New LP - Max Load - Max Load - With CD and DVD - The folks at BDR Records that brought us the killer Retros record and the amazing Welders single has dug deeper into their bag of history and unearthed this down state Illinois band Max Load and issued this beefy collection of rockers. We'll let the BDR folks fill in the backstory:
"MAX LOAD was formed and began playing live shows around Belleville in 1978. They soon were playing in St. Louis as well, but they never would be treated as equals. They were often forced to play first, before much less competent bands, or dead last, when the St. Louis crowd was anxious to get to the after-party. Last often meant playing to an empty room, rather than being the coveted headlining spot. Out shining most of the Missouri bands around at the time, they released a scorching two song 45 (""X-Rod"" b/w ""Magazine Sex"") in 1979 on their own label. It was mostly intended as a calling card to secure gigs, but some copies were sold locally and a few even distributed by Bomp! Records in CA. The band would go on to record studio demos in 1980 at the request of Epic Records and would commit countless songs to tape with their own 4-track recorder. They were also the only punk band in the area to pay attention to and be featured on the short-lived cable access TV show, Street Beat. Although Max Load started out with a fairly traditional punk sound, by 1981 they started writing more post punk and art punk influenced material. This new direction can be heard on the included 4-track demos. Like so many other bands, they never got that record deal or big break they were hoping for. By late 1982, most members had moved on to new projects and the band was gone by 1983. The Max Load release is comprised of all studio recordings from 1979-1983. The X-Rod 45 is included, along with 22 never-before-released 8-track and 4-track demos. The package includes a 14-song LP, a 24-song CD and a DVD that features a 20-song live performance, recorded for cable access TV in 1981. The CD and DVD come with a title card in a protective sleeve that's tucked inside the LP jacket, along with a double sided 11""x17"" insert featuring numerous photos, gig posters and extensive liner notes."
Max Load were sadly overlooked in their short existence but this collection has all their jams together in one place complete with a CD and DVD of live appearances. Their sound has dashs of New Wave, Punk and Glammy muscular R'N'R reminiscent of The Damned, The Cars, and the Clone Records roster. Overall this is a killer collection of a nearly forgotten band that was making challenging modern thinking rock 'n' roll and doing it with gusto and bravado. True to their name, this majorly thorough collection is indeed the Max Load. Totally Recommended.