The Say Anything that everyone has been looking for is back! It has been quite the transition from Is A Real Boy to their self-titled album, and quite the change of heart from fans. But with “Burn A Miracle,” they resume back to their rightful sound, a spot somewhere between Is A Real Boy and In Defense of the Genre.
New single “Burn A Miracle” is a song about anarchy – not the outdated punk ideal that includes “tattered clothes” and “spikes in their hair” definition that Max Bemis speaks against in the “Burn A Miracle Preview” video on YouTube, but the “freeing up of your mind.” And if you are like me, the first thing you will think is, “Wait, is this Green Day or Say Anything?” Wrong. Don’t do that. Listen to the song before you decide. It definitely sounds like a song about anarchy should sound, but it also sounds like the angst-y band that we’ve all known and loved.
From the opening yells until the final drum beats, this song contains the definition of a Say Anything tune: the angst you hear in Bemis’ vocals, the somehow upbeat but clearly not guitar riffs and chords, the driven drum work; it is evident that every member is completely behind this song.
The intro is crowd-inclusive with hand claps and a chant, and the remainder of the song is full of those signature-crazed Bemis lyrics, and guitar work with a feel similar to that in “Spider Song” until about two and a half minutes in, where the lead takes it away with a chaotic feel while “Burn a Miracle” is broken down.
I repeat: Say Anything is back. To all the fellow fans who have been attentively awaiting their true return, it is time to emerge from beneath the rocks and resume fan-hood – the moment has arrived.