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Los Angeles, California, United States (2001 – present)

Say Anything is an band formed in Los Angeles, California, United States in 2001. Originally dubbed Sayanything, the band now consists of founding members Max Bemis (vocals/guitar) and Coby Linder (drums), along with Jake Turner (guitar), Jeff Turner (guitar) and Parker Case (keyboard).

Say Anything began their career when the band was still in high school. They self-released two EP’s and one LP entitled Baseball. Baseball and the band’s first EP, Junior Varsity, are both out of print and are no longer available. The band’s second EP entitled Menora/Mejorah was released online. All of these early albums have a sound reminiscent of blink-182 and of Max’s favorite band, Saves The Day.

In August 2004 they released …Is a Real Boy on Doghouse Records. The album was produced by Tim O’Heir (Sebadoh, All-American Rejects, Superdrag) with arrangements by Stephen Trask (Grammy nominated for Hedwig & the Angry Inch). While recording the album Max Bemis had a nervous breakdown during which he took to the streets of New York until his girlfriend found him and ended up in a mental hospital for a few weeks. He attributes the breakdown to stress and bipolar disorder.

Some time after …Is a Real Boy was released, a set of 8 songs entitled Vs. AIDS Demos were leaked onto the internet by an unknown source.

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  • tynosaur

    I wish I could get as excited for the new album as I would have a few years ago, but I'll give it an honest try when it comes out. Please don't disappoint me again, Maxim.

    8 Apr 5:11pm Reply
  • JoinTheBluR

    i used to be so so so so into this band, listen to my band tho http://spacecampct.bandcamp.com/

    12 Mar 10:20pm Reply
  • davygrohl

    sad how much this bad seems to be retreading their old formulae, and with very diminishing returns. IARB was an ingenious album and precocious stuff for a teenager, but diluted versions of the same shit coming from a guy pushing 30 is no good... [2]

    23 Feb 8:58pm Reply
  • kneeecole

    I can't wait to get my Say Anything tattoo. These guys mean more to me than any other band ever will. Also, I'm shocked and disappointed that an album as diverse and magnificent as In Defense... isn't higher rated. Shame on y'all.

    9 Jan 2:40am Reply
  • sarahyellow

    They all need to take a break, really. In fact, Max needs to take his time with this new album. He can't make little art projects anymore that S/T and AMD was. He needs to drop the guitar, get inspiration, spend time with his kid. Grow and become a better everything. Also Max, I suggest you take a Gender Studies class. Asking your audience to throw rocks at an ex gf while she's onstage isn't even... hilarious.

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ChrisFallout

    As much as I love Max's insights and intentions with his lyrics I'm going to have to agree. It's probably time to extend a bit, explore new territory and make some experiments. I loved Anarchy, my Dear - thought it was good for what it offered and was - but dammit, if it didn't sound like S/T 2.0 and not a real progression for the band. Either grow and develop, or devolve and die.

    18 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TylerWard-

    "but diluted versions of the same shit coming from a guy pushing 30 is no good..." So bloody true. Some evolution and maturation as a songwriter from Bemis would be nice.

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
  • jakobdorof

    but In Defense was underrated, still a lot of brilliant top-tier stuff on there. pare it down to one disc and it would've been a very worthy successor

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • jakobdorof

    sad how much this bad seems to be retreading their old formulae, and with very diminishing returns. IARB was an ingenious album and precocious stuff for a teenager, but diluted versions of the same shit coming from a guy pushing 30 is no good...

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • PinkFloydrulez

    same / is a real boy is one of my favorite discoveries of this year even though i feel like i found them years too late i still love it all the same

    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Ivar91

    This band is just fantastic, and MCIS, you summed it right up. They deliver on many areas.

    29 Sep 2013 Reply
  • MCIS

    Just discovered Say Anything, tried out ...is a Real Boy/...Was a Real Boy and now I'm totally hooked. Awesome stuff. I love how it pulls off to be catchy fun, bitterly self-aware and grippingly emotional all at the same time.

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ChrisFallout

    People Like You...? Love that song. IDOTG doesn't deserve a lot of the hate it gets.

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • hexah

    IARB and IDOTG are such great album. IDOTG is, imo, one of the most finely constructed pop-punk albums.

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • ZOMGALIENS

    Anarchy, My Dear and the s/t are on par with the rest imo, I have yet to find a song I dislike by Say Anything. Hell, a lot of the songs on those two albums I rate above songs on IARB and Baseball. I think they're just fantastic.

    26 May 2013 Reply
  • mygroinisonfire

    "I generally don't wish bad for people, but Bemis should really get back on drugs..." That statement disgusts me.

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • kateyzee

    I forgot how good they are.

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • tonyhoag

    I want to like anything post-IARB so bad. I'm typically very accepting of all things music. Hell, my fav Savesthe Day album is In Reverie and fav NFG is Coming Home (both shifts in sounds for both bands). I want to be reeled back so badly.

    27 Apr 2013 Reply
  • wheniwake_up

    I've never heard such a band before, a lot of variety in their songs mixed in the same sound, rly somethin' special

    17 Mar 2013 Reply
  • homework

    New "...Was a Real Boy" fan created - http://www.last.fm/music/Say+Anything/...Was+A+Real+Boy

    25 Feb 2013 Reply
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