Chris Conley and David Soloway have been leading the New Jersey modern rock group Saves the Day for 10 years now — a fact that Conley says blows them both away.
“It feels like it’s been maybe a year and a half, three long years at the most,” says Conley, 27, who’s the group’s chief songwriter. “Suddenly, every interview I do now is about how we’ve been around for 10 years and all these other groups have come up and been influenced by us. I’m sitting there thinking, ‘Wow ...’
“I only really just began to realize what’s going on — ‘We’re in this band. Oh my gosh, people are listening to us.’ I’ve been fairly oblivious, just getting in and out of the van and going to the studio to work. Suddenly, 10 years have gone by. Like I said — wow.”
As they prepare for the Oct. 30 release of their next album, “Under the Boards,” Conley and Soloway have embarked on an acoustic tour, playing some of the new material but also digging deep into the Saves the Day archives for rare material and fan favorites.
“The two of us have been in the band the whole time,” Conley says, “so this is a way for us to go out and have a good time together. We’ve never toured just the two of us, so it’s kind of neat.
“Thinking back on our 10 years, we’re proud of what we’ve done, and going through all these songs, we’re excited about all the music. It’s fun we get to do this together. I think it’s OK to be a little nostalgic at this point.”
Saves the Day, Dr. Manhattan and Single File perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 9) at the Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.
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