In celebration of their joint tour that launched this week in Dallas, TX, Say Anything and mewithoutYou have re-interpreted one of each other’s songs for a tour-only 7” vinyl release. Today, the audio for each of these pseudo-covers were released to the world (listen below). This extremely limited run vinyl will only be available at the band’s merch tables during this tour, with no plans for repressing, giving further incentive (as if any was needed) for fans of both these bands to make it out to the show when the tour comes through their town.
Quote from Max Bemis (of Say Anything) about the cover:
This was the first song I ever heard or fell in love with recorded by my friends in mewithoutYou. Getting to know Aaron, along with my admiration for his lyrics and the way he lives his life growing over the years, has made him a sort of philosophical idol of mine. However, I often see myself as too flawed and messed up to measure up (Aaron, always humble, wouldn’t agree.) I altered the song to imprint my tendency towards cynicism and self destruction as a comment on how beautiful and inspiring the original is. Just call it the “Bum Out Remix.”
Quote from Aaron Weiss (of mewithoutYou) about the cover:
The original version of Cemetery embodies what I love about Say Anything: vividly corporal, emotionally confrontational, self-deprecating, brutally honest, cynical/dark while weirdly hopeful, etc. He sings way better than I can, so why bother covering his song outright?, better to do something our own, even if it’s inferior, at least it’s not only inferior. Cobbling together lines of Max’s, lines of mine, a Morrissey lyric, it’s harder to know who gets credit if it turns out well, who’s to blame if it fails, probably accounting for the somewhat-less-anxiety-ridden-than-usual song production process. All this plus we can recommend a visit to Cleo’s Ferry Museum in Melba, Idaho—a partial cure-place, I think, for what ails “people” like me and Max.
Say Anything and mewithoutYou are currently touring North America with Teen Suicide and Museum Mouth. You can see all of their tour dates below and tickets are currently available at www.sayanythingmusic.com.
Say Anything will be touring in support of their latest album I Don’t Think It Is out now on Equal Vision Records.