"Anarchy, My Dear (Deluxe Version)" by Say Anything on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Say Anything’s fifth studio album, Anarchy, My Dear, is a genuinely angst-ridden release. It's easily the hardest Say Anything has crafted since 2004’s . . .Is a Real Boy. The group's album art even depicts a symbol of a burning flag stitched onto an actual flag. Singer Max Bemis has said that this album is about subverting society and breaking down boundaries. Sure enough, “Burn a Miracle” opens with taut pop-punk that leans a bit harder on the punk. Over guitar leads with late-'90s emo flavors, overdriven bass, and plenty of upstart lyrics, Bemis sings through a distortion filter. His chanting “burn a miracle” cleverly sounds like he’s shouting “burn America.” He namechecks Randy Newman in “Night’s Song,” a reggae-tinged ditty that juxtaposes a lightly bouncing melody with Bemis angrily spitting out his lyrics like a soured beverage.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Say Anything’s fifth studio album, Anarchy, My Dear, is a genuinely angst-ridden release. It's easily the hardest Say Anything has crafted since 2004’s . . .Is a Real Boy. The group's album art even depicts a symbol of a burning flag stitched onto an actual flag. Singer Max Bemis has said that this album is about subverting society and breaking down boundaries. Sure enough, “Burn a Miracle” opens with taut pop-punk that leans a bit harder on the punk. Over guitar leads with late-'90s emo flavors, overdriven bass, and plenty of upstart lyrics, Bemis sings through a distortion filter. His chanting “burn a miracle” cleverly sounds like he’s shouting “burn America.” He namechecks Randy Newman in “Night’s Song,” a reggae-tinged ditty that juxtaposes a lightly bouncing melody with Bemis angrily spitting out his lyrics like a soured beverage.

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Customer Reviews

4 out of 5

271 Ratings

Fantastic

IanHMc,

This record is fantastic. Max Bemis is a brilliant song writer and a creative genius. Bow down.

Max does it again!

maximlove,

Max Bemis is this generation's bob dylan, mark my words. He posses such great talent and uses an enormous amount of energy that makes each song quite entertaining. He is surely unlike any other! My favorite song on the album is by-far "The Stephen Hawking", the melodies implemented in this song are mesmerizing! I seriously cannot stop listening to this album which in my opinion is a great advance for the punk alternative rock scene! Oh, and if you are an oldie Say Anything fan like myself, this album delivers! GREAT JOB MAX!

About Say Anything

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 -- as well as a full-length album, 2003's Baseball. These releases saw the band leaning toward the same mix of emo, rock, and pop-punk made popular by bands like blink-182 and Saves the Day. Bemis soon grew tired of the genre and revamped his band's sound for ...Is a Real Boy, which marked Say Anything's first release for Doghouse Records in 2004. A self-described punk rock musical, the album was fittingly produced by Tim O'Heir (Dinosaur Jr., the All-American Rejects) and Stephen Trask (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), with Bemis playing nearly every instrument.

Bemis' bipolar disorder proved to be increasingly disruptive, however, plaguing both the recording of the album and its aftermath. Struggling with crippling stress, the singer suffered a nervous breakdown that ultimately led to Say Anything's cancellation of two tours in 2005, including an opening slot with one of the band's idols, Saves the Day. Despite the setback, the band signed with J Records that same year and reissued ...Is a Real Boy in February 2006. The re-release boasted two discs, pairing the original record with a bonus EP containing demos, re-recordings of previous songs, and sessions from a never-released AIDS benefit record. A national headlining tour followed the reissue, and the single "Alive with the Glory of Love" found some success on radio and the MTV networks. Momentum continued to build as the band toured into 2007, eventually pairing with Saves the Day for a second attempt at touring. The effort was successful this time around, and Say Anything released a two-disc concept album, In Defense of the Genre, that October.

Bemis announced plans to record a new album in early 2008, and the resulting record (a self-titled effort) arrived in late 2009, several months after Bemis and Saves the Day's Chris Conley released an album by their side project, Two Tongues. The singer returned to Say Anything in 2012 with the release of the band's fifth album, the edgy and biting Anarchy, My Dear. In 2014, Bemis opted to take an unflinching look at himself on Hebrews, an album that found the band ditching the driving guitars for dramatic string arrangements. After a couple years of silence, at the stroke of midnight on February 4, 2016, Bemis announced a surprise new album titled I Don't Think It Is, which was released a day later. ~ Corey Apar & Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • FORMED
    2000

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