Live Music is Better – Max Bemis at the Bell House (12/2/11)

Max Bemis isn’t crazy anymore. And he’s married (weird). But his following is strong (-er than I expected), and we who have liked him since/when he was crazy (really crazy) came out to hear his solo acoustic set Friday night, December 2, at The Bell House in Brooklyn.

The Bemises... or Perma, I suppose.

His wifey, Sherri DuPree of Eisley fame, opened up the night, but Bemis joined her for a few Perma (the duo/band they formed together… sigh) tunes before DuPree left the stage, telling the crowd that Max was going to come out and “spit on all of you… or whatever he does.”

Bemis came out with a lone guitar, and the packed Bell House crowd sang every word along with him (especially for the older Baseball and …Is a Real Boy tracks), sometimes shocking the Say Anything frontman to the point where he’d ask “how do you guys know this shit?!” He let us sing choruses, stepping back from the mic in moderate awe, but when he took over he belted his (gut-and-heart-wrenching) lyrics with passion, and angst, and fervor – everything we all fell in love with his music for.