Californian rockers Say Anything seem to be coming to an end. Well, maybe, indefinitely, but sort of not indefinitely, as frontman Max Bemis explains the project is coming to a “kind of sort of, end.”
Max announced their plans to put the band on halt via a statement on their social channels, within which he has also published and shared a 10-page long summation which explains it in a bit more detail.
In the same document, Max explains that the band will soon be releasing their eighth full-length album, ‘Oliver Appropriate’, which acts as a somewhat continuation of their 2004 LP, ‘…Is A Real Boy’.
You can read the full summation here, or you can read a small excerpt below.
“Our plans as a collective are to, kind of sort of, end Say Anything. Or “the first era of Say Anything”. Whatever you want to call it, it’s that thing. I don’t buy that shit when other bands do it, but whatever the fuck works as terminology. I need a break. We’ll return one day to play festivals and scoff at our career. But I want to say goodbye.
There will be no full U.S tour to support the record or in the near future. I am done being a touring musician as my main profession. Say Anything is retiring in the sense that Jay-Z did. It’s not an indefinite hiatus or a breakup because that’s impossible. But we’ll get to that.”
Sherri DuPree-Bemis (Max‘s wife) has also released a statement of her own via Facebook shortly after the release of his 10-page long summation, which can be read below.
“Hey y’all, it’s Sherri here (Max’s wife).
Most people who know me personally (and most people who don’t – hi instagram! @sdupreebemis) know that I’m transparent and honest all of the time.
In 2007 I was lucky enough to come across and fall-madly-in-love-with, a man who is the same. Transparent. Honest.
Nearly ten years (and three kiddos) later, we’re still rocking and rolling together and it’s the best. Literally.
So, to keep it short (since Max’s statement is anything but), Max is doing great. We’re all loving on him and supporting him through this whirlwind of change and a huge career shift. He’s a madman. (Metaphorically, and not in the ‘crazy’ way that he often gets pinned as).
He loves madly, he cares madly and he creates madly. And I’m here to let you know, the narrative doesn’t stop here. It’s just the beginning. So stay tuned. And you (like me) will always be pleasantly surprised.
Keep up with him on Twitter; or join me over on my Instagram for some sappy/adorable photos of him that I sneak when he’s not looking.
If you want to support him, know that this decision, the time leading up to it, and the time since have seen Max doing a lot of crying, taking time off from social media and anything triggering as much as possible… and growing. We’re best friends and so I know he’s in both a sensitive and strong state so kindness and understanding is all we as a family require from you guys if you choose to say hi.
If what Max wrote doesn’t make it clear, he’s recovering from a PTSD “breakdown” and this is not really bipolar-related stuff. It’s a guy who followed his passion to the point of almost breaking who stopped and saved his own life for us and those who care. Which has left him joyful but needing rest and relaxation and positivity.
We love you guys. Thanks for loving our family and always supporting us through our creative journey. We’re the kind of people who do not take that for granted. See you out there. Soon.
The band’s eighth (and potentially final) album, ‘Oliver Appropriate’, will be released on October 12th 2018 via Dine Alone Records.