In a recent interview, Say Anything frontman Max Bemis spoke about the band’s forthcoming follow-up to their 2012 album, Anarchy, My Dear.
"The musical approach we’re taking—in how we’re producing the record and how it’s going to be arranged—is going to be really radical for us. I can’t give away the exactly definition of why it is so radical. [But] when it comes to what the instruments sound like and the types of music on the record—I think we’re going to be stripping away all comfortability when it comes to that on this next record. In some ways, it’s going to be a total 180 for us.
But then, the cool thing about the record is … what I have written so far—and how I plan to produce it—is also the most self-indulgently Say Anything record that I’ve ever written—almost to the extent that I think I lost the want to escape the cliché of Say Anything. I think the past couple of records, for me, have been [about] trying to avoid being pigeonholed. And in a way, we’re going to definitely be doing that by changing so much sonically and musically.
Basically, the plan for the next record is to make the most radical shift away from what people are familiar with, and yet at the same time embrace what we’re about in a way that we haven’t done. I think that’s going to please a lot of people, because the progression will continue, but at the same time, it’s going to be fun for the people who have been wanting me to write about certain things for quite some time."
The new record is due out in 2014. In the meantime, Say Anything will release their collection of remastered B-sides and rarities, All My Friends Are Enemies: Early Rarities, on January 22 through Equal Vision Records.