Stay What You Are

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Stay What You Are
Saves the Day - Stay What You Are cover.jpg
Studio album by Saves the Day
Released July 10, 2001
Recorded 2000-2001
Genre Emocore,[1] pop punk,[2] post-punk[1]
Length 33:33
Label Vagrant
Producer Rob Schnapf
Saves the Day chronology
Through Being Cool
Stay What You Are
In Reverie

Stay What You Are is the third album release from the American rock band Saves the Day, released in 2001.


In an issue of CMJ New Music Report dated May 2000, it was announced the band had signed to Vagrant,[3] due to the success of Through Being Cool (1999).[4]

Composition and recording[edit]

While on tour, in March 2000, the band got into a van accident that almost ended the band's career.[5] The van accident was somewhat of an inspiration for the band's songwriting.[5] "As Your Ghost Takes Flight" is about a friend's heroin addiction.[6]

The band played on a few Warped Tour dates before heading into the studio.[4] The band worked with producer Rob Schnapf.[7] Conley escribed Schnapf as "a really mellow, laid back guy. Him being relaxed just made for a nice, creative environment in the studio."[8] At the time of the recording, Saves the Day consisted of Chris Conley, Dave Soloway, Ted Alexander, Eben D'Amico and Bryan Newman. The album was a shift from the band's previous power chord-based sound and featured more intricate guitar work and arrangements.


Stay What You Are was released in July 2001 on Vagrant.[nb 1] The band headlined the Vagrant America Tour[10] between early July and early September.[11] Following this tour, drummer Bryan Newman left the band to study at college. His position was temporarily filled by Damon Atkinson of Hey Mercedes.[12] In February 2002, the band supported Weezer on their tour of the U.S.[13] The band supported on Blink-182 and Green Day on their co-headlining Pop Disaster Tour in May and June.[14] In August, the band went on the Vagrant America arena tour, alongside other Vagrant Records bands.[15]

The band gained some exposure with the single "At Your Funeral", which the video featured a creative way of motion control, similar to Requiem for a Dream. In May 2002, a music video was filmed for "Freakish", featuring Muppet-esque puppets.[16]

Reception and legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
DecoyMusic 4/5 stars[17]
Exclaim! Favorable [18]
LAS Magazine Favorable [19]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

The album sold 15,000 copies in the first week.[7] By March 2002, the album had sold over 120,000 copies,[20] becoming one of Vagrant's best-selling releases.[12] Stay What You Are reached number 100 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.[21]

In the years since its release, Stay What You Are is widely regarded as a classic and a highly influential piece of music for the emo and pop punk genres.[22] NME listed the album as one of "20 Emo Albums That Have Resolutely Stood The Test Of Time".[23] The band played the album in full at FYF Fest in August 2016.[24]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bryan Newman, Chris Conley, David Soloway, Eben D'Amico and Ted Alexander.[25]

  1. "At Your Funeral" – 3:09
  2. "See You" – 2:08
  3. "Cars & Calories" – 2:45
  4. "Certain Tragedy" – 2:27
  5. "Jukebox Breakdown" – 3:04
  6. "Freakish" – 3:47
  7. "As Your Ghost Takes Flight" – 2:25
  8. "Nightingale" – 3:36
  9. "All I'm Losing Is Me" – 3:22
  10. "This Is Not an Exit" – 3:56
  11. "Firefly" – 2:51


  1. ^ U.S. Vagrant 422 860 953[9]
  1. ^ a b c "Stay What You Are - Saves the Day | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Saves the Day - Stay What You Are (album review 2)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ Holbreich, ed. 2000, p. 4
  4. ^ a b Keiper 2000, p. 22
  5. ^ a b Gadino 2001, p. 62
  6. ^ Gadino 2001, pp. 62–3
  7. ^ a b Greenwald 2003, p. 81
  8. ^ Majumdar, Devdoot (November 20, 2001). "Saves the Day". The Tech. Retrieved May 2, 2016. 
  9. ^ Brooks 2001, p. 17
  10. ^ Kot, Greg (September 12, 2001). "Punk Thrives on Vagrant". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 2, 2016. 
  11. ^ Tripwire (May 22, 2001). "Vagrant America Tour Signed, Sealed, And Set To Explode". The Fader. Retrieved May 2, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b D'Angelo, Joe (January 28, 2002). "Saves The Day Prep For Weezer Tour, Dismiss Detractors". MTV. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  13. ^ D'Angelo, Joe (January 8, 2002). "Weezer To Paint The Towns Green With February Tour". MTV. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Green Day, Blink Plan 'Pop Disaster'". Billboard. February 14, 2002. Retrieved May 2, 2016. 
  15. ^ Heisel, Scott (December 15, 2001). "Vagrant America 2002 - HUGE Update". Aubin Paul. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  16. ^ Yago, Gideon (July 3, 2002). "Weezer, Saves The Day Trade Blows In 'Emo Puppet Video War'". MTV. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Saves The Day - Stay What You Are Review". Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  18. ^ Green, Stuart (August 1, 2001). "Saves the Day Stay What You Are". Exclaim!. Ian Danzig. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 
  19. ^ LAS Magazine review
  20. ^ Sheffield, Rob (March 28, 2002). "Punk From the Heart". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on March 5, 2004. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  21. ^ Artist Chart History via Retrieved July 2007.
  22. ^ Artist Biography via Retrieved July 2007.
  23. ^ "20 Emo Albums That Have Resolutely Stood The Test Of Time". January 14, 2015. Retrieved July 29, 2015. 
  24. ^ Grebey, James (March 29, 2016). "FYF Fest 2016 Lineup: Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala, Grace Jones, and More". Spin. Retrieved May 2, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Repertory Search :: SEASAC". SEASAC. Retrieved January 23, 2016.  Click Artist, then enter Saves the Day in the Search field, then click Search Repertory, then click on the individual entries of the Stay What You Are songs for the writing credits.
  • Brooks, Scott (Aug 18, 2001). "Reviews & Previews". Billboard. 113 (33). 
  • Gadino, Dylan P. (Oct 2001). "Day of Reckoning". CMJ New Music Report. CMJ Network, Inc. (97). 
  • Greenwald, Andy (2003). Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and Emo (First ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 81. ISBN 9781466834927. 
  • Holbreich, Josh, ed. (29 May 2000). "Vagrant Signs Saves The Day, Rocket From The Crypt". CMJ New Music Report. CMJ Network, Inc. 62 (668). 
  • Keiper, Nicole (Jul 2000). "On the Verge". CMJ New Music Report. CMJ Network, Inc. (83). 

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