As it proved late last night, Say Anything is still ‘alive with the glory of love.’ Almost 16 years after forming in Los Angeles, California, the alternative pop-punk band has recorded its 7th studio album titled I Don’t Think It Is. After announcing that the album would be available for purchase on Friday, February 5th, 2016, lead singer Max Bemis also shared a link to its full-length stream on YouTube before releasing a statement elaborating on why the band chose such a surprising turn of events. Here’s Bemis’ statement below:
“Hi, this is Max (from Say Anything.) My team and I decided to forego the dying art of the lead‐up and share our new record I Don’t Think It Is with you, right now, with no warning. Why? Obvious. I want to be like Bey. Not‐really‐kidding aside, I’ve become a bit weary of doing the same song and dance leading up to the actual endgame, people actually listening to something. It also seems to fit with the core of this record: me destroying any notion of feeling blasé about music.”
The tongue-in-cheek tone of the statement and the chaotic nature of the release should come as no surprise to die-hard SA fans, who should be quite familiar with how the band operates at this point. At first listen, Bemis’ lyrics are still just as shrewd and cunning as ever, proving that he is still quite adept at crafting quick-witted lines laced with double entendre with ease.
Fans of the band who were somewhat taken aback by 2014’s Hebrews might find a familiar tone and vibe with this new release, which is reminiscent of albums from years past while still showcasing the band’s penchant for experimenting with new and sometimes unexpected sounds.
Keep up with LIKEYOUSAID for news, updates, and a complete album review of Say Anything’s I Don’t Think It Is.
Article by Scott Zaleski.