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Maximillian Colby
Lovitt Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Hearing a young band's music years after they struck their last chord together is strange; you know that it could only happen one way, at one time, and the music in your ears is proof, the people that came together to create these sounds are no longer in the same place. In the case of Maximillian Colby, the reason for those circumstances are distinct. No infighting or musical differences created the breakup, but rather something much more tragic. The band Max Colby stopped making music together because bass player Bob Braynor was killed in a car accident.

This retrospective discography documents their time together. The quartet out of Virginia played staggering, melodic hardcore with an atmospheric moodiness that was at times frenzied, at other times calculated and precise. Moments of silence built up into explosions of sound cut though by dual vocal screams and guttural howls. The recordings contained on this album were culled from various early demos and the sparse split EP's and 7" singles that they managed to pull together before their untimely end. All of them capture a young group of musicians experimenting with simplicity and density; silence and abrasive tension. Mixing noisy samples underneath noodley riffs and spoken vocal segues, on some tracks Max Colby approached a level of art-punk posturing, yet managed to avoid coming off as pretentious and in the end always delivered a highly cohesive and powerful blend of sounds.

The surviving members of Max Colby have gone on to other musical projects, among them Sleepytime Trio, but their work in this quartet will remain distinct for a number of reasons. The sound they captured together had hints of early hardcore influences, yet veered off into new territories that would continue to be explored by other bands such as Faraquet and Shipping News in the years to come.

Performing in venues like basements and gymnasiums (check the picture on the inside of the CD, band mid-riff eyes off the instruments, audience caught up and swinging), Maximillian Colby were a group of surprising subtleties and nuances. This collection is highly recommended - especially considering that it is music that almost never saw the light of day.

Reviewed by James Hoey
A long-time contributing writer for LAS, Jim lives in North Carolina and drives an early 70s model mustard yellow Chevrolet Blazer.

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