The Maxines were a raw 2-piece garage rock ‘n’ roll duo from Olympia, WA that existed from 2009-2012. Formed by Texan expats Matt Murillo (UK Gold) and Kel Norman, The Maxines had a couple of excellent singles on K records and La Ti Da Records. They toured the West Coast and played loads of shows locally.
The Maxines Burn It Down is their posthumous full length, comprised of unreleased nuggets culled from a couple of sessions done up in Olympia at High Command with Captain Tripps Ballsington, and Dub Narcotic Studio with Ben Hargett.
The Maxines Burn It Down will be available for Pre-Order from Girlsville starting at midnight on May 1st, in concert with Bandcamp suspending revenue shares for artists and small label and label-like entities.
Nice things people have said about The Maxines:
“It is so goddamn catchy and compelling it’s not even funny.” (KK)
“Matt has the exact same red plastic Kay guitar that Kathi Wilcox played in The Frumpies.”
“The Maxines will remind you why baby-you had a crush on rock ‘n’ roll in the first place.”
“Love rock. No one really understands what that phrase means outside of a couple of friends from the Pacific Northwest circa the time of the first International Pop Underground Convention (1991, Olympia) (it’s the one that directly presaged the first wave of Riot Grrrl) – and yes, I’m particularly looking Rich Jensen and Al Larsen‘s way right now – but this nails it. Bands rooted in genuine friendship, with a great minimal garage sound. Inventive, disruptive, tied only by the understanding that the more basic you keep it the more freedom you have. In every respect.”
We have two tracks to premiere, one with Matt Murillo on vocals, and one with Kel Norman.”Celebrated Gentleman” is short blast of garage punk that Matt shouts in his tuneful roar, and “Honestly” finds Kel Norman on lead vocals for a slice of Girls in the Garage pop perfection that is just begging to be included alongside The Delmonas and Fabienne DelSol on the soundtrack to Killing Eve.
THE MAXINES BURN IT DOWN, AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER ON FRIDAY MAY 1ST VIA GIRLSVILLE