The Buzz On: Saosin

As you can probably tell by looking at it, there's a lot to be learned from Saosin's (pronounced "say-o-sin") peculiar name. Adapted from Chinese, the first known appearance of the word is in an old proverb that cautions against becoming too attached to anything in this impermanent world. (Bummer, but probably for the best.) It translates literally as "little heart." And while little heart couldn't be any less accurate a description of the Newport Beach-based boys' pleading screamo assaults, they've faced more than their share of impermanence, undergoing three major lineup changes before they even put out their first full-length.

After losing original singer Anthony Green, drummer Pat McGrath and bassist Zach Kennedy, Saosin eventually settled into a more permanent roster of Cove Reber (vox), Beau Burchell (guitar, vox), Justin Shekoski (guitar, vox), Chris Sorenson (bass), and Alex Rodriguez (drums). That's a whole lotta vocals, right? I wasn't kidding when I said "assault." Lately, every Saosin song is a flag-waving, fist-pumping, eyes-clamped, teeth-bared battle cry. A rare quality that attracted the attention of Capitol Records and landed the band on tours with Avenged Sevenfold, Coheed And Cambria, Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance and tons more. In fact, they're on the road right now with The Used. Here are some dates you can look at while Saosin emote us out with "You're Not Alone."