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POZ Interview: Saosin

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 17, 2014

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Look, it’s been an exciting day for you. Saosin just announced reunion plans with former frontman Anthony Green, and it probably still feels too good to be true. PropertyOfZack was pretty excited when we heard the news too, so we thought it’d be a great idea to have an interview with Chris Sorenson from the band ready to go to answer all your questions on the reunion.

We spoke with Chris about how long this has been in the works (a really long time), trying out and falling out with Tilian Pearson, the pride Saosin has, and the unlikeliness of new music. Read the full interview below!

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Saosin is back-ish. The band will be announcing a brief reunion with Anthony Green on Monday. I started hearing rumors about this in May of 2013. It’s been in the air for a while.  When did talks start?
Talks actually started in September of 2010 right after we had made the transition from Cove on vocals. That was kind of a long time coming as well. The situation we got into where we decided whether to continue on the path that we were on with Cove singing and seeing if it would work out or not. We launched all confidence in our talent, if you will. We just didn’t feel like we were the band we wanted to be, especially live. We had just gotten off Capitol, tours weren’t going too well, and we got our record back. It was the best time to figure out what wasn’t going to work out. We kicked Cove out and we were just figuring out what we were going to do. 

I had started a full time job at a merchandise company. We had looked into other career paths. All of us and Anthony have been friends since like a few weeks after he quit in 2004. We’ve kept contact. So I went up to a Circa show in 2010 when they were playing with Coheed. Anthony texted me, and it was at a time when he was going through a lot of stuff. His first child, struggling with some of his vices, and other things. I went up there to support him a bit. I showed up and hung out for a while and shot the shit. As I was walking out, I told him we had kicked Cove out and why. He was like, “Why don’t I sing on some songs?” Okay, cool. 

We didn’t necessarily take it all too seriously. Circa had a new record out and Anthony was having kids on top of his solo stuff. We were entraining the idea in the back of our minds that this could be possible. Over the next year into 2011, we met with Tilian from Tides Of Man. He is super talented. He is a really, really good singer. Really eager to do different things. Really pushes his limits as a vocalist. We really considered the possibility of working with him. It just so happened that there was a little bit of a generational difference between us and him. We come from a different era, especially as far as internet stuff is concerned. We grew up without it and grew into it. We didn’t take things as seriously. It can be a powerful tool, but also a complete and utter distraction and waste of time. Especially when self-critiquing yourself. 

Needless to say, we got ourselves into a situation with him where we were stoked on some of the music, but we knew that we were at a point where if we did that it would be the absolute end of Saosin. We knew it wouldn’t go that far. Maybe we’d get a year of some soft touring. 

The band had waited long enough where your mindset became, “If we’ve been waiting, we might as well wait until it’s right.”
Exactly. That’s a perfect way to put it. All the while, we were still talking to Anthony off and on, but not as seriously. It wasn’t a, “Hey, I’ll rejoin the band” type thing. It was, “Why don’t I just sing on a couple of songs.” One of the Tilian songs got leaked somehow. We got hit up by Anthony because he thought we were going to do some stuff. We were all like, “Well, we weren’t planning on working with Tilian, but it just happened.” So, needless to say, we kind of split things off with Tilian, but we didn’t do it in a good way. The relationship kind of dissolved more passively than we hoped. We didn’t explain anything to him, we just waited until it fizzled out.

It was public knowledge that the band was working with Tilian, but then it became assumed on the internet that things had died out once he began working with Emarosa and Dance Gavin Dance. What came next?
When we decided not to work with Tilian, we kind of focussed more on what we were doing career wise. The toughest thing is letting go of the possibility of still trying to do the band. At no point have we ever wanted to dissolve or stop doing it. But when we were doing it truly for a given period of time from 2003 to 2009, none of us did anything else aside from Beau doing a few records. We were pretty dedicated to the cause even though we didn’t turn out as much music as we should. All of our lives were in Saosin. To get ourselves out of that mindset was tough. We decided one day to start focussing on those paths. If something happened in the band, we’d pursue it, but not on the full time scale. 

