Let me start by saying, if you haven’t heard of the band Say Anything or Max Bemis himself, stop what you’re doing and launch YouTube, search them (Alive With The Glory Of Love is one of my favorites), and listen.
If you are a fan of this amazing band then I’m sure you were just as happy as I was when Max dropped an album out of nowhere for all to listen to. ‘I Don’t Think It Is’ is the band’s seventh studio album and it is a true winner. Max has both gone back to his roots and branched out to try new things. Listening to the band over the years I’ve always thought the style somewhat fluctuates a bit especially with albums such as In Defense of the Genre and Hebrews. But that’s the great thing about Max, just like the title of the first track, doesn’t “Give a Damn” about what people think. Of course, he wants to please his fans and all, but like most artists, music is their heart and soul and they’ll put out anything that feels right to them.
In their new album you’ll hear a mix of everything from storytelling arcs in “17 Coked Up Speeding” to an epic 7-minute triumph in “Attaboy”. There’s a lot of emotional ties as well as fun he and his other collaborators threw into it. There is a really cool article about Max working with Kanye West in the studio providing feedback for each other. You can read that here if you’re interested:
Overall, this is more of just a congratulations to Max and the band for doing another amazing job and putting out music I love to listen to. I hope to see them in concert once more (because twice isn’t enough) and live out my days jamming to classic and new tunes.
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