Say Anything frontman Max Bemis has announced the retirement of the band in a message to fans that spans nine pages. Posted online early Aug. 16, Bemis discussed the future of the band and what may or may not happen but made clear that he is ceasing being a touring musician as his profession. This comes on the heels of the band's upcoming eighth record Oliver Appropriate - the sequel to 2004's ...Is a Real Boy.
"Our plans as a collective are to, kind of sort of, end Say Anything. Or 'the first era of Say Anything.' Whatever you want to call it, it's that thing. I need a break," he wrote in the opening. "There will be no full U.S. tour to support the record or in the near future," he wrote in the statement which can be viewed by going to www.sayanythingmusic.com or downloading the PDF here.
"I am done being a touring musician as my main profession. Say Anything is retiring in the sense that JAY-Z did," he added in the lengthy letter.
Bemis then goes on to state that he is "done with traditional music stuff as of a few weeks ago" and though it's unfortunate for the label, it's something he has to do for himself which he also later addresses in the letter. Bemis does, however, say that the band will probably make music again someday and he's not claiming this is the absolute final record. That decision will be up to he and his family if and when the time comes.
In the message titled "A Goodbye Summation," Bemis talks about his battle with depression and drug abuse, more specifically, "snorting antidepressants all day," while recording music for the new album. It was the birth of his son, Charlie, that helped Bemis take a turn for the better.
"It really happened THAT DAY. That morning [sic]," he writes. "I looked into his eyes and I knew I was done with that chapter and this had to change," he says knowing it would be painful.
The Say Anything frontman made the announcement via Twitter at 5 a.m. stating, "Thank you for everything. But there's more to come. Let's celebrate and feel this together. Follow the link for all the details."
In the letter to fans, Bemis tells the story of ...Is a Real Boy and the character from which it derived. That character was resurrected last year without him knowing and he's "closing the book on writing as that character in music." He then touched on his sexuality, spirituality, and mental health disorders which ultimately applies to the new record Oliver Appropriate.
Listen to the brand new track "Daze" above.
Stay tuned to AXS for more information about Say Anything's upcoming album.