Maps & Atlases had been wandering a lot. They'd been touring -- traveling the U.S., going venue to venue -- and then roaming their home base of Chicago when the tours wrapped. And closing in on a decade of creating celebrated technical rock together, the band-mates were still stuck with odd jobs like dog-walking.
After a quick spin through the major label life, Say Anything are set to replant their flag in the wild barrens of indie-punk on March 13. Until then, we've got an exclusive streaming premiere of the band's Equal Vision debut here, a week early. "Anarchy, My Dear" is 49 minutes of focused maturity, impressive instrumentation and barrelfuls of frontman Max Bemis's acerbic and eloquent lyricism. It's also probably the group's crowning achievement.
Loudness is cool. It's also distracting, says Say Anything frontman Max Bemis. Which is why the guiding principle heading into the band's first release since leaving Sony's RCA Records and signing to indie Equal Vision, Bemis says, was fashioning the band's most energetic, traditionally rock, classically punk record yet, "but at the same time taking away all the things that are going to distract from the core of what it's about."