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Say Anything Announce New Album ‘Hebrews’; Tour With The Front Bottoms, You Blew It!

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 25, 2014

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Say Anything will be releasing their brand new album, Hebrews, via Equal Vision Records on June 10th. The band will be supporting the album on a tour with The Front Bottoms, The So So Glos, and You Blew It!. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Say Anything, Matt Pryor Daytrotter Split

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 23, 2014

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Say Anything and Matt Pyror are releasing a split of songs that they recorded at past Daytrotter Sessions. Pre-order here and check out the artwork and track listing for the release below after the jump.

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POZ Review: XO - Heart

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 27, 2014

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by Ali Killian, edited by Erik van Rheenen

I went to Mellow Mushroom for the first time recently. The pizza parlor’s interior was packed with people, making the lunch rush even harder for the seemingly understaffed servers who openly sported dreadlocks and tattoos. The multicolored walls were adorned with drawings of mushrooms and bright artwork designed to encourage a mellow atmosphere. The black booth cushions were ripped. The music was low, but the patrons still shouted. Underneath the chaos, the playlist juggled surf rock and indie.

They should have added Heart to the rotation.

XO’s Rory Records debut is 11 tracks of melodic, groaning vocals smothered under a wall of indie with surf rock tendencies. Layers of instrumentation weave together to create one blanket of noise, and lead track “Instrumental 2” sets this tone for the entire record.

Yet, it’s possible to pick out each individual instrument, as the blink-182-like rhythm guitar demonstrates in “Waste.” The simultaneous resounding symbols and guitar swipes make the verses crash down around you like waves, while the instruments are more separate in the choruses. The soft tapping of the drums continues constantly, sewing the sections together. “Crazy” follows in the same vein; muddled verses give way to breathing sections with prominent rhythms.

Aside from those slight variations within the songs, much of the album sounds the same. It’s track after track of massive sound stifling droning vocals. “Sweet,” “Death” and “Hell” characterize most of the record, while a select few tracks, such as “Coast,” stick out for their clearer sound. That last track is contagiously upbeat and gives off a “fun in the sun” vibe reminiscent of early surf rock, maybe a consequence of the band relocating from Georgia to California.

This is a “chill hangout” album that would work well as background music when you want to avoid awkward moments of silence between conversations. Heart didn’t grab my emotions. The album is just there. It just is. There was no moment that stirred or engaged me. It acted as a static soundtrack to my note taking.

That’s not to say Heart is devoid of emotion; there’s plenty of heart and soul stuffed into these tracks. But that’s just it — the components are stuffed in. While the wall of sound was impressive when it first hit me, I felt like I was drowning under it throughout, with only brief respites for air. If creating an album that mimics the brashness of the ocean was this Say Anything side project’s goal, then they nailed it.

XO’s brand of indie is perfect for basement sessions with your best friends, or eating pizza in a psychedelic-themed shop “born out of the free-wheelin’ hippy culture of the 1970s.”

Say Anything’s New Album Is Mastered

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 24, 2014

Say Anything's follow-up to Anarchy, My Dear is officially mastered. Check out a tweet from the band below after the jump.

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Common Ground: Brand New, Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front Bottoms, Kevin Devine, Braid

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 19, 2014

The lineup for the July 8th date of Common Ground Music Festival this coming summer is out of control. Check out the full lineup for the day below after the jump.

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POZ Discussion: Albums That Deserve 10 Year Tours In 2014

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 22, 2014

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Our music scene is going through an interesting cycle in the present day. There have been a large influx of young bands that have provided great excitement and passion for us all in the last few years, but we’re also entering a time where the influences of those bands are celebrating major anniversaries for their most loved albums. Bands like Say Anything, Jimmy Eat World, and Midtown, among many others, have seen ten year anniversaries come and go. We all expect there to be more than a few great ten year tours in 2014, but PropertyOfZack team members put together a list of a few more albums that we want more than anything to see toured in full in 2014. Check out the full Discussion and feel free to reblog with any albums you think need to be championed as underrated masterpieces too!

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Say Anything - Is A Real Boy
I hate being “that guy” that holds allegiance to a band or artist’s very first record and finds little-to-nothing in subsequent records to grab onto, but if we’re being honest, there are TONS of “those guys” out there, enough to make commemoration tours of seminal records a rousing success and continuing trend. When I realized a few years ago that anniversary tours were going to start becoming relevant to my (very old) self, one of the first ones I mentally put on my future years calendar was the potential tour for “Is a Real Boy” here in 2014. While I’m not sure if anything will ever feel as triumphant or cathartic as seeing SA tour on that record in tiny rooms right after it came out (“what say you and all your friends step up to my friends in the alley tonight?” might as well be a call to war), the record is one of the most musical and theatrical that our scene ever adopted, and listening to it in its entirety feels like a crazy anecdotal journey through the amusement park of someone’s brain. And even though I personally feel that SA hasn’t been able to capture lightening in a bottle like that since, the band has been around for a long time, fine tuning their craft, touring with frequency, and seems to have a lot of respect for what they used to write and where they came from - the most recent example being the rarities and B-sides tour they did last summer. If they pull off a 10-year tour for Is a Real Boy, I will be more than thrilled to see how Bemis and his gang herald and revere the record that put them on the map, and is one of the most brave, artistically interesting releases to have come out in independent music in the last ten years.  - Adrienne Fisher

