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Max Bemis performing with his band, Say Anything, on their Say Anarchy tour at the Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Spidersong

Burn a Miracle

Shiksa (Girlfriend)

Hate Everyone

In Defense of the Genre

Say Anything

Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too

Belt

Eloise

Alive With The Glory of Love

So Good

Every Man Has a Molly

The Church Channel

Property

A Walk Through Hell

(Setlist is summarized of all dates of Say Anarchy Tour)

On their 2012 “Say Anarchy” tour, Say Anything traveled with aspiring bands, such as Murder by Death, The Sidekicks, and Tallhart. The audience seemed to especially enjoy The Sidekicks upbeat style. In addition, Murder by Death received strong support by the portion of the crowd who support a style similar to Mumford and Sons. As lead singer, Maxim Bemis, put it, the band played a “plethora of new and old songs”, which the crowd appreciated. Aside from the occasional obsessive fan girl or rowdy guy, the audience was respectful and fully enthralled in the band’s performance.

Despite some inability to keep up with the beat, Bemis made sure to incorporate the audience. He even left the stage numerous times to let the crowd touch him, which the security guards clearly did not appreciate as they scrambled to hold people back. In some songs,  Sherri DuPree-Bemis (Max Bemis’ wife) , did back up vocals and audience members shouted “baby Bemis” in honor of her pregnancy. After Overbiter, the couple kissed, which the audience loved, and Sherri Bemis gestured knowingly toward her stomach.

Throughout the entire performance, it was clear that Bemis was trying to connect with his fans and sincerely enjoyed his time. The last song of the encore, The Stephen Hawking, was meant to be a “compromise” in Bemis’ words. Since neither he nor the audience wanted to leave, Bemis and the rest of the band decided to play their longest song. Bemis also promised his fans that the band decided to continue making music for as long as possible.

~R

(Stay tuned for a post specifically about The Sidekicks, they are worth checking out!)

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Although their sobriety was questionable, Asking Alexandria gripped their high energy audience from the beginning of their Warped Tour performance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Their viscous crowd held no benevolence for one another as they smashed their way to the front rows and attempted to start their pits during any breakdown. This was only egged on by lead singer Danny Warsnop who told them that every other memeber of the crowd was their enemy and they were to show no mercy. This lead to more crowd surfing and brutality from spectators who were already rowdy.

They chanted along, with intensity, to songs such as , “Not The American Average”, and “I Was Once, Possibly,Maybe A Cowboy King”, and “The Final Episode” off the album Stand Up And Scream, and “Breathless”, To the Stage”, and “A Lesson Never Learned” from their newest album Reckless And Relentless (released April 2011).  In general there was never a calm moment during AA’s powerful show.

They finished their show with one of their biggest hits, pre-released single, Morte et Dabo. It was the song their audience had been anticipating for the entire show, which was made obvious by their instant reaction to the intro. Energy from both the band and crowd members peaked during that  song. The band excited with a successful performance under their belt and their audience begging for more from the controversial, yet appreciated UK band.

~R