Perma, for those unaware, is a long-talked-about but newly active project featuring Say Anything‘s Max Bemis and his wife, Eisley‘s Sherri DuPree-Bemis. Prior to now, we have only been graced with a single official song, titled “Knockout”. The song gave hope for great things to come and now, with an album announcement in tow, we can expect these great things in no time.
Along with the album announcement, Perma released the titular track from their upcoming debut, Two of a Crime. The song is, appropriately, the opening track, complete with an introductory first verse: “Well, hello there/Please excuse the axe/My name is Sherri/My name is Max.” From this line (as well as the rest of the song), the album/song title, and the album artwork, it’s clear to see that this is a whimsical and romantic concept record depicting Bemis and his bride as criminals on the run.
The song is both expectedly adorable and impressive. The chorus is infectious and their vocal work soars when placed together. About halfway through the song, Bemis unveils a stellar guitar solo in the vein of Say Anything’s self-titled record, making it clear why it’s so simple to fall in love with his work in the first place. The majority of the track is layered with finger snapping, giving it an almost West Side Story vibe, while DuPree-Bemis daintily taps her keys underneath her signature high voice.
The lyrics and their delivery are the driving variables of this track and hopefully the whole album. The Bemis family isn’t afraid to incorporate their personal lives into their music. They even reference their baby daughter in the cutest fashion: “We’ll build a tiny gun…/…For little Lucy Jean./She’ll be the cutest little thug they’ve ever seen.”
As if the music scene didn’t already know how in love these two are, it’s safe to say that their album will solidify that fact. Until then, take a listen to “Two of a Crime” below.
Perma’s Two of a Crime will be released on October 29th via Equal Vision Records/Rory Records.