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Saosin // Live @ The NorVa // 3.12.16

Article by: Glenn Woodell / Photos by: Wendy Podmenik Darugar and Glenn Woodell


NORFOLK, VA- With original frontman, Anthony Green, back in the saddle, Saosin wowed an already charged audience with some of their old-time favorite songs. This American post-hardcore band, which had its beginnings in Newport Beach, California in 2003, went through a series of big changes almost immediately but the fans seemed to have waited out the bad weather.


The true meaning of the band’s name is up for question but it comes from the Chinese word which means “careful”. The original source is an old proverb about being careful not to get too attached to things because they will eventually disappear.

Thanks to social networking sites like MySpace, this unknown band became a big sensation, primarily as an opener for bigger bands, in a few short years. But soon after getting started, they saw their lead singer and bassist drop out. Cove Reber stepped in to take over the leads and for the next six years was the band’s voice. After some mulling over and some rumors of bringing back Green, it was finally announced that he was indeed reuniting with the band he helped get off the ground. But it was only after a three year hiatus that things all came together. But then in the first quarter of 2015, lead guitarist Justin Shekoski left, to be temporarily replaced by Phil Sgrosso of Wovenwar, at least for the current tour. Despite all the changes, they have a new full-length album on schedule for a May 2016 release.

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Phil played like he’s been with the band for the entire time. He was entertaining on the stage and a powerhouse on the strings. The fans really loved having Anthony back behind the mic. He pleased the crowds with his amazing vocals and that sang along with him. There was even a little breaking of the rules as a mosh pit got fired up for a while.

The show was shorter than most but only the clock seemed to notice as the fans were obviously satisfied with the performance of one of their favorites.



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Wendy Podmenik Darugar // Glenn Woodell
Since entering the world of photography in 2013, WENDY PODMENIK has focused her interest on live music. Her ultimate goal is to successfully present the live music genre as an art form which preserves the expression, emotion, and energy of specific moments in time. ////// GLENN WOODELL spends his musical time working both on and around the stage. He's spent decades behind the lens as a visual artist, and for his career, studied human vision as a scientific researcher. His time on the stage these days is either spent holding on to a bass guitar or a camera.

One thought on “Saosin // Live @ The NorVa // 3.12.16

  1. This show was unforgettable. Seeing Anthony back up on stage with this group after such a long time unquestionably unified the audience. I had the luck to have a spiritual moment at the end of the concert. Green and I locked eyes for a moment while he took a better look at my face. He expressed his creative appreciation for my handmade unicorn horn headdress by signing his own unicorn horn in response. Being recognized for being artistically expressive by a person with such a well known creative presence can really make you feel empowered. I was wearing horns to high school (fighting the occasional sneer) when I first started listening to Anthony. The moment I had at this show will be with me forever, and I will share the story with anyone trying to find comfort being the person they were born to be. Never stop being mystical, you never know who might notice.

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