I went pretty heavy into the merch, photography, and videography worlds. Beau built his own studio and starting tracking more bands. Justin is doing guitar lessons and stuff; he’s always been a wiz there. That’s kind of what we’ve been doing. We always kept in contact and never lost our identity as Saosin. 

We’d send riffs back and forth too. In the middle of 2012, Anthony hit us up again about getting the band back together. We wanted to do it, but told him that we didn’t have the desire to do a full cycle or tour nine months out of the year. We wanted to keep it simple and special, just like we did when it started. We had tracks that we liked for him to put vocals on. We started that process and got down to about fourteen full tracks without him on vocals. We were keeping fans updated on Facebook to let them know we were doing stuff.

Towards the end of 2012, that’s when we had demos without vocals. I think the reality for Anthony and ourselves set in that it just wasn’t possible for him to fit another band into his schedule. A lot of things were weighing on him as well as far as expectations went in terms of creativity. Especially in regards to topping anything he accomplished in Saosin before. He didn’t want to taint a legacy that we had, not to sound full of ourselves.

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Tilian Pearson Announces Australian Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 7, 2014

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Tilian Pearson will be touring Australia in February. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Emarosa Demo “Supercow” Ft. Tilian Pearson Leaked

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 5, 2014

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An old Emarosa demo titled “Supercow” featuring Tilian Pearson has made its way online. Though Pearson is not the band’s new vocalist, he did try out at one point to take the role. Stream the song below after the jump.

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Tilian Pearson “Ghost” In-Studio Acoustic Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 9, 2013

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Tilian Pearson has posted an in-studio acoustic video of “Ghost.” Check it out below after the jump.

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The Cinema Cover Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” Ft. Will Pugh, Tilian Pearson

by Zack Zarrillo - May 5, 2013

The Cinema have released a cover of Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” that features vocal parts from Will Pugh (Cartel), Tilian Pearson, and Snowden. Listen to it below!

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Albums Out This Week

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 17, 2013

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March 19th is just two days away, and there are a few great releases coming out this week. Click “Read More” below to check out the album details and download information for all the great records coming out this week!

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POZ Discussion: Most Anticipated March Releases

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 7, 2013

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We’re just about through the first week of March, but there are a slew of great records coming out over the rest of the month that PropertyOfZack team members couldn’t be more stoked to hear. In today’s new Discussion, we’re highlighting our personal Most Anticipated March Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well! 

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The Story So Far - What You Don’t See (3/26)
It’s hard to deny just how large The Story So Far have gotten in under two years. Whether you’re a casual or die-hard fan, there’s been a certain build up in excitement to What You Don’t See that can only happen organically. We’re right around the corner now, and the two songs the band has released so far have packed a strong punch.

It’s already clear that the music on the new record is much advanced from Under Soil And Dirt, and Parker Cannon’s improved vocals with Sam Pura’s ever-growing enginerring skills seem to make What You Don’t See a complete package. The best part about this release will be seeing what the band can do within the next two years between tours already lined up with Man Overboard and Warped Tour. - Zack Zarrillo

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Cartel - Collider(3/26)
It’s a funny thing, releasing a lead single called “Uninspired” that’s anything but. Cartel’s first single from Collider is a slice of confectionary pop-rock bliss, and a surefire sign for what should be a heck of an album. Will Pugh’s voice sounds crisp, the guitar riffs rollick, and the chorus sounds like the band took some serious songwriting steroids.

Between “Uninspired” and the soaring, punchy “Mosaic,” Collider is poised to be Cartel back at full mainstream force like they haven’t been since Chroma. With an arsenal of hooks and vocals that will keep fans swooning over Pugh’s lush delivery, this album could have the chops to take a swing at Top 40 radio. - Erik van Rheenen

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Senses Fail - Renacer(3/26)
It has been nearly two and a half years since Senses Fail released their last album,The Fire. And while two and a half years mayseem to be a relatively short amount of time, in today’s music industry (and certainly to die-hard Senses Fail fanatics), the break between the post-hardcore veterans’ fourth album and their forthcoming fifth offering,Renacer, seems to be an eternity. However, early indications are the wait was well worth it.

