Say Anything, Saves The Day, Reggie Add Date To Super Album Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 15, 2014

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Say AnythingSaves The Day, and Reggie And The Full Effect are now playing Chicago on their album tour. The announcement comes following Say Anything’s Riot Fest set. Check out the full routing below.

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As Scene In Pitchfork

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 4, 2014

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by Erik van Rheenen, edited by Jesse Richman

…It’s apparent that when one engages with pop-punk, it’s less of a “phase” than a vaccination—a crucial inoculation that makes you immune to it for the rest of your life, presumably for society’s benefit. So it’s not surprising that pop-punk isn’t afforded the same cachet amongst critics as similarly youth-oriented genres: after all, there’s nothing subversive or cool about your 13-year-old self, and there haven’t been many examples of its practitioners aging gracefully.” - Ian Cohen, Oh, Common Life.

When Say Anything rounded off the band’s artillery blast opus …Is a Real Boy with the acerbic “Admit It!!!,” Max Bemis verbally crucified 2004’s burgeoning hipster culture by attacking an anonymous “you.” It’s transparently obvious that the tongue-lashed antagonist of “Admit It!!!” represents a faithful acolyte of indie rock trends — a faux-bohemian “vacuous soldier of the thrift store Gestapo” — but he only draws Bemis’s ire as a hipster everyman.

Instead, Bemis saved the specifics for the song’s sequel, which pockmarks 2012’s less well-received Anarchy, My Dear. When he Admits It again with a second (though by no means last) indictment of indie rock culture, Bemis wags an unwavering finger in Pitchfork’s direction, calling out the influential indie rock gatekeeper as “a stupid website with Satan as its figurehead.” For all of the positives to be found in the music created by “the scene” * — the early-2000s commercial viability, the subculture of positivity in which young punks saw more of themselves than in more mainstream music offerings, the community-building that unified fans — the majority of it was never going to be hailed as a critical darling or Pitchfork-approved.

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Say Anything Release “You Vandal” Cover, Saves The Day Release “Belt” Cover

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 4, 2014

As if the news about the tour couldn’t get any better, Say Anything have released a cover of Saves The Day's “You Vandal” and Saves The Day have released a cover of Say Anything's “Belt.” Check out the dates for the tour here and stream the covers below!

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Say Anything (Is A Real Boy), Saves The Day (Through Being Cool), Reggie (Under The Tray) Dream Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 4, 2014

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What do you call a dream that comes true when you don’t even think to dream about it because it’s too rad? Well, this is that because Say Anything, Saves The Day, and Reggie And The Full Effect are going on a monster tour this fall. Say Anything will be playing Is A Real Boy in full for its ten year anniversary and Saves The Day will be playing Through Being Cool in full for its 15 year anniversary. Reggie And The Full Effect will also be on the tour playing Under The Tray in full, making it a perfect time to be alive. All dates can be seen below!

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Max Bemis Hates Nirvana’s “Rape Me”

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 3, 2014

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Max Bemis recently took part in AV Club’s HateSong feature and picked Nirvana’s “Rape Me.” Read what he had to say about the song below after the jump.

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Off The Record: (We Are Not) Being Brainwashed By Pop Songs

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 12, 2014

Off The Record, a podcast hosted by Jesse Cannon and Zack Zarrillo, is back this week with a new episode titled (We Are Not) Being Brainwashed By Pop Songs.

Jesse and Zack talk about whether you need to be tortured to be a great artist, how we’re not actually being brainwashed by bad pop songs, apps worth entering your iTunes ID password into to download, and listener questions.

Please take a listen if you’re interested and make sure to check out the Off The Record website for show notes on the episode and for more information on how to keep up to date with us. Listen to the fifteenth episode below! 

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Say Anything Tap Chris Conley For Guitars, Vocals On Australian Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 11, 2014

Say Anything are taking Chris Conley out on their Australian tour. Check out tweets from Max Bemis below after the jump.

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Say Anything “Six Six Six” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 11, 2014

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Say Anything have released a new music video for “Six Six Six.” Watch the video here via Spin or below after the jump. 

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Say Anything Tease ‘Is A Real Boy’ Ten Year Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 1, 2014

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Max Bemis is teasing a  Say Anything ten year tour of …Is A Real Boy following some rumors over the past few days. Check out a tweet from Bemis below after the jump.

