|Through a career that has already spanned more than a decade, Say Anything has emerged as a fan favorite of the indie rock variety. The group hails from Los Angeles, but has grown to establish a nationwide touring presence, often performing with different bands from a wide range of genres. While Say Anything has undergone a number of lineup changes over the years, its most recognizable rosters consists of Max Bemis, Reed Murray, Parker Case and Garron DuPree. Bemis writes and records most of the music for the band but tours with the additional cast to add a more dynamic sound to his emphatic stage presence. Take in this indie rock favorite live by purchasing your Say Anything tickets today!
The group first formed in Los Angeles in 2000. Initially, it was simply Bemis and a few of his friends gathering to play music, but they quickly began to take themselves and their music more seriously. Within two years, Say Anything had independently released two EPs: In Your Dreams and Junior Varsity. Throughout this period, the group stylized its name without the space between its two words, going by the handle SayAnything. In 2002, the band’s first full-length album, Baseball: An album by SayAnything was released independently, as well. Though these three releases did not garner much commercial success, they did gain the attention of several record labels.
Recording deal and rise to fame
Sure enough, 2003 brought Say Anything (now styled without the space) its first professional recording deal. Doghouse Records, a small California label, signed the band. The group wasted no time, immediately getting down to work on its next project, which was entitled ...Is a Real Boy. The record was released in 2004 and brought with it an expansion of Say Anything’s fan base as well as renewed commercial interest from major record labels. The group began to tour in support of the record, but its travels were quickly derailed by Bemis’ emerging health problems. He was battling numerous addictions and mental delusions at the time, and the group went through something of a restructuring period, cancelling the vast majority of the shows on its ...Is a Real Boy tour. They would return shortly thereafter, though, with no signs of looking back.
Other albums and commercial success
Since reforming in the mid-2000s, Say Anything has released a number of other albums, all of which have been moderately commercially successful. Among them are Hebrews, In Defense of the Genre, Anarchy, My Dear, and Say Anything. Ultimately, the group left Doghouse Records to sign with an imprint of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, as the label was able to gain them broader exposure. The group has also gone on to tour with a number of other successful artists including Circa Survive and Dashboard Confessional, delighting audiences all across the country.