Brave Saint Saturn

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Brave Saint Saturn
Origin Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Genres Astro-rock, Christian rock, progressive rock
Years active 1999–present
Labels Five Minute Walk, Tooth & Nail, Department of Biophysics
Associated acts Five Iron Frenzy, Roper
Website www.bravesaintsaturn.com
Members Reese Roper
Keith Hoerig
Dennis Culp
Andrew Verdecchio

Brave Saint Saturn (stylized as braveSaintSaturn, brave saint saturn or BS2)[1][2] is a Christian rock band formed in Denver, Colorado in 1999.[1] The band is a side-project of former members of Five Iron Frenzy started by Reese Roper. The band calls their music style "astro-rock", although Roper has stated that this "doesn't mean anything".[3] The trilogy of albums are meant to artfully represent early life, adversity, and death.[4]

Background[edit]

Before the band was signed, they were called Astronaut. As a result, "Astronaut Versions" of several early Brave Saint Saturn songs exist. The "Astronaut Version" of "Two-Twenty-Nine" is available on the compilation Manna 2 Go (fifty280 records). An otherwise unreleased Astronaut song, "Albatross," is also available on Green Manna (fifty280 records)[5]

Brave Saint Saturn often uses the vastness of space as a metaphor for loneliness and isolation. With this in mind, the band used NASA recordings and electronic samples on their first two albums.[1] One of the biggest influences on the band's sound was the Electric Light Orchestra album Time.[3] Roper has said that because of this band he has tried to include more strings and orchestral sounds into the group's music.

Some reviewers consider Brave Saint Saturn as a generally more serious band than the often light-hearted Five Iron Frenzy. As the former leader of Five Iron Frenzy, Roper often found the band too straightforwardly fun for expressing feelings of loneliness and abandonment.[1] BS2 is the platform for the more depressed and sad lyrics which Roper has written.[2] When speaking of the band, Roper states that, "I've tried to show the redemption and peace of God through tragic things. I think overall the lyrics are about … hope."[1]

The third of the Saturn 5 Trilogy,[6] Anti-Meridian, was released on September 15, 2008. The physical album is only available through the band's website store, but digital copies were made available at various online stores for digital distribution.[7]

"The future of Brave Saint Saturn kind of hinges on how well this record does... I think that all of us would rather start new projects if this one is done for."

—Reese Roper on the bands' future in 2009.[4]

Roper has stated that the band originally planned to make a story arc that would go across three albums, but the band is in talks to create more music in the future beyond their first three albums.[3] There are plans for an album of b-sides, rarities, and redone songs titled Add-Infinitum.[8]

Saturn 5 Trilogy[edit]

Brave Saint Saturn published their first three albums as the Saturn 5 Trilogy.

Saturn 5 Trilogy tells the story of a fictional NASA Saturn 5 Mission, where the crew of the spacecraft Gloria is sent to map the rings of Saturn. While in orbit around Saturn's moon, Titan, the Gloria suffers a crippling disaster that leaves the craft stranded in geosynchronous orbit on the dark side of the moon. The crew is cut off from radio contact with Earth and the light of the sun, and both the crew and their families fear they are lost forever.

The final album of the trilogy, Anti-Meridian, chronicles the return of the crew of the U.S.S. Gloria in an escape pod called the Starling. Lieutenant Hoerig saves the mission at the cost of his own life. The rest of the crew returns to Earth in one of the Starling's escape pods. Several of the songs deal with the crew's thoughts and remembrances in the aftermath of their safe return.

Saturn 5 Trilogy uses the loss and subsequent rescue of the crew metaphorically touching on themes of death, resurrection, redemption, and self-sacrifice drawn from secular, mythological, and Christian sources.

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Year Title Record Label
2000 So Far from Home Five Minute Walk
2003 The Light of Things Hoped For Tooth & Nail
2008 Anti-Meridian Department of Biophysics

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Brave Saint Saturn". Facebook Page. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music (1st ed.). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers. p. 107. ISBN 1-56563-679-1. 
  3. ^ a b c "Reese Roper Interview". The Further Adventures Of... on KMNU Radio. October 15, 2008. Retrieved October 15, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b Newton, Adam (March–April 2009). "Brave Saint Saturn". HM Magazine (136): 19. 
  5. ^ "Label Info for Fifty280 Records". Dr. Industrial. Retrieved October 11, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Anti-Meridian". Brave Saint Saturn. Retrieved October 10, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Yet another NEW song!". Brave Saint Saturn. MySpace. September 12, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Reese Roper". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved November 7, 2011. 

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