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Say Anything Return to Fort Lauderdale with New Sound

Summer crept back into the South Florida air with an unexpected haste this year. Spring -- also known as the luxurious two weeks when the sun bites just a little softer and the air breathes a little easier -- was apparently not in the cards. The constants of summer -- like back sweat Rorschach tests, grilled ears of corn at the Swap Shop, day drinking until you're virtually pickled and roasted at the beach -- have returned. Local drivers breathe a collective sigh of relief as the snowbirds flee the balm and humidity back to the bastions of the Northeast and Quebec at an astounding 40 miles an hour, the entire lot somehow failing to use but a single turn signal the entire way up the coast.

And Say Anything returns with a fresh full-length of angst-riddled hymnals. This, however, is where the expected comforts end, as Max Bemis and company have once again evolved what Say Anything does into something almost virtually unrecognizable from the pop-punk anthems of the early aughts.

See also: Slideshow of Say Anything at Revolution Live, April 24

On Hebrews, the band's new LP, which is scheduled for release on June 10, Bemis adds the challenging role of producer to his duties as frontman and provocateur. The album strayed far from the band's roots, with lush, orchestral strings quite literally replacing any and all of the familiar guitars that normally bolster Bemis' frustrated shouts and manic croons. Those are still present and as cutting as ever despite other dramatic alterations to the band's sound.

Collaborations are the order of the day on Hebrews, which features vocal cameos by Saves the Day frontman (and Bemis' former Two Tongues collaborator) Chris Conley, Every Time I Die's Keith Buckley, Blink 182/Angels and Airwaves' figurehead Tom Delonge, and even an appearance by one of the founding fathers of emo-rock himself, Bob Nanna.

Say Anything. With the Front Bottoms, the So So Glos, and You Blew It. 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $17.50 in advance plus fees and $21 day of show. Call 954-449-1025, or visit

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David Von Bader

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