Yesterday (Feb. 3), Say Anything decided to stream a brand new surprise full-length album titled I Don't Think It Is ahead of its Friday release and we've gathered the stream for your listening pleasure.
"My team and I decided to forego the dying art of the lead‐up and share our new record I Don't Think It Is with you," says frontman Max Bemis in a statement posted to the band's official website. "I've become a bit weary of doing the same song and dance leading up to the actual endgame, people actually listening to something. It also seems to fit with the core of this record: me destroying any notion of feeling blasé about music."
On first listen, particularly with the opening track "Give a Damn," the new album seems a bit more hardcore-blended than some of the band's previous works, especially their popular 2004 sophomore album ...Is A Real Boy that prides itself on pop-punk singles like "Alive With The Glory Of Love."
Among those who contributed to the LP include Mutemath's Darren King, Cody Votolato (The Blood Brothers), At The Drive-In's Paul Hinojos, Dylan Mathieson (Tiny Moving Parts), Sherri DuPree-Bemis (Eisley), as well as former Say Anything bassist Alex Kent.
"The recent history of Say Anything has been totally affirming," Bemis adds in his statement. "There was a nice little reaction to our last record, Hebrews, which was a step towards 'progressive' (or 'doing whatever the hell I want'). I suppose we have earned the right to remain somewhat vital. However, that entails trying new things. So without any plans for how it would turnout, I introduced a wild card into the equation..."
I Don't Think It Is will be released tomorrow (Feb. 5) via Equal Vision Recordings but does not appear to be available for pre-order, so you'll just have to wait until Friday to secure your download. It will serve as a follow-up to the band's 2014's LP Hebrews.