Saturday Night: Say Anything And Motion City Soundtrack At Warehouse

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Photos by Kendra Berglund
Alive With the Glory of Love: Say Anything's Max Bemis
Say Anything, Motion City Soundtrack
Warehouse Live
November 20, 2010

It's not easy task fighting the pains of growing up, and it's even harder to fight Nazis, but Say Anything managed to do both Saturday night at Warehouse Live. For those of you unfamiliar with the band, we'll clarify: Lead singer Max Bemis was raised in a Jewish setting, and his grandparents are Holocaust survivors.

In "Alive With the Glory of Love," Bemis belts out what would be atypical lyrics about a couple's love being torn apart by unseen circumstances, but the the song is really about his grandparents' affection for one another while surviving Hitler's reign of terror.

"Should they catch us and dispatch us to those separate work camps, I'll dream about you/ I will not doubt you with the passing of time," Bemis sings. "Should they kill me, your love will fill me as warm as the bullets/ I'll know my purpose/ This war was worth this, I won't let you down/ No, I won't/ Alive with the glory of love."

Pretty cool, right?

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Make Out Kids: Motion City Soundtrack
So those of you hoping to read another article bashing "some emo band" and harping on the genius of genre-changers have been thwarted by intelligent and pertinent lyricism.

Take that, scenesters!

Saturday night's attendance level was a bit of a bell graph, peaking during Say Anything and beginning to dwindle halfway through Motion City Soundtrack's set. While Motion City's crowd might not have been quite as large, though, it was just as energetic.

Dozens of fists pounded the air, jumped up and down (unknowingly creating what looked like the wave from the back) and sang along to the catchy lyrics of "Feels Like Rain," "Even if it Kills Me," and 'Make Out Kids."

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