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Director / CrewI am Drew Scanlon, former Giant Bomb video producer, current purveyor of Cloth Map, and Blinking White Guy. AMA!

Mar 15th 2017 by drewscanlon • 51 Questions • 6311 Points

We are Max Bemis of Say Anything and Anthony Raneri of Bayside! We are about to head out on a co-headline tour together throughout the US, and we're bringing out our friends in Reggie and the Full Effect and Hot Rod Circuit. Come to the tour (grab your tix here - http://sayanything.shofetti.com / http://bayside.shofetti.com) and in the meantime - ask us anything you want right here!

Proof: https://twitter.com/BaysideBand/status/839272468737048577

https://twitter.com/SayAnythingMuz/status/839286224061804544

Q:

Hi Drew!

Similar to this question that Austin was asked (in fact, exactly the same), what have been the most valuable lessons you've learned whilst working at Giant Bomb?

A:

Hey Anthony! I'm a huge Bayside fan and the mod over at the Bayside subreddit, /r/baysideisacult. You should check it out!

Is it true that everyone is Bayside is having kids so that you guys can teach them to play music and start the next rock supergroup?


Q:

Great question! My time at Giant Bomb defined a lot about my career, and my life (eight years at a place will do that do you!). Here goes!

Alex: I hope to one day be as sharp and quick-witted as Alex. Dude's jokes are always on point and his lightning-fast comments often have a poignancy I couldn't achieve with hours of soul-searching. He's also one of the genuinely nicest people I've ever met.

Brad: Brad is supremely eloquent. He has this uncanny ability to distill and convey exactly what he's thinking, using the perfect words to do so. He's also down to chat about space or physics or pretty much anything cool at a near-university level. He's a fountain of information.

Dan: Dan will constantly surprise you. His view of the world is often direct and simple, but this can cause you to challenge things you'd previously considered set in stone. I can't thank him enough for introducing me to mindfulness meditation, something that has vastly improved my life.

Jason: Coming into a new environment and gelling with a team that has been together for as long as we had is an extremely difficult task, but not only did Jason pull it off, he did so with his characteristic unwavering positivity. Jason injected new, outside-the-box ideas while also taking to heart the lessons the rest of us had learned over the years, and has grown immeasurably since he arrived, both behind the camera and in front of it.

Jeff: Jeff is a walking encyclopedia of video games, a trait that never ceased to amaze me. But what’s most amazing about Jeff is how much he respects games and the industry. You can’t build what Giant Bomb is without people that care--that have a reverence for the material--the way Jeff does. It’s inspiring.

Rorie: There are tasks involved with operating a website that are tedious, unglamorous, largely invisible to the audience, and vastly important. Rorie does most of these things, and does so tirelessly. Personally, Rorie is extraordinarily genuine, and probably smarter than all of us combined.

David: You guys may not know Dave Nillasca, but he keeps the lights on. Knowing that someone is looking out for you while you make dumb Internet videos is extremely comforting, especially when it’s someone as smart and capable as Dave.

Austin: I hardly spent any time with Austin during his brief tenure at Giant Bomb, but whenever I did, it felt like we had known each other for years. Austin can talk about the things you think you know well, but in a way that makes them seem brand new and makes you appreciate them even more. The fact that he was able to create a website and community with that ability in Waypoint has been amazing to watch.

Patrick: If you need proof that Patrick is always up for anything, look no further than the end of this video (where Patrick eats a boiled sheep’s head). Professional, personable, and just fun to be around, I would travel anywhere in the world with Patrick again in a heartbeat.

Ryan: Man, I miss Ryan. If you want to know what Ryan was like in person, just watch this video. Imagine working with a guy like that every day, how that would give you energy, lift your mood, and make you want to make great things.

Vinny: What do you say about the person who shaped your career? Who taught you almost everything you know about video production, from the technical to the interpersonal? Who stayed just as late (and usually later) than you when you were both working on edits? Who taught you, through his own actions, to care about the craft of the work in addition to its content? And who did all of that while making you laugh every single day? You say thank you. Thank you, Vinny.

A:

that's awesome!

and yes, I do think our kids will all be forming a ripping band in the near future


Q:

Will you be attending Eurovision? Seems like you should document Eurovision.

A:

I'd just like to say that being a kid from Long Island in the early 2000's, listening to Bayside and being able to connect with people through your music, got me through some of the toughest times of my life. How does it feel knowing you've influenced so many lives?


Q:

I WOULD LOVE TO DO THAT

A:

it's a pretty heavy thing. it's kind of a lot of responsibility but I just think about the bands that have influenced me and it's cool to think that I am that to someone else -anthony


Q:

Drew,

Huge fan, duder. Super excited for your new project, can't wait to see what you come up with!

