What's the verdict on Say Anything's new album, 'Hebrews'?
Max Bemis sure has a lot on his plate these days. Whether he's taking care of his one year old daughter Lucy, writing comic books for Marvel, or making sounds in his band Perma with wife Sherri Dupree-Bemis, he hasn't lost sight of the project that started it all: Say Anything. Over the past few years, however, the albums that Say Anything has put out just never reached the quality that the band found early in their career. Their 2009 self-titled record failed to live up to the highly ambitious 2-disc album before that, In Defense of the Genre, whereas the band's latest, Anarchy, My Dear, failed to live up to...well...everything, really. Luckily, Bemis nails it with Say Anything's newest record, Hebrews, and it's by far the band's most unique and imaginative record to date.
Say Anything releases Hebrews on June 10
But what's so great about it? When Bemis spoke with Billboard about Hebrews back in December, he said the album was going to be pretty special. "It's actually kind of a really special record for us," Bemis said. "I can't exactly get into why, but it's definitely kind of a big shift for us in certain ways...some really crazy arrangements." He wasn't kidding. As time went on and album details started to emerge, it was revealed that Hebrews would have over ten guest vocalists, featuring the likes blink-182's Tom Delonge, The Get Up Kids' Matt Pryor, and Every Time I Die's Keith Buckley. Additionally, the album would also have zero guitars, all live strings, and huge orchestration. "This has easily been the most gratifying and fun making a record has ever been," Bemis told Billboard in April. Set for release on June 10, Hebrews is streaming a week early on Spotify, so it's available for your listening pleasure in case you're wondering what all the fuss is.
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