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Album Review: Be Like Max – “Save Us All”

Las Vegas ska-punks Be Like Max are back with their fourth album Save Us All. Immediately it strikes as a throwback to the Suicide Machines brand of hardcore punk with massively catchy and danceable ska breakdowns. Being Produced by David McWane, of Big D fame, probably has a lot to do with the tight evolution of the ska influence.

This album is chock full of vitriolic hardcore punk with an undercurrent of brass driven ska. Sometimes the syncopated guitars are used to provide a bouncy backdrop, other times the brass is in the breakdown and given room to expand the sound of the song. The opener “Time Flies When You’re Having Work” gives a prime example of both. While “Elitist Punks” and “The Boss is Stealing” are examples of how to use a horn section to give blisteringly fast punk a chance to breathe.

“At least I’m not a Toucher “ holds nothing back in a song that extols the singers faults while simultaneously providing a vicious take down of real life villains like Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein. “I’m not a Role model, but at least I’m not like Cosby. What a piece of f**cking shit”. The chorus delivers over a fantastic change of pace that hammers home the dichotomy of the self-deprecation versus the criticism of people who use their position of power in heinous ways.

Then there’s “F**k the News” a warning to pay attention to the divisive nature of the news cycles, as Fox and CNN are both the same in their goal of making you distrust the other side. This song is then broken up by a ska-interlude that feels more like a punk-goes-swing invasion that would be at home on a Cherry Poppin’ Daddies album. Immediately following that comes “Give it Up” with what feels like an extension of “F**k the News” but with a different ska twist. These two songs seamlessly create a two act play on the theme of distrusting what you are force-fed.

Not all the songs in the album have that in your face punk attitude as “King of the House” and a cover of Mephiskapheles’ “Doomsday” showcase the bands ability to create a skanking beat. However even these songs hold tight to the theme of self-reflection and the idea that the world has gone crazy. In a rare spot of levity, the album ends with “Home Away from Home” which gives us a little bit of the fun good time bouncy ska that most people think of when someone mentions the word ska.

With Save Us All, Be Like Max have crafted a ska album that defines the ska genre in 2019. This album delivers a mix of hardcore punk and energetic ska that is equally self aware and socially conscious. It is an aggressive, in your face attempt to make you dance.

5/5 Stars

Be Like Max (Ska, Vegas) stream new album “Save Us All”

Vegas ska punks Be Like Max are streaming their new full-length, Save Us All, which was released on February 17th.

You can give it a listen below.

Be Like Max last released Against All Odds in October 2015.

Be Like Max and The Holophonics tour full U.S. this summer/The A-Oks reunite for Denver date

Be Like Max (Vegas Ska/Punk) and The Holophonics (Texas Ska/Punk) head out on the road together for a full U.S. tour starting July 1st and ending August 15th. They will be starting the journey in Las Vegas and Ending in Lincoln, Nebraska. The tour features Ska and Punk bands from all around the states including The Taj Motel Trio (CA), Fairhaven (Iowa), Noise Complaint (CA) and Day Labor (CA) plus many more.

In addition to this news, The A-Oks (Denver Ska/Punk) will be reuniting for a special appearance at the Denver date on July 16th at Moes Original BBQ. This group split ways in early fall of last year and is making a special appearance to support their friends in Be Like Max and The Holophonics on their longest tour to date. All three bands toured together last summer for the second edition of the Ska Revival Tour and have played many shows together before that.

Check out the dates and locations here.

Midwest Ska Fest and Skappleton announce 2016 line ups.

Returning for its 4th year, Midwest Ska Fest is pairing up with Skappleton this year to bring Rude boys and girls, and other ska fans a full weekend of both local and national Ska bands.

Skappleton will be taking place on August 13, 2016 at Tanner’s Grill & Bar in Kimberly, WI. The Hub City Stompers and Dan Potthast (of MU330) will be headlining alongside Keep Flying (formerly Survay Says), Max and the Invaders, Run and Punch, The Bishops, 4 Aspirin Morning, Beat the Smart Kids, Be Like Max, The Holophonics, and Fairhaven.

Midwest Ska fest is being held at the Double Door in Chicago on August 14, 2016, and will be 18+. The Hub City Stompers and Dan Potthast (of MU330) will be headlining, with The Crombies, Keep Flying (formerly Survay Says), Something To Do, Run and Punch, Beat the Smart Kids, The 9 Spot, The Bishops, 4 Aspirin Morning, Evil Empire, and Bumsy and the Moochers.

Weekend passes for Skappleton and Midwest Ska Fest are currently available here. Single day tickets for Midwest Ska Fest will be available on Friday May 27, 2016.

