Maximillian Colby – Discography

Maximillian Colby

Maximillian Colby, and later Sleepytime Trio (which would contain two former members of the aforementioned band), were both bands that gave birth to something quite big. So many bands owe a great deal of their sound to both of these groups, whether they know it or not; as both bands swam around in a small pond of obscurity. While bands like You and I, The Assistant, and Off Minor get right to the point of crazed hectic guitar and song-structure wizardry, Maxmillian Colby would lead you on for a while, creating a mood, then once the tension has reached its breaking point, it would just kaboom all over the audience.
They were good; in fact, they were quite good. Unfortunately, this was the type of band that most likely never intended for anyone to listen to their entire discography in one sitting. While the songs are powerful and creative, they often fall into the same patterns of quiet-tension-loud-quiet-tension-loud, which makes their 16-song (74-minute) catalogue become a bit weary after a while. And since the songs spread over their entire career (1990 to 1995, I believe), the recording quality is all over the place; so while some songs are full studio material, some are simply demos, which leads to a mismatched feel to the album as a whole. While the musicianship and atmosphere of the material is excellent, its the execution of this discography CD taken from five years of varying recordings that takes away some of the wonder from that.
But don’t get me wrong: the songs on here are all amazing classics of this genre. “New Jello” (from the Attaining the Supreme compilation LP) and “Sifelaver” (taken from the now famous split 12″ with Shotmaker) open the album and set the pace for the rest, moody and energetic without giving off appearances of being either a ‘mopey band’ or an ‘angry band’. “Balance” is their signature sound under the soft spoken word poem of Donna Wipf, and it is one of the standout tracks on the disc.
All and all, this is a definite buy; but use it for mixtapes sparingly, or to influence some style into your bandmates in your latest incarnation of the screamy band genre, or use it to document an important landmark band without having to hunt down all their old and very hard to find records.