After last fall’s highly successful anniversary tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of …is a Real Boy, LA emos Say Anything have embarked on their next major venture: a full US Summer headliner performing with accompaniment from a live string quartet and a full band with guitars. Support on the five week tour will come from Modern Baseball, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and Hard Girls.
The new tour will be Say Anything’s official tour in support of their 2014 album Hebrews -, which exclusively featured all string arrangements, instead of guitars. This tour will be the first time songs from Hebrews have been performed live with strings. The tour began on June 24th in Dallas, TX and so far has featured songs from 5 of the bands 6 albums. Aside from playing songs from Hebrews, the group has also decided to revisit several of their more rare songs including “Skinny, Mean Man” being played live for the first time since 2009. As well as “Spay Me” another rarity that hasn’t been regularly featured in Say Anything sets since 2010.
Say Anything was formed in 2000 by vocalist Max Bemis while attending high school. In 2005 Parker Case of the emo band JamisonParker joined Bemis in Say Anything contributing guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals to the band. Case has remained in the band ever since, contributing and touring with them for all albums from “In Defense of the Genre” on. In 2013 Bemis teamed up with his cousin-in law Garron DuPree who as played bass in the band since. The current touring lineup is rounded out by drummer Reed Murray who also has been with the band since 2013. Brothers Jake and Jeff turner are not currently touring with Say Anything but at this time have not been described as former members.
Say Anything’s Hebrews tour will swing by House of Blues in Boston, MA on Friday, July 10th. Tickets for the show are available for $20 without fees at the Orpheum Box Office in Downtown Boston or by web via LiveNation.