IMO the worst thing possible for a band is to be original. There’s nothing worse than being ahead of your time, because you do all the hard work of establishing something new and exciting, only to see other bands come along and make a lot of money off of copying your idea (usually after your band broke up because you were sick of being poor). There are very few better examples of this than the band who more or less created the blueprint for all of today’s post-hardcore: SAOSIN.
I’m not saying they were the very first band on the planet to do this, but I do think they were among the first to get it right, and they did it better than almost everyone else. Lulzy haircuts and stuff aside, it’s kind of amazing how relevant the Saosin EP is today, 8 years or so after these songs were written. Whether we are talking about Pierce The Veil, Sleeping With Sirens, or Emarosa, I really don’t feel like it’s an exaggeration to say that the entire genre of post-hardcore can be summed up as “bands who try to sound like Anthony Green-era Saosin.”
Which brings me to the topic of Anthony Green. We are hardly BFFs, but I’ve known Anthony for quite a while, and he is an awesome dude. The first time I met him was in 2004 or so when Circa Survive was staying with us. They rolled in at about 10:00 AM, and I had been up all night, but as soon as I met Anthony I knew he would be down to rage. Around 10:30 or so I was like “So… wanna go to the bar?” and it was on. For a 125 lbs manlet who plays acoustic songs and sounds like a girl, he is a solid bro and backed hard by SYWH.
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Anthony is one of those guys who really makes a band, and I think it’s hilarious that Saosin even bothers to keep playing without him. Remember in 2005/2006 when Saosin was blowing up and it seemed like they were about to be The Next Big Thing? Compare to today, when nobody gives a shit about Saosin even though they are apparently still together. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY EXPLAIN THIS SHOCKING DISPARITY??
What do you think of Saosin?? Do they get the credit they deserve for being such pioneers of post-hardcore??? Does this post take you back to the era of Myspace, boot cut jeans, and 18 Visions? Did u ever hotbox in a Scion while blasting their EP???