Reese Roper (vocals/guitar/computer)
Dennis Culp (guitar/vocals)
Keith Hoerig (bass)
In the ever-evolving world of music it seems that new genres are born every day, ranging from the accesible alternative-rock to the hipsterís avant-garde-neoclassical-jazzy-grindcore. Now, from members of Five Iron Frenzy comes the launch of a new project, Brave Saint Saturn, and with it a whole new genre of music. Welcome to the final frontier: astro-rock! Pushing musical and lyrical boundaries is all in a dayís work for Five Iron Frenzy and Brave Saint Saturn members Reese Roper, Dennis Culp and Keith Hoerig. Brave Saint Saturnís debut album "So Far from Home" will hit shelves everywhere on June 20th, and with it, evidence of some of the most experimental and eloquent songwriting this side of the solar system. Astro-rock and itís twin sister space-pop are foreign terms which aptly describe this albumís harmonious collision of Roperís vocals, lyrics and electric guitar, Culpís electric and acoustic guitars, bass, vocals and Hoerigís bass. This central core is heavily augmented by programming, percussion (Satrianiís Jeff Campitelli, FIFís Andrew Verdecchio), keyboards, accordians (Those Darn Accordiansí Big Lou), strings (Rivulets and Violetsí Masaki) and turntables (FIFís Micah Ortega). Produced by Masaki, Brave Saint Saturn takes a huge stylistic departure from the poppy ska-punk of Five Iron Frenzy. The buzz surrounding the impending release of So Far From Home is growing through Brave Saint Saturnís offical website (www.bravesaintsaturn.com) which is averaging nearly a thousand hits per day, as well as positive album reviews. Bandoppler Magazine (http://www.bandoppler.com/REVbravess.html) enthuses "BSS could easily be one of the most standout albums of the year... Brave Saint Saturn is going where no album has gone before. It may be too real for some people, but thatís exactly why itís so good. Enough of hiding the truth with pretty words and fancy phrases, BSS is honest, real and straight forward." Created by Roper in 1995, Brave Saint Saturn was initially a platform for Roper to express his thoughts on topics traditionally considered dark and emotional. Lyrically this is definitely the dark side of Five Iron Frenzy," explains Roper, "It is a lot of songs about struggling with the world and tragedy." An example of this, the song "2-29" is about the death of Roperís grandmother. The track opens with the haunting sound clip of the Challenger shuttleís countdown and liftoff as relayed by Mission Control, and then flows directly into the opening lines. Rounding out the poignant lyrics of loss is another sound clip of Dylan Thomas reading his infamous elegy "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night." Even though loss, alienation, loneliness, numbness and pain are reccurent themes throughout the album, they are not dark for darknessí sake alone. "Iíve tried to show the redemption and peace of God through tragic things," elaborates Roper. "I think overall the lyrics are about hope." This summer, Brave Saint Saturn is scheduled to make two highly anticipated appearances at Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, Illinois and at TOM Festival in Stevenson, Washington. Roper has already started to write for the second album, so the future of Brave Saint Saturn is as open and as optimistic as 1960ís space exploration itself. Look out world: here comes astro-rock!