Listen to a new Going Off Track podcast with Say Anything's Max Bemis about Hebrews, his rediscovery of organized religion, Jewish neurosis, and how his spiritual upbringing has shaped who he is today.
I think it requires more work, but it always should have required more work. There was a brief period of time around a century long when the music industry got involved and figured out how to cater to the laziness of musicians. And we are innately lazy because we’re artists. There are people who work nine to five jobs thanklessly and don’t complain about it ever, and then there’s musicians, a lot of whom are receiving these giant advances from multi-conglomerate companies and essentially getting smoke blown up their ass and they feel like they’re the new Beatles, or at least trying to achieve that.
Listen to Max Bemis of Say Anything discussing "Push," "The Shape Of Love To Come," and "Boyd" off Hebrews below via PropertyOfZack. Next, he talks about "A Look," "Lost My Touch," and "Nibble NIbble" on Purevolume. Here is "John McClane," "Six Six Six," "Judas Decapitation." You can also check out our track by track videos.
And, eventually, it drove me to drop out of college and pursue music. "Admit It!!!" it was written around 2002, after the first Strokes record came out. This is pre-Vampire Weekend, it's pre-fun. and stuff like that. It was literally the beginnings of the "hipster." It was right then, people were just starting to move to Brooklyn to reclaim it and gentrify it. But I feel like I skirt that line—if you look at me, I could just be any other 30-year-old dude walking around in Greenpoint and my friends and tastes and sense of humor could just put me directly into what could be considered...
We have a pretty rad video exclusive today featuring Max Bemis talking about some of the songs on Say Anything's latest album, Hebrews. In the replies, you can check out Bemis going in-depth about "Kall Me Kubrick", "My Greatest Fear Is Splendid" and the title track. If you read my review of the album, you may recall that these three tracks are some of the most intense and unique ones on the entire album. The band is currently on tour with The Front Bottoms, The So So Glos, and You Blew It!.
Riot Fest, which will be September 12-14th in Chicago, has announced a slew of new bands for the festival. The list includes AP.net favorites like The Hold Steady, Pity Sex and Say Anything. Head to the replies for the full festival poster.
Okay! So here i am with another important Song Shop update. If i can ask you not to skim this email, and that would be a awesome. A lot of people have been letting me know they’ve been getting their songs and that they’re very moved by them. I cannot affirm enough how freakin’ awesome that is, so thank you and please do so when you get your song. It always makes my day/night. Others have been expressing how excited they are to get their song; thank you so so so much for your patience so far. It is invaluable and essential to Song Shop being a thing.
More importantly, I wanted to address something and am slightly nervous to do...
You can stream the title track from Say Anything's upcoming new album, Hebrews, in the replies -- it premiered on Red Bull. This one features Brian Sella of The Front Bottoms. The album hits stores on June 10th.
But on this tour, Fred Mascherino from The Color Fred, Taking Back Sunday and Breaking Pangea, Greg Dunn from Moving Mountains and Kenny Bridges from Moneen are all going to be playing in the band as well as Reed Murray and Garron DuPree who have been playing with us for a while. Garron, of course, is known most for being in Eisley and Reed was in Tallhart who are on our label.
You can stream the first new song from Say Anything's new LP, Hebrews, in the replies (via Billboard). The song is called "Six Six Six," it features Andy Hull, and there's a pretty cool article/interview with Max Bemis at that link. New details about Hebrews, which drops June 10 via Equal Vision (tour dates here), include the tracklisting (in the replies), which has 16 guest vocalists like Tom Delonge, Chris Conley, Keith Buckley and more, and the fact that there are no guitars on the record.
"This has easily been the most gratifying and fun making a record has ever been," Bemis tells Billboard. "The sort of theatrical bent of the music is something that's always been a part of Say...
How's this for light hearted? In this weeks episode of Bob's Burgers, the opening credit gag references Say Anything. The show has previously included songs about gravy by The National. Check out the image in the replies, and if you don't already, you should really be watching the show.
Last night, Max Bemis tweeted out the initials of all the guest vocalists that will be featured on the new Say Anything record. The initials are AW, AH, JB, JS, KB, TD, G&K C, CC, MP, BN, S&C&CD, BS and SDP. Check the replies for some guesses the news submitter put together.
If you'd like to order the new comic series from Max Bemis, Evil Empire, you can do so here.
Told through the perspective of an underground rapper named Reese, Max Bemis’ gripping story explores a scenario in which we watch modern society gradually evolve (or is it devolve?) into an evil empire.
According to multiple news submissions, at the Max Bemis show tonight he mentioned a "spoiler" about how Say Anything would be touring for the 10th anniversary of ... Is A Real Boy and they'd play that album in full. Sign me up.
Max Bemis' next foray into comics will be Evil Empire, a 16-issue series from Boom! Studios launching on March 5.
The series finds a controversial rapper named Reese rising up to fight a growing menace that threatens to turn a world very much like our own into the type of oppressed society found in numerous sci-fi tales.
Max Bemis and Sherri DuPree-Bemis recently gave a little house tour to A Beautiful Mess. The blog also premiered a new Perma song titled "Let's Start A Band" (along with two previously released songs). The record will hit stores on October 29th.