Under the Boards

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Under the Boards
Saves the Day - Under the Boards cover.jpg
Studio album by Saves the Day
Released October 30, 2007
Genre Pop,[1][2][3] pop punk[3]
Length 37:37
Label Vagrant
Producer Marc Hudson, Eric Stenman, Saves the Day
Saves the Day chronology
Sound the Alarm
Under the Boards
Bug Sessions

Under the Boards is the sixth studio album by the American rock band Saves the Day.


On March 20, 2007, the band revealed that their next album would be titled Under the Boards, and would be released in the fall.[4] In April and May, the band went a co-headlining tour with Say Anything. Following this, the band began recording Under the Boards.[5] By this point, all of the songs were written and had been demoed.[6]

Composition and recording[edit]

A post on the Punknews.org music website said of the album and its relationship to the band's previous album, Sound the Alarm and subsequent album, Daybreak:

The band is co-producing the 13 songs with Marc Hudson and Eric Stenman at their studio in northern California. Under The Boards continues a story about self-discovery that began with last year's Sound the Alarm and will conclude with a third album, Daybreak, to be released next year. Says frontman Chris Conley: "Sound The Alarm is an expression of discontent. Under the Boards is reflection and remorse. Daybreak is acceptance." Conley notes that parts of the album are darker than Sound the Alarm as it is the transitional chapter of the trilogy ("like The Empire Strikes Back"), but adds, "It's going to be an interesting listen. There are a lot of different moods in these songs." Says Soloway, "'Woe', is the heaviest song we've ever written and two of the songs, 'Get Fucked Up' and 'Can't Stay The Same', might be the most poppy tunes we've ever done.[7]

Several of the album's tracks were written as far back as 2003, immediately after the In Reverie sessions.[8] The song "Woe", for example, was the first song Conley wrote after the completion of In Reverie.


On September 7, "Get Fucked Up" was posted on the group's Myspace profile.[9] In October, the group went on an acoustic tour, alongside Single File and Dr Manhattan.[10] Under the Boards was released on October 30 through Vagrant.[10] The album features a DVD, which documents the creation of the album.[11] "Can't Stay the Same" was released to radio on November 6.[12] Between late March and early May 2008, the group toured as part of the Bamboozle Roadshow.[13]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 86% [14]
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press 3.5/5 stars[15]
The A.V. Club C[2]
Exclaim! Favorable[3]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[16]
Punknews.org 3.5/5 stars[17]
Spin Favorable[18]

The album charted at number 119 on the Billboard 200.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Christopher Conley, all songs written by Saves the Day.

  1. "Under the Boards" – 3:15
  2. "Radio" – 2:13
  3. "Can't Stay the Same" – 2:48
  4. "Get Fucked Up" – 3:03
  5. "When I'm Not There" – 2:46
  6. "Lonely Nights" – 3:05
  7. "Bye Bye Baby" – 2:36
  8. "Stay" – 3:25
  9. "Getaway" – 2:46
  10. "Because You Are No Other" – 1:59
  11. "Kaleidoscope" – 3:18
  12. "Woe" – 3:05
  13. "Turning Over in My Tomb" – 3:26


  1. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/album/under-the-boards-mw0000579371
  2. ^ a b Ryan, Kyle (October 30, 2007). "Under The Boards · Saves The Day · Music Review Saves The Day: Under The Boards · Music Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 3, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Conoley, Ben (November 19, 2007). "Saves the Day Under the Boards". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Saves The Day reveal title of new album". Alternative Press. March 20, 2007. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  5. ^ Staff (March 27, 2007). "For The Record: Quick News On Justin Timberlake, Avril Lavigne, Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Eminem & More". MTV. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  6. ^ Keller, Stephanie (October 31, 2007). "Interview with Saves The Day: Black Sheep Among Sinners". The Aquarian Weekly. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Saves The Day hits the studio, promises new albums in 2007, 2008." Punknews.org. June 18, 2007.
  8. ^ "Under the Boards: A Conversation with Chris Conley of Saves the Day." PopZap!Music. October 24, 2007.
  9. ^ "Saves The Day post new song". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. September 7, 2007. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "Saves The Day announce acoustic tour". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. August 17, 2007. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  11. ^ "New Saves The Day album to come with bonus DVD". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. October 3, 2007. Retrieved March 22, 2017. 
  12. ^ "AllAccess.com Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. October 30, 2007. Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  13. ^ Paul, Aubin (January 20, 2008). "Saves the Day / Armor for Sleep / Set Your Goals / Metro Station on Bamboozle Roadshow". Punknews.org. Retrieved September 24, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Saves The Day - Under The Boards". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  15. ^ Heisel, Scott (February 26, 2008). "Saves The Day - Under the Boards - Reviews". Alternative Press. Retrieved December 3, 2015. 
  16. ^ McGuire, Colin (January 22, 2008). "Saves the Day: Under the Boards". PopMatters. Retrieved December 3, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Saves the Day". punknews.org. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  18. ^ Burgess, Aaron (January 18, 2008). "Saves the Day, 'Under the Boards' (Vagrant)". Spin. Retrieved December 3, 2015. 

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