Say Anything and MewithoutYou cover each other on tour-only split 7-inch

To get people fired up for their joint tour Say Anything and MewithoutYou are releaing a tour-only split 7-inch in which each band does a unique rendition of one of the other’s songs. Both tracks have been released for digital streaming so you can check out Say Anything doing MewithoutYou’s “Torches Apart” and MewithoutYou doing Say Anything’s “Cleo’s Ferry Cemetery” below.

Max Bemis of Say Anything had this to say about their cover:

This was the first song I ever heard or fell in love with recorded by my friends in mewithoutYou. Getting to know Aaron, along with my admiration for his lyrics and the way he lives his life growing over the years, has made him a sort of philosophical idol of mine. However, I often see myself as too flawed and messed up to measure up (Aaron, always humble, wouldn’t agree.) I altered the song to imprint my tendency towards cynicism and self destruction as a comment on how beautiful and inspiring the original is. Just call it the “Bum Out Remix.”

And Aaron Weiss of MewithoutYou comments on their cover:

The original version of Cemetery embodies what I love about Say Anything: vividly corporal, emotionally confrontational, self-deprecating, brutally honest, cynical/dark while weirdly hopeful, etc. He sings way better than I can, so why bother covering his song outright?, better to do something our own, even if it’s inferior, at least it’s not only inferior. Cobbling together lines of Max’s, lines of mine, a Morrissey lyric, it’s harder to know who gets credit if it turns out well, who’s to blame if it fails, probably accounting for the somewhat-less-anxiety-ridden-than-usual song production process. All this plus we can recommend a visit to Cleo’s Ferry Museum in Melba, Idaho—a partial cure-place, I think, for what ails “people” like me and Max.

The two bands are currently on tour with Teen Suicide and Museum Mouth. Check out the dates and locations here.

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