I Am the Avalanche open.
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