Max Bemis

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Max Bemis
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Max Bemis performing in Chula Vista, California on August 14, 2008 at Warped Tour.
Background information
Birth name Maxim Bemis
Born 1984 (age 31–32)
Origin New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Pop-punk, indie rock, Emo
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, mandolin
Years active 2000–present
Labels J, Doghouse, A.D.D., Equal Vision Records (EVR)
Associated acts Say Anything, Two Tongues, Forgive Durden, Max Bemis and the Painful Splits, Perma, Eisley
Website www.sayanythingmusic.com

Maxim "Max" Bemis[1] (/ˈbms/) is the lead singer, primary composer and primary lyricist of the band Say Anything. He also sings alongside Chris Conley in the supergroup Two Tongues (which features band members from Say Anything and Saves the Day), and is a writer of several comic books.

Early life[edit]

Bemis was born in New York City in 1984.[1] His family moved to Hollywood, California when he was a child.[1] Bemis took piano lessons which he credits for the realization that he wanted to make music.[2][3] In addition, Bemis was raised "in a strong Jewish environment," which has influenced his music.[4] His maternal grandparents were survivors of the Holocaust, which was the inspiration for the song, "Alive With the Glory of Love."

Bemis attended high school at Windward School, a private school in Los Angeles.[1] He had also attended Camp Ramah in Ojai, California, where he met future band-mate Coby Linder.[1] In 2000, Bemis, Linder, and friends from Windward and Beverly Hills High School formed Say Anything. The band was described as a high school band, but they released a full-length LP and an EP. In 2002, Bemis attended Sarah Lawrence College. However, he spent much of his time recording his own music and left the school after only a few months.[1] Bemis has mentioned Tom Delonge of Blink 182 as an influence from a very young age, and was excited to work with him on Hebrews.[5]

Musical career[edit]

Say Anything[edit]

Main article: Say Anything (band)

Bemis is the lead singer, guitarist and primary lyricist of Say Anything as well as a founding member of the band. After the resignation of the original band members, he is the only original member remaining. In 2000, Say Anything released Junior Varsity. The band released its debut full-length album, Baseball, in 2001. Despite attending Sarah Lawrence College for a short time, Bemis kept the band alive, performing much if not all of the music that went into Menorah/Majora and the band's dormroom demos.[2]

Say Anything released ...Is a Real Boy in 2004. Bemis performed the vocals, guitar, bass, and keyboard parts for the album.[6] After the album's release, the band went through a rocky period lasting over a year due to Bemis's mental health. The band canceled at least two tours and lost several members.[7] By 2007 however, after going through rehab, Say Anything and Bemis got back on track with co-headlining tours with Saves the Day and Hellogoodbye.[8][9] In 2007, the band released In Defense of the Genre, on which Bemis sang lead vocals and played guitar and keyboard.[10]

Say Anything's self-titled album was released November 3, 2009.

On November 5, 2010 at The Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey, Bemis announced a forthcoming Say Anything album. The album, called Anarchy, My Dear, was released March 13, 2012, which was followed up with their headlining spring tour. Their first single from that album is "Burn a Miracle". They released a music video for this single.

On January 22, 2013 Say Anything released a collection of older songs and b-sides called All My Friends Are Enemies: Early Rarities consisting of all of the material recorded by Say Anything prior to the release of ...Is a Real Boy. The band did a summer tour to promote the album.

On June 10, 2014 Say Anything released the album Hebrews through Equal Vision Records.

On February 5, 2016 Say Anything released their new album I Don't Think It Is without any prior announcement besides several teaser posts the day before.[11]

Two Tongues[edit]

Main article: Two Tongues

After recording In Defense of the Genre, Say Anything band members Max Bemis and Coby Linder worked with Saves the Day's Chris Conley and David Soloway on a side project named Two Tongues.[12] The new group has Bemis and Conley sharing the lead vocals and guitar duties while Soloway is on bass and Linder on drums. Thirteen songs were recorded in Electric Ladybug Studio, Conley's home studio in Chico, California.[13][14]

Bemis, Conley, and Linder have previously collaborated on a cover song of Bob Dylan's "The Man In Me" for the compilation album Paupers, Peasants, Princes & Kings: The Songs of Bob Dylan released by Doghouse Records in 2006. On November 7, 2008, a release date of February 3, 2009, was announced for the self-produced, self-titled, thirteen-track collaboration on Vagrant Records.[14][15]

In fall of 2010, Two Tongues made their first performances as a surprise in the middle of Say Anything's set each night of the Motion City Soundtrack, Say Anything, and Saves the Day tour. They performed the song "Crawl". Arun Bali (current guitarist of Saves the Day) played guitar, Kenny Vasoli (of The Starting Line, and Person L) played bass, Jake Turner (of Say Anything) played guitar as well, Coby Linder played drums, while Chris Conley, and Max Bemis sang.

