Say Anything is an alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles, California, United States in 2000. Originally dubbed Sayanything, the band now consists of founding member Max Bemis (vocals/guitar) along with Remington DuPree (drums), Garron DuPree (Bass), Kenny Bridges (guitar) and Parker Case (keyboard).
Say Anything began their career when the band was still in high school. They self-released two EP's and one LP entitled Baseball. Baseball and the band's first EP, Junior Varsity, are both out of print and are no longer available. The band's second EP entitled Menora Majora was released online. All of these early albums have a pop punk sound reminiscent of blink-182 and of Max's favorite band, Saves The Day. The band had also released various demos recorded by Max in his Sarah Lawrence dorm-room. These demos would later be titled the Dorm-room Demos and contain many cult favorites, such as Great Awakening and The Presidential Suite.
In August 2004 they released ...Is a Real Boy on Doghouse Records. The album was produced by Tim O'Heir (Sebadoh, All-American Rejects, Superdrag) with arrangements by Stephen Trask (Grammy nominated for Hedwig & the Angry Inch). While recording the album Max Bemis had a nervous breakdown which involved him angrily walking down the streets of Brooklyn confronting various strangers of acts they never committed. He was eventually discovered by an off-duty police officer and put into a mental hospital.
Some time after ...Is a Real Boy was released, a set of 8 songs entitled Vs. AIDS Demos were leaked onto the internet by an unknown source. Soon the band told fans that the demos were part of an AIDS benefit album that had been scrapped, and told anyone who had attained them not to distribute them to anyone else (Max Bemis later stated on his website, "that shit sucks," in regard to the demos).
Say Anything signed with J Records owned by BMG Entertainment, one of the "big four" record labels. Under J Records they re-released ...Is a Real Boy with a bonus disc entitled, ...Was a Real Boy containing seven of the eight Vs. AIDS Demos. This album, originally scheduled to be released on October 25th, 2005, was delayed over 4 months to February 28th, 2006. Some copies ended up leaking out through various retailers, notably Tower Records' website. Most leaks occurred due to retailers shipping pre-orders before J-Records had a chance to stop them. Soon copies of the album were selling for over $50 on eBay.
Say Anything released their third album, In Defense Of The Genre, under J Records in 2007. Produced by Brad Wood, the album had two discs containing 27 songs, many of them featuring guest appearances by high-profile musicians such as Gerard Way and Hayley Williams.
In November 2009, Say Anything released their fourth full-length studio album, Say Anything. This is the band's first album under RCA Records. It contains 13 tracks, including "Hate Everyone," which was the album's first single. Much of the lyrical content of this album had to do with Bemis' recent marriage to Eisley front-woman, Sherri DuPree Bemis. You can see this in songs such as Cemetery and Crush'd.
On August 19, 2010 it was confirmed that Say Anything and RCA Records had parted ways. Soon after (September 29) it was announced via Say Anything's official website that Alex Kent would be leaving the band, and that Kenny Vasoli of The Starting Line would be temporarily taking over as bassist for their upcoming tour. The band would later sign to Equal Vision Records.
On March 13, 2012, Say Anything's fifth full-length record entitled Anarchy My Dear. It received many mixed reviews and negative criticism from a lot of Say Anything fans. The album had two singles, Burn A Miracle and Say Anything.
On December 28, 2012 it was announced via the band's website that long-time drummer and founding member Coby Linder had left the band. The split was reportedly easy-going and ended with no hard feelings.
On June 10, 2014 Say Anything's sixth full-length album entitled Hebrews was released. The album name is a reference to Bemis' conflicting views on Judaism since marrying his Christian wife, Sherri. The album was controversial as it substituted all guitars in favor of string instruments. Along with the religious subject matter, much of the album also had to do with the recent birth of Bemis' daughter Lucy and how fatherhood has affected him as a human. 2014 was also the year Say Anything found a new drummer, Reed Murray.
On February 2, 2016, Bemis decided to spontaneously release Say Anything's seventh full-length album to stream for free online. I Don't Think It Is was officially released February fifth. The album had a lot to do with Bemis' long-time friendship to Joshua Sultan, who is the face on the cover and who supplies vocals to Attaboy. Bemis has also stated that the hiphop genre had a major influence on the album, and that he even met up with Kanye West during its production.
In 2017 it was announced Reed Murray would be leaving the band. He was then replaced with Remington DuPree for the In Defense of The Genre anniversary tour.