Saosin (originally pronounced “say-o-sin” is an American post-hardcore band originally hailing from Newport Beach, California, formed in 2003. The band currently consists of guitarists Beau Burchell and Justin Shekoski, bassist Chris Sorenson, and drummer Alex Rodriguez.
The band recorded their first E.P Translating the Name with original singer, Anthony Green. However, Green left the band following the decision of the band to sign up to a commercial label, Capitol. New singer Cove Reber fronted the band as they recorded their self titled debut album. Their second studio album, In Search of Solid Ground was released on September 8, 2009 on Virgin and contains three re-recorded tracks off their The Grey EP.
On July 21, 2010, Saosin parted ways with vocalist Cove Reber and have yet to find a new frontman.
Origin of name
Anthony Green, the former vocalist, had initially suggested the name “Saosin” for the band. Saosin means “caution” in Chinese (小心 xiao xin). The word comes from a 15th century proverb about fathers admonishing their sons who are being married off for money to not get emotionally involved with their wives, as they could die at any time. Green explained the meaning behind this as being a reference to the fact that nothing is eternal, and that it is a mistake to become overly attached to any one or thing, because that thing will eventually be lost. While Green’s personal interpretation of the word 小心 xiao xin is obscure, 小心 xiao xin is generally used in Chinese as a means to express caution. Green had previously used “Saosin” as a track name in his high school band, Audience of One’s CD, I Remember When This All Meant Something.
Formation and Translating The Name (2003–2004)
The original lineup for Saosin, consisting of Burchell, Shekoski, Kennedy and former vocalist Anthony Green, was formed in the summer of 2003. On June 17, the band released their first commercial production, the EP Translating the Name. It was an immediate success and was immensely popular on online forums and music sites. Saosin first became popular through promotion and exposure through the Internet. They became known for their distinct musical styles long before their first studio-length album was released, and were popularized on social networking and music sites such as MySpace. The E.P. has sold an estimated 62,000 copies.
Session drummer Pat McGrath and bassist Zach Kennedy left the band early on. Kennedy left for personal reasons, and he wanted to pursue a career in art. He was later replaced by Chris Sorenson. McGrath, who briefly played with American thrash metal band Slayer, was hired only for the recording for the EP, according to Burchell. The band was impressed with his drumming skills however, and he later appeared as a guest performing Lost Symphonies live with the band. Alex Rodriguez was unable to record Translating the Name as he had promised his band at the time Open Hand he would finish recording with them. Danny King filled in for live drums with the band before Rodriguez completed his responsibilities with Open Hand and joined Saosin full time after the EP release. Saosin went on a U.S. tour with bands Boys Night Out and Anatomy of a Ghostshortly after the release of Translating the Name.
In February 2004, the band’s vocalist Anthony Green left Saosin and later formed the band Circa Survive. Green was homesick, depressed and said he was missing his family. Green was also disenchanted with the direction of Saosin and disliked that the band excluded him from the writing process. The band finished their Warped Tour obligations withStory of the Year’s Philip Sneed taking the mic. A public, nationwide audition then took place.
New singer and Saosin EP (2004–2006)
After the audition process and several guest vocalists on demos, the then 19-year-old Cove Reber, previously the vocalist of the unsigned local bands Mormon in the Middle and Stamp Out Detroit, was announced as their new permanent lead singer. Reber had sent in his demo tape, which was an acoustic demo with “Mookie’s Last Christmas”. The demo has since leaked onto the internet. It is widely speculated to have included a few songs from Translating the Name. When Beau Burchell first heard the demo, he thought it was Anthony playing a trick on them, for Reber’s vocal stylings were very similar to those of Green’s when the demo was originally recorded.
Reber’s addition to the band was difficult, for the more experienced Green was the center piece of the band in the eyes of Saosin’s fans. Many fans consider the time with Green to be something entirely different from what the band is today. There are still distinct fans of both eras (Green Era/Reber Era) debating on which is a better fit for the band as a whole.
Saosin played the Taste of Chaos tour the following winter. Saosin was signed to Capitol Records in March and toured the United States with the Warped Tour for the second time. That summer, they released the Saosin EP. At first it was intended to be a free sampler, but Capitol Records would not allow this and released it as an EP. It contained demo versions of songs later recorded on their first full length album. A video to their new single “Bury Your Head” was filmed during the tour. The band continued touring for the rest of 2005, opening for Avenged Sevenfold and Coheed and Cambria.
Saosin LP and Come Close (2006–2008)
After a respite from touring between February and June, the Warped Tour 2006 and numerous demos and compilation appearances, Saosin released their first full-length albumSaosin on September 26, 2006. The well-known music producer Howard Benson was hired for the production of the album. Benson had worked with several major rock bands such as My Chemical Romance and Blindside. The album sold over 97,000 copies in its first week. The record saw the band writing softer songs such as “You’re Not Alone”. As of August 2010 the album was certified Gold by the RIAA and has sold around 700,000 copies.
