Save Your Breath

Save Your Breath

Last updated: 21 April 2010

Some of the prime movers among the new generation of South Wales rock bands, Save Your Breath are an exciting prospect as they work with an American record label and establish their live credentials.

As with so many young bands, their coming-together was born out of boredom and frustration. Growing up in Newport, bassist Ben Griffiths says they, "needed a way to distract ourselves from the feeling of boredom that seems to suffocate small towns.

"We all grew up going to the same places and hanging out at the same shows. Then we got to know each other better from the different bands we played in."

After Griffiths' first band split up, he started jamming with friend, guitarist Tom Owen. Shortly after, Owen's childhood friend Bobby Sondergaard joined on drums, with second guitarist Adam Parslow and singer Webbo filling out the lineup.

With hardcore, punk and pop punk groups such as Green Day, Bad Brains, Saves The Day and The Ataris as their primary influences, Save Your Breath started writing upbeat songs with "positive, inspirational lyrics" which at the time set them apart from the teenage heartache-laden themes of their contemporaries.

"We like to play songs that mean something to us personally, and hopefully to the people we play them for," explains Griffiths.

A local Newport record label, Stagedive Music, released their debut EP in 2009. Nothing Worth Having Comes EP was infused with the commercially-aware pop punk sound of their influences.

In support of the record, they toured extensively, and played with bands such as Funeral For A Friend. A new vocalist, longtime friend Kristian Richards, was added.

American label Adeline Records picked up on Save Your Breath and released Nothing Worth Having... in digital form in the USA in April 2010, with two unreleased bonus tracks.

"We're going to be spending a lot of the rest of the year on tour," says Griffiths. "We'll be finding time to record the first album too.

"One of the best things about being in a band is being able to get away from everything in your hometown and travel with your best friends and play shows. You get to meet so many new people and see different sights and places that most people don't get the opportunity to see."

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