There's a lot to cover here. So, getting right into it, the band posted the first new track off the album. go listen to it.
The new song, entitled "Six Six Six," will surprise fans expecting Say Anything to return to its edgier Is A Real Boy... days, fans expecting more of the same toned-done style from Anarchy, My Dear and Bemis' Perma side outfit, and pretty much anyone expecting anything. If a comparison must be made, then perhaps it would be best to say that the track sounds like it would fit nicely on the group's vastly ambitious double-disc, In Defense of the Genre. Despite the song's reluctance to conform to fan expectations, it still sounds decidedly Say Anything, with spastic tonal shifts, grungy belts, and grandiosity to boot. It also features impressive guest vocals from scene greats Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra) and Jon Simmons (Balance and Composure).
If the mention of those two cameo spots have you all hot and bothered, be warned, it has also been announced that Hebrews contains a staggering 16 guest vocal spots spread over only 12 tracks. From the collective members of Eisley scattered throughout to Bemis' Two Tongues cohort, and Saves The Day vocalist, Chris Conley, and even Blink 182's Tom Delonge, Hebrews features an overwhelming assortment of collaboration.
"Hebrews' " guest vocalists, meanwhile, were called on to do more than just come in and sing, according to Bemis. "I thought it would be cool to have people contribute and sometimes write their own lyrics and make it feel like a bunch of people were involved on the record," he says. "Hip-hop and R&B and pop singers are all about that, so why isn't it something we do more in rock and add those different flavors to the mix? There's no reason we can't. So, for instance, on 'Six Six Six,' Jon Simmons of Balance & Composure sang something I wrote just for him, then Andy Hull wrote and arranged and recorded his whole part completely over a blank piece of music. But anyone who wrote a part for their song or even just sang on it understood what the song meant. The whole thing was really cool."
As if a return to form in the form of a complete shock to the system and an overwhelming amount of guest collaboration were not enough, Bemis also reports that the album will feature zero guitar work (you may think you hear a "guitar solo" at the bridge of that new track, but listen again, it's all synth). Strings, electronics, and percussion will replace the usual repertoire, giving the album a sense of ambition and dedication that was decidedly lacking over the past few releases.
While you're mulling over all the overwhelming, new information, head over to Billboard for an in-depth interview with Max Bemis. Then, scope the track listing below and order that sucker!
Hebrews Track listing:
1. "John McClane" featuring Chris Conley and Matt Pryor
2. "Six Six Six" featuring Sherri DuPree-Bemis, Andy Hull and Jon Simmons
3. "Judas Decapitation" fing eaturing Gareth and Kim Campesinos
4. "Kall Me Kubrick" featuring Chauntelle DuPree-D'Agostino
5. "My Greatest Fear Is Splendid" featuring Keith Buckley
6. "Hebrews" featuring Brian Sella
7. "Push" featuring Aaron Weiss
8. "The Shape of Love to Come" featuring Sherri DuPree-Bemis
9. "Boyd" featuring Sherri DuPree-Bemis
10. "A Look" featuring Stacy King and Bob Nanna
11. "Lost My Touch" featuring Christie DuPree and Jeremy Bolm
12. "Nibble Nibble" featuring Tom DeLonge and Sherri DuPree-Bemis
Hebrews drop June 10 via Equal Visions Records. Pre-order it now.