In many ways Renacer marks a rebirth for the New Jersey outfit (“renacer” is Spanish for “to be reborn”) who have been going strong for over a decade now. It will be the group’s first release on Staple Records and finds Senses Fail moving away from their trademark pop-hardcore structure towards a heavier, more melodic sound. However, fans of the group’s earlier material should not fret;Renacer is sure to harbor enough sing-along choruses to keep your vocal chords content. Just don’t be expecting “NJ Falls Into the Atlantic Pt. 2” this time around. - Michael Meeze

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A Rocket To The Moon - Wild & Free(3/26)
A Rocket To The Moon are in a bit of a strange position — having come up on the tail end of the mid-00’s Fueled By Ramen tidal wave, they feel like long-standing scene vets, yet they’ve only released a single full length. That album, 2009’s On Your Side, found radio and scene success by mixing gooey pop melodies with a dash of down-home twang, but 2009 was a long time ago — a veritable generation in “scene years” — and the community that once nurtured them has long since turned its back on the sort of brightly melodic pop that A Rocket To The Moon made their stock-in-trade.

If all of that makes A Rocket To The Moon’s future prospects appear uncertain, the fact that FBR has kept Wild & Free on the shelf for over a year doesn’t inspire confidence. But last year’s That Old Feeling EP, which previews four tracks from the album, featured a couple of winners with a heavy Americana bent. The band swears they haven’t gone yokel, but in a world where pop-country seems to have supplanted rock as the last outlet for guys-with-guitars to achieve mainstream popularity (and radio play, and album sales), letting the heartland into their hearts might prove the key to continued success. - Jesse Richman 

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Tilian Pearson Featured On New Stolas Song

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 4, 2013

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Tilian Pearson has a guest spot on a new Stolas song called “Year Of The Light.” Stream it below by clicking “Read More.”

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Tilian Pearson “Favor The Gods” Acoustic Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 28, 2013

Tilian Pearson has released an acoustic video for “Favor The Gods.” Watch it below by clicking “Read More.”

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Tilian Pearson Releases “Flutter”

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 13, 2013

Tilian Pearson has released a new song called “Flutter.” Stream it here and listen to another new song called “Up In The Air” below by clicking “Read More.”

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Tilian Pearson “Up In The Air” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 7, 2013

Tilian Pearson has released a new music video for “Up In The Air.” Watch it below by clicking “Read More.”

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Tilian Pearson Releasing Music Video Thursday

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 6, 2013

Tilian Pearson will be releasing a music video for “Up In The Air” on Thursday. Check out a tweet from Pearson ;below by clicking “Read More.”

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Morning Recap: TBS TAYF10 Live Coming, NFG Announce Plans For Live LP, TDS Begin Tracking

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 31, 2013

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Taking Back Sunday Finishing TAYF10 Live Releases

The band will be releasing both a live and acoustic version of their Tell All Your Friends ten year tour, so start getting excited. Taking Back Sunday will also begin writing their new record next week. Good news all around!

New Found Glory Announce Live Album Recording Shows

New Found Glory revealed plans to record two California shows for a live release planned for later in 2013. If memory serves correctly, the band will also be releasing a few new songs on the release as well. 

The Dangerous Summer To Begin Recording LP3 Tomorrow

Today’s the day. War Paint let The Dangerous Summer solidify their fan base, but also shed a great amount of their fans due to a wave of drama that surrounded the band. Lets hope Hopeless hasn’t given up on TDS and that they can get their act together surrounding the release of LP3. 

Tilian Pearson Solo Album Release Date, Track Listing, Artwork

Tilian Pearson will finally be releasing his solo record this March. No one is quite sure what that means for Dance Gavin Dance or Saosin though.

Crime In Stereo Announce Second Reunion Show

The band will be playing a killer reunion show with Sainthood Reps and Coasta, ie, the Long Island clan. 

fun. Making Big Announcement Coming Monday

What do you think it is?

Tilian Pearson Solo Album Release Date, Track Listing, Artwork

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 30, 2013

Tilian Pearson will be releasing Material Me on March 19th. Check out the artwork and track listing below by clicking “Read More.”

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Tilian Pearson Album Details Coming Soon

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 23, 2013

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Details for Tilian Pearson's debut solo album will be coming soon. Check out a tweet from Pearson below by clicking “Read More.”

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