If you’re emo and you know it, see Senses Fail

Gabe Gott

The members of Senses Fail pray their Cleveland show finds you well this Wednesday.

Credit: Ben Breier


Senses Fail

Playing with Saves the Day, Early November, Emanuel

Where? House of Blues ClevelandWhen? Wednesday at 6 p.m.

How much? $17.50


Attention fans of emo-punk music: Senses Fail is coming to the Cleveland House of Blues Wednesday. The band is touring with Saves the Day, the Early November and Emanuel.

Senses Fail bassist Mike Glita described touring as cool and said it’s pretty much just hanging out with friends and playing music.

Everybody in the band has his own personality and each brings something different to the table, Glita said.

“We are just ourselves when we’re playing,” he said.

Fans who have never seen Senses Fail before can anticipate an energetic show.

“You never know exactly what to expect,” he said, adding that fans should count on little surprises during their performances.

During a typical day on tour “you wake up whenever you do,” do a sound check at some point, hang out, walk around the city or just relax, and about an hour before the show starts, “you start stretching,” he said.

The band is a veteran of Vans Warped Tour and the Taste of Chaos Tour. My Chemical Romance is one of their favorite bands to tour with, Glita said. They are “like our brothers,” he added.

All five members of Senses Fail are from Bergen County, New Jersey, and formed the band in 2002 when singer Buddy Nielsen posted an advertisement for band members on a musician’s Web board, and guitarist Garrett Zablocki responded.

Guitarist Dave Miller, drummer Dan Trapp and Glita joined afterwards. They were barely out of high school. Trapp dropped out of high school to be with the band.

Senses Fail recorded its debut EP, From the Depths of Dreams, in 2002 for independent label ECA records. The band signed with Drive-Thru Records, which re-released the EP in early 2003, and it sold a few hundred thousand copies without radio play.

The band developed a large cult following of mostly people within their age bracket from constant touring.

Let it Enfold You, Senses Fail’s second release, was recorded in 2003 but was not released until almost a year later in 2004, due to changes in record companies. Senses Fail moved to Vagrant Records, who finally put out the album but not before being leaked to the Internet.

The album showcases Nielsen’s dark, angst-fueled lyrics, and the band’s hard-driving emo-punk sound. Nielsen’s lyrics are influenced by his interest in eastern religions and the poet Charles Bukowski. The album name comes from a Bukowski poem of the same name. The music sounds similar to Thursday, The Used and Finch.

The current tour, which ends in December, might be the last chance to see Senses Fail for a while.

“I think after this tour is over we are going to take a little time off,” Glita said.

After the time off, the band plans on returning to the studio and recording the follow-up to Let it Enfold You, Glita said.

The band has 16 or 17 new songs it is working on, and the new music is going in a lot of different directions. He said there is not much, if any, screaming in the new material.

Senses Fail will be playing a little bit of the new stuff on this tour, Glita said.

Contact ALL correspondent Gabe Gott at [email protected].