Archive for the ‘saosin’ Category

Saosin – Changing

September 21, 2009

Bracingly crunchy and soaringly melodic, vibrating with all-out rocking ensemble work and emotional urgency, the second album release In Search of Higher Ground by Orange County, CA-based rock quintet SAOSIN is out now, following a barnstorming summer playing this year’s Vans Warped Tour.

Maintaining a hair-raising energy level throughout, the album, IN SEARCH OF SOLID GROUND, is the much-awaited end product of writing, tracking and mix sessions that Saosin fans have witnessed online in real time since last summer, with songs written and tracks demoed in the Costa Mesa, CA studio of global youth brand Hurley, where they self-produced several final album tracks. In early 2009, Saosin worked with producer Butch Walker (Sevendust, Fall Out Boy, P!nk) which resulted in 5 songs on In Search Of Higher Ground.

They also worked with John Feldman (The Used, Good Charlotte, Story Of The Year) who produced 2 tracks and with Lucas Banker/Logan Mader (Five Finger Death Punch, Soulfly, Machine Head) on 1 album track. Band guitarist Beau Burchell mixed all songs on In Search of Higher Ground.

Saosin – Changing – Official Video

Saosin – On My Own

September 18, 2009

Saosin “On My Own” live performance video with album audio from ‘In Search of Solid Ground’ (In stores 9/8/09!)

Saosin – Interview With Beau

September 16, 2009

Written By: Natalie Perez
(Metal Editor)

California-based Saosin burst onto the post-hardcore scene in March 2003 with their explosive screamo-tinged debut EP, Translating the Name, on Death Do Us Part. For the recording, the band was comprised of vocalist Anthony Green, former Slayer guitar tech and drummer Pat McGrath, guitarist/vocalist Justin Shekoski (ex-As Hope Dies), and former Open Hand members bassist Zach Kennedy and guitarist/vocalist Beau Burchell. The band’s name comes from a Chinese proverb that means “small heart,” as in love cautiously. Shortly after the EP’s completion, Kennedy exited (going on to join Ashlee Simpson’s band) to be replaced by Chris Sorenson, and since McGrath had been enlisted solely to play drums on the album, Saosin weren’t solidified until that July with the addition of permanent drummer Alex Rodriguez (also formerly of Open Hand).

I caught up with Beau Burchell via e-mail.

NP: Does the whole creative process get more difficult as time goes on? Have you ever felt pressure to top yourselves?

Beau: It doesn’t get more difficult, but yes we always want to top ourselves.

NP: What kind of steps does “In Search of Higher Ground” take in comparison to your past releases? How do you view the leaps of growth Saosin has taken between the “Self-Tilted,” release to your upcoming release “In Search of Higher Ground?”

Beau: It’s been 3 years since the self titled release.. We have all grown as musicians and as people and I think it shows in the songs.

NP: At this point in your career, how much do you care about reactions? Do you still feel you can break in new people, or are you playing to an established choir of Saosin fans?

Beau: We are always trying to reach more people. It’s not our goal to stay stagnant.

NP: Saosin is at the point, and has been at the point, where you affect a lot of people. How do you feel about being labeled as “torch carriers for rock,” in the midst of generic and mainstream bands? Do you think Saosin could be a gateway drug for kids into rock music, sort of how Pearl Jam was in the 90s?

Beau: Wow, that’s a very kind label to be given. If we could accomplish a fraction of what Pearl Jam has done, I would be content.

NP: What’s left at this point? Are there still things left to challenge Saosin?

Beau: Of course, every day is an opportunity for us to accomplish new and great things.

NP: What do you have going on this year?

Beau: We are going to be touring in the states next month, headlining the Pac Sun tour. then we will embark on another world tour.

NP: How has MySpace impacted you as a band, and has downloading music helped or hurt you guys as artists?

Beau: We were at the beginning of Myspace, and it has been a great way to reach lots of people.

NP: Any last words?

Beau: Thanks to everyone who bought the new record and those who continue to support our band.

Saosin – In Search Of Solid Ground

September 11, 2009

Label: Virgin
Rating: 4 Guns

Buy On:

Saosin

Written By: Natalie Perez
(Metal Editor)

Saosin is a intended to be one of those post-hardcore bands, but easily falls into the alternative/rock n’ roll category. Saosin is a very diverse band, which shows on “In Search of Solid Ground.”

The band formed in 2003 in Newport Beach, California. Saosin consists of vocalist Cove Reber, guitarists Beau Burchell and Justin Shekoski, bassist Chris Sorenson, and drummer Alex Rodriguez.

Their self-titled effort exploded into the national scene when it was unleashed in 2006; three years later, the almighty Saosin is back with major label offering “In Search Of Solid Ground.” Three of the songs are re-recordings that were previously released on their EP “The Grey” (2008).

In 2008, word got out that a handful of unreleased tracks were floating around the net. Of the 13 songs on “In Search of Solid Ground,” the leaks from 2008 are best and catchiest of the album – “On My Own,” “Is This Real,” “Changing,” “The Worst of Me,” and “It’s All Over Now,” are the highlights of what Saosin has come to express in their unique brand of post hardcore.

Saosin’s music has indeed matured since their EP. “In Search of Solid Ground” showcases the band’s ability to rock the fuck out, while creating a lot of hooks and melody. From time to tome, the instrumental parts have that on/off effect that soften Saosin’s jagged edges.

In “Changing,” the music progresses fast and heavily – playing a non-stop pattern that tends to stick in your head, while “On My Own,” and “Is This Real?” tend to beat up on one another,all competing to be the most aggressive song on the album.

In short, Saosin’s “In Search of Solid Ground,” is focused and mature album that highlights Saosin’s capabilities as artists; definitely worth picking up a copy!