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Perfect Strangers

by Maxband

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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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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. 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. ... more

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Track Name: Means To An End
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
Track Name: Jerry
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
Track Name: Baggage Claim
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
Track Name: Spent
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
Track Name: Depraved
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?
Track Name: End Of An Era
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

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