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Interview:
Max Bemis wants to make project with wife a Perma-nent concern
 

By GARY GRAFF
21st Century Media/Digital First Media, @GraffonMu

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Say Anything's Max Bemis has done solo acoustic tours before, but he says this one will be special.

It's the first time he's hit the road since the late October release of "Two of a Crime" by Perma, his collaboration with wife Sherri Dupree-Bemis of Eisley. So in addition to his usual fare, Bemis will "be able to play a whole set of Perma songs" -- which, he adds, fans might actually be familar with.

"We did a Perma set before, but it was literally these two songs we had written that are essentially demos, and we sold them on a little CD," explains Bemis, 29. "We mostly did it just for the sake of because it would be fun and we knew that our fans enjoy seeing us sing together. We were never supporting a release or antyhing.

"And now the record's been out for a few weeks and people have gotten a chance to listen to it and maybe know the songs, hopefully. So there's a lot more deliberateness to the fact that Perma is on tour, actually a reason to do it. That's waht makes this particular tour really special."

Bemis plans to make Perma a going concern, even though he and his wife have other committments. Bemis, in fact, "about 80 percent done" with Say Anything's next album, which is due out in 2014 and which he's producing. But he feels like there's plenty of room for both that and Perma, as well as other projects such as Two Tongues.

"I don't think I consider anything a true side project," Bemis says. "I think the notion of a side project for someone like me is kind of pretentious and dumb. If Perma or Two Tongues took off I don't think it would hurt me as the singer in Say Anything. I really take all of them as their own projects with their own dynamics and everything, and it's great to be able to move back and forth between them."

Max Bemis, Sherri Dupree-Bemis, Matt Pryor and Merriment perform Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $13.50. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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