Say Anything Announce ‘In Defense,’ Self-Titled, ‘…Is A Real Boy’ Shows, Jan. 27 & 28 at Exit/In

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Over the past few years, indie/pop punk outfit Say Anything have transitioned from pseudo-band (always the brainchild of singer and songwriter Max Bemis, but with a more or less fixed live lineup) to one man show with a revolving door of contributors and players, and, as a result, have taken more artististic risks and experimental leaps than ever before. 2012’s Anarchy, My Dear was a deliberately, emotionally deconstructionist “punk” concept album, and 2014’s Hebrews, maybe the most oddball release in the band’s whole catalogue, eschewed guitars for strings, leaning on the Say Anything tradition of tapping into a diverse array of guest vocalists from the pop punk world. With last year’s I Don’t Think It Is, the most collaborative studio effort ever featuring a badass arsenal of backing players, Bemis explored a return the project’s sonic roots, crafting something more raw, punk, and impassioned, akin to earlier fan favorites.

Say Anything have always been a champion of the emo and pop punk scene, and, while willing to grow and take risks, have never discounted anything they’ve made, or forgotten its value and resonance to so many fans. That’s why news of an anniversary tour for 2007 second (or third, depending on if you count very early effort Baseball) LP In Defense of the Genre, an ambitious double album that flexed the sophistication that emo could obtain, while hinting at the band’s broader ambitions, is not too surprising. What is surprising, though, is how this tour is structured, epically designed to pay some serious service to longtime fans. Each city stop will take place over two nights, In Defense‘s two discs split across and full sets of either Say Anything’s label debut, …Is a Real Boy, and third (/fourth) LP, Say Anything, rounding things out.

This epic affair rolls through Nashville at the start of 2018, with In Defense disc 1/Say Anything slated for Jan. 27 and In Defense disc 2/…Is a Real Boy slated for Jan. 28, both at Exit/In. Though the group have been no strangers to Nashville over the past few years, we have a strong feeling fans are not going to want to miss this very special outing. Tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 25 at 12 p.m. CDT right here (1/27) and here (1/28), and we don’t expect them to last.


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November 25th – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
November 26th – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
November 27th – West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour
November 28th – West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour
November 30th – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
December 1st – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
December 2nd – Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone Berkeley
December 3rd – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
December 5th – Seattle, WA – Neumos
December 6th – Seattle, WA – Neumos
December 8th – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
December 9th – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
December 13th – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
December 14th – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
December 16th – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
December 17th – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
December 18th – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
December 19th – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
January 9th – Orlando, FL – Beacham Theater
January 10th – Orlando, FL – Beacham Theater
January 12th – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
January 13th – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!
January 14th– New York, NY – Irving Plaza
January 15th– New York, NY – Irving Plaza
January 16th– Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
January 17th– Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
January 19th– Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero Theatre
January 20th– Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero Theatre
January 22nd– Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
January 23rd – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
January 25th– Atlanta, GA – Hell at The Masquerade
January 26th– Atlanta, GA – Hell at The Masquerade
January 27th– Nashville, TN – Exit/In 
January 28th– Nashville, TN – Exit/In 
January 30th– Dallas, TX – Trees
January 31st– Dallas, TX – Trees

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