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Jimmy Eat World - Futures
Jimmy Eat World is lucky enough to have two to three generations of fans; that’s just part of what happens when you release an incredible record followed by an incredible record followed by another incredible record. Many fans were lucky enough to witness a ten year tour for Clarity in 2009, but the band decided to not do another for Bleed American several years ago. Why would they for Futures? That album feels different to many, I think. You could look at it is the “younger generation” Jimmy Eat World fan’s Clarity. And it looks like the band recognizes it too.

Jimmy Eat World has apparently also been practicing some extra songs off of Futures lately, because they played one for the first time ever at a holiday show in New Jersey in December. There have been hints of a reissuing for the album on vinyl too, to mark its ten year anniversary. All the stars are close to aligning. Hook it up, Jimmy Eat World. - Zack Zarrillo

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Midtown - Forget What You Know
Of the dozens and dozens of bands from last decade that have recently appeared on the reunion circuit, the one from my own personal roster of favorites that’s been most glaringly missing is Midtown. For those with a self-proclaimed bleeding Drive-Thru heart like my own, the disappearance of Midtown from active duty in 2005 was 
a pretty unexpected blow, especially considering the then-recent release of their major label debut, Forget What You Know. It was a record that, at the time, felt like a weird outgrowing of pop-punk despite how the album prior had been even popper and prettier than the first one.

And the lyrical content of FWYK strayed even further from the expectations, presenting philosophical takes on existentialism and disillusionment that perhaps a bubblegum crowd of wide-eyed teenagers wasn’t quite ready to “get.” Given the timeline, Midtown had only less than a year of touring under their belt for the record before they dissolved, and now it’s been 10 years since the moody, almost modern-rock record fell into the laps of fans. Which means that we’ve had plenty of time to absorb and understand the mature undertones that made Forget What You Know so excellent, but mostly it means that we’ve been crying for almost a decade now for Gabe Saporta to step down from the disco dance floor of Cobra Starship and pick up his bass again, preferably in a New Jersey firehouse somewhere, with the rest of the band. Although I have little-to-no hope that a Midtown reunion anything will ever happen (especially not on the heels of something so obvious as a ten-year milestone), it never hurts to put the reminder out, every once in a while, that we the fans are still out here. - Adrienne Fisher 

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Say Anything Tease Guest Vocal Appearances

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 13, 2014

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Max Bemis of Say Anything has released the initials of the guest vocalists on the band’s upcoming release. Check out the teasers below after the jump.

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Say Anything Explain The Story Behind “Alive With The Glory Of Love”

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 13, 2013

Max Bemis of Say Anything recently explained the backstory behind “Alive With The Glory Of Love.” Check out the full feature here and a portion of it below after the jump.  

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Say Anything 80% Finished With New Album

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 11, 2013

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Say Anything are nearing the finish line on completing their new record. Check out what frontman Max Bemis said to Billboard about the album below after the jump. 

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XO (Say Anything Members) Announce ‘Heart’

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 21, 2013

XO, featuring Jake and Jeff Turner of Say Anything, will be releasing Heart on February 4th. ;Check out the artwork and track listing for the release below after the jump.

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Max Bemis’ Song Shop Now Open For Business

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 28, 2013

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Max Bemis has re-opened his Song Shop for business again. Around 800/1000 songs are still left to be purchased, so grab one here and check out details below after the jump.

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XO Release New Song “No Feeling”

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 17, 2013

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XO, featuring Jake and Jeff Turner of Say Anything, have released a new song called “No Feeling.” Stream it below after the jump.

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Say Anything Begin Recording New Album Today

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 15, 2013

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Say Anything will begin recording their new album today. Check out a tweet from the band below after the jump.

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Say Anything Tap B&C Frontman For Guest Vocal Spot?

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 9, 2013

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It looks like Max Bemis may have spoiled the surprise of Jon Simmons from Balance & Composure having a guest spot on the new Say Anything record. Check out a tweet from the band below after the jump.

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Say Anything’s Story Behind “Slumming It With Johnny”

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 19, 2013

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Max Bemis recently played an acoustic version of Say Anything's “Slumming It With Johnny” and told the backstory of the song too. Check it out below after the jump.

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