[ALBUM REVIEW] Max The Axe | Static Electric

Full Disclosure:  I was gifted a copy of this album by the Mighty Mike Ladano who John over at 2Loud2OldMusic accurately dubbed as: Max The Axe’s “PR guy“.  Also, Max The Axe’s lead singer Eric Litwiller goes by the moniker Uncle Meat; a “character” I enjoy reading about on Mike’s blog.  So take what you will from that.

All I can say is this is my honest thoughts on the album.  If I didn’t care for it I simply would not review it.  For the 15 or so people who read this blog (I love you all!), it would not be worth the hassle of getting into it over a negative review.  If asked, I’d just pretend to be aloof and claim to haven’t gotten around to listening to it yet, Bill Murray style.

So, I say this without reserve: Static Electric is solid rock goodness.

The album has several different flavours throughout its listen.  The first thing that stood out to me during the opener ‘River Grand‘, was how Mike Koutis (AKA Max the Axe) has an identifiable Iommi growl to his guitar tone.

But by the next song, however, the tone switches gears.  ‘Next Plane to Vegas‘ has a James Bond-ish less tremble sixties guitar riff, and a few of the tracks like ‘Sick of Living‘, ‘The Other Side‘, and ‘Uptite Friday Nite‘ have a garage rock vibe.  By the time we get to the album’s closer ‘Scales of Justice‘, we get a greater refined and polished rock tune.  Almost as if it belongs on a follow-up.

Regardless of the style though, every song is Max the Axe.  Their sound maybe garage-ish at times but the guitar playing and solos are closer to 70’s metal-rock, and Eric’s Jack Black-ian vocals are a consistent force that ties the tunes together.

I really enjoyed the vocal melodies; especially the choruses.  Even ‘Randy‘ with its repeating of “Randy”.  It has mysterious way of being a weird song at first, then growing on you after a few spins.  Since I listened to this album mostly in the car without the track listing, I couldn’t believe what my ears were telling me the first time I heard ‘Randy’.  I thought… Randy?… Are they singing Randy?… Who writes a song about a guy named Randy… That’s the guy from the Trailer Park Boys.

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Randy?

Nah, it’s got to be Mandy or something that sounds like Randy…  but no, it is Randy.  This is now one of my favourites on the album.  Here they are doing ‘Randy’ live courtesy of their PR department’s YouTube channel.  The tune starts one minute into the video:

It’s excellent.

My favourite, however, is ‘Gods On The Radio‘.  Dang, this is one catchy tune.  The lyrics are fun with references to Scott Baio and Phil Collins.  It has a great hook with the “You Gotta” chorus too.  This is the one that I play two or three times before moving on.  Good times.

All in all, Status Electric is a fun listen.  The only tune I really didn’t care for too much is ‘Call of The Wild‘ and it is not all that bad.  Big thanks to Mike for introducing me to this band.  Make sure to check out his review of the album:

REVIEW: Max the Axe – Status Electric (2018)

And one more plug for John’s too:

Max the Axe – ‘Status Electric’ – Album Review

I’ll be keeping an eye on their facebook page and hopefully one day swing by the Kitchener-Waterloo area to catch them live.

19 comments

  1. You the man! I’ll pay you that $10 that I promised I would if you posted this. Am I his PR guy? I’ve been trying to line up a band interview for two months getting nowhere! Dr Dave thinks just because he is a real Dr and has to mark papers that he’s “busy right now”. Lol. So you tell me if I’m a PR guy.
    I’m glad you liked this as much as I did. You know…you COULD come to Sausagefest…

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          1. Deke promised me that in three years, he plans on coming. I’m really excited, We’ll still be doing it in three years. No question. I would like to see live musical performances return but I don’t know how likely that is.

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  2. You dont wanna know where that 10 dollar bill has been. Id suggest refusing the cash.

    Thanks for the positive review. Im noticing a theme here. Randy grows on people. Call of the Wild is the weakest track on the album .. and Gods on the Radio seems to connect with people. Make no mistake about it. Gods on the Radio and Scales of Justice are special to me because they are the only tracks where i wrote lyrics and melody lines for them completely. Gods on the Radio is one of my favorite things i have ever created. Both lyric wise and structure wise. True story .. the you gotta line? i came up with that almost immediately .. and then said .. nah .. thats fucking stupid. Wrestled with a few other things and came back to it and thought … fuck. .. maybe thats just stupid enough to work? Like one of my heroes said … David St Hubbins … “There’s a fine line between stupid and clever” .. Apropos indeed.

    Randy ….. Whats your name? Randy .. ( Why are you asking his name if you are calling him by a name already? Is it just dumb? Mistaken identity? This is how stupid works)

    Thanks again …

    P.S. Keep that ten bucks out of your mouth

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  3. You dont wanna know where that 10 dollar bill has been. Id suggest refusing the cash.

    Thanks for the positive review. Im noticing a theme here. Randy grows on people. Call of the Wild is the weakest track on the album .. and Gods on the Radio seems to connect with people. Make no mistake about it. Gods on the Radio and Scales of Justice are special to me because they are the only tracks where i wrote lyrics and melody lines for them completely. Gods on the Radio is one of my favorite things i have ever created. Both lyric wise and structure wise. True story .. the you gotta line? i came up with that almost immediately .. and then said .. nah .. thats fucking stupid. Wrestled with a few other things and came back to it and thought … fuck. .. maybe thats just stupid enough to work? Like one of my heroes said … David St Hubbins … “There’s a fine line between stupid and clever” .. Apropos indeed.

    Randy ….. Whats your name? Randy .. ( Why are you asking his name if you are calling him by a name already? Is it just dumb? Mistaken identity? This is how stupid works)

    Thanks again …

    P.S. Keep that ten bucks out of your mouth

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    1. Lol, it will be difficult to not put money in my mouth for a change but I’ll give it a try!

      When I read John’s review I thought… oh crap, my thoughts are very similar. I hope it doesn’t come across like I copied his. I just put the similarities out of my mind and wrote how I see it.

      You should be proud of ‘Gods’! Solid tune. “You gotta” probably works because it is authentic. I love it. I remember watching something on John Lennon and a fan knocked on his door wanting to know what the lyrics to all of these songs he wrote meant. And he couldn’t tell him. A lot of what he wrote meant nothing to him. The words just fit the melody. And this is one of the greatest song writers of all time.

      I thought Randy might have taken a blow to the head and a doctor was asking him his name. But then why would the doctor give him the answer…. Oh well, good tune regardless.

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