"Never ever be a dot dot dot real man."
On the latest double-dip offering from Say Anything's upcoming album, Hebrews, it's increasingly evident that frontman and mastermind Max Bemis intends to use the moniker as more of a sweeping generalization rather than a strict definition.
"Judas Decapitation" features the same heavily oppressive synth replacing the band's signature spastic guitars as the previously released "Six Six Six." The inclusion of a frantic snare rattle, and accompanying guest vocals by Kim and Gareth of Los Campesinos, goes a long way to make the track reek of signature Say Anything while allowing it room to breathe and experiment in a way that feels naturally progressive.
If the rest of Hebrews continues to shape up in this way, then we just might have the rock opera Bemis fans have been wanting since ...Is A Real Boy, albeit in a more danceable fashion.
Hebrews drops on June 10. Pre-order it via Equal Vision Records.