MAX LEVINE ENSEMBLE, THE / BEN WEASEL: Split: 7”

I lost many important and useful brain cells a few years back reading Mr. Ben Weasel’s punk rock gospel/book Punk Is a Four Letter Word. It was his collection of his Maximum Rock’n’roll essays. Though I still remember parts of what he wrote and agreed with some of it, I swore to stay away from his input because of his whole punk rock dress code thing. If I remember correctly, it was in that book where Weasel wrote about eating his hat because Jawbreaker signed to a major label. So, when I saw this 7”, which reads on the liner, “Fuck You Is A Seven Letter Word Records,” I had to snag it up for the sake of nostalgia. Weasel’s side of the split has him doing some radio announcing. This time he’s preaching his opinions about how The Max Levine Ensemble sucks and ending with The Max Levine Ensemble’s cover of “God Gave Rock and Roll to You.” Staying away from the internet and taking in all of this at face value, my theory is that this split is Weasel’s humor/reverse psychology to get listeners to dig this band. After all, we have to take what he says with a grain of hat. As for The Max’s side, it has great pop punk songs. They really know how to inject personality into their three-chord rock. They’ve got everything here from simple pop tunes to songs with quirky lyrics and wild guitar solos. I guess what I’m trying to say is “I dig this split” is a thirteen-letter word.

 –N.L. Dewart (Fuck You Is A Seven Letter Word, [email protected])