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Review: The Saving Pointe, “Sunny Days & Starry Nights”

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Arizona based rock band, The Saving Pointe, will be releasing their latest album, “Sunny Days & Starry Nights,” on November 5. The album was funded by fans through a successful IndieGoGo campaign last winter.

“This album is also dedicated entirely to a friend of ours who lost his life in a tragic car accident in July of 2012. The song “Dialed Down Radio” is our attempt at putting all of our thoughts and feelings about him into one song.”–Nate Logan, drummer

Sarah:

It’s important to start off with kudos to The Saving Pointe for their ability to express their feelings about a tragedy in a respectful, and beautiful way. The band joined in a tight bond with their song, “Dialed Down Radio,” their emotional answer to the tragedy. The band scales back the pop-punk riffs and replaces it with a calming acoustic guitar. The band also gives us precious harmonies and an unfiltered expression of their thoughts. It’s almost impossible to not cry knowing the story behind the song, but as the band eloquently sings:

I’ve got friends to hold my hand, now
A brother up in the sky, now
We’ll sing these words as loud as we can
And hope it puts your soul to rest

In the year or so since we first heard “Here. Now. Alive.” The Saving Pointe has obviously been busy. Busy tightening their vocals, writing powerful lyrics, and gaining thousands of fans. And with the release of their upcoming record, it’s clear that their hard work has paid off.

The band describes themselves as more alternative and pop-punk, but I would venture to say that they border on an emo side. And not a cliché, corny emo-type thing; these guys take real emotions and inject them into their lyrics, vocals, and instruments. Now with four members (three of whom contribute heavily to vocals), there’s always that possibility of a clash of ideas/concepts. But the guys clean up the record by making sure everything flows smoothly, and that their message comes out clear. The album opens with the mesmeric “Daydream.” Lead singer Hunter Smith lulls us with naturally deep voice, singing a series of questions. It keeps a mellow pace until the end, when the frustrated drums kick in and Smith’s vocals pick up. It concludes with a cryptic whisper: “Wake up.”

Is it a dream or is it a memory?
I can’t seem to remember anymore.
Is it some form of lost reality?
Will I ever be able to settle the score?
Can it hurt as much as this
When all you have is what you miss?
Can it stand the test of time
When you can’t distinguish your own mind?

For whatever reason, the band hasn’t released “Medusa, My Queen” as a single. There’s something about the groovy guitar riffs in the chorus that make the song something special. The guys had to have put forth a concerted effort to make the lyrics have the perfect balance of love and disdain for whoever this chick is. The melody gives off a classic vibe, plus the beat will make fans want to chime in. The drumline effect at the end makes the already memorable song that much more exciting. The song is probably tied with “Home” as sleeper hits off the album that NEED to be listened to, whether they’re released as singles or not.

*Listen to “Medusa, My Queen,” below:

 

“2+2= 5, You Suck” and “The Monster” were released as the first and second singles, respectively. The first is textbook pop-punk, but the latter is a cleverly created, psycho theme song just in time for the October month. It’s angry and powerful, not just lyrically, but vocally and instrumentally. Smith has never sounded better, and Nate Logan contributes to the madness with his raging drumming. Of course, we cannot forget JJ Pruitt (bass) and Troy Sanchez (guitar) for the insane guitar melody that creates this three-minute roller coaster of fire.

Sanchez wifely takes over vocals in “Chuffa,” a song he wrote himself. Sanchez has a totally different sound than Smith, and it’s a pleasant surprise. His gruff vocals increase in roughness as the chorus hits, but the message is fairly heartwarming. The guitarist encourages listeners with his pep talk of a rock track: “Cause you’ve gotta find happiness/You have to do what it takes just to keep you safe..” Smith gets a break from singing again when Logan sings the verses in “Better Than Before.” (he still sings the chorus, though).

The acoustic “The Old Man” tells a sad but beautiful tale that’s worth listening to. It pairs nicely with the piano ballad, “The Things I Withhold” as a bittersweet love song.

The album finishes off strong with the quirky beats in “All Too Empty,” and the introspective “So Why Should I Sing.” Smith goes from slow and peaceful vocals to a alt-rock powerhouse, wailing (perfectly on key, I might add) towards the end of the song. It’s a meaningful track to close out the strong record.

The Saving Pointe may be cruising under the radar for now, but this album is a game-changer. They may not be perfect (but then again, who is), but they have an unadulterated passion for life and music. They poured themselves out in the album and yielded great results. “Sunny Days & Starry Nights” is impressive. Make sure you buy it as soon as it releases.

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Pre-orders: thesavingpointe.storenvy.com

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