MAX LEVINE ENSEMBLE
The band was formed in 2000 when David Combs met Max Levine while attending highschool at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. Max introduced David to various punk rock bands such as Propagandhi, Fugazi, and the Clash, as well as turning him on to radical politics. Combs had been playing in a ska band, and when Max asked him to cover punk rock songs in his ska band he thought it was inappropriate for the genre. Instead he invited several of his friends to start a new band that would play full sets of cover songs to be requested by Max Levine. They played their first show at a high school band show case in December 2000. The set consisted of 5 cover songs and 2 originals. From then on the band focused on original material, but kept the name The Max Levine Ensemble in homage to their friend.
Releases on Asian Man
AM-202 Them Steadily Depressing, Low Down Mind Messing, Post Modern Recession Blues 7″ (out of print)
David Combs (aka Spoonboy)- Guitar, Vocals
Ben Epstein (aka Bepstein)- Bass, Vocals
Nick Popovici – Drums