Other work[edit]

Bemis has made cameo appearances on several albums. One of his earliest cameo appearances was with friend Andy Jackson and Hot Rod Circuit on "Inhabit," a song from the band's Reality's Coming Through CD.[16]

In 2005, Bemis had a small part on "Ready" from The Starting Line's Based on a True Story.[17]

Bemis worked with Armor for Sleep on a cover of "Today" for a 2008 The Smashing Pumpkins tribute CD entitled The Killer in You.[18]

In 2007, performs in two songs, "Maxim and the Headphone Life" and "Regional Community Theater," on LadybiRdS' debut album, Regional Community Theater.[19] Bemis sang along with Shawn Harris (The Matches) and Rachel Minton (Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer) on "Hello Helicopter" and "Point Of Extinction" of Motion City Soundtrack's Even if it Kills Me.[20]

New Found Glory's From the Screen to Your Stereo Part II and Down to Earth Approach's Come Back to You also featured guest vocals by Bemis on the songs "Crazy for You" and "See You," respectively.[21][22]

In 2008, Bemis sang vocals on Nightbeast's Inside Jokes for Outside Folks.[23] Also, Forgive Durden's second album Razia's Shadow featured Bemis as Barayas the Spider in "The Spider and the Lamps."[24]

Bemis also appeared on the opening track of You, Me, and Everyone We Know's 2008 sophomore EP, So Young, So Insane, entitled "I Can Get Back Up Now".

In August 2008, Bemis announced that he would be recording unique songs for individual fans written on their requested topics as a part of a project he hoped would decrease the growing gap between artists and fans.[25]

Bemis announced in September 2009 that he and his wife, Sherri, were working on a small project that "became something even cooler". They created a side project called Perma.

Bemis and Say Anything were also featured on the Punk Goes Crunk album with their cover of Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Got Your Money".

Bemis announced in late September 2010 that he had written and recorded a 10 song album of acoustic songs that he called Max Bemis and the Painful Splits. Bemis stressed that this release was not an official solo record, but a collection of songs he had written that he was proud of and wanted to share with Say Anything fans. The disc could only be found and purchased by going to one of the show dates of Say Anything's tour with Saves The Day and Motion City Soundtrack October through November 2010.

On his Twitter in mid-November 2010, Bemis announced, "There WILL be a second Max Bemis and the Painful Splits record sold next year at a very special SA event that I can't reveal yet.... ", confirming that there will be a second Painful Splits record. It was later revealed that this event was to be a Max Bemis' solo tour. This tour is set to happen in February 2011. Max is set to tour ten different venues, beginning on the 11th and finishing on the 26th. Subsequently, Bemis has released several records under the moniker, usually coinciding with a specific tour.

Bemis created an imprint label named Rory Records in 2012. The releases of his label are distributed by Equal Vision Records. TALLHART is the first signed artist of the label.

Bemis announced his new comic book series Polarity, in 2013. The series has been followed up with work for Marvel Comics (A+X #14, November, 2013), and a second ongoing book with Boom! Studios, Evil Empire. In 2015 he teamed up with Logan Faerber for his third comic series, Oh, Killstrike. Also in 2015, he wrote a five-issue digital miniseries for Marvel Comics, X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever, first published weekly in January and February 2016.[26]

In May 2015, Bemis appeared as a guest vocalist on the track "Friends" for I the Mighty's album Connector.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Bemis said in 2014 that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder,[28] which he gave as the reason having self-medicated with drugs, primarily marijuana.[29][30] He experienced one manic episode while making the album ...Is a Real Boy.[31]

Bemis has what he calls a "new age, metaphysical view" about religion, and considers himself "a Jew who is also a Christian."[32] He identified as Jewish in an online fan chat during The Bamboozle fest in 2010.[33]

Bemis is married to musician Sherri DuPree Bemis.[34] In February 2013, Bemis announced the birth of his and his wife's daughter, Lucy Jean.[35] A second child, daughter Coraline Mae Bemis, was born in February 2015.[34]

Discography[edit]

With Say Anything[edit]

With Perma[edit]

  • Perma EP
  • Two of a Crime (2013)

With Two Tongues[edit]

With Max Bemis and the Painful Splits[edit]

