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Saosin Go Old School with Cove Reber at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT [Photos]

Vintage emo rock specialists Saosin were out in fine form back with vocalist Cove Reber at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT.



Saosin on Jun 16, 2024, photo by Jordyn Beschel
Saosin on Jun 16, 2024, photo by Jordyn Beschel

Emo rock legends Saosin have seen some lineup changes throughout the years, infamously of their two well-known and loved frontmen. However, the classic self-titled “beetle” album (2006), a necessary staple of the 2000s underground scene, featured vocalist Cove Reber (see also his band Dead American) and his dynamic vocals. The album marked an undeniably memorable era for the band and their fans alike, with diehard advocates calling for the return of Cove-era Saosin for many years before its modern-day manifestation.

Earlier this year, the band announced their “Saosin with Cove” tour. It included a short run of headlining shows around the U.S. where the band, together again, played the songs Cove put his heart and soul into.

Cherished fans sold out several shows. The second-to-last date at the iconic Toad’s Place in New Haven, Connecticut, was a packed house with fans new and old, young and elder (well, “elder emos”).

Saosin opened with the first two tracks that start the self-titled album, “It’s Far Better to Learn” and “Sleepers.” They then took a Translating the Name (2003) detour with “Lost Symphonies” and then jumped back in with scene-favourite “Voices.” Front to back, fans sang their loudest to punchy tracks like “Follow And Feel,” “Bury Your Head,” and “Collapse.” There were also more sombre moments with “Come Close,” “I Never Wanted To,” and encore “You’re Not Alone.”

It was an honour to see Saosin perform again with Cove Reber. Reber is one of the most vocally dynamic and passionate singers of our time and genre. It was also an honour to see them perform at Toad’s Place. This is the same Connecticut venue the band had last played in the state almost 15 years ago to the date (and yes, I was there, too).

Saosin’s short run of headlining shows has ended. But the band will be performing several festivals and one-off shows with Cove Reber throughout the rest of the year. If you can, you do not want to miss them!

Tour Dates:

08/31 – Los Angeles, CA – The Torch At The LA Memorial Coliseum
09/01 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
09/02 – Albuquerque, NM – Revel Entertainment Center
09/05 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
09/26 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life 2024
10/04 – Princeton, AL – Furnace Fest 2024
10/04 – Birmingham, AL – Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
10/12 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock 2024
10/19 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young 2024