Named after a classic line from John Hughes iconic comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, SAVE FERRIS is a ska-pop-punk-swing band that formed circa 1995 in Orange County, California.
The band came together after the dissolution of a number of Orange County, California bands. With Monique Powell as manager, frontwoman, co-producer and co-songwriter, the band began to book shows around Southern California to a great underground response.
Funded by Powell’s sister, the band released their debut EP Introducing SAVE FERRIS on their own label, Starpool Records in 1996, and ended up selling close to 20,000 copies of their EP “out of the trunks of their cars.” That year, Powell provided vocals on the Reel Big Fish song “She Has A Girlfriend Now” on their album “Turn the Radio Off” (Mojo). Still considered one of RBF’s most requested songs to date.
Riding a wave of support from fans all over Southern California, SAVE FERRIS became favorites of KROQ radio’s legendary “Rodney on the Rock”, which resulted in regular airplay on LA’s world famous KROQ radio station, possibly being the first unsigned band to do this in LA alternative radio history. Later that year, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences gave the band a Grammy showcase award for best-unsigned band, earning them a recording contract with Epic Records (SONY).
The band released their debut full-length album, It Means Everything, for Epic in 1997. The album featured several re-recorded tracks from the EP, some new songs, and a cover of Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ “Come on Eileen,” which became the band’s most successful single to date.
SAVE FERRIS toured extensively in support of It Means Everything, opening for bands such as Sugar Ray, The Offspring, Goldfinger, and Reel Big Fish and two mainstage spots on the Vans Warped Tour in 1998 and 2000. In April 1998, they made their television debut on HBO’s music series “REVERB” and made an on-screen appearance in the cult classic teen film, “10 Things I Hate About You.” The album spawned three Top Ten hits in both Japan and Mexico. With two singles in the Billboard top 100 and full rotation on alternative radio all over the world, It Means Everything has managed to go Platinum internationally.
SAVE FERRIS, now led by Powell, went on indefinite hiatus from 2003 until the spring of 2013, in which Powell once again regrouped and headlined the Pacific Amphitheater in Orange County, CA to a sold out audience of over 7,000 fans, and another sold out show at the El Rey theater in Los Angeles.
In 2016, Save Ferris ran a successful Pledge Music campaign to raise funds for what would be the first new album in over 15 years. Their financial goal was hit in only a couple of weeks, fully funded by their fans.
In August, 2016, Save Ferris headlined the Santa Monica Pier “Twilight Series” for approximately 20,000 fans.
Currently, Save Ferris is gearing up for a new EP, produced by John Avila (Oingo Boingo, Reel Big Fish, Mariachi El Bronx) set to release in January of 2017.