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News: Max Bemis puts Say Anything on indefinite hold following new record

Max Bemis puts Say Anything on indefinite hold following new record

Max Bemis has finally broken the silence regarding the future of Say Anything (Dine Alone Records), the new record, and Bemis himself.

Say Anything’s newest, and questionably final, album is called Oliver Appropriate. The band’s seventh album is set to be a conclusion to their debut album Is A Real Boy, following a character named Oliver through emotional turmoil and self-sabotage (to put it lightly).

The statement was released as a PDF via the band’s website, with a bolded A Goodbye Summation By Maxim Adam Bemis at the top of the page.

This is a statement about my current status as a dude and Say Anything’s upcoming record and plans as a band.

Our new record is done, and it’s called OLIVER APPROPRIATE.

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.

Accompanying Bemis’ statement was a note from wife Sherri Dupree-Bemis (Eisley, Perma). The statement serves as a quick rundown of the ten page “novella” that touches on the couple’s “proverbial waltz through hell” and their life post-Oliver Appropriate.

Oliver Appropriate was produced by Will Yip (Eisley, Say Anything, Anthony Green), and was largely influenced by friend Karl Kuehn of Wilmington, NC’s Museum Mouth (Rory Records).

Though there is no official release date, Bemis promises sooner rather than later, as well as content from other projects he and his family have been working on.

You can read Bemis’ full statement here.


Sheila Walsh graduated from USC Aiken in 2015 with a degree in English. While in school, she won an essay competition for an argumentative essay on why the arts are crucial to the education system. Additionally, she was recruited to play volleyball for USCA and contributed to a weekly journal discussing the life of a student-athlete. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC.

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