Max Bemis -- the medicated frontman responsible for every melody, riff, and snare hit on Say Anything's debut -- has broadened his approach for the band's follow-up release. In Defense of the Genre is a double-disc set spanning every nook and cranny of Bemis' record collection, with a full lineup accompanying his romps through screamo, show tunes, and the usual pop-punk territory. Also along for the ride are a number of collaborators, and anyone who questions Say Anything's ability to stay afloat in light of their frontman's bipolar disorder need only notice the supportive cameos by Gerard Way, Pete Yorn, and Chris Carrabba. But even if Bemis has the support of the music industry, he still refuses to play by its rules, structuring In Defense of the Genre like a schizophrenic mixtape instead of something traditionally cohesive. The songs function like a series of miniature suites, making left-hand turns without warning and mixing genres together with a deft hand. Electronica choruses rub shoulders with punky verses in "No Soul." Broadway-styled orchestrations in "That Is Why" give way to the aggressive "Surgically Removing the Tracking Device." Elsewhere, Bemis finds room to toss everything from doo wop to reggae into the pot, and although the resulting concoction isn't quite as appetizing as ...Is a Real Boy, it's certainly good enough to warrant several helpings. Bemis may be seeking to defend the emo genre, but his album instead illustrates the difference between run-of-the-mill emo -- which, indeed, comprises most of the genre's output -- and the imaginative, skillful tunes that flourish here. The only major downside is the album's length; at 89 minutes, it often comes across as untrimmed and longwinded, particularly during the second disc.
While we all wait for the My Chemical Romance reunion tour that has been put on hold due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, MCR singer Gerard Way is making things a little easier with a four-song solo EP he dropped over the weekend called Distraction or Disrepair.
A nearly perfect EP from this era of emo, every song on Menorah/Mejora kicks ass. The seven songs display the range of Say Anything, with dynamic compositions and Max hitting his lyrical stride for the first time in his career.
During the in-depth interview, Way reflects back on the early days of MCR. From how he wrote one of their first songs "Skylines and Turnstiles" to how he collaborates with Frank Iero and Ray Toro, no musical topic was off-limits.
During the in-depth interview, Way reflects back on the early days of MCR. From how he wrote one of their first songs \"Skylines and Turnstiles\" to how he collaborates with Frank Iero and Ray Toro, no musical topic was off-limits...\nRead More
Music has turned out to be an effective means for Way to deal with his longtime battles against depression, alcoholism, and prescription drug use. The use of music as a way to resolve personal battles has caused Way to create deeply personal songs such as "Helena", which was written in memory of his late grandmother.
In early 2009, Way and Japanese singer Kyosuke Himuro co-produced the new theme song for Advent Children Complete, the Blu-Ray director's cut of the movie sequel to the popular video game franchise, Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. He is also credited with writing the lyrics, and singing alongside Himuro. The song is entitled "Safe and Sound" and was released on iTunes on April 29, 2009. "Safe and Sound" is only heard on the Japanese release of the film; the English release uses Himuro's "Calling" (the original ending theme for Advent Children) in place of it.
The song starts with a piano playing a slow melody and chords and most of the first verse is sung with this simple accompaniment. The word accompaniment means the music that backs or accompanies a singer. The song starts:
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He added: It was around this time that I wrote the opening melody for piano that Rob played. Then once we re-approached it from the perspective of starting with a completely new introduction and a new way to start the song, it helped us fix the rest of it.
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Say Anything is a "vaguely indie punk-pop" stylized Emo band composed of frontman Max Bemis, drummer Coby Linder, and their revolving group of bandmates. Like the origin of any unlikely hero, Say Anything was forged from conflict: a feisty young punk band from Hollywood formed during the birth of "hipster" elitism, always out of place. In that day any group of rich kids with a penchant for the Velvet Underground and enough five o'clock shadow could be paid millions of dollars to be walking billboards for "anti-culture" consumerism. Say Anything shunted pretension, choosing initially to play sincere and nervous rock music and opening locally for the touring bands they closely identified with (The Weakerthans, Rilo Kiley, The Promise Ring). A few years passed and songwriter Max Bemis continued to feel alienated from the collegiate "scene;" He witnessed young rebels devolve into the counter-culture clichés they sought to avoid in the first place, "reverse psychology" victims of homogenized humanity. By identifying this mass-marketed "hip lie," Bemis found his "arch villain" and, imbued with purpose, Say Anything's music became a new monster - as theatrically pop-based as it was angular and dark.
This song is DEFINITELY about his grandmother, and everyone who thinks differently is WRONG!!! And the whole thing about it being about some dumbass girlfriend is crap! It's about his girlfriend, he was trying to express himself. We're all different. We express ourselves differently. I have read AND heard on more than one interview that Gee dedicated this song to his grandmother Elena. If any of you think you're an MCR fan and you said it was about some stupid girlfriend, you're very obviously NOT a real fan. He was trying in his own way to be compassionate you self conceded insensitive idiots!! Stop saying that the meaning is anything but about his dead grandmother which he loved SOOO much and really cared about! I have practically been in love with MCR for years and , once again, it's about his grandmother!! That's the truth! Don't be fooled by these people who very obviously don't know what they're talking about or the stupid media lies! Look at the hundreds of MCR fan sites and Gee's dedications and quotes. Ahh, I have peace now. :)
Do you guys think Gerard would have a suicide pact? come on, he may be a bit morbid in his lyrics but I really don't believe he would try to kill himself. and to all who argue the whole it's a song for their grandmother issue, you don't know. you are not Gerard or Mikey so how can you deny that? and it could also be about the girlfriend. like I said before, you don't know because you are not them. and I do believe that my chemical romance wants you to interpret their song in a way that relates to you. This song could be about someone in your life. did you ever think of that? seriously, interpret the lyrics as what relates to you. and to whoever said emos suck, fuck you. you have no right to say anything sucks, and you definitely have no right disrespecting my chemical romance like that. let's see you make two albums and be famous world wide. come on, let's see it. :)
Ok so the song is about two deaths but the main one is Mikey and Gerard's grandmother passing away. Her name was Elena not helena and since her death Gerard has been suicide because of it. There have been saying though that Elena had mental illnesses and pushed Mikey and Gerard away from her along with the rest of her family. She was a main influence on there music though. She gave Gerard his first car that appeared on the "I'm Not Okay" music video, the white van. There are probably more complex meanings to this song but this is the main one. 2b1af7f3a8