Saving the Best for Last

June 22 at the Canopy Club, 708 S. Goodwin, will feature the tail end of an intensely long and vigorous tour for Senses Fail.

“Yeah, we’ve been on tour for like almost a year,” said lead singer Buddy Nielsen, whose voice is coarse and is periodically interrupted by a fit of short yawns.

Still Searching, the band’s second full-length album, debuted eight months ago and has given the band a lot of hard work associated with its promotion. June 29 will mark their last concert on this headlining tour and the beginning of a much-needed break.

“We basically have the whole summer off,” Nielsen said with newfound energy, “We’re gonna do a re-release, so what we’re doing is writing a couple new songs for the record. It’s gonna have a DVD, new songs, cover songs …”

When asked about the direction he hopes his new songs to follow, his answer is certain and straightforward.

“I wouldn’t really know how to answer that because we haven’t started writing songs yet. That’s kinda one of those things you have to figure out when you start the process,” Nielsen said.

As for the current status of their songs, Senses Fail’s latest video of their single “Can’t Be Saved” has received some interesting and well deserved attention.

“It was just a little way to try and do something different,” Nielsen said in laughter.

Well, different is exactly what they got. The conflicting reviews caused Senses Fail bassist Mike Glita, to make a comment of it on their Web site where he said, “I know there have been a lot of mixed reactions from what I’ve seen, but I can assure all of you that the video really does make sense to the song if you really think about it and pay attention.” The very abstract video can be seen on the band’s MySpace page and is worth taking a close look at.

As a whole, their attention, press, and fan base has grown tremendously in the last year. It’s hard to believe Nielsen is now 23 when not long ago he was just a senior in high school playing in a band.

“I realized that everything else was gonna suck, and I was like ‘I gotta do this. I love this. There’s nothing else I wanna do and I totally don’t want to go to college,'” he said.

Well maybe Nielsen is living his dream, but he still has one more prospect in mind.

“Do you know what my ultimate life goal would be? To own the New York Yankees.”

The concert this Friday will feature special guest and hardcore sensation From Autumn To Ashes as well as Inept.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $16.50 in advance. Come on out and pay tribute to a band making one last stop in CU before their well-deserved break.

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