I have 2 questions: Firstly, over the years you've gotten tons of rad stuff from the Giant Bomb community through mailbags. What were some of your personal favorites?

Secondly, what does Matt Rorie smell like? Does he smell like puppy breath?

A:

I'd love to hear the answers to this!!


Q:

Oh man, there's so much! I love historical artifacts, like the Russian naval hat and the Olympic pins, but I think my favorites are ones that people actually made, like the Puyo Puyo Tetris-themed baseball cards, the MGS-themed alpaca Amiibo, drawings, knitting projects, the list goes on!

A:

that's a good question! i've always been a fan of Bayside and we have the same friends and booking agent. There are bands that are basically brothers of ours that we haven't toured with yet and bands that i hardly know that we've toured with, so often the most obvious thing crops up kind of randomly in your head when you've got so much going on as a musician. I will say I did have a "duh" moment when the tour was suggested because it's such a perfect fit.


Q:

What is the status of Formula 1 coverage?

A:

Favorite episode of The Office?


Q:

It will continue!! Danny and I still want to do an F1 podcast, but we haven't decided on a name yet. Sorry, I've been pretty bad at messaging that, but our goal is to have at least one episode before the start of the season!

A:

Prison Mike -anthony


Q:

Heya, Drew!

So I'm curious about your tastes in tabletop gaming. Over the years I don't recall you talking much about it since, well, you were busy talking about video games.

Any games really stick out to you? Are you into pen&paper RPGs? Do dice have the same sultry appeal to you as a new HOTAS?

A:

Max, any chance you'll take on some recent political issues via song? Your bluntness is refreshing.


Q:

Board games are DEEPLY ingrained in my family. We play them almost every time we get together.

Family favorites: Catan, 7 Wonders, Ticket to Ride, Camel Cup, Colt Express, Hanabi, The Resistance/Avalon

Personal additions to that list: Carcassonne, Ascension

A:

our next record isn't political but it's socio-political in nature and is about one aspect, a direct product of the kind of society that could actually elect Donald Trump - mb


Q:

One of the most difficult parts of travel for me (especially when it's w/a baby and a dog) is the luggage. How much gear do you think you'll be taking on your trips and do you use any special packing techniques to keep your equipment from being damaged during transport?

A:

To both of you: I always wonder if members of my favorite bands (especially live) go to concerts (and not just go back stage, but just attend a concert). Do you? If so, what are some of your favorite bands to see live?


Q:

I haven't ordered all my video gear yet, so it's tough to say how big THAT suitcase is going to be, but I want to stay as light as possible. That means taking minimal personal items, to maximize for equipment, which I think will be a fun challenge! When I was in Japan for New Year's this year, I tried an experiment: two sets of underwear, two pairs of socks. Wear one, wash one. Every day for two weeks. Seemed like it worked (nobody told me I smelled)!

A:

i go pretty often. RxBandits are one of my favorite bands to see live -anthony


Q:

When Mario Party Switch comes out would you like to join in the new Mario Party Party back at Giant Bomb?

A:

Hey Max! At the end of "A walk through hell" it sounds like you're telling a story. You say something along the lines of "And I was like stepping on it like... stomp ...but there was no damage." I was wondering if you remembered what story you were telling? I've been curious about it for years

Also I made this kinda trippy picture of you


Q:

would you like to

Hmm.

A:

ha!i think i almost rear ended someone, which did periodically in high school - MB


Q:

Is Cloth Map a one-man operation? Also, what equipment do you plan on carrying with you in the field?

A:

Hi Max! Long time fan, first time caller. Thanks for doing this.

  1. Any plans to celebrate 10 years of In Defense (my personal favorite)?

  2. Is the Song Shop Fail thing still happening?

  3. WHEN NEW ALBUM?!

  4. Will you and Sherri adopt me?


Q:

It is, currently! I haven't bought most of the gear yet, but I want to stay pretty light and mobile. I was thinking of the Sony a7s II, a boom mic, maybe lavs and an audio recorder, that kind of setup.

A:

yes, yes, 2018, yes -mb


Q:

Drew, thank you for all the memories at Giant Bomb! Why did you decide to make this a venture outside of Giant Bomb? Were they just not interested in this type of content, or would it have been too resource-intensive or another reason entirely?

Also, I would love to hear a Ryan Davis story if you have got one!

A:

Anthony. Can we expect a solo album from you anytime soon? I absolutely love your solo work


Q:

Purely a personal decision. Absolutely nothing against Giant Bomb or CBSi, I just wanted to try doing something on my own, to challenge myself.

