Entries tagged with: Say Anything
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
Say Anything / Cymbals Eat Guitars / Hard Girls
Say Anything brought their tour with great openers Modern Baseball, Cymbals Eat Guitars and Hard Girls to NYC over the weekend for a show at Best Buy Theater (7/11). Kicking off the night was San Jose punks Hard Girls, who I hadn't seen since their BV-presented NYC debut at Death by Audio last August. Needless to say, as a band who would still be at home at a place like DbA and the only band on the bill you could 100% call "punk," it was odd seeing them at a huge venue in Times Square. But Hard Girls only benefited from the venue's super-professional soundsystem, which had them sounding exactly the way they should: loud.
Cymbals Eat Guitars followed, and stuck to their latest album LOSE (one of our favorites of last year), which they gave us all the highlights of: "Jackson," "Warning," "XR," Laramie" and more. They sounded great as always, with a set that was as ambitious as it was straight up rocking. If the crowd was less familiar with CEG than the two bands who followed (which it seemed like they were), I'd say a lot of people were won over that night, judging by the massive roars after frontman Joe D'Agostino ended his set writhing on the floor and creating a wall of guitar noise.
Then it was Modern Baseball, who despite being the newest band on the bill, had the wildest crowd of the night. Every time I see these guys it's crazier than the last. The minute they started, most of the crowd rushed as close to the stage as they could get, and there wasn't a moment you couldn't hear hundreds of people singing along (except during the one newer song). I've said it before, but I think what makes people connect to this band so much is that they stay very accessible without succumbing to any real established trends in either pop punk or indie rock. And their live show is super fun.
I only caught a few Say Anything songs, as I'm mostly a fan of ...Is A Real Boy and the self-releases before it, and their setlist for this tour was only including one song off that ("Woe"). (That's what last fall's very fun ...Is A Real Boy 10th anniversary tour was for though.) But our photographer caught them, and more pictures of all four bands continue below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Cymbals Eat Guitars at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Say Anything continue their trend of taking great openers out on tour, and Cymbals Eat Guitars continue their trend of touring with early-mid '00s emo/punk bands. CEG will join the excellent cast of Modern Baseball and Hard Girls to support Say Anything on tour this summer. For Say Anything, the tour is in continued support of last year's guest-filled Hebrews, and will have Max Bemis joined by his backing band as well as a string quartet.
The four bands will hit NYC on July 11 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for all dates are on presale now, and the general on-sale begins Friday (4/3) at noon local time. All dates are listed, with a few videos, below.
Modern Baseball will also be in the NYC-area sooner for NJ's Skate & Surf Festival with Cloud Nothings, American Nightmare, Hot Rod Circuit and more.
by Andrew Sacher
Say Anything at Best Buy Theater in June (more by Mimi Hong)
Well here's some pop punk nostalgia for your day. Saves the Day will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of their pop punk classic Through Being Cool by playing it in full on a tour with their pals Say Anything, who will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of ...Is A Real Boy on the same tour. And just to sweeten the deal, the Get Up Kids-related Reggie and the Full Effect will be coming along playing their album Under the Tray. The tour hits NJ on November 29 at Starland Ballroom and NYC on December 2 & 3 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for NJ and NYC go on sale September 10 at noon with various presales beginning September 9 at 10 AM. There's also an ongoing presale for the full tour here. All dates are listed below.
For the occasion, the co-headliners have also released covers of each other, with Say Anything taking on "You Vandal" and Saves the Day" doing "Belt." You can stream those, with the list of dates, below. Oh, and if you're going to any of the shows, just don't ask Max Bemis about his feelings on Nirvana's "Rape Me."
Riot Fest Chicago 2014 is set to take place from September 12-14 throughout Humboldt Park. The 10th anniversary of the festival features Jane's Addiction, Slayer, The Offspring, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Mastodon, The Murder City Devils, Failure, Title Fight, The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Primus, Patti Smith, and many more across seven-stages. The fest has now shared daily lineups, which you can scope out at the bottom of this post. Three-day and two-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now.
RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...
photos by Mimi Hong
Say Anything / The Front Bottoms / The So So Glos / You Blew It!
The Say Anything / Front Bottoms / So So Glos / You Blew It! tour hit NYC over the weekend for a sold-out Best Buy Theater show on Saturday (6/28). The headliners were supporting a new album which they played a few tracks from, but mostly split their discography pretty evenly including five from ...Is A Real Boy and early track "A Boston Peace."
Some pretty exciting openers were along for the tour, including lyrical acoustic punks The Front Bottoms who treated the crowd to favorites off last year's Talon of the Hawk and one off the just-released Rose EP (blow-up stage props included). Before that was power poppy punks The So So Glos who were back in their hometown of NYC for this show, and Florida's '90s emo devotees You Blew It! who focused mainly on this year's acclaimed Keep Doing What You're Doing.
