Brave Saint Saturn (usually written by the band as braveSaintSaturn, brave saint saturn or BS2) is a Christian rock band formed in Denver, Colorado in 1995. The band is a side-project of former members of Five Iron Frenzy started by Reese Roper. The band calls their music style "astro-rock," although Reese has stated that this "doesn't mean anything." The trilogy of albums are meant to artfully represent early life, adversity, and death.
Before the band was signed, they were called Astronaut. As a result, "Astronaut Versions" of several early Brave Saint Saturn songs exist. The "Astronaut Version" of "Two-Twenty-Nine" is available on the compilation Manna 2 Go (fifty280 records). An otherwise unreleased Astronaut song, "Albatross," is also available on Green Manna (fifty280 records)
Brave Saint Saturn often uses the vastness of space as a metaphor for loneliness and isolation. With this in mind, the band used NASA recordings and electronic samples on their first two albums. One of the biggest influences on the band's sound was the Electric Light Orchestra album Time. Reese has said that because of this band he has tried to include more strings and orchestral sounds into the group's music.
Some reviewers consider Brave Saint Saturn as a generally more serious band than the often light-hearted Five Iron Frenzy. As the former leader of Five Iron Frenzy, Roper often found the band too straightforwardly fun for expressing feelings of loneliness and abandonment. BS2 is the platform for the more depressed and sad lyrics which Roper has written. When speaking of the band, Roper states that, "I've tried to show the redemption and peace of God through tragic things. I think overall the lyrics are about ??¦ hope."
The third of the "Saturn 5 trilogy", Anti-Meridian, was released on 15 September 2008. The physical album is only available through the band's website store, but digital copies were made available at various online stores for digital distribution.
"The future of Brave Saint Saturn kind of hinges on how well this record does... I think that all of us would rather start new projects if this one is done for."
???Reese Roper on the bands' future in 2009.
Roper has stated that the band originally planned to make a story arc that would go across three albums, but the band is in talks to create more music in the future beyond their first three albums.
Saturn 5 Trilogy
Brave Saint Saturn published their first three albums as "The Saturn 5 Trilogy".
The Saturn 5 Trilogy tells the story of a fictional NASA "Saturn 5 Mission," where the crew of the spacecraft "Gloria" is sent to map the rings of Saturn. While in orbit around Saturn's moon, Titan, the Gloria suffers a crippling disaster that leaves the craft stranded in geosynchronous orbit on the dark side of the moon. The crew is cut off from radio contact with Earth and the light of the sun, and both the crew and their families fear they are lost forever.
The final album of the trilogy, Anti-Meridian, chronicles rescue by the crew of the Gloria by another spacecraft, the "Starling." "Lieutenant Hoerig" saves the mission at the cost of his own life. The rest of the crew returns to Earth in one of the Starling's escape pods. Several of the songs deal with the crew's thoughts and remembrances in the aftermath of their safe return.
The Saturn 5 Trilogy uses the loss and subsequent rescue of the crew as a metaphor for several Christian themes including death, resurrection, redemption, and self-sacrifice.
Reese Roper ??? vocals, guitar
Keith Hoerig ??? bass
Andrew Verdecchio (2003???present) ??? drums
Dennis Culp ??? background vocals, bass, guitar