  • Max Bemis and the Painful Splits (2010)
  • Max Bemis and the Painful Splits 2 (2011)
  • The Painful Splits Destroy (2012)
  • The Painful Splits are Multiplying (2013)
  • Max Bemis and the Painful Splits Stripped Down (2014)
  • Max Bemis and the Painful Splits Wins (2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Say Anything Biography". Muzikum.eu. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Say Anything biography". The Tab World. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  3. ^ Meyle, Alli (2006-07-22). "Interview with Max Bemis". ThePunkSite.com. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  4. ^ Garrett, Jonathan (2008-02-25). "A Jewish Kind of Pop Song". World Jewish Digest. Archived from the original on March 6, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  5. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6069749/say-anything-six-six-six-song-premiere-max-bemis-talks-ambitious-new-hebrews
  6. ^ ‹See Tfm›...Is a Real Boy (Media notes). Say Anything. Doghouse Records. 2004. 
  7. ^ Kelley, Trevor (December 2007). "Live Through This". Alternative Press (233): 164, 167–168. 
  8. ^ Bemis, Max (2007-02-02). "Say Anything and Saves the Day Announce Tour". The Official Say Anything Site. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  9. ^ Bemis, Max (2007-08-30). "MySpace Co-headline tour with Hellogoodbye". The Official Say Anything Site. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  10. ^ ‹See Tfm›In Defense of the Genre (Media notes). Say Anything. J Records. 2007. 
  11. ^ Haskoor, Michael (4 February 2016). "Say Anything Streams Surprise Album 'I Don't Think It Is' Ahead of Friday Release". Music Times. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  12. ^ Futterman, Erica (2008-05-08). "Say Anything/Saves the Day Side Project to Debut Summer '08". Rock & Roll Daily. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  13. ^ Zemler, Emily (September 2008). "Two Tongues". Alternative Press (242): 136. 
  14. ^ a b Bemis, Max (2008-11-07). "Two Tongues Release date". The Official Say Anything Site. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  15. ^ "Two Tongues on Vagrant". Vagrant. 2008-11-06. Archived from the original on January 3, 2009. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  16. ^ ‹See Tfm›Reality's Coming Through (Media notes). Hot Rod Circuit. Vagrant Records. 2004. 
  17. ^ ‹See Tfm›Based on a True Story (Media notes). The Starting Line. Drive-Thru Records. 2005. 
  18. ^ ‹See Tfm›The Killer in You (Media notes). Various artists. Reignition Records. 2006. 
  19. ^ ‹See Tfm›Regional Community Theater (Media notes). LadyBiRdS. Creep Records. 2007. 
  20. ^ ‹See Tfm›Even if it Kills Me (Media notes). Motion City Soundtrack. Epitaph Records. 2007. 
  21. ^ ‹See Tfm›From the Screen to Your Stereo Part II (Media notes). New Found Glory. Drive-Thru Records. 2007. 
  22. ^ ‹See Tfm›Come Back to You (Media notes). Down to Earth Approach. Vagrant Records. 2007. 
  23. ^ ‹See Tfm›Inside Jokes for Outside Folks (Media notes). Nightbeast. Tragic Hero Records. 2008. 
  24. ^ ‹See Tfm›Razia's Shadow (Media notes). Forgive Durden. Fueled By Ramen. 2008. 
  25. ^ http://www.stereocache.com/2008/08/03/max-bemis-of-say-anything-explores-music-couture/
  26. ^ Tj Dietsch (Nov 2, 2015). "Max Bemis Creates the Worst X-Man Ever". Marvel.com. Retrieved Feb 13, 2016. 
  27. ^ http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/say_anythings_max_bemis_guests_on_new_i_the_mighty_single_friends
  28. ^ Moseley, Brittany (June 3, 2014), "'It's healthy for a band to become slightly less relevant' – Max Bemis on Say Anything's new album", Alternative Press, retrieved 20 May 2016 
  29. ^ jiarb (2007-07-11), Max Bemis - Half of Us - Beginnings - Part 1, retrieved 2016-07-26 
  30. ^ jiarb (2007-07-11), Max Bemis - Half of Us - Descent - Part 2, retrieved 2016-07-26 
  31. ^ jiarb (2007-07-11), Max Bemis - Half of Us - Darkest Hour - Part 3, retrieved 2016-07-26 
  32. ^ http://www.absolutepunk.net/sayanythingchat.php
  33. ^ http://www.stickam.com/viewMedia.do?mId=188356989
  34. ^ a b DiVincenzo, Alex (February 25, 2015). "Max & Sherri Bemis Welcome Second Daughter". Archived from the original on October 17, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2016. 
  35. ^ "Welcome to the world, Lucy Jean!". Max Bemis verified Twitter account. February 11, 2013. Archived from the original on April 14, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2016. 

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