Most of my best memories of Ryan are thankfully on camera, like the video where he hears Buckner & Garcia's Found Me the Bomb for the first time. I do remember, though, when I was tasked with doing my first teleprompter shoot (I think for GOTY 2009), I was really nervous, so I watched a whole bunch of Ryan's stuff. Dude was really good at speaking written words like was just thinking of them.

A:

i hope that I can get the time to again. Bayside keeps me pretty busy and I always said that I would never take time away from the band to work on the solo stuff. Whenever there is a gap in Bayside's schedule again, i'd love to -anthony


Q:

Hey Drew! Any places you're dead-set on visiting?

A:

Hi Max,

You wrote me a song once and I loved it. What inspired you to start doing Song Shop?

Edit: Also, the Say Anthing/Saves The Day 10/15 Year Anniversary Show at the OC Observatory was honestly the best show I ever went to in my life. Thank you so much.

Also, Anthony, I fucking love Bayside. I'm sad I'm missing your tour this time around.


Q:

Don't want to give anything AWAY now, do I?? ;)

A:

why are you missing it? hope you have a good excuse -Anthony


Q:

Did you still do Crossfit? Will there be a miniseries called Clothfit covering the Crossfit Games?

A:

Elaborate?


Q:

Hahaha, I appreciate the pun! With work and flying and stuff, CrossFit has taken a back seat for the past few months, but I'd love to see if I could reintegrate it into my schedule. I really enjoyed feeling like a superhero.

A:

i'm pretty sure ant grew up going to punk and hardcore shows in new york whereas i grew up playing with Maroon 5 on the fucking sunset strip - MB


Q:

Any views from the inside on how video game websites have evolved over the years to compete with new platforms of game coverage, like Twitch and Youtube?

Also please keep showing up for Bombcasts, you're the best dude.

A:

For both: How do you like your eggs?


Q:

Thanks duder!! The game-coverage landscape is constantly evolving, and I think the reason Giant Bomb has been around as long as it has is because it is also good at evolving and being flexible. As difficult as it is to have such a small team, we were able to adjust to things like moving from Sausalito to San Francisco, starting a premium service, moving to CBS, the loss of Ryan, starting Giant Bomb East, and the throes of the Internet. It's a remarkable organization, and I can't wait to see what they do next! It's going to be fun being a fan this time ;D

A:

sunny side up -anthony


Q:

How is your Final Fantasy VI play through coming along? I really love that game and I think you chose the perfect one to play through as your first.

Congrats on the Patreon. How many trips do you think you'll pull off with that large of a backing in the first 6 months? I can't wait to see where you go and what stories you tell. Good luck with Cloth Map!

A:

Hey Max! I want a song so bad from song shop but I'm so confused about what I want it to be about. What topics do you really love writing about for song shop songs?


Q:

I just recently got back to it! Which is not an easy thing to do, by the way. I spent about an hour wandering around trying to remember what I was doing and where to go before I gave up and visited GameFAQs. Turns out Terra is missing and I have to find her!

The exact number of trips is tough to say at such an early stage, but I'd love to do at least three in the first six months, with lots of video to go along with each one. I think I'll learn a LOT with the first one, and fully expect the project to evolve over time as I get better at doing it!

A:

personally, anything i great but i confess i enjoy the slightly "deeper" songs more whether they're positive or negative. feelings, bro - mb


Q:

Hey Drew!
What kind of videos did you make before you grew into the "Video Producer Intern" position at Giant Bomb?

A:

Max, One of my favorite songs from you is "Ahh...Men" off of Say Anything's self titled album. Can you talk a little bit about your head space when writing that song? Does the song mean anything to you now that it's been quite a few years since you wrote it?


Q:

I hadn't really made many videos since high school when I got to Whiskey Media. Most of my work in college was non-video (graphic design, sound design, web programming, some 3D), but in high school I mostly made music videos, either for classes (my Spanish 3 music video was particularly formative--I had a shot list and everything!), or for myself. I don't know how I found the Warthog Jump, Maptacular, or Status: Owned in the days before YouTube, but I was pretty much just trying to make those over and over.

A:

still means very much to me as I'm a believer in the metaphysical and the oneness of the universe and the song is about my devotion to things that are larger than myself, which i king of how i keep myself centered and find meaning in this weird fleeting life - mb


Q:

What was it like to work with Jeff, let alone be your boss?

A:

Can we get an In Defense Of The Genre tour?


Q:

Jeff's great! In all honesty, everyone at Giant Bomb was awesome. (See above.) There's no way any of us would have been there that long if that wasn't the case. I would work with any of those dudes again!

