Austin native, Max Frost, brought his “one-man musical experience” to 7th Street Entry on Saturday. The twenty-five year old used looping pedals to build every track, live producing with drums, guitar, bass, keys, and vocals.
The unique performance enthralled the lively crowd as he played through his original songs like “$Dreams,” “Afraid of Love,” and “Eleven Days,” and also reproduced classic beats such as Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice,” Kanye’s “Flashing Lights,” and a full cover of Outkast’s “Roses.” His ability to transition between different instruments was impressive, though his drum skills were a bit rudimentary and consisted of basic fills.
His music can be categorized as indie-pop, but Frost was a fan of the blues and hip-hop in his early years and credits Frank Sinatra and The Beatles as some of his influences. The combination of those genres and artists are prevalent in his sound. “Die Young” has a bluesy feel, while “Nice And Slow” bears a more mellow, hip-hop style beat.
Frost closed his set with fan favorites “Adderall,” “Let Me Down Easy,” and his most recognizable bop, “White Lies.” With a song dedicated to every hyper kid’s saving grace (or absolute worst enemy, there is no in between) and a tour blatantly named “A.D.D.” one would assume that Frost has first-hand experience with the mental disorder, but alas, he does not.
According to this video he posted to his Tumblr last May, he reveals that the inspiration behind the catchy tune was actually his abuse of the substance to get through his last year of high school. While that’s not terribly uncommon nowadays, he goes on to admit he doesn’t have ADD (which is an outdated term anyway it’s known as Inattentive ADHD now, Max) and was never prescribed the drug, which begs the questions: why name your tour that? Why write the lyrics “ADD is all that’s left to blame” when it should be “I was a lazy high school student and wanted to do well on the ACT but didn’t want to put in any effort?” Despite all of this the song still slaps and for someone who has not experienced Inattentive ADHD he manages to capture the struggle pretty well.
Afraid of Love
Gin and Juice
Nice and Slow
Slow Jamz (Stranger)
High All Day
Let Me Down Easy