After releasing his first songs as a solo artist – collected on the demo Love Lost Again in 2007 – Max began a concentrated period writing new music. Inspired by King Crimson’s Red and Slint’s Spiderland in particular, he spent 2008 experimenting with different time signatures and various alternate guitar tunings. Max then put together demo versions of seven new tracks, recording guitar, vocals, backing vocals, strings and sampled drums.
The demos were passed to guitarist Sam Page (ex Misguided Missiles), who began work on the record’s lead guitar, adding a heavier sound to the original demos. Vicky Warwick, a session bassist, and Ciaran Wood (drums) were added to the lineup for the actual recording of the album. Due to the length of the tracks, two months of practice as a band took place to ensure the album would be as technically sound as possible.
The album sessions took place over twenty days in late 2009 at London’s Miloco Studios. The sessions were engineered by Russell Fawcus, who has most recently assisted on the Temper Trap’s ‘Conditions’: http://www.interfaceyourmusic.com/RussellFawcus. Days were often 14 hr+ and the recording was an intense and often difficult experience.
Constrained by time and budget, Max decided to remix the album from home himself over a two month period after the tracking was completed. The songs on this album are intensely personal for Max, and deal with life in his mid twenties, nostalgia for childhood and the inevitable future moment when he will have to declare: “Goodbye twenty nine”.
The album is due for independent release in 2011. Max will be performing regularly on a London club tour throughout the first quarter of 2011 with his band Siriustar and has recently written the majority of the music for the follow up record to Goodbye Twenty Nine. He hopes to record and release this in 2011.
Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, The Smashing Pumpkins, Elliott Smith, Slint, The Cure, Big Star, Sebadoh