PS: Jeff technically wasn't my boss, Vinny was.

A:

Annie Hall, yo! I'm with Anthony

-mb


Q:

Hi there Drew, first time caller long time listener. Few questions here for you.

1) When did you get the idea for Cloth Map and for how long did you consider leaving GB to start it before you actually went ahead with it?

2) What is your plan for if you go to a country to do a video, get there, record it all, and then decide the content you got was bad? For example, any interview or tour you go on to get content just isn't very forthcoming and informative as you had hoped. You are investing a lot into each individual trip, so quality control has to be a concern for you.

3) Obviously on the go you will be doing a bit of a point and shoot setup with you handling the camera. However for anything like interview shots or shots with you speaking into the camera, will you have a dedicated cameraman/woman?

4) What was your favourite thing about each of your previous coworkers at GB? It can be a moment, a personal quality, anything really. (e: I see you since answered something similar to this so skip it if you want because the answer up there works.)

5) Did you see yourself working at GB for as long as you did when you first started working for the site full time?

6) How do you explain your new career to friends and family? I am sure when you proposed it to them some of them gave you weird looks and threw questions about it at you, especially if they already didn't understand the idea of "dude who works for videogame site." I am sure "dude who goes globetrekking to look at game related stuff to make a travel diary about it on his own" is an even more puzzling thing for them to comprehend.

A:

this is for both anthony and max, but out of every song either of you have ever written, which is your favorite to play live?


Q:

Hey there! Most of these have been answered, but I'll bat cleanup as best I can.

The actual ins-and-outs of production are something I can only really speculate on until I actually get OUT there, but in regards to quality control my goal is to create pieces of value, not a stream of throwaway video selfies. People have enough stuff like that in their lives, and more to the point it's not really how I work. If I'm going to invest time and energy in something, I want it to be something I and my Patrons are proud of!

Much like working at Giant Bomb, the way I characterize my job differs depending on who I'm talking to. For example, if I say I work at a "video game website" to the wrong person, they'll think I make FarmVille. The best I came up with while working at Giant Bomb was "I work at a website that covers the video game industry." If they wanted more information, I'd say "I do video work for them, video reviews, that sort of thing." (GB hasn't done video reviews in years, but it's a good shorthand.) I'm sure the way I say it for Cloth Map will change over time, but for now, if I'm talking to someone I just met, I'll probably say "I make travel documentaries," which is frustratingly reductive but gets the point across.

A:

as of right now i really like playing "so numb" - MB


Q:

Drew, I've been a fan of GB for a while now, was sad to see you go, but am happy to see you pursuing your own project. I have 2 questions :

  1. Is there any particular reason you refrain from cursing on air? All the other duders curse regularly but you never did once.

  2. For someone who has never left the states, traveling outside the country is intimidating. What are some tips you have for international travel?

A:

Serious question: Would either of you play at my wedding?


Q:
  1. I don't have any moral stance against cursing or anything, it's just a self-imposed rule to force me to be more eloquent!
  2. Totally understand. In fact, one of my goals with Cloth Map is to show the nuts and bolts of international travel. Traveling shouldn't be reserved for the very rich or very retired. It should be for everyone, and I hope that this project inspires people to get out there and make trips of their own! But real quick:
  • Take your time. Cramming too much to do into one day and rushing through it will only make you stressed out.

  • Go with the flow. Things won't go 100% right. You'll miss trains, places will be closed, etc. Just say "huh, okay" and move on. Invariably, the most memorable experiences come between the "big sights," so don't be afraid to let them happen.

  • Get a money belt and put money and your passport in it. Cash gets you out of jams, and it's much easier to stop worrying about your bag getting stolen when your passport isn't in it.

A:

max will -anthony


Q:

Sup duder! Thanks for all the amazing memories with Giant Bomb and I can't wait to see what you do with Cloth Map! Just wondering, what was your favorite moment from the entire Metal Gear Scanlon run? And what are the odds of you and /u/DanRyckert prowling the Russian wilderness, MGS3 style?

Also, did you ever get around to watching The Patriot?

A:

Does he have his license to officiate too?


Q:

Thank you!! Haha, no, still have never seen The Patriot, but I want to! It's probably terrible!

So many good moments in Metal Gear Scanlon, but I think the one I'm most proud of is my fight with The End. For that brief frame of time, MGS clicked with me, and it felt amazing. The rest of the time, it was, well...

A:

i have a license to kvetch - mb


Q:

Hey Drew, Brewmaster Andy here! Do you anticipate this project leading you mostly into international waters, or are you planning some stateside travel as well?

A:

Two random questions for the both of you 1) Favorite city to play in Texas? 2) Favorite shows on Netflix currently?


