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Perfect Strangers

by Maxband

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1.
Lights on the side of a road Waiting for a plot to unfold But they won’t know it’s out of control Till you mop up a puddle of souls Hinged on the chance of success Masked by a bottomless hole Winced at the thought of regret Cuz he knows power ages faster than mold Underrated Obfuscated Consecrated No means to an end Self-inflicted Soporific Scientific Yet no means to an end Dance to a medley of grins Fade into abstract discourse Wade in the ink of a pen Till the page is filled with latent remorse Dance to a meaningless speech Hollow from the top to the ground Laugh at the thought of it now Cuz you’re off the hook when they come around
2.
Underground 02:04
3.
Jerry 02:00
Leftover Won’t melt away I’m drawing out alone The note pinned neatly to your back Won't last forever The split you can’t get right I kept the tears and the holes And the signed book you stole Take out the good part And lay on the dry wall Safer than talking Stare down the old hall Wait for it to come apart
4.
Step into a current Don’t try to control it Faking it ain’t easy when the water’s flowing Tell him that you know her Dance a little lower Looking green all over Drive a little slower Chasing down a pipe dream Contact high on 8th street Things are not what they seem No one wins the track meet Find your long-lost necklace Cut it into pieces Spread the fragments neatly Pageantry is ceaseless You can never fake it You cannot replace it But you can always taste it It’s in your past, so let’s erase it together
5.
Spent 02:05
I walk around the statue every hour It’s always staring at the hole in my head It’s only scenic from the top of a tower But I guess I’ll just have to climb it instead And they keep listening I wonder why But I’m not waiting Cuz I’m spent She looks outside her window every hour At all the construction sites that remain She’s only seen them from the top of a tower At least the end result is always the same The lens is flaring I don’t know why But I’m not waiting Cuz I’m spent And I don’t wanna go outside I don’t wanna get excited And I am never leaving you again Cuz I’m spent
6.
Reprise 01:49
7.
Depraved 03:20
The ruthless will prey The votes will get changed No time for debate Once everyone’s paid They’ll say you're to blame They’ll say there's no way So inside you’ll stay Translate rage to faves Nothing will change If you misplace your faith They welcome decay There's no other way Cause we’ll never break Austerity’s wave Without a real force I don't wanna end up replaced Before they even give me a taste Don't blame me for rejecting my fate I'm really not the one you should hate Shuffling through a state of malaise Where nothing’s in its natural place Is there anything left to save Or have I just become too depraved? Try to replace the light in your face But nothing will take The real just seems fake The image portrays A place I would trade But it’s hard to relate To what’s out of frame Search bygone days Of loves torn and frayed But all that you crave Is one touch away Can’t figure it out We’re buried by doubt But you can’t pick up What I’ll never put down I don't wanna end up replaced Before they even give me a taste Don't blame me for rejecting my fate I'm really not the one you should hate Shuffling through a state of malaise Where nothing’s in its natural place Is there anything left to save Or have I just become too depraved? Down here we all float I don't wanna end up replaced Before they even give me a taste Don't blame me for rejecting my fate I'm really not the one you should hate Shuffling through a state of malaise Where nothing’s in its natural place Is there anything left to save Or have I just become too depraved?
8.
Reaching a new low How could he say no? Put on the same coat As long as they know Pulling the same rope Forgetting what they owed Dreaming as they spoke About some other home See them weekly Greet them separately She needs a man, a man to love He needs a man, a man to love

about

Like a game of telephone, Max asked Tim to jam, Tim asked high school buddy Patrick to play bass, and Patrick asked former bandmate Eric to drum. They recorded some songs at their practice space using a combination of 4-track tape machine and a handheld Tascam. While recording, they learned that their practice space would close in a matter of weeks, which pushed the group to rapidly churn out the songs that became the 'Perfect Strangers' tape.

All four members contribute musically to these songs. Patrick adds his production and mixing talents, in addition to sonorous bass lines. Tim lends his frantic yet masterful guitar chops. Eric’s drumming propels the songs like a well-oiled subway train at rush hour. On rhythm guitar, Max hammers out his driving, percussive chords. Some of the songs are about many things; others are about nothing at all. The lyrics are a mixture of stream-of-consciousness writings based on life experiences, as well as poignant reflections on these trying times.

You don’t need to know where they were born, or where they grew up, because they’re a New York band. All you need to know is that they are Maxband.

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released August 24, 2018

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Maxband New York, New York

After talking about it for ages, Maxband began when Brooklyn musicians and longtime friends Max Savage (Parquet Courts), Patrick Smith (A Beacon School), Tim Nelson and Eric Read decided it was finally time to start making music together. After enlisting mutual friend Doug Schadt (Maggie Rogers, Ashe, Wet) to produce and mix, their official debut release, Top Of The Stairs EP was born. ... more

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