Release Date: Jun 10, 2014
Record label: Equal Vision
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Emo-Pop, Punk-Pop
With five studio albums and a handful of EPs released as Say Anything, Max Bemis has spent plenty of time having his work and life picked apart by critics. On Hebrews, his sixth full-length with the pop-punk project, Bemis makes it clear that no one is more critical of his work than he is. Intense and personal, Bemis leads listeners on a guided tour of all his self-doubt and inner conflicts, harshly examining himself with brutal honesty as he declares "This is the tale of a bearded sloth who debases himself so they can get their rocks off" on "Judas Decapitation," a driving dance-punk number that delves into the struggles of being in a rock band and having to live your life in public.
Review Summary: This is the tale of a bearded sloth who debases himself so they can get their rocks off!It’s become so acceptable to hate Say Anything now, that I don’t think I know anyone who is still a “fan” of the band anymore. Mostly it’s “They used to be really good” or “I like the self titled ironically” but it always devolves to this: Anarchy, My Dear! is apparently the worst thing to ever happen to music… ~ever~. Truthfully, I think I've heard maybe three songs from it and then stopped because, yeah, “the crap rains down” is probably one of the most cringe inducing lyrics ever written.
Max Bemis wants to shake the order of things up with Say Anything. That's pretty obvious. He's not doing it for the sake of doing it though – he has a definitive objective. As far as Hebrews goes, it seems that this aim is an extension of his life now – shoring up the olden days as he gets older, wiser and more settled.