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Max Bemis

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Max Bemis with special guests Perma & Museum Mouth Sunday, November 3rd Chop Shop 18+

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Say Anything was basically Max Bemis and whoever he recruited to collaborate with him on his utterly self-aware punk songs between the years of 2000-2018. They toured a bit too much and lost their minds and thus ended their initial tenure as a band upon the release of their LP OLIVER APPROPRIATE. However, Max will be playing those songs for the first time, without his jarringly loud band, on this fall/winter solo tour, as well as favorites from throughout his career.

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“How much more organic and fun for a start of a band can you get then just having it be a private joke between two people falling in love?” offers vocalist, guitarist and co-founder of Perma, Max Bemis.

Perma is the joint effort of husband and wife duo Max Bemis (Say Anything) and Sherri DuPupree-Bemis (Eisley). Their debut full-length album Two of a Crime will be released on October 29th on Rory Records, Bemis’ imprint label within Equal Vision Records.

It is blatantly clear that the two love creating music together almost as much as they love one another. As Bemis puts it, “Sherri and I literally started writing songs together for the singular purpose of wooing each other, and once we got the wooing done, it was to continue to expand upon our love for one another. That’s what Perma is, and it’s pure in that respect.”

Dupree-Bemis shares similar sentiments to her husband/band mate. “We’re both hopeless romantics, so getting to just have free reign on that topic and being able to let loose and even sometimes get a little silly about it was so natural and very true to who we are as a couple,” shares Dupree-Bemis. “We have a lot of fun together but also have a very deeply passionate love and I think this album captures both sides of that story.”

Perma’s first single, “Two of a Crime,” was released September 4th, and gained over 25,000 streams within its first week. The title track seamlessly and perfectly combines the very best elements of both Say Anything’s bombastic and driving music with Eisley’s sweet and melodic tunes into one track that works so well, one might wonder why it hadn’t happened sooner. As much as Bemis whole-heartedly enjoys being an irreplaceable part of Say Anything, he realized he needed something else as well. “As Say Anything progresses on its manic spectrum of darkness and light, I realized I absolutely NEEDED to have an outlet to express the part of me I never have to doubt, which is my love for Sherri,” shares Bemis. “Recording this record was literally like a sigh of relief. I’m so incredibly proud of this record.”

The duo were on the road together this past summer as Say Anything and Eisley toured the U.S on the incredibly successful Say Anything Rarities and More tour. The tour featured an exclusively Equal Vision Records line-up of Say Anything, Eisley, HRVRD, I the Mighty and Northern Faces. This winter Perma will tour for the first time, along with Matt Pryor, Merriment, and with Max Bemis and Sherri DuPree-Bemis playing solo sets as well.

Bemis’ unabashed excitement shines in his anticipation of the tour, along with most other things about this group, as he proclaims, “This will be my favorite acoustic tour ever. I just know it. In addition to what I’ve found to be a thrilling experience, playing Say Anything songs acoustically in an intimate setting, Sherri and I will be getting to debut many of the songs from Perma’s Two of a Crime live for the first time. Having a hero of mine such as Matt Pryor along for the ride, and my favorite new band Merriment opening, just makes it even more exciting.”

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I asked Kory Urban, our bassist, how I should open this bio, and his response was “double click.” I’d say that basically sums up this band, but I think that’d actually be a lie. Don’t get me wrong–terrible jokes and a ringing sense of idiocy is definitely half of what we’re all about, but the other half is arguably more important–the songs.

I started Museum Mouth in 2009 after tricking Graham into joining this “band” I had and learning a handful of rudimentary chord progressions I’d written on guitar (I’m TERRIBLE at guitar), funny enough this still happens now.

Honestly, not much has changed since founding, except we lost our old lead singer/bassist Savannah Levin in 2010 and picked up Kory. I think I used to be scared of singing and playing drums? I can’t remember. Probably like I used to be scared of admitting I have always been attracted to men which I handled the “Museum Mouth” way–by writing an honest AF album about it, then moving on.

I definitely can’t say that we were the first band to patent ye ol’ “I’m gonna write about this obstacle that’s stunting me so I can help myself cope” archetype cuz lol I’m pretty sure that’s what most bands do BUT I think we can all three agree that we wouldn’t be the overly carefree fools we present ourselves as if we didn’t have this band to use as a punk misery pit.

That’s not to say that we only write music when we’re at our saddest either. A handful of reviewers (yes, I read our reviews :/) have commented that our music says one thing–they typically use words like “upbeat” and always say that we tear through things, but I assure you we write the occasional song slower than 160 BPM–but the lyrics say another and I love that!

Just like I love that I’m a singing drummer who can’t multitask to save my life…and well, somehow I’m still alive and I’m still in this band so thank you everyone for putting up with me // us. Hope you stick around.

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