New Jersey-based rock band Save Face have announced a July 13th release date for their full-length debut, Merci. The album is the band’s first release for Epitaph.
Save Face have also shared their video for “Heartache,” a track featured on Merci. With its artful use of color and perspective, the video is shot from the bleary point-of-view of its protagonist, an element both beautiful and unsettling in effect.
With its catchy-yet-off-kilter and viscerally charged sound, Merci is a concept album about an addict dealing with post-rehab relationship struggles and an eventual paranoia-fueled meltdown. Partly inspired by the theatricality of such bands as Queen, Merci is driven by a dramatic tension that reflects Save Face’s mission of making emotionally complex, multi-faceted art.
“I think the biggest challenge is writing something that has merit in an artistic context while still being palatable and digestible for an average listener,” notes vocalist/guitarist Tyler Povanda, whose bandmates include guitarist Phil McGarry, bassist Chris Aveta, and drummer Chris Flannery. “I want someone to put these songs on while they’re having a great day the same way they can listen to it while going through a crisis.”
SAVE FACE – MERCI – TRACKLIST
SAVE FACE TOUR DATES
7/19 Redding, CA – The Annex
7/20 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
7/21 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theatre
7/23 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
7/24 Albuquerque, NM – The Tame Impala
7/26 San Antonio, TX – Jack’s Patio
7/27 Houston, TX – The Secret Group
7/28 Denton, TX – House Show
7/29 Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street Collective
7/30 Springfield, MO – FOH Lounge
7/31 Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome
8/1 Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme
8/2 Columbus, OH – Big Room Bar
8/3 Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall
8/4 Albany, NY – House Show