The Max Levine Ensemble
"What is this genre called"
"Punk. Pop punk. Rock-n-roll. Something like that."
"No, I think it has a name. At least, it should have a specified name."
"Fine, how about you name it?"
"Maybe I will, jerk."
I was listening to The Max Levine Ensemble when I had the above conversation with a friend. Remember the first time someone told you The Dillinger Escape Plan was considered "mathcore" and your brain exploded because suddenly the world made a little more sense? Seriously, this sound has to have its own sub-sub-sub genre. The combination of music, vocal stylings, and lyrical content are unique enough to qualify for its own classification. It's catchy, it's something you love to sing along to, and it's fun. At the same time, the lyrics aren't exactly about kissing a girl or beating a brat. They'e politically charged and socially conscious in a way that's more poetic than the usual "in your face" stance political songs have a tendency to take.
I could ask where the band is from (Washington DC), or how long they've been around (since 2000), or why they're called The Max Levine Ensemble when no one in the band is named Max Levine (fuck, dude, don't you have internet access?) but I'd much rather have everyone listen to one of their albums and ask, "What would you call this genre?"
My current suggestion is "Intelli-Politi-Posi Punk." Too bad it's the stupidest genre name ever thought up by anyone in the history of ever. "Pop punk" is it.
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