Say Anything are packing their things and getting ready to hit the road in the United States for their second full tour to support their newest album Anarchy, My Dear (released March 13th on Equal Vision Records). The month-long tour will kick off tomorrow at House of Blues in Anaheim, CA, and will then make its way around the country, from coast to coast and many states in between.
Anarchy, My Dear, produced by Tim O'Heir (Say Anything, Sebadoh, Superdrag), is in its purest sense, a form of propaganda-an intense expression of frontman Max Bemis' love for the idea of anarchy. Says Bemis, "Anarchy, My Dear is our first attempt to write a true 'punk' record; thematically speaking, it's a collection of songs about subverting society and destroying the boundaries humankind has placed upon ourselves both physically and in our minds. Coincidentally, it also happens to be the first record we've made in years where we had total freedom to explore our 'edgier' side and present a raw picture of what the band is truly about onstage."
Anarchy, My Dear, which debuted at No. 17 on the Billboard Current Top 200, is Say Anything's best charting record to date, and has been highly lauded by critics. Billboard praised, "Anarchy, My Dear is 49 minutes of focused maturity, impressive instrumentation and barrelfuls of frontman Max Bemis's acerbic and eloquent lyricism. It's also probably the group's crowning achievement." American Songwriter agreed, declaring "Anarchy, My Dear is more contrasting and experimental (hammered dulcimer, harmonica, steel guitar) than the indie rockers' prior output, yet still manages to deliver the corybantic angst heard on 2004's seamless ...Is a Real Boy." Entertainment Weekly found that "like a good long-distance run, Anarchy rewards with bursts of sonic endorphins."
Filled with thought-provoking, idiosyncratic lyrics, Anarchy marks a breakthrough in Say Anything's genre-defying evolution. Hailed by Alternative Press as one of the most anticipated albums of 2012, the music has a newfound vintage, glam-rock feel, complete with an urgent punch of anthemic choruses and ferocious energy. SPIN Magazine declared that the first single, "Burn A Miracle," is "one of the more schizophrenic and toothsome pop-punk outbursts frontman Max Bemis (or maybe anyone for that matter) has shared to date. It's a beast. Have a listen."
Oct 04 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Oct 05 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
Oct 06 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
Oct 07 - Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
Oct 09 - Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont Club
Oct 10 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
Oct 11 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Oct 12 - Palatine, IL @ Durty Nellie's
Oct 13 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Oct 14 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Oct 16 - Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
Oct 17 - Providence, RI @ Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
Oct 18 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon
Oct 19 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Oct 20 - Huntington, NY @ Paramount Theatre
Oct 21 - Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore-Silver Spring
Oct 23 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
Oct 24 - Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
Oct 25 - Pensacola, FL @ American Legion Hall Post 33
Oct 26 - New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Music Experience
Oct 27 - Forth Worth, TX @ Ridgiea Theater
Oct 28 - San Antonio, TX @ Korova