SAVE FERRIS is a ska-punk band formed circa 1995 in Orange County, Southern California. Their name is a reference to the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
The band formed after the dissolution of a number of Southern California bands. With Monique Powell as manager, front person, and co-songwriter, the band began to book shows around Southern California to a great underground response.
Financed by Powell’s sister, the band released their debut EP Introducing SAVE FERRIS on Powell’s label, Starpool Records, in 1996. They ended up selling close to 20,000 copies of their EP out of the trunks of their cars, with huge support from Orange County independent record shops and fans. That year, Powell provided vocals on the Reel Big Fish song “She Has A Girlfriend Now” on their album Turn the Radio Off. The band released their debut full-length album, It Means Everything, for Epic in 1997.
The band toured extensively in support of It Means Everything, opening for bands such as Sugar Ray, The Offspring, and Reel Big Fish. 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 sold over 400,000 copies, and 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, SAVE FERRIS had managed to go Platinum internationally.
After a thunderously successful main stage tour with the Vans Warped Tour, the band began writing their follow-up to It Means Everything. The appropriately-titled Modified was released in October 1999. The album saw the band moving away from their ska-punk roots and into pop-punk territory. The band toured nationally with the band Lit, of hit single “My Own Worst Enemy” fame. SAVE FERRIS continued to tour in support of Modified throughout 2000 and 2001.
On July 27, 2013, armed with a new lineup, Save Ferris made their first live appearance in over ten years at the sold out Pacific Amphitheater at the Orange County Fair. Keep an eye out for Save Ferris’ return to a town near you soon, as well as a new EP, due out in early 2017.