Say Anything

"With great power comes great responsibility." Surely a meaningful quote, but who can take credit for it? Thomas Jefferson? Sigmund Freud? Socrates? Nope. Spider-Man. It goes to show how something sort of profound can spring from an unlikely source. Any reluctant underachiever can make a difference: nerdy dude who gets bit by a mutant spider or awkward bipolar kid in a vaguely "indie" punk-pop band. That is the premise behind the band and the new self titled record Say Anything - we are in danger and any one of us has the power to save us. It's a fitting concept for a cult-favorite band who, on November 3rd, will release a definitive artistic statement aimed at the masses.

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. Influenced by bands like Fugazi, The Who, Botch and Smashing Pumpkins, Say Anything dually expressed its irreverence through sing along punk and almost awkwardly confessional Woody Allen-esque lyrics.

When punk rock judgment day comes, everyone knows which side of the fence BAYSIDE will be on… the legitimate one. The current state of rock music has left acts in a never-ending sea of "genres," and this current state of affairs has resulted in numerous bands tailoring their look and sound into something that can be labeled. Artists are unjustly pigeonholed and careers are shortened as a result. But amazingly, BAYSIDE has prevailed as rock's leading indefinable, working class, relateable rock heroes.

Since their inception on Long Island one fateful winter day in 2000, BAYSIDE has become the voice for the misanthropic and the hopeful alike. Having released four studio albums with Victory Records since signing on in 2003, BAYSIDE has sold over a quarter-of-a-million records and has become one of the most likable bands in the industry. The non-fickle foursome remain loyal to their long-time fans, dubbed "The Cult", yet they manage to convert new followers every day.

Hot Rod Circuit

Hot Rod Circuit makes music for those times when you feel most alive. Whether that moment is during heartache or while driving down the road, Hot Rod Circuit? Vagrant Records debut and third full length, Sorry About Tomorrow, fits just about any moment it may be needed for.

Hot Rod Circuit have been around for 5 years, steadily winning fans since their inception in Alabama in 1997. The band relocated to the Northeast? indie scene in ?8, initially residing in Connecticut. While releasing two full lengths on Triple Crown Records, the band crossed the US countless times on tours with The Get Up Kids, Jimmy Eat World, Saves The Day, Avail, Hot Water Music and At The Drive-In. Playing 250 shows a year, Hot Rod Circuit fine tuned their live act and soon made the jump to Vagrant Records.

Touring incessantly made them a tighter band, and they took this cohesion into the studio. ?his is the first record we?e made that I? excited to listen to when I get home at the end of the day,?says singer Andy Jackson, adding, ?his is the first release I? truly proud to say I made? And it shows. Sorry About Tomorrow is a step forward for the band, combining melody and technical accuracy with stronger production by Brian McTernan, it is certain to garner them appeal in a more mainstream arena.

Classifying Sorry About Tomorrow into one distinct style is nearly impossible. There are elements of punk, rock and roll, indie, and hardcore all under the umbrella of pop. After only a few casual spins, even the most skeptical listener will be hooked on the moods and textures of Sorry About Tomorrow.

Hot Rod Circuit have already played 150 shows in 2002, and are heading out this fall to play another 30 with Dashboard Confessional and 10 headlining dates. The band will be the first to tell you there? no claims of grandeur in their music, just honesty and the promise of being the soundtrack to your next good time.

"seeing the band live is a life-changing experience"
- Alternative Press

"a stellar assortment of poignant hooks"
- Boston Phoenix

"a winning amalgam of punk and indie rock"
- Billboard

"HRC is earning it? reputation as a phenomenally energetic live band"
- Rockpile

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