Saints Collapse : Seven Days of Fire
The Saints Collapse have never had an easy time finding a comfortable place among their peers in any rock genre. Often deemed too abrasive to fit in with most milder rock acts, but rarely considered heavy enough for metal audiences, it seemed at one time that taking a radio-friendly approach may be the best chance the hard rock act stood at gaining any recognition. Originally writing and performing under the name This Week In History, the band recorded a 5-track EP with producers Tommy MacDonald (Hedley, Flybanger) and Dean Maher (Atreyu, Rise Against) and quickly enjoyed success with audiences at festivals and radio competitions in and around Vancouver. However, after several creative conflicts with producers, potential management, and (now former) members, the band began to feel that the time had come to re-consider their direction. Taking what presented itself as the best or only way to fully explore their own sound and ideas, they returned to the studio to produce their next recording on their own. Re-emerging as The Saints Collapse, the Vancouver-based rock outfit marks their studio debut with a dark, film-inspired, genre-hopping rock EP: The Seven Days of Fire. From guitarist Colin Pattullo's origins in shred-driven guitar rock to vocalist Jesse Castillo's pre-occupation with video game soundtracks and horror film scores, the band's chaotic range of influences is well-represented as a euphonious whole. Offering material that strikes as eerily familiar while maintaining an obvious sense of unique perspective, The Saints Collapse have achieved what had eluded them in their beginnings: a rock record uninhibited by preconceived ideas of what rock music is supposed to be. Admittedly, not everyone will flock to this band, being about four strides left of the mainstream, but true rock fans will more than appreciate what they are attempting and accomplishing. Having demonstrated a certain unpredictable element both in-studio and onstage--from recording Christmas songs for charity, to performing dead-on covers of songs from acts like Justin Timberlake and Joe Jackson--The Saints Collapse have proven to be a band to watch in the coming year and onward.