Crawling on a tightrope,Brave Saint Saturn is a rock band and side project of Five Iron Frenzy. Frontman Reese Roper started the band, very shortly after the creation of FIF, as an outlet for thematically dark songs that would not have fit well with FIF's usual output.note The members were:
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- Reese Roper: vocals, guitar, keys
- Dennis Culp: vocals, guitar, keys
- Keith Hoerig: bass
- Andy Verdecchio: drums
Provides examples of:
- All There in the Manual: The plots of the first and last album are only spelled out in the liner notes. Most of the music just uses the plot as a launching-off point for reflection and philosophizing.
- The Band Minus the Face: Not really, but as an April Fools' Day joke in 2008, they announced that Reese Roper was quitting the band, and that Keith Hoerig would be taking his place for the final album.
- Break-Up Song: Over the first two albums, you can follow Reese's state of mind about the breakup with his fiancee: from sardonic ("Independence Day") to sad ("Binary") to very bitter ("Enamel"). Then he gets over it and finds someone new ("Anastasia").
- Book Ends: On The Light of Things Hoped For, the backing music from "Prologue" is reused as the intro to the final song "Daylight".
- Christian Rock
- Continuous Decompression: Done realistically (slowly).
- Crowning Momentof Heartwarming: The climax of "Daylight."
- Mr. Exposition: The news anchor in the second album and the astronauts being interviewed in the third.
- Piss-Take Rap: "The Shadow of Def" would be embarrassing if it were serious.
- Retcon: Andy Verdecchio only joined the band after the first album. Since the crew of the Gloria were based on the band members, the second album added Verdecchio to the crew and pretended he'd been there all along. Then in the third album, Verdecchio was just as suddenly written out of the crew; instead he's the cosmonaut piloting the Invictus.
- Rock Opera
- Sequel Hook: While the band originally conceived of the story as a trilogy, they were willing to make a part 4 if there was sufficient demand. Hence the hidden track on Anti-Meridian, with one of the astronauts saying that he would go back to space in a heartbeat if given the chance.
- Sound-Effect Bleep: Rather infamously, someone in the studio used record scratches and static to censor the words "hell" and "pissed" out of two songs on The Light of Things Hoped For. Without telling the band. (Them being a Christian band, one can only imagine how much hilarity would have ensued if the songs had not been censored.)
- Space Isolation Horror: The Saturn 5 Trilogy is about a spaceship that gets stuck in a geosynchronous orbit with the dark side of Saturn's moon Titan, leaving the crew trapped in the darkness of the planet's shadow for three years. Many of the lyrics are about the loneliness of space, especially Space Robot Five.
- Title Drop: In "Atropos": "You are brave in this darkness, Saint Saturn."
- Truth in Television: In the third album, the astronauts discover antimatter as a means of spaceship propulsion. Now look what's happening.
- We Will Use WikiWords in the Future: "braveSaintSaturn" on all three album covers.
- Wild Mass Guessing: Theories on what the "leaked" cover to Add-Infinitum means range from a new full-length album to a joke about Reese Roper's ADD.