Drawing inspiration from the action role-playing video game "Kingdom Hearts," as well as social media, co-vocalist Tyler Greene and his Save The Bride bandmates used those influences to help build their new album, "Deceivers."
Decorated with synths, heavy riffs and melodic singing juxtaposed with deep screams, Greene, 25, of Dover, spoke with the Dover Post about the positive messages behind his progressive hardcore/Christian band's new album. The project, which dropped in late May, is available at savethebride.bandcamp.com.
Q The artwork for "Deceivers" features a ram in between two wolves. What's the significance behind this artwork?
A Mainly with the artwork it shows a ram in the middle and two wolves on the sides that represent a wolf in sheep's clothing. It's like watching people putting on different faces when they portray someone completely different on the inside.
Q What's the significance of the ram?
A In the religious world there's this whole thing with pentagrams, devil worship and stuff like that, and it's [associated] with a ram. So that's where the ram comes in.
Q Though Save The Bride is a Christian band, some of the songs on "Deceivers" seem coded, as do some of the song titles. Can you explain the messages behind "Instagram" and "Castle Oblivion" and how they tie into the theme of the project?
A "Castle Oblivion" is actually based on a video game called "Kingdom Hearts." It kind of has a "Kingdom Hearts" theme about it. In the video game, one of the main character's friends ends up turning dark, so he's still fighting because he feels there's still good in that person and he could still be saved. So it follows that theme. Then "Brandon's Girl" is kind of an older song we had. It's a story about one of my friends that met a girl and she ended up doing a whole bunch of stuff and messing up his life in a way. So one of the lines in there is "The Devil's in Delaware," because she really messed up his heart a lot. "Instagram" is kind of a newer one. I actually wrote that whole song and the whole concept was about people and social networking and how people will put on this big charade like they're doing all this stuff or believe all this stuff when under the surface there's a completely different story. A lot of people will hide behind social media to put up all these different fronts. The whole song was based on a person doing that. But in the end he sold his soul for this because he built up this image that isn't even true. And the song "I Dream of Dreaming" starts off with:"The only reason I sleep is to dream of you." It's about better times when things are working good and trying to get back to the place where we started where everything was okay and love was everything pretty much.
Page 2 of 2 - Q Since Save The Bride is a Christian band, have you ever felt heavy resistance from crowds outside of a church setting?
A We've actually been well received everywhere we've played. We've never had any issues with people fighting against us. And it surprises me now that I have a lot of friends that don't believe in God at all and don't make anything religious a part of their life or anything. Yet they still love our CD. They were the first people pounding at my door to get it. It's great to see that people can still receive a message whether there's a label connected to it or not.