Q:

Hey Andy! Not ruling anything out, but probably focusing on international stuff at the outset. I really want to get outside my own comfort zone!

A:

i think the shows are the best in either Austin or San Antonio but i really like being in West Texas

And I just finished Downton Abbey on Amazon -anthony


Q:

Do you anticipate buying a lot of games for Switch going forward since you're going to be traveling a lot and Switch seems really good for that?

A:

Hey Guys, I understand you're Musicians but when your not touring or writing music, Do you have day jobs?


Q:

I'm loving the Switch so far! Seems like it'd be a good travel device. I'm not one to play games for hours-long stretches, so the battery life doesn't really bother me. It'd probably become my "get back to the hotel and chill" device. Just wish there were more games for it!

A:

no -anthony


Q:

Hey Drew! Congrats on the new project! What are your big challenges transitioning from the Giant Bomb team to working for yourself? Do you have people that will be helping you out regularly?

A:

Anthony, I just moved to NYC what are some must check out bars etc?


Q:

Thank you!!

Right away the biggest challenge was working from home, not because I get distracted, but because, when there's no separation from the place you work and the place you sleep, you can work all the time. As such, I use timers to force me to stop working. Good work doesn't come without good rest, and vice versa.

Right now Cloth Map is just me, though I occasionally go to members of my family for financial/business advice.

A:

I don't really go to bars but you have to eat at the Parkside in Corona -Anthony


Q:

I would be absolutely stoked if you did a trip to Japan to highlight some of the indie games that aren't released in the US.

What's your most ridiculous Dan story?

How does one grow luscious golden locks like that?

Did you ever beat FFVI?

What is the most memorable trip you have made?

I'm sad to see you leave GB West, but I'm glad you are still going to be active. It's always a treat listening to your adventures.

A:

Anthony, where can I hear your smiths cover band?!???


Q:

Japan is definitely on the "want to go" list! I've been there twice and haven't even scratched the surface.

I saw Dan dance once.

There's a really awkward period between "I have short hair" and "I have long hair." Try not to go outside during this period.

Not yet!

Retracing the 101st Airborne Division's path across Europe in WWII (see above)!

A:

We only payed one show. We might do some more though. It's a lot of fun - anthony


Q:

Hi drew, 2 questions!

1) will you keep living in SF? As you're travelling a lot and SF is so crazy expensive, wouldn't it be easyier to live somewhere else?

2) How will you deel with people calling this kind of travel funding wrong? Specifically for people looking to fund their travelling. Do you think sharing the costs/salary of your expenses would help for transperancy?

A:

Max, would you ever consider just playing guitar for a side-project band?


Q:

Good questions!

  1. Yep, still living in SF! Thankfully, I'm fortunate and pay less than average rent around here. Plus, pretty much my entire network of business and personal contacts is here, which I guess is unquantifiable, but it certainly helps.

  2. I think if I were just taking the money and going to Hawaii, drinking mojitos all day and filming a single one-minute video saying "sup," that would probably be uncool. I also totally understand if people are skeptical at this super early stage.

But there are also people that simply will never understand how production works, and that's fine! Most of the videos will be available for free on the Cloth Map YouTube channel. But for the people that like what I do and want to see more of it, there's Patreon.

A:

have always wanted to - mb


Q:

Hey Drew!

I am massively terrified for my future. I am nineteen and do not have a clue what I want to do with my life. I did well in school, went to university for two years and decided to drop out for a multitude of reasons.

How did you figure out what you wanted to do at my age? What led you to where you are today?

P.S If you ever visit Scotland for whatever reason, I'd love to take you to some of our finest drinking establishments.

A:

All for Anthony (Sorry Max!) -First of all -- your music has absolutely changed my life - but.....Do you check your Instagram DM's?

Also:

1) Will you have Vinyls available on this tour? I've been trying to get one for years (I want my purchase to yield you the MOST money - so I'd rather buy stuff directly from the band)

2) Can I somehow play guitar on a song at the DENVER stop of this upcoming tour? I know that kind of interaction with fans is typically not Bayside's thing.. but hey, worth a shot.

3) Would it be possible to do a quick 5 minute interview with you in person for an upcoming project?

Please don't stop.


Q:

"Figuring out what you want to do" often implicitly comes with "for the rest of your life" at the end. This I reject. It's such a huge, difficult question. It's like a snake trying to swallow a Volkswagen Beetle. Instead, do what interests you right now. If you're always doing something you like, you'll always be doing something you like!

