Say Anything In Defense Of The Genre on 2LP
Say Anything has been making odd, unclassifiable indie rock music since they were 14 or 15 years old, playing strangely literate and loud rock, characterized by what one might imagine if Larry David fronted a Fugazi cover band with the members of Queen. Having been birthed from the indie/punk boom of the early-21st century, Say Anything rose to prominence with their (oddly) popular record ...Is a Real Boy and somehow broke the "pretty boy punk" mold by establishing a career that thrived somewhere between music your pretentious college student of an older brother would like and the loud crap that your little brother uses to annoy him with.
Say Anything followed that record up with the equally eclectic and lengthy, In Defense of the Genre, a double concept album issued on J Records in 2007. The group's third full-length overall, the sprawling 27-song collection was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City and Seagrass Studios in California and was produced and mixed by Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair, Mewithoutyou).
Frontman Max Bemis explains the album's concept: "It's the story of being alone and losing my mind and then overcoming that event by learning to trust and let go of that anger and fall in love for the first time. It's also about losing that love and the confusion that entails after, and the nature of first love; discovering what you really want whether it be to give yourself totally to someone or explore the endless abyss and risk losing your mind again and that love."