If you ask The Max Levine Ensemble, they’ll tell you they’re “just another punk band.” Maybe fifteen years in the DC punk scene will put that feeling into you. Growing up surrounded by the shock waves of the political movement bands like Fugazi and Bikini Kill created in the 90s injected radical politics and a DIY work ethic into the members of The Max Levine Ensemble. Since their start, The Max Levine Ensemble has looked to balance their strong political ideals with their love and affinity for pop music, not writing political songs at the expense of writing personal songs or vice versa. You can hear this on their newest album Backlash, Baby, where influences range from Propagandhi to the Pixies, from Riot Grrrl to 60s pop.
In November of 2015, The Max Levine Ensemble will release their latest album Backlash, Baby through Lame-O Records and Rumbletown Records. A collection of songs written over the last seven years, the album is the culmination of The Max Levine Ensemble’s time together. On Backlash, Baby, they explore the deterioration of relationships in an era of technology and mass surveillance and the erosion of American identity in the face of a deteriorating environment and economy.The band that’s been kicking around the DC scene for fifteen years hasn’t stopped evolving as people and musicians while holding strong to the ideals that drive them. The band you hear on Backlash, Baby is the same Max Levine Ensemble you’ve heard before, but now they’ve got a little something more.