Something else I reject: the notion of "finding your passion." Passion isn't something that hits you like a bolt of lightning, after which you say "I know what I want to do with my life!" Instead, passion comes from feeling good about what you're doing and reaching a certain level of mastery with it. It comes AFTER you've been doing something for a while that you think is cool.

Hope that helps!

A:

I am very bad with social media. I try and at least read comments but i never really check messages

are you better than jack?

you are interviewing me now


Q:

What's your opinion on Force India's pink livery?

Yes, I am asking the big questions.

A:

Hey! Been a fan for about 10 years! (Almost 27 now :))

Max, in your song Alive With the Glory of Love, is it true it is after your grandparents in Auschwitz? Can you tell me any background?

Love, a fellow Jew!


Q:

Approve, especially since McLaren is going in the orange direction.

A:

yup, my grandparents (who i actually was never close with) fell in love with each other with the backdrop of WW2 and my grandma was in Auschwitz right before they met

-MB


Q:

Drew, Iove you on Giant Bomb you were consistently one of my favorites because of your eclectic taste in games and hobbies.

Not a real question but ever since you said you were flying I've been eager to hear you on the radio. I'm a controller at SJC and a visit from you one day would be awesome. When are you going to come?

I wish you the best of luck with Cloth Map and hopefully I hear you some day.

A:

Hey Max, your experiences with bipolar, anxiety, depression, drug/alcohol abuse etc. are pretty inspiring and your art has helped a lot of people get through their struggles with mental disorders and disabilities, including myself. I know that you're likely far beyond the worst of it, but how do these things--if at all--effect your present-day life with touring, multiple projects and family? Been a fan of your's for awhile, best wishes to you.


Q:

Thank you, fellow airplane enthusiast!!

I wouldn't doubt eventually making it down to SJC as I start to do more cross-country stuff ;D

A:

thank you for your wishes! i still deal with my disorder every day but thankfully a healthy lifestyle and medication deals with what could be total insanity. the rest is just being a really emotional guy who takes things in deeply and has powerful feelings, but i wouldn't trade that for anything now that i'm surrounded by people who love and support me. It totally works and everyone has their shit in life to deal with -MB


Q:

Hey Drew, big fan of your work. Got two questions.

First: are you going to cover a sort of contiguous path across the globe, to maximize area and coverage? Or will it be based at will?

Second: Do you need a video assistant? ;)

A:

Anthony! This is bayside question, would you guys ever do an anniversary tour for shudder?


Q:

Going to start off with a home-base approach, venturing out and coming back. It may so happen that this is the best approach, or it may make more sense to spend a few months on the road at a time. We shall see!!

A:

it's possible. When Self Titled turned 10, we just pulled it out randomly and unannounced at a couple of shows. We may do something like that or a full anniversary tour. -anthony


Q:

As an alpaca, what are your thoughts on llamas?

A:

Hey Max! Just here to say I fell in love with my now husband to I Want To Know Your Plans. You're a bit of a legend (in general) but also in Oceanside, NY, where I'm from. What's the story with the weird, creepy mannequin at the tuxedo shop? Do you know what I'm talking about? Anyway, you and Sherri and Lucy and Coraline are serious family goals.


Q:

I'm nicer and fuzzier.

A:

i'm pretty sure my ex-girlfriend stole or defaced it (no hate, just saying it wasn't me) - mb


Q:

Hi Drew, thanks for doing this AMA and I'm gonna support Cloth Map through Patreon later today.
Actually I'm gonna sign up for Patreon just so I can support this awesome thing. Best of luck and I'm looking forward to all the content. Being an starting editor myself, here's my question:

What is the most important thing about editing you've learned in the past 8 years?

A:

Ant - I've posed this notion to you a couple times before in person, but I absolutely loved when you and Nick did Gumshoe Radio... one day, it would be so sweet if you guys would throw a podcast of sorts together if you can find time in your schedule; any interest?


Q:

Thanks so much! I'd be grateful to have you!!

Editing tip: Let the shots linger as long as they need to. Don't try to cram them in so that you can't tell what's happening. I tend to trim clips with that in mind, add them all to the timeline, pick a song that encapsulates the tone I'm going for, and then massage it all into a piece.

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i would love to. we had a lot of fun with Gumshoe. We're all so busy these days though, I'm not sure we'd be able to. I wish I could just put a show together whenever I had time but i think that those things come with expectations of consistency that I can't commit to -anthony


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Hey Drew, long time fan wish you all the best. My question Is you getting your pilot's license part of your plan/dream for Cloth map?

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Anthony, Bayside had gotten me out of some really dark times when I was younger and I'm really grateful for that. It's a big reason for why I try to make every concert I can in NY you guys do. Holiday shows are always a blast. One question for ya,

1) Are you the one who does that piano for baby Britain and other songs like string me along?

