Max and The Martians ⫸ ⫸ ⫸ ⫸
Max and the Martians is the songwriting project of New Orleans-based musician, Max Bien-Kahn. Here, danceable, feel-good, country-garage meets writing with personality. Bien-Kahn strikes a rare balance between light-hearted and affecting, capable of being equal parts moody and funny. His sensibilities seamlessly blend '60s rock ‘n' roll-influenced sounds with strong pop melodies, tied together with the frank, bittersweet wit and wisdom of country storytelling.
All The Same
Perpetual Doom is proud to present the second full-length album from Max and the Martians: All the Same. Masterminded by songwriter Max Bien-Kahn, Max and the Martians features a cast of all-star musicians spun from the restless world of New Orleans nightlife. Their self-titled debut appeared in 2016, Curtains EP in 2019, and Stay at Home Demos in 2020. All the Same follows those projects up with a statement, sharpening the Martians' wounded country sound into resolute, danceable rock and roll.
That statement arrives under punch-drunk keys and relentlessly staccato snare. Max opens the record with an unlikely invitation: “I’ll just wait in this burning building,” he sings as the track builds, “It’s all the same to me and you.” Care to join him? All the Same is a record for dancing while the building burns—it’s the sound of freedom mingling with unease. “I’ve been waiting for the summer, but the summer came too fast” quips the rowdy “Love on Vacation.” These tracks confront heartbreak, grief, and that creeping sense of unease at summer’s end. But if these are sad songs, Max and the Martians do not believe sad songs need make you cry. Max insists that even the saddest songs can make you want to dance and even laugh a little. Assisted by engineer and co-producer Ross Farbe, Max crafts arrangements that can fan that blazing building into a fury (“Milky Way,” “Please Remember”) or bring it to soft glow (“Lust Will Linger,” “Lay Your Body”). The house lights come down on lead single “Please Hold On,” where the band revives a country swing: “I’ll be a flash of light for your weathered mind, if you hold on.”
It is a promise that speaks for the entire record, which brings together talent from across the Big Easy. In the tradition of that city, the album features contributions from musicians (Ray Micarelli, Chris Booth, Gina Leslie, Shaye Cohn) and vocalists (Esther Rose, Sabine McCalla, Gina Leslie, Camille Weatherford, and Carver Baronda) who are also songwriters and bandleaders. Backed by this enormous supporting cast, All the Same is Max and the Martians’ reaching new heights.
Release Date: March 12, 2021