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Aug162018

Say Anything says "goodbye"; releasing new album, "Oliver Appropriate"

Daniel Boczarski/Redferns via Getty ImagesSay Anything is saying "goodbye." In a lengthy statement posted to the band's website, frontman Max Bemis says he's "kind of sort of end[ing] Say Anything."

"Or 'the first era of Say Anything.' Whatever you want to call it, it's that thing," Bemis writes. "I need a break. We'll return one day to play festivals and scoff at our career. But I want to say goodbye."

Before they do, Say Anything will release a new album called Oliver Appropriate, which is sequel to the band's beloved 2004 album ...Is a Real Boy, which features the single "Alive with the Glory of Love."

"There will be no full U.S tour to support the record or in the near future," Bemis says. "I am done being a touring musician as my main profession. Say Anything is retiring in the sense that JAY-Z did. It's not an indefinite hiatus or a breakup because that's impossible."

Elsewhere in the post, in a section titled "Gay Stuff," Bemis addresses his sexuality -- "I have always been bi-ish or queer or a straight guy who can also like boys," he writes -- as well as his relationship with religion.

"I'm a queer, Jewish, Christian skeptic pseudo-anarchist with a belief in metaphysics and the application of 'magical' stuff. Woof," he writes.

Towards the end of the post, Bemis writes that he's "done with traditional music stuff," but leaves the door open to a possible return.

"Say Anything will probably make again, and I'm not claiming this is our actual last record, but it may be," he says. "Who knows. That's up to me and my family."

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