Christopher Conley, vocals, guitar
David Soloway, guitar
Eben D'Amico, bass
Pete Parada, drums
Saves The Day's Chris Conley recently discussed the songs on the band's new album, In Reverie (DreamWorks Records). Due Sept. 16, 2003, the disc was produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith, Foo Fighters).
"Anywhere With You": The music originally came from a lullaby I wrote for a friend's newborn baby. I sped it up and it turned into this song. It's about trying to feel complete within yourself.
"What Went Wrong": I wrote this nine or 10 months before we did the album and never considered it good enough for the band. But I woke up morning after morning with the song stuck in my head. I considered that a sign and finally showed it to the guys, and they were, like, "We love that song." It's all totally made up. I remember laying on my bed in Los Angeles writing those lyrics and totally having a good time with it, making up these funny names and images.
"Driving In The Dark": For me, "Driving In The Dark" is about finding peace in a crazy world and not in another person. Though, if you read it line by line, it and some of the others could seem like love songs. But not a single one is about another person. It's really just a general feeling of alienation and restlessness and having a lack of meaning in life. It's asking, "Why are we here?"
"Rise": Rise is about growing up and not knowing why things are as they are, feeling confused and not knowing why you're alive. It's about looking around and seeing everyone else trying to buy this or that and thinking it's going to make them happy. So it's also about the establishment, the system, and rising above conventional living and recognizing that life is a very rich, intricate, enormous thing that's really gorgeous if you just open your eyes.
"In Reverie": The word "reverie" means being in a dreamlike state and that's what this song is about, floating through life and trying to figure it all out. It's about transcending the things you get really pissed off about and allowing for acceptance. Even though there are so many atrocities in the world, the universe and life are still very beautiful things. That's part of the balance; you wouldn't really be able to feel the heat of the sun if you haven't walked through the cold winter.
"Morning In The Moonlight": The chorus is: "The moonlight in the morning sun sends shivers over my skin." The song is about joy.
"Monkey": It's about this point in time in human evolution where we're still trying to figure out why we're alive. Not knowing creates a hole inside us, this empty space we try to fill up with meaning. We're fixated on filling up that emptiness with material things. But when you do get the material â€“ the car or whatever â€“ it still leaves you empty. The monkey is The Man, the man whispering in your ear saying you should be this or that, you should do this or that, you should buy this, you should go to Wal-Mart.
"In My Waking Life": These are my favorite lyrics on the album because I feel like I nailed the feeling of being alive, of confusion and sadness but also of elation, acceptance and understanding. The melody came into my head at my mom's house in New Jersey. I was out on the back porch and my mom was planting flowers in the garden. I was just singing this melody over and over, and she was, like, "That's beautiful." That was a cool moment.
"She": This song is about being mystified by â€“ but also in love with â€“ every aspect of life, even though it sucks sometimes and you feel really depressed and you have horrible anxiety and you know the person down the street can't feed himself and you're sitting there stuffing your face and taking 20-minute showers.
"Where Are You": I have a stomach disorder called Crohn's disease and it was getting really bad when we were getting ready to tour with Weezer. I had to take steroids, which disturbs your emotional state and balance; your equilibrium is thrown off and it makes the lows lower. I happened to be going through a sad period. The overall theme is about taking everything in, the depression, confusion and anxiety, but also the incredible highs.
"Wednesday The Third": Again, I'm talking about The Man, telling him off. I'm drawing a line in the sand and crossing over to the other side, which means I'm done with the past â€“ onward and inward.
"Tomorrow Too Late": I'm personifying a feeling here, a feeling of restlessness and longing for peace. It's as if a seed has been planted and an evolution is taking place. I still worry about things that I shouldn't, and sometimes I hate myself; but I also know there's comfort out there. I just haven't been looking for it in the right places.