Ahead of their joint US tour, mewithoutYou and Say Anything have announced a tour split that sees the bands cover one another. Say Anything take on ‘Torches Together‘ (though they’ve renamed it ‘Torches Apart‘) while mewithYou cover ‘Cemetery‘ with a touch of ‘Baby Girl, I’m A Girl‘ for good measure. This mashup is called ‘Cleo’s Ferry Cemetery‘ and you can hear both tracks below.
mewithoutYou’s Aaron Weiss explains that, “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.”
Say Anything’s Max Bemis gets a touch more nostalgic with his choice. “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’.”
The split will be sold at every date of the headline tour and is limited to 5 copies per evening. Good luck.