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POZ Decade: Say Anything - …Is A Real Boy

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 29, 2014

Say Anything …Is A Real Boy was released ten years ago this week, and PropertyOfZack is launching our next Decade feature in honor of the album today! We have commentary on the album from POZ team members Adrienne Fisher, Caitlin DeWeese, and Erik van Rheenen, so enjoy and reblog to let us know your thoughts on …Is A Real Boy ten years later! 

How …Is a Real Boy holds up in 2014
Ten years gone and after a cavalcade of other records that only orbit the core artistry that …Is a Real Boy demonstrated (well, in this writer’s opinion, anyway), Say Anything’s debut remains one of the finest yet most wildly bombastic records that’s ever been dropped into the laps of emo/punk fans. They may have gotten shuffled under the umbrella of the aforementioned scene with their initial signing to Doghouse Records back in the early 2000s, but …Is a Real Boy’s timeless nature has nothing to do with the aesthetics that immortalized classic records of the same ilk.
 
Furiously creative with rollercoaster theatrics and spitfire sentiments, the record’s artistic flair pushed the boundaries of the “scene” in widely dimensional directions, while still grasping onto a thread that somehow kept the whole damn thing from unraveling. “What say you and all your friends step up to my friends in the ally tonight” rallies the marginalized in a way that you might think would set the course for the rest of the record, but the swift delineation into the Bemis interior with the songs that follow is a Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride through potent and colorful neurosis, paranoia, and imagery – some delightfully vivid (“Yellow Cat / Red Cat”), others notably perverse and unsettling (“Slowly, Through a Vector”). And while inescapable show tunes are eternally cheesy, there’s something extraordinarily theatrical permeating the album; every song feels written to be adapted for an ensemble choir, harmonizing alongside the young Jewish hero as he preens on during a number about Molly Connolly.

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POZ Gallery

Jul 22, 2014

POZ Gallery: Common Ground FestivalFeatures: Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front BottomsLocation:Lansing, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Common Ground FestivalFeatures: Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front BottomsLocation:Lansing, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Common Ground FestivalFeatures: Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front BottomsLocation:Lansing, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Common Ground FestivalFeatures: Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front BottomsLocation:Lansing, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Common Ground FestivalFeatures: Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front BottomsLocation:Lansing, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Common Ground FestivalFeatures: Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front BottomsLocation:Lansing, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Common Ground FestivalFeatures: Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front BottomsLocation:Lansing, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Common Ground FestivalFeatures: Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front BottomsLocation:Lansing, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Common Ground FestivalFeatures: Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front BottomsLocation:Lansing, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Common Ground FestivalFeatures: Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front BottomsLocation:Lansing, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor

POZ Gallery: Common Ground Festival
Features: Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front Bottoms
Location:Lansing, MI
Photos By: Kelly Swor

Say Anything Announce Australian Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 15, 2014

Say Anything will be touring Australia in October. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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POZ Review: Say Anything - Hebrews

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 8, 2014

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by Caitlin DeWeese, edited by Erik van Rheenen

I’ve said everything I can about how much I cling to …Is A Real Boy, even if I am 25. Bands with breakout, cult-like albums are gutsy as hell to continue releasing music, as it doesn’t always go over well. But Say Anything’s Max Bemis has continually been an exception to this rule over the past decade. 

I am, however, an eternal pessimist. I was still getting used to Anarchy My Dear, which I did enjoy. For me, the only thing Hebrews had going for it was the endless list of guest vocalists — I wasn’t interested in the guitar-less experiment or post-baby mentalities. I love Say Anything though and am willing to give any album at least a chance. 

Sadly, the album didn’t hold up well on a 5-day trip to Cancun, but I think that was too be expected. Bemis is a big grown-up man now, and despite the complete lack of guitar parts anywhere on the album, somehow manages to drag my synthy heart back to 2003.

Bemis’ lyrical play is the main element of Hebrews that kept me interested from beginning to end. The music is hard to stomach all in one sitting; it’s incredibly playful, carnival like, dizzy, and unsettling. That may in fact be genius, but I can’t handle it for more than two or three songs.

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Say Anything On Addressing Haters

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 4, 2014

"Judas Decapitation" is a very good insight into what Max Bemis of Say Anything thinks about haters in 2014. Noisey recently discussed that with him in a new interview. Read a snippet below after the jump.

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Say Anything… Is A Real Mensch

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 2, 2014

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Ian Cohen did a great interview with Max Bemis of Say Anything that touched on different points of the band’s career. Read the full piece here at Pitchfork or below after the jump.

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