Max Blansjaar’s début EP Spit it Out! was a riotous mix of fuzzy guitars, energetic beats and unexpected samples that feels fresh and exciting. This handful of raw, lo-fi tracks were recorded and mixed in the music room at school during his lunch breaks and free periods, with Max channelling his favourite bands: Darwin Deez, tUnE-yArDs, Courtney Barnett.
“Deadpan, lo-fi pop tunes delivered with buzzsaw accuracy” - Clash Magazine
“Ramshackle bedroom vibes, all fuzz and flurry and lopsided tunes held together with gaffer tape and hope, lo-fi indie punk squeezed tight into money friendly pop tunes with Toytown synth-pop bloops for company” - Nightshift Magazine
Max’s second EP Fantasy Living is a perfect progression, recorded in a real studio (well, the Beanie Tapes shed) over one very intense week. His aim was “to fuse pop music – which gets an unfairly bad rep these days – with more trashy, lo-fi sounds” and the result is a set of tracks in which you can really hear the fun of music-making, the joy of sitting in a studio and playing with random gear until it makes fun noises. But this EP is far from a noodlefest – the arrangements are casually skilful and underneath the production lie five carefully crafted songs about the beauty and pain of being human.
Spit It Out! was released on Cassette Store Day 2018. The first and second editions of the tape are sold out, and the third is available on Bandcamp. Fantasy Living is released on Cassette Store Day 2019 (12 October), with a launch gig at Truck Store.