Max, I've always wanted to see say anything live and I'm really looking forward to finally getting the chance!


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They're pretty separate in my mind currently. But if I get my seaplane certification, THEN let's talk ;D

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I play some of the piano on the recordings but sometimes we bring in experts. I played on String Me Along but not baby britain -anthony


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As someone who likes to travel, can you speak any languages other than english/do you plan to learn any?

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Hey guys. This one's for Max. Over Say Anything's history you've had an awesome amount of guest vocalists on the albums. Who's your favorite or the one person you would've never guessed you'd have featured on one of your tracks?


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I can do the most basic of high school Spanish and a little bit of German. Given infinite time, I would love to learn Japanese, Russian, Arabic... man, everything?

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anthony, obviously -mb


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Hi Drew, can we get a patreon stretch goal to get you a flying boat, in which you travel the world? Some advantages of a flying boat: 1. Flying Boats > Seaplanes > all other planes > helicopters 2. Think of the money you'll save on renting in SF 3. They're the ideal world travelling vehicle, the space of an RV combined with the portability of a plane AND a boat!

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Max, it seems like you and your wife and raising your kids to be free spirits and they seem so happy on SM. Do you guys have any sort of parenting philosophy?


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I am all for being a real-life Baloo from TaleSpin.

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certainly allowing them to express themselves fully and giving them as much love and support as possible while teaching them to be kind to each other and other people - MB


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Hi guys! My question is for Max- First off, thank you for your beautiful tunes. Seriously. They've gotten me through so much. Anyways - Say Anything has some pretty serious fans. Has there ever been a fan at a show that just went overboard to the point where you had to be like, "Dude, calm down"? With that being said, have you ever had a fan that just blew you away with how INTO the show they are?

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well, during smaller shows with a pit sometimes i'll get grabbed or lovingly choked out which can be kind of intense, and does invoke a sort of calm-down thought, though i appreciate the whole thing. pretty much every show has fans that blow me away with their enthusiasm and especially knowing all the words to the songs ( : -MB


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For Max, who're you're biggest inspirations lyrically? Some of your lyrics are so profound and/or poetic I'm just curious if there are any particular lyricists, poets, writers or any other type of person who've inspired your style and how those influences have changed with the years and records.

(Sorry if this is badly worded)

EDIT: I'm gonna see you guys in Richmond and I'm so hype

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Jewish comedians have always been the biggest inspiration fort my writing.. Robert Klein, Woody Allen, Larry David. In terms of lyricists, hip hop was big for me growing up so Tupac and Biggie are a big influence. My friend Chris Conley as well. -MB


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Anthony, love your music man. I've been listening for a long time. Huge fan with only one gripe. Back in 2007 or 2008 you played warped. In Los Cruces NM you tweeted that "to say it was the worst show ever would be an understatement". I kinda thought you were a dick for that, considering you came on at 6 pm on a day that got to 112 degrees. I've always wondered, was it a problem with the sweaty drained crowd, or a problem on stage?

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you know, I'm just a regular person. sometimes, i don't like things. i really don't remember that show in particular or what was wrong with it but sometimes I play shows I didn't like and sometimes I watch movies I didn't like. I think people depend on me to be honest -anthony


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Anthony Raneri, do you ever think of starting your own label?

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I do Gumshoe Records but it's really just to release some Bayside and solo records sometimes. There are a lot of aspects in the music industry outside of playing that I really enjoy but I don't think that's one of them - anthony


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Any hints on what material we can expect to hear on the upcoming tour?

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all kinds of stuff. and we always try to play a lot of old stuff as well as stuff we've never played.

-mb


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Hey guys! Going to get specific; What is your favorite Elliott Smith song?

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pitseleh -mb


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To Anthony, what do you think about St. Louis, Missouri? Rumor round here is that Bayside hates playing here

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it's not my favorite city in the world - anthony


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Max, what is Rum and The Stephen Hawking about? They're my two favorite songs but I can't figure them out! Can't wait to see you guys on May 6th!

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rum is just a song about feeling confident and happy and alive being in a less than credible punk band. stephen hawking is about an immature spat i was in at the time, but it kind of links to the idea of anger and how to manage it, being a free spirit as well as maintaining self respect - mb


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dear max, i can't tell you how much you have helped me over the years through your music. i have to be honest and say i love you and never give up on music :D

my question for you max is, while you wrote the song "tradewaiter" for Polarity, what did you mean you wrote "just wait til you see what comes next, you wont know,what hit you"

second question, do you plan on writing anymore Polarity song? or comic books?

third question, are you working on any new albums for SA right now?! can we get a sneak peak of it?

fourth question, when are you coming to Rochester New york next? i know your going to buffalo NY but i dont have the money to travel there or for the tickets :C so next time you tour please come to Rochester NY

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Hi! That was an allusion to Tim's life post-story, which I would love to return to in some form, especially as a sequel comic.

