In just a few weeks, New Jersey's Save Face will release their monumental new album, Another Kill For The Highlight Reel. Produced by The Movielife's Brett Romnes, the album houses some of the most eccentric and theatrical music vocalist Tyler Povanda (he/him) has ever created––and he knows it, too.
In a bold video for their new song "Sharpen Your Teeth," out today, Povanda taps deep into all of our internal odontophobias whilst somehow making us sing along at the same time. It's a twisted kind of game the young songwriter plays, pulling equal inspiration from Jersey scene titans like My Chemical Romance and Thursday as well as Broadway musicals like Sweeney Todd and Rocky Horror Picture Show.
When asked about the track, Povanda had some... thoughts.
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Elsewhere on the record, the eccentric frontperson draws influence from his Jersey brethren like Thursday (Geoff Rickley actually sings on "A.M. Gothic"), but adds a theatrical bent that's rooted in his love of musicals like Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dear Evan Hansen, and more. It's clear that this record is much more interested in building worlds around itself than it is in adhering to any genre conventions or expectations.
“I’m just trying to make something that’s interesting to me, despite whether anyone likes it or hates it," Tyler explains.
The spirit of art for art’s sake is what truly lies at the core of their ethos. “If you’re going to make art, you have to be willing to have your spirit crushed, and I have repeatedly," Tyler admits. "But in that, I made the best thing I ever have."
“It can be hard to reconcile the fact that we live in a world where we’re taught that the validation of your art determines its worth," he continues. "The only thing that makes it worth it is creating something that is so inspiring to you that it feels like it’s worth the struggle to put it out into the world—and that’s what these songs did for me.”
That drive to keep pushing through discomfort is evident on this album and is what makes the collection of songs on Another Kill For The Highlight Reel as cathartic as they are catchy.