Thursday, January 6, 2011

Max Davis (Doubledealer) Interview

First off, can you introduce yourself to people who may not be familiar with you:

I'm Max, the vocalist for Doubledealer. I also play the violin, speak 14 languages, and have an honorary doctorate from the University of Phoenix Online.

Only some of that is true.

Can you give people a brief description of your band?

We're a heavy hardcore band, from the great state of Delaware. We play a pretty hatebreed/NYHC influenced brand of hardcore. There's five of us: Rich (guitar), Damian (guitar/internet phenomenon), Josh (bassist), Tarik (drums), and myself.

Aside from Doubledealer were you involved with any other bands?

We've all played in or continue to play in various local bands.

If so, did any get any national recognition like Doubledealer has?

I was under the impression there were about 15 of you that had heard of us outside the tri-state area. I'm glad to know that word is getting out. Some of us have done some touring, but nothing that has gotten us the attention that Doubledealer has.
How did Doubledealer start up?

Well we've all played with each other at one point or another, so when Damian and Rich approached me to start a new band, it was a no brainer. We basically baited our drummer into joining, jammed with him and then wrote the demo. The bassist, Josh, joined during the writing process and we've pretty much remained in tact since then.

What is the extent of the band’s discography so far?

We're still milking our 2009 demo for all its worth. Aside from that we have a few songs floating around on the internet that will be on a few of our upcoming releases.

So this past August you guys had the chance to play This Is Hardcore, how was that?

This Is Hardcore is always the highlight of the Summer for me. I won't lie, it was kinda surreal getting to play the same stage as the Cro-Mags, Sheer Terror, Ringworm, and Ink & Dagger. Those aren't things you plan to do in your first year as a band. Having said that, we still owe a gigantic thank you to Joe for letting us play TIH, and every other show we've been lucky enough to get on. It was a blast seeing all those bands under one roof, as well as getting to see all the new bands people are talking about. Loved seeing Xibalba, Expire, Nails, and all the other bands we normally don't get to see on the east coast.

How did the 6131 Records signing come about?

Twitter? Just kidding. Joey approached us after he bought a 7" from us. The story seems less exciting now. Either way, we jumped at the opportunity to put something out on 6131. The label rules, end of story. Get the vinyl subscription.

What can we expect from you guys in 2011 (recording/tour wise)?

If all goes as planned, we should have a split and an LP out before the end of Summer. Also, there might be a surprise release or two depending how bored/broke we are. As far as touring, WEST COAST. I think one of our biggest goals since starting the band is getting out west. Hopefully that means we'll get to hit the midwest and the south as well. Maybe we'll get asked to play S&F. That would rule.

Will this be the first time you guys have ever been to the West Coast?

As a band yes, individually no. All I hear are good things, so hopefully the west coast doesn't disappoint (and vice versa).

What are some 2011 releases you are looking forward to?

Ringworm first and foremost. Other than that I'm looking forward to the new Mother of Mercy record and the Mammoth Grinder/Hatred Surge Split.

Any other comments/shout outs?

This is the fun part. Listen to Agitator, Lifeless, Full of Hell, Hardside, Born Low, Carrying the Fire, Rock Bottom, Knock Em Dead, Burdens, and Wrong Answer. Shout out to Joey from 6131, Vince from Harvcore, and Chuck at Bulldog. Also check out Sawed Off (, they're a new band from Perkasie, PA. Sup Keith.

Thank you for your time.

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