-MB


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Hi Max! I'm a longtime megafan that has been to every one of your shows in Orlando since 2005, and some in other states also. Happy 11th birthday to the ... is a Real Boy album! Just a few questions:

1) Why did you choose to write the song "Less Cute" from a female perspective? Was it difficult writing from the perspective of the opposite gender?

2) What is your favorite SA song with Sherri? (mine is Six Six Six)

3) How are your girls doing on the road so far? I hope mini-Max (aka Coraline) isn't throwing too many tantrums!

Bonus question: At your HOB show summer 2015 in Orlando, I crowd surfed to Ahhh... Men and when I got to the front you held out the mic so I could sing a couple lyrics. I also touched your chest. Do you remember me? Probably not, but it was top 3 best moments of my life and I didn't shut up about it for weeks after.

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1) The song is about someone's reaction to misogyny so the story and the character appeared in my mind as female. But I've been there myself in certain ways.

2) I like "So Good" and "Cemetery" since they're so blatantly about her. Actually my favorite is probably "The Shape of Love to Come" for the same reason.


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I love both of your lyrical styles. Where/When/How do you write lyrics to get such a great final product?

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I'm constantly fine tuning mine. I start by writing things before there is any music. I just write it as stream of consciousness with no meter or rhyme. Then I put it to music and turn it into lyrics. I keep tweaking it all the way until the record is recorded. -anthony


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Anthony, How did you guys feel in the UK in 2015? Your show in Hackney, London will never leave my memory - I saw you pre-show at the bar and said hello as you walked by, to end up front row in the venue. I've been a fan for a long time and was surprised at the size of the venue honestly. What did you make of the turnouts personally and will you be coming back any time soon? I'd love to see your newer sets with the inclusion of Vacancy, I think it's one of my favourite records from Bayside and of all time!

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I love going to the UK. I love it as a place but the fans are real rabid and don't get to see us too often -anthony


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I would start with Self Titled or my personal favorite The Walking Wounded from Bayside and ...Is A Real Boy from Say Anything album wise

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blush they're not horses they're unicorns- mb


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Anthony! Seriously long time fan. Since Sirens and Condolences. I have a two part question. Going through the number of members you've gone through with the band, how would you describe in your own words the evolution you've gone through in regards to who youre making music with? How much of an influence do your bandmates have on your music writing? Thanks for doing this AMA!

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we went through a bunch of members early on but it mainly had to do with people not wanting to make this a full time career. When you start a band with your friend in a basement and then all of a sudden you're on tour for 10 months a year and running a business, it might feel like it isn't what you signed up for - anthony


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Anthony - did you ever see any footage from the show(s?) that the band played when you had to leave tour for the birth of your daughter? Watching Claudio from motion city sing Montauk was actually really fucking sweet haha. The show I'm referring to was in Grand Rapids, but not sure how many were left at that point or if the gang played the remaining shows.

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I actually haven't seen any footage from that. I should go look for some - anthony


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Hey Anthony, Huge fan of your music, seen you guys (full band+solo) at least 15 times around the Philly area.

What's the song writing / album process like now compared to when you guys were a younger band? I imagine it's got to be a lot different since you are all living further away/out of town. Is the excitement still there, is it easy to get the guys together? Vancancy is my favorite Bayside album now, just ahead of Walking Wounded, <3

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it's not that easy to get everyone in the same room but we just do all of our writing remotely now. We spend a long time in the studio with vacancy just working out things that we would have worked out in rehearsal if we lived in the same state -anthony


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Ant, first SA song that got your attention? Max, first Bayside song to get your attention?

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i saw Say Anything play at the Bowery Ballroom opening for Straylight Run and I distinctly remember as a writer being really inspired and intimidated by Belt. -anthony


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Max... Would you still sell drugs to your little brothers friends if you ever became broke? Lol.

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at this point my brother's friends are mostly fairly religious israelis so i don't think i'd have much luck - mb


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Hi max, how has married life affected your song writing? Would you say it's given you more inspiration/content to your song lyrics?

A: well, i was only single for our first record and met sherri by our third, so i think relationships have always informed our material, though it's more focused on my reaction to them. I have Perma to just endlessly praise Sherri which is kind of the easiest thing to do, but in Say Anything I try to come from a place that's more universal and can apply to someone who's not in love.

M