Say Anything I Don't Think It Is on Colored LP + Download
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Over the past decade plus, Max Bemis has developed a hard-earned reputation for avoiding ‘the norm' with each Say Anything release. His newest endeavor, I Don't Think It Is is a raw, emotive record full of poignant lyrics, punk and math rock guitars and a decidedly new rhythmic approach for the band. This breaking of new percussive ground comes in large part to Max's choice for the first ever "full partner in the production and composition" of a Say Anything record ever, Darren King of Mutemath.
While Darren was clearly the most prominent collaborator on the record, Cody Votolato of the Blood Brothers, Paul Hinojos of At The Drive In, Christian Holden of Hotelier, Max's wife, Sherri DuPree of Eisley, and a slew of others also make appearances on the record. Once the record was written and recorded it was turned over to the incomparable Will Yip, whose mix managed to perfectly manicure the soundscape that Max and friends had created.
Bemis explains, "I had no idea what Say Anything might become with such Not Say Anything aspects thrown in: a drummer who plays like Stewart Copeland and DJ Shadow's love child, samplers and analog weirdness, improvisational playing and, most importantly, relinquishing my dictatorial control over the band's output. My more obvious influences reared their heads (as always) - 'emo', math rock, 90's KROQ playlists, and dubiously cred-worth pop punk. However, throwing Darren's aesthetic into the equation brought up latent ascpect of my musical background and introduced completelynew ones: early Beck, J Dilla, NYC Hardcore, something called "soul" music that I'm still trying to fully compute, and a lot more."