Save Ends at The Wooly in Gainesville, Fla. | photo by Lorien Lamarr

Lorien Lamarr Photo Column—Save Ends

Nov 11, 2023

I first encountered Boston’s Save Ends at Pouzza in 2019. The vocals immediately hooked me. There’s something absolutely special about the combination of guitarist Christina Atturio’s and keyboardist Brendan Cahill’s voices. There’s some of the call and response you’d expect from more emo-leaning bands but also the gang vocals that are such a mainstay in pop punk. With the keys front and center in much of the music, Save Ends unlocks core memories of The Anniversary from my youth. Tapping into that nostalgia is delicious but Save Ends vocals really elevate the experience to a whole other level and one all their own. After that, Warm Hearts, Cold Hands became a centerpiece of my Spotify playlists.

I knew I had to shoot them at their Fest 20 appearance and to my delight they showed up Halloween themed! I can’t deny I’ve been holding onto this shot for a Halloween post. Fresh off a release of their split with No Trigger, the Wooly was packed and bouncing along to melodies that would make any fan of The Get Up Kids turn their head. One of the many things about The Fest that makes it stand out as a music festival is the sheer volume of attendees who both know and belt out the lyrics back into the faces of each performer. This amplified the Save Ends gang vocals. Participation is infectious. The harmonies, the raw energy, and the catchy lyrics of Save Ends are undeniable and irresistible.

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