SquidHat Records and Punks in Vegas unite to bring you Punk Rock Bowling Compilation

The guys behind SquidHat Records and Punks in Vegas have put together a sampler of some of the artists performing at this years festival just ahead of the annual shindig’s opening. “Locals Only” features the likes of Be Like Max and Rayner and should provide suitable road trip tunes for anyone making the pilgrimage to Punk Rock Bowling this year.

The full compilation can be listened to below.

Be Like Max (ska-punk) stream new album “Against All Odds”

Vegas ska punks Be Like Max are streaming their new full-length Against All Odds in its entirety right here.

The album will be available Saturday, Oct. 24 at the band’s release show at Vinyl Las Vegas. Also on the bill is The Holophonics, Drinking Water, The CG’s and Anti Vision. The show is $10 and includes a copy of Against All Odds. You can pre-order Against All Odds here.

Some of you may remember that Be Like Max was one of the bands that we featured on Dying Scene Records compilation Skaface: Evolution, which you can stream and download for free here.

Be Like Max release music video for song titled “Yours Truly”

Vegas ska punks Be Like Max have just released a new music video for their song “Yours Truly.” The track appears on the band’s upcoming album Against All Odds, which is set to be released October 24th.

Check it out below!

Be Like Max last released Just Tryin’ to Fit in… ur Mom back in January 2014.

Music Video: Be Like Max – “Sin City Rude Kids” off upcoming “Against All Odds” album

Vegas ska punks Be Like Max have just released a new music video for their song “Sin City Rude Kids”. The track appears on the band’s upcoming album “Against All Odds”, which is set to be released this October.

Have a look at the music video below.

Be Like Max last released “Just Tryin’ to Fit in… ur Mom” back in January, 2014.

Ska Revival Tour announces 2015 lineup & tour dates

The lineup and a good chunk of tour dates for the second annual Ska Revival Tour have been revealed. Las Vegas’ Be Like Max and Denver’s The A-OKs will be headlining the tour, and other bands will be joining them on select dates.

Find more info on when and where all of the currently announced shows will be taking place below, and stay tuned as more dates are added to the tour.

The Ska Revival Tour announces more dates, releases new trailer video

More dates have been added to this summer’s highly anticipated Ska Revival Tour, which will feature a stacked lineup consisting of great ska-punk bands like Survay SaysThe Last SliceKill LincolnBe Like MaxThe A-OKs, and more. And a new trailer focusing primarily on The Last Slice, who will be one of the co-headlining acts, has been released!

You can find an updated list of dates and locations the tour will be stopping at and watch a new trailer video focusing primarily on co-headlining band The Last Slice below.

We’ll be bringing you regular coverage of the Ska Revival Tour in the coming weeks! Stay tuned for more info, dates, etc.

Video: Be Like Max play stripped down (literally) versions of “Walk Away” and “Bigger Things in Mind”

Vegas ska punks Be Like Max are the latest band to appear on the PunksInVegas’ Stripped Down Sessions. They play two songs – a cover of “Bigger Things in Mind,” originally by Boston’s Westbound Train and “Walk Away,” which appears on the band’s sophomore album Just Tryin’ To Fit In… Ur Mom.

Check the videos out in all their stripped down goofy glory below.

Be Like Max stream upcoming album “Just Tryin’ to Fit in… ur Mom”

Vegas ska punkers Be Like Max have released their upcoming full length “Just Tryin’ to Fit in… ur Mom” for streaming. You can listen to the album in its entirity here.

“Just Tryin’ to Fit in… ur Mom” is set to be released on January 10th, and you can preorder it through the group’s Bandcamp page.

Be Like Max post music video for new song “Bring On The Suits”

Las Vegas ska punk act Be Like Max have posted the music video for their new song “Bring On The Suits.”

You can watch it below.

The song will appear on their upcoming album “Just Tryin’ To Fit In Ur Mom” which is due out on January 10th.

Be Like Max (ska-punk) announce tour dates and new album “Just Tryin’ To Fit In… Ur Mom”

Las Vegas ska punk act Be Like Max has just announced that they will be releasing a new album titled “Just Tryin’ To Fit In… Ur Mom” on January 10th with a music video for their single “Bring On The Suits” coming in December.

In addition the band has announced a run of US tour dates kicking off December 6th in Fresno, California and ending January 19th in Albuquerque.  Check out all the dates and locations below.

“Just Tryin’ To Fit In… Ur Mom” will be a follow up to the their debut album “Play In the Mud” released in December, 2012.

Music Video: Be Like Max – “Hand Me a Beer”

Las Vegas ska punk act Be Like Max has just released a new music video for their song “Hand Me a Beer”.

The song appears on the band’s latest album, “Play In The Mud”, and you can check out the music video here.

The band released their debut album “Play In the Mud” on December 14th 2012.