During the rest of 2006, Saosin toured on the International Taste of Chaos Tour, playing their first shows outside of America. They also toured the United States with Bleeding Through and Senses Fail. They kept on touring for the whole year of 2007, beginning with a tour with Senses Fail, Alexisonfire, The Sleeping and Drop Dead, Gorgeous. Saosin also invited the non-profit organization Invisible Children for a portion of the tour. In February they joined the Taste of Chaos 2007. Between April and June they toured in Europe, Australia, Japan and Indonesia.
When Saosin returned home they continued their headlining tour with Poison the Well, The Receiving End of Sirens, Fiore and Flight 409. In the later summer of 2007, they were part of Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution tour. After this they headlined yet another tour in USA and Canada with Alexisonfire, Envy on the Coast, Norma Jean and The Dear and Departed. Concert footage was recorded during the tour stop on November 3, 2007 at The Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The concert footage was compiled for a live album and concert movie entitled Come Close.
Saosin toured from January 26 to February 8, 2008 with Armor for Sleep, Meriwether, and The Bled; from February 9 to February 16 Fear Before joined the tour. They went to Australia between February and March, after which they performed in Singapore on March 7 as the opening performance for Incubus on their Light Grenades Tour. On their way home they also visited Bali, Hawaii and Mexico. After two final shows at home in California in April, they took a nine month break from touring.
The Grey EP and In Search of Solid Ground (2008–2010)
In early 2009, they started recording their new album with producer Butch Walker. They partnered with Hurley to broadcast the recording process live on Hurley’s website.
Saosin released a new EP titled The Grey EP on October 14, 2008. The EP was sold on tour and on iTunes and featured three new demos, as well as an acoustic version of “Come Close”. The purpose of The Grey EP was to show demos they had been recording; a similar manner in which the Saosin EP contained demos for their debut LP.
Saosin released In Search of Solid Ground on September 9, 2009. The album sold over 78,000 copies in its first week of release. In August 2010 In Search Of Solid Ground has sold over 234,000 in the United States alone and over 467,000 copies Worldwide. Two songs were released as a download to anyone who bought a shirt, and a digital pre-order. The songs were “On My Own” and “Is This Real”. These two songs were released as singles on iTunes August 4, 2009. On August 5 a new song titled “Changing” was made available for streaming on the internet. The single was then put up for download on iTunes August 11. Another track titled “The Worst of Me” was also released as part of a free Warped Tour song package on hurley.com/warpedtour. The song “Why Can’t You See?” was made available on Last.fm.
Their most recent song “Move Slow” was released on the TV show NCIS’s original soundtrack. Saosin’s most recent single “Deep Down” was released in May 2010.
Saosin will tour Australia nationally during June 2010 in support of Story Of The Year’s Australian tour. Also joining Story Of The Year and Saosin will be blessthefall.
Three unreleased Saosin songs have leaked onto the internet through the Hurley Live Recording Stream they broadcasted while recording In Search of Solid Ground. Fans have titled them “The Norma Jean Song,” “Back to Greatness” and the third is still known as “Untitled.”
Recently, Saosin stated on Twitter that they have parted ways with Virgin records and are going back into a DIY direction.
The departure of Cove Reber (2010-present)
On July 21, 2010, guitarist Beau Burchell made the following announcement: “Well, a few days ago, Alex, Justin, Chris and I got back into the studio for our first group writing/jam session. We have all been writing things on our own, but it was cool to get into a room and play with loud amps all together again. I am very excited about this record, for a few different reasons. After 5 years with Cove, we have decided to part ways. So it will be a new experience for us, not knowing what to expect in the vocal dept, who will replace him, or if we will even find a replacement this century.” Reber was asked to leave due to his diminishing stage performance and vocal abilities. According to Justin Shekoski, “We didn’t feel he could represent the music that we have recorded well on stage. On November 2, saosin’s facebook page states that they “finished Two NEW Songs, Instrumentals, ones called JUD JUD JUD. Lots of Riffs, Rolls and ROFLCOPTERS. Might put one up in a few days. STOKED! – Beau” ”
- Current members
- Beau Burchell – vocals, guitar, keyboards, programming (since 2003)
- Justin Shekoski – vocals, guitar (since 2003)
- Chris Sorensen – vocals, bass, keyboards (since 2003)
- Alex Rodriguez – drums, percussion (since 2003)
- Former members
- Anthony Green – lead vocals (2003–2004)
- Cove Reber – lead vocals (2004–2010)
- Zach Kennedy – bass (2003)
- Philip Sneed – lead vocals (2004, fill-in only)
- Touring members
- Ken Floyd – guitar (2010, fill-in only)
- Pat McGrath – drums (2003, sessions only)
- Danny King – drums (2003, live only)
- Chris Warner – drums (2003, rehearsal only)
- Saosin (2006)
- In Search of Solid Ground (2009)
source : wikipedia