Max and Sherri Bemis have started a Kickstarter to release four albums:
This isn’t just about one album even in the literal sense. We want to give the world FOUR albums and stream them for free regardless of who backs this Kickstarter. One full length LP, two e.ps and one of indeterminate length. All created by the Bemis family. So that would be the Perma album, the first solo Sherri Dupree-Bemis album, my first solo album (the first release by me since Say Anything recently stopped), and the first release by our girls’ indie rock project, which they’ve titled FLOWER PETAL FLOWER ROSE.
Our plans as a collective are to, kind of sort of, end Say Anything. Or “the first era of Say Anything”. Whatever you want to call it, it’s that thing. I don’t buy that shit when other bands do it, but whatever the fuck works as terminology. I need a break. We’ll return one day to play festivals and scoff at our career. But I want to say goodbye.
There will be no full U.S tour to support the record or in the near future. I am done being a touring musician as my main profession. Say Anything is retiring in the sense that Jay-Z did. It’s not an indefinite hiatus or a breakup because that’s impossible. But we’ll get to that.
A message from his wife, Sherri DuPree-Bemis, can be read here:
If what Max wrote doesn’t make it clear, he’s recovering from a PTSD “breakdown” and this is not really bipolar-related stuff. It’s a guy who followed his passion to the point of almost breaking who stopped and saved his own life for us and those who care. Which has left him joyful but needing rest and relaxation and positivity.
It is surreal to have a new home for Say Anything. It’s been a minute since that’s been the case and I’m totally excited that we’ll now be working with the wonderful Dine Alone Records. I’ve been a fan of the label for a long time and am full on stoked to release our new Will-Yip-produced LP with them. The record is a bit different from the last one (blah blah as always) and is going to be an involved, weird organism, but one I am glad to entrust to Dine Alone. If you’re in Texas come see us play with our (OMG) labelmates …..And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead to celebrate the occasion.
I’ve had a few readers reach out and say that Say Anything announced last night at their show at the Beacham in Orlando, FL that they had recently finished recording their new album.
Gotta sound in. I was a naive kid when I entered “this scene” at 19 and found out that a lot of people I knew of or looked up to repeatedly cheated on their spouses and girlfriends, hooked up with underage girls, etc. It has been heartbreaking and continues to be jarring as someone who I hope is different. It makes me question even the mutual not-coerced of-age interactions I’ve had with women during my youth. We should all question the dynamics of sexuality and our role in this.
That being said, I’ve never and would never cheat on my wife or betray my family and that is also a form of emotional abuse I see perverted by many people in entertainment as well as other obvious creepy shit. Given all of this, I’m going to be retiring the song Wow I Can Get Sexual Too for the foreseeable future. It may speak partially of my flaws but mostly a sarcastic caricature of someone I’ve never been at all and is no longer appropriate during this crisis.
Say Anything will be heading out on an “In Defense” anniversary tour. They’ll be playing two shows in two nights and performing In Defense of the Genre, Is a Real Boy, and the self-titled album. You’ll find all the dates below. Of the upcoming tour, Max says:
Well, this should be the most epic series of shows we’ve ever put on in terms of the “legacy” of our early work. I predict all-out catharsis in these intimate settings and an awesome experience losing myself in the narrative of each of these albums played in their entirety.