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Saosin Stop Screaming On New Album

MTV.com talked to Saosin's current singer about their more melodic approach to their latest full-length. Here's an excerpt:

There's one thing Saosin singer Cove Reber really hates about the screamo and post-hardcore scenes that spawned his band: the screaming.

"What's the point?" he asked during a telephone interview from Australia on the group's worldwide Taste of Chaos tour. "Everyone's doing it now, and it's lost any meaning it might have once had. I'd much rather get across the same kind of emotion through an aggressive vocal melody."

Reber's consciously tuneful vocals make Saosin's self-titled major-label debut significantly more accessible than their screamy 2003 EP Translating the Name, which featured a different singer. The new album is also more musically developed. Over the past three years, the Newport Beach, California, musicians -- Reber, guitarists Beau Burchell and Justin Shekoski, bassist Chris Sorenson and drummer Alex Rodriguez -- have figured out how to anticipate one another's moves and complement each other's strengths. They've also learned patience and strategy.

"We kind of talk secretly behind each other's backs all the time," Reber explained. "If one of us doesn't like something that someone else wrote, we won't go to that person and tell them we don't like it. We'll talk to everyone instead, and then figure out what we have to do to make it a good song if it has potential."

Their game plan seems to be working. Saosin is a multifaceted offering that combines granite-heavy rhythms, metallic licks and strong hooks with cotton-candy harmonies that are equal parts Def Leppard and Blink-182. The album debuted at #22 on the Billboard albums chart, and single "Voices" has been embraced by radio and video outlets. The song, which features tinny, layered guitars over stuttering drums, is about the way people put on different faces depending on who they're talking to. "I think that even if you don't know someone, you shouldn't speak to them like they're a stranger, because we're all part of this big melting pot and we need to work together to make our lives better," Reber said. "Instead of taking steps backwards, it's about moving forwards."

The positive message in "Voices" is pretty representative of the rest of the album -- and typical of Saosin's desire to break beyond the anger and cynicism of most post-hardcore. For Reber, good music doesn't fuel misery and resentment, it inspires discussion and offers solutions.

"We really wanted to write a CD that portrayed who we are as people and what we love to be doing onstage, which is having a good time and smiling," Reber said. "And I think that's something that has been missing from our genre of music. It's not just instilling hope in people, it's helping those people with the hope that they have, and getting them out of the place that they've been stuck in if it's a bad place in their life."

One reason Reber approaches music differently than many of his peers is that he retains the influence of the mainstream artists he was listening to before he discovered bands like Thursday and Taking Back Sunday. "I grew up singing stuff like Dire Straits' 'Money for Nothing' and [Tracy Chapman's] 'Talkin' Bout a Revolution,' and not even knowing the right words," Reber laughed. "There's melody and emotion in those songs, but not anger, and I remember them being a really positive force in my life. And now, every time I listen to those songs I just start smiling because they remind be of being a little kid again."

Source: MTV.com

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1. metalmayhem writes:

ok, ill tell this schmuck what the point is. first, there is nothing wrong w/ clean singing. however, certain types of harder edged abrasive music needs the screaming. its almost like another instrument for some bands who have frontmen and women that can do it right. and someone needs to tell this guy that everyone is not doing the screaming thing now. everyone's been doing it for a long time, its not new. the fact is that when you have a front man that screams, chances are your not gonna sell as many records b/c the screaming doesnt appeal to the masses. i wish bands like these guys and Avenged Sevenfold would just say, we wanna sell more records so we're gonna sing on our record. just be honest. Ill take my Nile, Anaal Nathrakh, Suffocation and Behemoth and you my friends in Saosin can have your clean singing........I wonder when Nergal is gonna start harmonizing.......

# Nov 9, 2006 @ 10:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. StabbingTheDrama writes:

You're absolutely right. I mean look at the Avenged Sevenfold example. They were screaming and then they stopped and all of a sudden wham on MTV @ #1 on TRL. Perfect example.

# Nov 9, 2006 @ 1:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. TOURNIQUETFAN!!! writes:

STUPID EMOS!!!

# Nov 9, 2006 @ 2:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Ostracised writes:

I agree with Tourniquetfan!!!. I can't believe somebody else on here knows who Tourniquet is!!!

# Nov 9, 2006 @ 2:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. RememberMetal? writes:

Absoutely nothing wrong with clean singing.

I love it, vocal melody is great but if thats the crux of the arguement for liking a band, then count me the f*** out....
More often than not I also have to be in the mood for clean singing, and simply put that is not every day.

Screaming in rock music isn't just old hat, it predates color TV....

People could deal with short little bursts of screaming back in those days but not verses of yelling followed by demonic choruses...

That sh** would have just upset people in the 50's and 60's. I imagine Zao would have been burned at the steak despite being christians.

Eventually the popular music crowd has gotten so numb to it that bands like Hatebreed, Lamb of God and Mudvayne make a healthy living on the back of mostly screamed vox.....

It's weird to say this but the days of Pigdestroyer and Behemoth being completely off of popular radar are numbered. But clean singing will always be the first thing that sells a rock act. Always.

# Nov 9, 2006 @ 4:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. metalmayhem writes:

if any two bands deserve to be on the popular radar they are Pig Destroyer, and Behemoth. that just means that more people are listening to really, really good music. as long as i dont hear scott hull backing w/ some kind of emo swoon on a pig destroyer album, or nergal doing his best bono imitation, i hope they sell millions of records...(not gonna happen though)

# Nov 9, 2006 @ 8:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. rulin kmadd writes:

does it really make this band less gayer as my retarded cuban friend/enemy would say while
sparechanging in a subway "I DONT THINK SO! DERRR DUHH DEE DERRR and DA"

# Nov 9, 2006 @ 8:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. RememberMetal? writes:

Metalmayhem
my sentiments exactly

rulin
lol

# Nov 9, 2006 @ 9:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Skript writes:

Rulin could you be any more of a gimp

# Nov 9, 2006 @ 10:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. psythe writes:

man, I personally love screaming in my music (music I listen to, not music I make), but the one genre of rock/metal I've never even slightly enjoyed was screamo. f*** that sh**.

# Nov 9, 2006 @ 10:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. festering twat writes:

Skript writes:
Rulin could you be any more of a pimp

wierdo

# Nov 9, 2006 @ 10:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. BoltThrower writes:

EEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!
Amazing, a new song. How do I come up with this stuff?

# Nov 10, 2006 @ 8:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. rulin kmadd writes:

Skript could you be more of a emo loving fashioncore dork

# Nov 11, 2006 @ 11:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. rulin kmadd writes:

lol that's me the metal pimp i thought you knew.
Sheeit biitch betta' have my money.

# Nov 11, 2006 @ 11:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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