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Editors’ Notes

At once bratty and introspective, Say Anything’s Max Bemis serves up an idiosyncratic brand of melodic pop on Hebrews while retaining his bitingly satiric edge. If his band’s 2012 album Anarchy, My Dear was a provocative departure, Hebrews is a full-on challenge to anyone expecting the group to stick to familiar punk-pop formulas. Bemis drills deep down into his psyche in these songs, dissecting his motivations for living and making music with almost masochistic relish. He takes a scalpel to his own artistic pretensions (as well as show business in general) in songs like “Judas Decapitation,” “Kall Me Kubrick,” and “My Greatest Fear Is Splendid. “Lost My Touch” (featuring Christie Dupree’s honeyed vocals) offers sober thoughts on growing older and raising kids, while “Plan” speculates about the mysteries of God’s intentions toward humanity. Bemis’ dense, obsessive lyrics—delivered with an insinuating croon that modulates into an unhinged snarl—might be hard to take if Hebrews' music weren't so consistently inventive in its blend of sweeping strings, chiming keyboards, and driving rhythms.

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Delightfully Unexpected

As a long-time Say Anything fan, I've grown to know and love their wide range of styles. And yet, this album still came as a shock to me. The sound of Hebrews is so different from any of their previous albums, and is a welcome deviation from what seemed to be their descent into watered-down, bubblegum-like punk after their self-titled album. The lyrics and sound are so raw, remniscent of some of the grittier tracks off of ...Is a Real Boy and In Defense of the Genre. While listening, you can't help but think that you're experiencing something truly special. Well done, Max, and I can't wait to hear what you have next.

Chia like this music has grown

Just beautiful

I do not think I have enough room for the accolades this deserves

It has been a very long, terribly colorless time since I’ve been left in awe by verse or musical composition- this album is not only lyrically sound in my opinion, the music paired with it creates a flawless marriage. Listening to Say Anything has always felt like how listening to actual hymns in church SHOULD feel like. Max’s raw stanzas always seem to hit home and gives one a sense of solidarity with the world. I highly recommend this to any Say Anything fan.


Formed: 2000 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Say Anything are the pop-punk brainchild of Max Bemis, who founded the band while its initial members were still attending high school in Los Angeles. Although the lineup has since featured a rotating cast of characters, Bemis remains at the band's core, spinning tales of insecurity and frustration with help from longtime drummer Coby Linder. Say Anything made their studio debut with two self-released and self-produced EPs -- Junior Varsity! and Menorah/Majora, the latter being released online --...
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