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Old Album Still Very "Real" For Say Anything

Of the Oakland Press

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Say Anything has had a long but satisfying ride with its debut album.

“Say Anything ... Is a Real Boy” came out in August 2004 on the independent Doghouse Records label, then was picked up for wider distribution 14 months later by J Records as “... Was a Real Boy,” which includes a second CD of demo recordings. The project has sold more than 90,000 copies in total, and it’s made a mark in the modern rock world thanks to hits such as “Alive with the Glory of Love” and “Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too,” whose video features a cameo by actor Henry Winkler, a family friend of Say Anything frontman Max Bemis.

“I still think it’s a good album,” says Bemis, 23, who co-founded Say Anything in 2001 with drummer Coby Linder, the only other remaining member of the original lineup. “There’s enough distance now that I sort of notice a lot more of the flaws. But at the same time I notice how good of a record it is in general.”

And Bemis says he’s been comfortable riding “Real Boy” for more than two years and two incarnations. “I’ve seen this happen to certain people,” he says. “I’ve seen bands

get picked up by major labels and

have them push the album much longer — Third Day, Saves the Day, bands like that.

“It’s OK, I think. As long as more people have a chance to hear the band, that’s a good thing.”

Bemis and company haven’t been idle on the new music front, however. In fact, he says Say Anything has recorded music for 23 of 26 songs it has planned for the group’s next album, “Say Anything ... In Defense of the Genre,” which the group hopes to finish this summer and release in the fall, perhaps as a two-CD set. The bad also is playing one of the new songs, “People Like You are Why People Like Me Exist,” in concert.

“It makes sense that it’s like the music we were making when we were 18 or 19, which was the last record, and then add four years of maturity and experience to it,” Bemis says. “It’s more mature, but we feel that people who like our old record will like this one, too.

“There’s more of a feeling of confidence, but at the same time I’m still very insecure. I’m not overly confident or, like, prideful at this point. But it feels like we have a lot to offer, and I’d like to show it more with this (next) record.”

Say Anything, Saves the Day and Meg & Dia perform at 7 p.m. Friday (April 27th) at Clutch Cargos, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Tickets are $17. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.

Web Site: www.clutchcargos.com

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