Max Bemis has spent the better part of the last 10 years as frontman and mastermind of pop-punk heavyweights Say Anything. This week he plays The Space in Hamden both solo and with wife Sherri DuPree-Bemis (of Eisley) as their duo Perma.
CTNow: What's it like working professionally with Sherri as Perma?
Max Bemis: It's completely easy. I've been blessed with lots of amazing interactions and dynamics with the people I've collaborated with. I've never had a bad dynamic, but with Sherri it's a lot more effortless because we're with each other the most. It's like an automatic process. We don't have to maneuver around each other's feelings, we know how to work together. It's kind of an effortless thing.
CTNow: What's going on with Say Anything right now?
MB: We're finishing up a new record right now. It should be done sometime in January and then it's coming out sometime in the first half of the next year. That's what's been consuming Say Anything for the past few months. It's been really great and a really easy experience. It's been really fun and I can't wait to share the end product with people.
CTNow: How does playing your older/earlier material make you feel now? For your fans who were younger then and really identified with the more emotionally charged songs, do you feel beyond that or does it feel kind of cleansing at this point?
MB: I don't hate playing anything. I don't look back at them as like, old. They may be old to me, but I still listen to a lot of the same records that I grew up listening to. And I still emotionally relate to them, not just because I did when I was younger, and I like to think it's the same thing with my own songs. I think it brings me back to where I was when I wrote it or learned how I emotionally relate to it now, and that's why I don't really get sick of it.
CTNow: What musical discoveries did you make this year?
MB: I've discovered quite a few bands that I really enjoy this year. The Balance and Composure record, The Things We Think We're Missing. I really enjoy the new Touche Amore record. I've been listening a lot to the stuff my label [Rory Records, an imprint of Equal Vision Records] has been putting out. We just released the new Saves the Day record, which I'm pretty obsessed with. And I'm pretty obsessed with the new Matt Pryor record. There's a lot of really cool stuff that's coming out next year, a lot of great new music. I think there was a little bit of a drought for a couple years, but now I feel like I'm discovering new bands all the time that do it for me.
Max Bemis plays Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. at The Space, Hamden. (203) 288-6400.
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