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…on Perma, fatherhood and songwriting: PART TWO – http://bit.ly/YKGHr3
…about Coby’s departure and the future of Say Anything: PART ONE – http://bit.ly/TsmffH
So it’s a bittersweet month for Say Anything. We’ve had a lot of exciting stuff happening in our camp, and in my life in particular with my baby being on the way, a ton of new music in the works, and our rarities record coming a month or so.
However, one major change has occurred that we feel obliged to share with Say Anything fans before our next tour. As of a couple weeks ago, Coby and I made the mutual decision to retire his role as the permanent drummer of Say Anything. This choice was made for a multitude of reasons, many involving where both Coby and I are at personally in our lives versus our roles in this band. I cannot stress enough how b.s. free of a decision this was or how close talking about it brought Coby and me. It is and was an utterly amicable split that we both agree is the best thing to to do.
Coby has had an unusual but integral role in shaping my life as a person and especially a musician. He is the most talented drummer I’ve ever known and has one of the kindest hearts as well. However, as Coby’s life developed in certain directions and mine in others, both musically and personally, we’ve found it hard to reconcile his particular role in SA with the way we interact as buddies and certain elements of the band’s dynamic. Coby having a strong personality and being such a spectacular musician and yet being tied down to such a encompassing musical identity such as mine is a hard thing to pull off, and though he did so with class and love for many years, it seems it’s time to try something else for both of us. We decided it would be better to make this change and remain as one of each other’s best friends than to let things get to a really bad place.
Say Anything will continue on without Coby but we will not be seeking a replacement drummer to play on the records we put out, as Coby and his style of drumming is, in many senses, irreplaceable; rather we plan on having a multitude of drummers play on our material. Say Anything on record will now be identified in the same way Nine Inch Nails is, in that it’s pretty much me and whoever I choose to play with at the time. Live shows will continue to have their own identity including Jake, Jeff, Parker, Adam, and whoever plays drums for us live. The band couldn’t be further from breaking up, and as I’ve said recently, we plan on releasing music as Say Anything forever, and already have a lot in the works.
I plan on scheduling a interview or podcast where I can really explain SA’S plans for the near future, including discussing how this change will really work in the band’s dynamic, but I’d really like to focus more on celebrating the amazing, life altering and mind-blowing experience I’ve had with Coby for the past thirteen or fourteen years. From Summer Camp, to my wedding, to our first tour, first time recording, and much more, Coby has been there for all of it and I am honored to have been able to have him be a part of this project. He will always be like a brother to me.
As all of you know, he is an utterly amazing drummer and will be missed, but nobody doubts you’ll be hearing a lot from Coby, whether that sis as a advocate of health and fitness, or as a drummer in a different context.
The past 14 years as a part of Say Anything have been UNREAL! Max and I have had an amazing ride as band mates together and we will continue to always be friends. I can say with 100% confidence that we are both at the best place in our personal lives than ever before, which is why this split is very un-nasty.
Playing music with Max always came easy. For those of you that don’t know, it would take me like 2 minutes to learn one of his songs because we were so locked in to each other. And his songs are all over the place!!! I have always been his biggest fan and I will continue to support him and the band with my heart and my thoughts and wish them all nothing but the best.
To everyone reading this: You all have had a huge part in shaping me into this person I am today, which I never thought I would be and am in complete shock everyday I wake up. What an amazing journey and only amazing things lie ahead for Say Anything, Max and I.
ALTPRESS Interview Monday December 31st
We appreciate all the support and attention our fans have given the band over the years and we know there are probably a lot you guys wondering about how things will work now and what the next year holds in store for the band, etc. so Max sat down with ALTPRESS to do an extremely in-depth interview about what’s going on. It will be up on Monday and we’ll link the story here. Thanks so much guys.
MAX BEMIS SONG SHOP OPENING FEBRUARY 4TH W 2013 WITH A NEW OPTION TO HAVE SHERRI DUPREE BEMIS SING ON THE TRACK
We’re thrilled to announce we’ll be opening the Max Bemis Shop for the first time in 2013 on February 4th, 2013 at 12am central us time (as in the beginning of that day).
Not only is this in and of itself a cool happening, but we will be offering, for the first time ever, after a lot of requesting by you guys, the option to buy a song featuring collaborative vocals by me AND my wife Sherri DuPree Bemis, who fronts Eisley and sings with me in Perma. Essentially it’ll be like buying your own Perma song!
For those not familiar with the it, Song Shop is a place for fans of my music to buy song written and performed by me about anything you want. We’ve sent out songs to over 2000 stoked Song Shoppers and the project has developed into something amazing over the past few years.
Though not the only reason to buy a “Featuring Sherri” song, one of our goals with this new feature is to make the perfect Valentine’s Day present for 2013.
Though you don’t at all need to want a love song in order to have Sherri sing on the track, we’re going to offer a special Valentine’s Day-friendly package for anyone who buys a “Featuring Sherri” song.
Basically, since we obviously won’t be able to get done hundreds of songs before V-Day 2013, and we have a baby coming around that time, if you do buy one of those songs, you’ll receive a link to a printable V-Day themed certificate that lets whoever you’re giving the gift to know that they’ve got a song coming this year (this is optional in case you want to surprise them later on.) Also, you’ll get a free download of an exclusive mp3 featuring Sherri and I that you can listen to or send immediately. This free downloadable song will be centered on the fact that your loved one has a Song Shop coming. That way you’ll have something cool to give them on the actual date.
However, the “Featuring Sherri” option extends to any subject matter. This option will be available exclusively (for now) as a full length Song Shop Song that features vocals from both of us and will be sold for $207- So not an exorbitant amount more than a regular full length Song Shop Song.
As always, we’ll be offering regular Song Shop songs sung by just me at the same rates listed on the site, as well as the option to buy EPs or full albums of Song Shop Songs. You can even add a “Featuring Sherri” song to your EP or Album or have it completely comprised of them. EPs are sold through the email address listed on our site and are comprised of four or more songs of any length- this will get you a 10% discount.
SO – Very excited to get this going and appreciate all the excitement I’ve received about opening up again. Please spread the word to your friends or let your loved one know this is something you’d like if you want the V-Day present option.
Thanks guys! Stay tuned to my twitter as I usually take questions about the Shop and/or set up a skype account to discuss stuff with y’all.
For more info on Song Shop, and to buy your song when it opens:
To hear an example of Sherri and Max collaborating, check out the free download of their Perma track “Knockout” on http://permamusic.com/
You can order tickets direct from Red 7’s website: http://bit.ly/VESFQQ. Main support is Nina Diaz (Girl in a Coma), opening – The Wealthy West (Brandon Kinder). It’s going to be an awesome night. Hope you can make it. Order your 3 disc “All My Friends Are Enemies – Rarities” package at http://bit.ly/WcmOtg.
Tomorrow night: 12.4.12 – Max Bemis @ Haymarket Theater @ Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, Tickets: http://bit.ly/ovvCFZ Open to public. Tickets also at doors – $7.00, $5.00 for students.