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Down In The Dark

Safe To Say

Down In The Dark

Side One Dummy Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Down In The Dark is Safe To Say‘s sophomore album, their debut With Everything In Between was released in 2013, and this new album has taken a radically different direction. Their first album was more of a pop punk affair, louder and brasher, this release is more subdued and subtle, it’s almost as if Safe To Say have matured somewhat. However, we all know that growing up isn’t always a good thing in music, we’ve all encountered bands who we wish had stayed in perpetual adolescence as sometimes the very thing that attracted you to a band is lost in maturity. So what direction have Canada’s Safe To Say taken?

Opening number Only Rain hints at a darker and more thoughtful approach than their boisterous debut, this is confirmed by the track From The Top, it has a steady dark fuzzed up riff in between it’s quieter interludes. The whole album boasts a darker tone from their previous efforts, aside from brief throwaway tracks Doves and Crows this is remarkably consistent album. Down In The Dark showcases a darker and more brooding style that has retained some of the energy they previously displayed on their recordings, but it has been channelled and held in check to be released at the critical moments of the song. Yes this a more mature album but in this case it isn’t necessarily a bad thing and I’ve found myself warming to their new approach as I worked my way through the album.

Down In The Dark isn’t as immediate as their early material, it’s more thoughtful and it is a natural progression from the debut album. I can see this being an album that grows on me over time but the nature of writing a review means that you’re dependant on your initial impression. For me this has lost some of the spark that was on display on With Everything In Between and replaced it with a darker brooding style. Whilst growing up isn’t necessarily a bad thing, too much of it is never a good thing, I hope that Safe To Say can retain a chunk of their youthful exuberance as they don’t want to grow up too much.

 Down In The Dark can be ordered for download from Safe To Say here

You can order CD, vinyl and bundles from Side One Dummy Records here

Video: Safe To Say – Only Rain

Safe To SayToronto’s Safe To Say has premiered a new music video from their next full-length.  The track is titled “Only Rain” and the album, Down in the Dark, is set to drop digitally and in CD formats on July 22, 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.  

Check out the video below.

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Video: Safe To Say – Down In The Dark

Safe To SayToronto’s Safe To Say has premiered a new music video from their next full-length.  The track is titled “Only Rain” and the album, Down in the Dark, is set to drop digitally and in CD formats on July 22, 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.  

Check out the video below.

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Safe To Say Announces New LP

Safe To SayToronto’s Safe To Say has announced the details for their next full-length.  The album will be titled Down in the Dark and is set to drop digitally and in CD formats on July 22, 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.  

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the song “Tangerine” which can be heard below.

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Safe To Say

Safe To Say

Hiding Games

SideOneDummy Records/New Damage Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

When a press release spits out likenesses to At The Drive In, Brand New and Crime In Stereo, you have my undivided attention.  But you better make good on the promise.  From experience, such assertions end up setting the bar too high and most often lead to undue disappointment.  So when SideOneDummy Records trumpeted the signing of Ontario post-hardcore band, Safe To Say, referencing all of the above and more, all sorts of red flags and alarms went off in my head.  Of course there was still that nagging sense that this time could be different, but my defenses were up.

I’ve never been happier to be dead wrong. 

Safe To Say is one of the few bands that are truly cut from the same cloth as At The Drive In, Brand New and Crime In Stereo.  Not just mirroring sonic similarities, but communicating an understanding that transcends mere mimicry, Safe To Say’s debut EP, Hiding Games, feels as if the quartet has been in the post-hardcore business for years.

Right from the opening notes, the band taps into a haunting essence sure to send chills down your spine.  “Summer Sickness” offers a directness that doesn’t shy away from Brand New-esque bass distortion and a crawling, eerie rhythm with Jesse Lacey style near-whispers.  From this dark stylistic descent next rises “Bracelets” shining highs.  Propelled by harsh guitars that take a nod from Crime In Stereo, the band soars intensely on the wings of Grad Garcia’s agonizing vocals.  Striking lyrics quickly reveal themselves as a rallying point for Safe To Say’s ominous soundscapes. “I want to hurt all the ones I love,” chimes Garcia as the duality of “When I’m Not Here’s” dark menacing passages and big gut wrenching cries erupt in a volley of explosive guitars.  “Near Enough” ends the disc on a slightly grungy note (Superheaven), that artfully balances heavy and light elements.

But “Lull (Heaven Knows)” stands as defining highlight.  Played with skeletal simplicity, the eerie, deadpan deliverance of the line, “Tell me did you kill your friends, poison them like I did,” sends shockwaves in its minimalism.  The isolating, soft-speak moves between singular, echoing guitar and hollow percussion via drummer JJ.  The later addition of a lone piano bridge fits for dramatic effect, exacerbating further lines like “hell’s digging a grave in my head.”  “Lull (Heaven Knows)” is a fulfillingly vacant track that nails the sense of hopelessness that Brand New has built their career from.

Only “Zoey” makes me question Safe To Say’s potential.  The track sticks out like a sore thumb against the myriad of complexities composing Hiding Games.  It doesn’t sound “bad,” just really typical of the genre – lacking creative tempo, song structure and vocals of its brethren.

SideOneDummy Records did good on signing Safe To Say.  Hiding Games is a fantastic introduction to what is one of the most genuine up and coming post-hardcore acts around.  With this kind of first impression, Safe To Say have their work cut out ahead of them, but if Hiding Games is any indication, they’re more than up for the challenge.

Safe To Say – Braclet

Safe To SayToronto post-punk band Safe To Say has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Braclets” and is from their upcoming SideOneDummy Records debut, Hiding Games, which will be available to pre-order via iTunes on Friday July 17 and at all digital retailers on Friday July 31 via New Damage Records in Canada and SideOneDummy everywhere else.

Listen to the song here courtesy RockSound.

Safe To Say Joins SideOneDummy Records

Safe To SayToronto post-punk band Safe To Say has signed on with SideOneDummy Records for the release fo their new EP.  The EP will be titled Hiding Games and will be available to pre-order via iTunes on Friday July 17 and at all digital retailers on Friday July 31 via New Damage Records in Canada and SideOneDummy everywhere else.

AltPress is streaming the full disc in advance, which can be heard here.

Seaway and Safe To Sat Stream Upcoming Split

Safe To Say and Seaway have launched a full album stream of their upcoming split, due October 23 via Mutant League Records. The record will include a Side A (Seaway) and a Side B (Safe To Say). Pre-order for this split record is available now.

Give it a ful listen here.

Stream: Safe To Say – Dead Birds

Pop-punk band Safe To Say are currently streaming their new song titled Dead Birds. The song can be heard here.

Dead Birds is a fresh track off the Safe To Say and Seaway Split due October 23 via Mutant League Records. The record will include a Side A (Seaway) and a Side B (Safe To Say). Pre-order for this split record is available now.

Seaway Announces Split With Safe To Say

Canadian punk bands Seaway and Safe To Say have announced that they will be jointly releasing a brand new split.  The split is due out October 23, 2012 via Mutant League Records and will contain three songs from each group.

Listen to the first song, “Middle Finger,” here.