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 2001
Genre Emo, pop punk
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,[1] due to the success of Through Being Cool (1999).[1] While on tour, in March 2000, the band got into a van accident that almost ended the band's career.[2] The van accident was somewhat of an inspiration for the band's songwriting.[2]

The band played on a few Warped Tour dates before heading into the studio.[1] The band worked with producer Rob Schnapf.[3]

"As Your Ghost Takes Flight" is about a friend's heroin addiction.[4]

At the time of the recording, Saves the Day consisted of Chris Conley, Dave Soloway, Ted Alexander, Eben D'Amico and Bryan Newman and was produced by Rob Schnapf who previously produced Elliott Smith and Beck. 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 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. The band also released the single "Freakish", with the video featuring Muppet-esque puppets.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (93%)[6]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[7]
DecoyMusic 4/5 stars[8]
Punknews 4.5/5 stars[9]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[10]

The album sold 15,000 copies in the first week.[3] In April 2002. Stay What You Are reached number 100 on the Billboard 200 albums chart[11] and is the band's best selling album selling over 300,000 copies in the U.S. 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.[12]

NME listed the album as one of "20 Emo Albums That Have Resolutely Stood The Test Of Time".[13]

Track listing[edit]

  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[5]
  1. ^ a b c Holbreich, Josh, ed. (29 May 2000). "Vagrant Signs Saves The Day, Rocket From The Crypt". CMJ New Music Report (CMJ Network, Inc.) 62 (668): 4. 
  2. ^ a b Gadino, Dylan P. (Oct 2001). "Day of Reckoning". CMJ New Music Report (CMJ Network, Inc.) (97): 62. 
  3. ^ a b Greenwald, Andy (2003). Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and Emo (First ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 81. ISBN 9781466834927. 
  4. ^ Gadino, Dylan P. (Oct 2001). "Day of Reckoning". CMJ New Music Report (CMJ Network, Inc.) (97): 62–3. 
  5. ^ Brooks, Scott (18 Aug 2001). "Reviews & Previews". Billboard 113 (33): 17. 
  6. ^ "Saves the Day - Stay What You Are". Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Allmusic review
  8. ^ "Saves The Day - Stay What You Are Review -". Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Saves The Day". Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "Saves the Day - Stay What You Are (album review 2) - Sputnikmusic". Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  11. ^ Artist Chart History via Retrieved July 2007.
  12. ^ Artist Biography via Retrieved July 2007.
  13. ^ "20 Emo Albums That Have Resolutely Stood The Test Of Time". January 14, 2015. Retrieved July 29, 2015. 

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