Max and the Martians is the songwriting project of New Orleans-based musician, Max Bien Kahn. Here, danceable, feel-good, country-garage meets writing with personality. Bien Kahn strikes a rare balance between light-hearted and affecting, capable of being equal parts moody and funny. His sensibilities seamlessly blend '60s rock ‘n' roll-influenced sounds with strong pop melodies, tied together with the frank, bittersweet wit and wisdom of country storytelling.
Max and the Martians' newest release, All the Same, is due out (March 2021) on Perpetual Doom. The album is an amalgam of jangly, hazy, upbeat, dreamy songs that tell a story of love, loss, and personal change over the course of ten tracks. In the spirit of collaboration, All the Same features a rotating crew of backing musicians, including Ross Farbe and Ray Micarelli (Video Age), Jordan Odom (Gold Star), Esther Rose, Shaye Cohn (Tuba Skinny), Duff Thompson, Camille Weatherford (The Lostines), and Steph Green (Carver Baronda). The album was also recorded by Farbe, with the exception of the single "Please Hold On" (recorded by Duff Thompson and Bill Howard of Mashed Potato Records).
Prior to All the Same, Max and the Martians' released the 7" Please Hold On (Mashed Potato Records, 2019), the Curtains EP (2019), and the debut LP Max and the Martians (2016). Bien Kahn is near completion of a third full-length album, the final recording of which is presently on hold due to the pandemic.
Alongside fronting Max and the Martians, Bien Kahn has spent nearly a decade working as a gigging musician in New Orleans in countless projects. Currently, he is a member of traditional jazz band, Tuba Skinny, as well as Esther Rose's band, and is a frequent session musician at Mashed Potato Studio.
photo by Akasha Rabut
"I love the laziness of this song. The way it gently unfurls and spreads itself across the speakers. It has that jangly 90s slacker aesthetic, wrapped up in a late afternoon, sunburnt afternoon kind of country vibe."
"It’s gloriously, beautifully sad in a way not usually found outside Brian Wilson’s sandbox or Gram Parsons’ desert hell."