"I need a break. We’ll return one day to play festivals and scoff at our career. But I want to say goodbye."
Say Anything, the brainchild of Max Bemis, has announced that they are breaking up.
The band have released 7 albums over their 18 year career and will round things off with the release of an 8th one entitled 'Oliver Appropiate'.
Both Max and his wife Sherri DuPree-Bemis have released statements regarding the break-up, Max's being available via a PDF download.
Here is what Sherri had to say:
"Hey y’all, it’s Sherri here (Max’s wife).
Most people who know me personally (and most people who don’t – hi instagram! @sdupreebemis) know that I’m transparent and honest all of the time.
In 2007 I was lucky enough to come across and fall-madly-in-love-with, a man who is the same. Transparent. Honest. Nearly ten years (and three kiddos) later, we’re still rocking and rolling together and it’s the best. Literally.
So, to keep it short (since Max’s statement is anything but), Max is doing great. We’re all loving on him and supporting him through this whirlwind of change and a huge career shift. He’s a madman. (Metaphorically, and not in the ‘crazy’ way that he often gets pinned as).
He loves madly, he cares madly and he creates madly. And I’m here to let you know, the narrative doesn’t stop here. It’s just the beginning. So stay tuned. And you (like me) will always be pleasantly surprised.
Keep up with him on Twitter; Or join me over on my Instagram for some sappy/adorable photos of him that I sneak when he’s not looking.
If you want to support him, know that this decision, the time leading up to it, and the time since have seen Max doing a lot of crying, taking time off from social media and anything triggering as much as possible….and growing. We’re best friends and so I know he’s in both a sensitive and strong state so kindness and understanding is all we as a family require from you guys if you choose to say hi.
If what Max wrote doesn’t make it clear, he’s recovering from a PTSD “breakdown” and this is not really bipolar-related stuff. It’s a guy who followed his passion to the point of almost breaking who stopped and saved his own life for us and those who care. Which has left him joyful but needing rest and relaxation and positivity.
We love you guys. Thanks for loving our family and always supporting us through our creative journey. We’re the kind of people who do not take that for granted. See you out there. Soon.
You can download and read Max's full statement HERE but you can read his opening paragraph below:
"Our plans as a collective are to, kind of sort of, end Say Anything. Or “the first era of Say Anything”.
Whatever you want to call it, it’s that thing. I don’t buy that shit when other bands do it, but whatever the fuck works as terminology. I need a break. We’ll return one day to play festivals and scoff at our career. But I want to say goodbye. There will be no full U.S tourto support the record or in the near future. I am done being a touring musician as my main profession. Say Anything is retiring in the sense that Jay-Z did.
It’s not an indefinite hiatus or a breakup because that’s impossible. But we’ll get to that."