Pictures of all four bands are in this post and continue below...
Riot Fest Chicago keeps getting crazier. First they announced their stacked lineup, then revealed that ten of those artists would be performing classic LPs in full, and now they've added more bands to the fest including a handful of heavy hitters. New additions include Primus, Tokyo Police Club, Say Anything, The Hold Steady, Only Crime, Lemuria, Pity Sex, From Indian Lakes, Lucki Eck$, Tiny Moving Parts, The Picturebooks and Survay Says. Tickets are still available.
Updated lineup, including The Cure, Jane's Addiction, Weezer, Social Distortion, Slayer, Descendents, Samhain, Patti Smith, Get Up Kids, Mineral, Failure, Mastodon and so many more, at Riot Fest's site and below...
by Andrew Sacher
How many albums do you know of that feature guest appearances from two pioneers of emo, one of the finest vocalists in modern-day post-hardcore, two members of a certain Welsh indie pop collective, a shapeshifting art rocker, and one of the biggest pop punk frontmen of all time? Still counting? Well you can add the new Say Anything album, Hebrews (due out 6/10 via Equal Vision), to your list. Max Bemis & co.'s new album features the lead singers of The Get Up KIds, Braid, Touche Amore, Los Campesinos!, mewithoutYou and blink-182, not to mention The Front Bottoms, Manchester Orchestra, Saves the Day, Balance & Composure and still more. Oh, and don't forget Say Anything family members Eisley.
Hebrews is Say Anything's sixth full length album and second on Equal Vision since leaving their major label. And like most of their recent releases, it faces the potential doom of living in the shadow of 2004's ...Is A Real Boy. When that album came out (and even more so when it really broke in 2006 when J reissued it and "Alive with the Glory of Love" was released as a single), it came as a breath of fresh air for the pop punk/emo world which was largely in its unfortunate mallcore phase. To quote The Progress from that same year, it was just similar haircuts with different names. But ...Is A Real Boy, which was only vaguely pop punk or emo, broke from that mold while still being associated with it. The album combined the unconventional with the conventional, let no song by without various bridges and unpredictable changes, and was filled with unstoppable ambition. It makes sense that the veterans of the genre want to be on his new album but trash many other bands that came in their wake.
Anytime a breakthrough is that ambitious and that successful, following it up becomes a treacherous task, and audiences will judge every move you make. Max, always one to be self-aware (see "Admit It!!!"), ahem, admits it on the new album's track "Lost My Touch," which premieres in this post. "Some say I've lost my touch at crafting Say Anything songs," begins Max, before addressing younger musicians on how they can take his place: "Just string together lines of smug self-loathing bile." It sounds tongue-in-cheek but also incredibly earnest, a somber piano ballad version of what made the more aggressive "Admit It!!!" so compelling. And at the end of the song, he brings in Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm to provide a very Touche Amore-like verse, the kind that anyone who's ever connected with TA's own piano ballad, "Condolences," should find rewarding. The great irony by the end of it is you realize Max has crafted a pretty damn good Say Anything song.
As previously mentioned, Say Anything is going on tour with some pretty great openers, The Front Bottoms (who have a new EP coming), The So So Glos and You Blew it!. That tour hits NYC on June 28 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show are still available.
Song stream and LP tracklist below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Front Bottoms at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Say Anything is another of the 2000s bands that were almost entirely ignored by indie music critics, though I still maintain that if 2004's ...Is a Real Boy and all of the earlier material leading up to it (that they reissued as All My Friends Are Enemies: Early Rarities last year) had come out during the #emorevival, it'd be treated far more nicely. Max Bemis & co. just announced that they'll release a new album, Hebrews, via Equal Vision this year (6/10), but Say Anything haven't ever really put out a great followup to ...Is a Real Boy, so #emorevival or not, their time to shine just might be behind them.
To further the Say Anything/#emorevival discussion, the band has just announced a tour which features support from The Front Bottoms, The So So Glos, and You Blew It!, three bands that have definitely crossed over to indie rock fans/critics lately, and who we are definitely currently fans of. Not to mention none of these bands are wildly different from Say Anything. (Okay, well The So So Glos don't fall under the "emo" umbrella, but they're at least "pop punk" and did just open for Brand New and now this, so...)
The tour hits NYC on June 28 at Best Buy Theater and also includes nearby stops in Philly, NJ, Connecticut and upstate NY. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Thursday, April 3 at noon. All dates are listed, with some streams/videos, below...
The 14th annual Voodoo Music & Arts Experience happens from October 26 - 28 at City Park in New Orleans. Among the 70+ acts at this year's fest are Jack White, Green Day, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Skrillex, Justice, Silversun Pickups, Thomas Dolby, Die Antwoord, The Dirty Dozen Brass, and Bootsy Collins. Tickets are on sale with a variety of options as is the usual with festivals these days.
Full Voodoo Experience line-up is below.