Feature /// Save Your Breath ‘There Used To Be A Place For Us’ [Album] 2013

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Pop-punk scene is one of the toughest ones to be part of. In the genre where you have to try hard to be creative and original to get noticed, there are too many bands that sound like the carbon copy of each other. However, there are those who do stand out. Newport-based Save Your Breath are no doubt one of the most thrilling pop-punk bands in the UK. They aim at being unique and their attitude, reflected in everything they do, can’t fail to impress.

Save Your Breath properly came into the public eye with the release of their debut album ‘Vices’ in 2011. The record immediately propelled the band into the limelight and brought them a lot of recognition. Everything seemed to be working out perfectly for the young collective, but then Save Your Breath… nearly called it a day when two founding members left the band. However, love of music and desire to continue making it outweighed these gruelling events and despite all the difficulties, Save Your Breath braced up, got two new members on board and carried on.

As the first fruit of labour from the new line-up, there comes Save Your Breath’s sophomore album ‘There Used To Be A Place For Us’. This album is not only the band’s victory over adversity, but also the reflection of their maturity as both – personalities and musicians – and change in their outlook on creating music. Recorded instantly, at the whim of inspiration and passionate desire to continue with music, ‘There Used To Be A Place For Us’ is full of attitude and Save Your Breath’s charismatic character.

Based upon explosive, powerful anthems where punk prevails over pop greatly, ‘There Used To Be A Place For Us’ hits mercilessly with intricate, more-than-two-chords-based melodies. A great deal of alternative influences thrown in the mix, contribute to the record sounding tight and mighty. It’s far from being straightforward and direct, but captures you with textures and structures crafted with zest and skill. Apparently, this attention to details and strong melodies exploding in napalm blasts are exactly what makes Save Your Breath original, different and puts them a mile away forward from their contenders in the genre.

The passionate energy bursts out of each track on ‘There Used To Be A Place For Us’ at off-scale levels. Just give a listen to ‘Lessons’, ‘Maps’, ‘Whole’ or ‘The World Is Yours’ and you’ll get the essence of the album. And this record is not without its atmospheric moments too – something SYB are extremely good at. Intense balladry of ‘Skin And Bones’, the intro to ‘Airs & Graces’ or the closing title track with its terrific outro – eerie, haunting, gripping with the words repeated like a spell: “You are what you make yourself” are all breathtaking and enchanting in their beauty.

The closing lines of the album can’t be more symbolic though. This is very much what Save Your Breath are about. The band have been making themselves a genuine collective who create real music – the  kind of music they believe in and you, as listeners, can totally rely on. Performed with feeling, ‘There Used To Be A Place For Us’ is Save Your Breath’s manifesto of intent, their heart and soul, inner strength and simply a damn good record.

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