5GB With The Max Levine Ensemble; Playing Black Cat Tonight, Feb. 9

By Eileen Tilson

In my mind when I think of Washington D.C. I don’t think of Obama, elephants, donkeys, or even scandalous interns. For me, my most defining D.C. moment was not the first time I saw the White House but the first time I met Ian MacKaye, legendary frontman from acts such as Minor Threat and Fugazi. My story goes something like this….I spot Ian on the street and I creepily start following him. Ian finally turns around.

Ian: So do you want an autograph or something?

Me: Um, uh, yeah, uh sorry about that.

I was shot down in flames, overtaken by the awesomeness of Ian. Fortunately for bands like Max Levine Ensemble, they used their upbringing in Punk mecca to form a DIY punk band that is continuing to carry on the tradition of punk in its purest form. They joined us for our 5GB series before their show tomorrow at Black Cat.

What was the first gig you ever went to?

The first show I went to was the Skankersores and the Seven Cents at the Grog and Tankard in Washington, D.C.  I was definitely scared to be there, but I definitely skanked.

What is the best gig that you ever played/performed at?

Some of the best shows we ever played were at my old house in Silver Spring, MD, the Deathstar.  At the last Deathstar show we played and then everyone ran outside and sled down this giant snow hill in shopping carts and boogie boards.

What is the best gig you have ever been to?


Gig you would most like to play?

Plan-it-X Fest 2044.

What would be the lineup for your dream gig?

Bepstein has a goal to play with the following bands before we break up.
We’ve accomplished 2 of 4, but if we could get them all on one bill, that’d be pretty amazing:

Green Day
Presidents of the United States
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Dillinger 4
The Max Levine Ensemble

Catch Max Levine Thursday, Feb. 9th, at the Black Cat Washington, D.C.

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