(Equal Vision Records)
What happens to every good scenester? They grow up and become jaded… this is the fear of every Say Anything fan. Say Anything’s new album Hebrews invites the listener to the table of the smorgasbord of Max Bemis’ bipolar relationship with humanity. Hebrews wrestles with a variety of topics such as fatherhood, religion and self-doubt.
Max Bemis has over ten years of musical experience under his belt. For those looking for a repeat of earlier works Hebrews is not the place to look. Gone are those early bipolar struggles that haunted Max. Bemis states, “I’m not diminishing that it was a hard time, but it was an easier fix to me than the existential ‘you’ve gotta be okay with yourself. You’ve gotta be okay to be a father.’” Hebrews offers an older more mature sound that has much more experience behind it.
The song “Judas Decapitation” is Bemis’ expression of rage for people who criticize his relevancy. “Lost My Touch” is about accepting the criticism and realizing it is a part of life. He feels it is good for a band to be less relevant, saying: “and the song, on an existential level, is really about passing the torch to the people who feel like they can do something edgy and better. And they deserve it. They’re young; I’ve already lived that.”
Musically, Hebrews has over sixteen guest appearances. Bemis’ list of contributors looks like a punk/indie all-star roster. Because of producer Tim O’Heir, Bemis decided to make a guitar-less album. If you are afraid this has taken away from the overall production or sound of the album, it does not. Really, this listener did not even miss the guitars. It further highlights the talents of Say Anything.
So what really happens to scensters when they get old? Hebrews is a really good response. I would definitely add this to my collection. (Adam Vedomske)
Purchase Hebrews here: http://sayanything.merchnow.com/