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Infinite Appeal

by Maxwell Smart

This album is exactly as its name dictates. Finally, a ska record for EVERYONE to enjoy!
Genre: Rock: Ska
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Surfs Up
3:07 $0.99
2. Bew
3:47 $0.99
3. Kelly
3:36 $0.99
4. Organized Chaos
3:37 $0.99
5. Tear Me Down
4:25 $0.99
6. Discovered
3:39 $0.99
7. Punk Song #2
2:05 $0.99
8. Instrumental
5:42 $0.99
9. Hungry
6:22 $0.99
10. Sticky Situations
3:56 $0.99
11. Stones Throw
3:27 $0.99
12. XIPL
3:15 $0.99
13. Tear Me Down( feat. Kevin Tate) [reprise]
4:24 $0.99
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Album Notes
This record started in 2004 when I [Brandon] was 18 years old. I was kicked out of my house for a terrible collection of events having everything to do with being a punk 18 year old kid. So in my then homeless state, I moved into an old friend of mine, we will call him JM, I moved into JM's walk-in closet. In an apartment, in Simi Valley. With 3 others. i stayed in this closet space. Until I was approached by my female roommate [who Organized Chaos is written about] in an abrupt manner, while her boyfriend still lived in her room, making moves on me. I felt terribly uncomfortable and told her that she needed to leave the live-in man in order to be with me, which she promptly did. I should've taken that as a red flag, but I was young, and stupider than I am now, so it didn't bother me. On my 19th birthday, shit hit the fan, cops were called, all around bad night. I wrote STONES THROW during that whole period too. When we got evicted from that apartment [thank goodness my name wasn't on the lease] I moved back to my mom's house and started dating KP [whom the song KELLY is written] who I had met via I played in a band called Eleven Penny Life while dating KP. [XIPL is about that band] Eleven Penny Life is where Ian and I were first introduced, something to the effect of "he was a charming saxophonist, and I was but a young songwriter for ska music" it just fit, so we started making music together. I brought Tristan into Maxwell and Eleven Penny Life, before he played bass, he Graduated CSUN with a Trombone Performance Degree [He wrote the horn part for HUNGRY]. Eduardo and I have gone WAY back about 10 years ago, meeting when I was but a pup at White Sands surf shop where we met via a mutual now drug addicted friend Moe [who DISCOVERED is about]. I tried out for his band 3 times and was denied every time, because at that time he was the best drummer I knew, I kinda had no other choice than to try to impress upon him my conscious drive and passion to play how I want to play, and do it the way I want to do it. Eventually I wore him down and came to him with a collection of songs I'd written while living with Zac Solomon of Eleven Penny Life, and we turned some of those songs into our MAXWELL SMART EP[2007]. Some of those songs were a collective effort between the members of Maxwell Smart, just being able to work with each other musically. He dug the songs, so we brought together a collection of musicians we all knew. Tristan brought in Pedro Ramirez, a stellar Trombone player and a great mind, but a horrible driver. Eduardo brought in Stephen Burrell, who was enthusiastic and has a killer range. Finally I brought in Ian and Tristan from Eleven Penny Life. Then Stephen and the band parted ways and we acquired yet another of Tristan's friends, Eddie Martinez. He plays with us at the present. Also, please note that the songs BEW, and STICKY SITUATIONS, were composed by Eduardo Lizarraga, with lyrics by me. The horn part from INSTRUMENTAL was written by the Maxwell Smart Horns Section, and Eduardo Lizarraga. We would like to thank you in advance for buying our record. I know you'll love it.



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A Sensational Ska Album
If memory serves me correctly, I first stumbled across Maxwell Smart way back in the days when Myspace was cool and Facebook never existed. I obtained their self-titled EP and loved what I heard, as well as a couple of other promo songs too. Since then, I'd not heard much from them until I recently discovered Infinite Appeal (through Facebook, funnily enough) - and, boy, was I glad that I did.

I've always been a sucker for ska bands with a tight horn section and infectious songs and Maxwell Smart delivers both of these in spades on Infinite Appeal, which spans an impressive 13 tracks. Aside from the fact that the recording quality is stellar, the overall feel of the album is incredibly heartfelt, very eclectic and evocative, with a good mixture of faster and slower songs, happier and angrier songs, and a solid instrumental thrown in for good measure. (I recognise the tune from the instrumental, but couldn't put my finger on it. At first, I thought it was from a song by The Supervillains song, but I'm still not 100% certain!)

But I digress. For me, Infinite Appeal ticks all of the boxes that it sets out to and, yes, it has a tight horn section and infectious songs aplenty. Maxwell Smart are an amazing band and they certainly know it. The experimentation and variety on display here comes across as effortless, which is always a joy to behold. At the time of writing this review, the band is working on their forthcoming album, one which I await with baited breath. After all these years of love and admiration for the band, I am excited to hear what they have to offer next!