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Title Tracks

In early 2008, after several years spent in Washington D.C. bands like Q And Not U and Georgie James, John Davis decided he was ready to go out and start writing and recording albums on his own. John began work on the songs that were to become the first Title Tracks album in January 2008, as the unhappy fate of Georgie James became clear. By the time that Georgie James officially split up in the summer of 2008, John had an album's worth of songs ready to go and began playing shows with a new group behind him by the end of that summer.

"It Was Easy" is the debut full-length from Title Tracks, John's solo project. It contains nine original songs and two covers (Bruce Springsteen's "Tougher Than The Rest" and The Byrds' "She Don't Care About Time"). The originals run the spectrum from the taut, angry "Every Little Bit Hurts," "Found Out" (both of which, in different recordings, were released as a single on Dischord Records in April 2009) and "Piles Of Paper" to the sunnier "Hello There" and "Steady Love" to the melancholy "At Fifteen," "No, Girl" and the title track.

Other than a turn from guest saxophonist Kriston Capps on "No, Girl," John plays all of the instruments on the record, a skill gained from his years as a drummer in Q And Not U and a guitarist/singer in Georgie James. Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura performs guest vocals on two songs as well, "No, Girl" and "Tougher Than The Rest."

"It Was Easy" was released on February 9, 2010. It was recorded and produced by Nick Anderson along with John and Chad Clark at Brookland Studios and Silver Sonya Studios in D.C. in the early months of 2009. Touring followed throughout the spring of 2009 and on into the year. For live shows, John is joined by Michael Cotterman on bass and Andrew Black on drums. A new album is being written now and will be recorded in November 2010.

Beasts Of No Nation

The band is a new punk/hardcore outfit which features Mike Schleibaum of Darkest Hour, Jason Yawn of Trial By Fire, Kevin Lamiell of Majority Rule and Trial By Fire, and Andrew Black of The Explosion. The band is currently wrapping up work on their self-produced debut full length.

The Max Levine Ensemble

The Max Levine Ensemble is a DIY punk band from the Washington, DC metropolitan area. They play punk rock with various pop influences, and often have politically conscious lyrics. They used to have a rotating band roster that changed from tour to tour depending upon who could go. Though at one point they played regularly with 5-7 members, they generally play now as a three piece power trio consisting of David Combs, Ben Epstein, and Nick Popovici.

The band was formed in 2000 when David Combs met Max Levine while attending highschool at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. Max introduced David to various punk rock bands such as Propagandhi, Fugazi, and the Clash, as well as turning him on to radical politics. Combs had been playing in a ska band, and when Max asked him to cover punk rock songs in his ska band he thought it was inappropriate for the genre. Instead he invited several of his friends to start a new band that would play full sets of cover songs to be requested by Max Levine. [1] They played their first show at a high school band show case in December 2000. [2] The set consisted of 5 cover songs and 2 originals. From then on the band focused on original material, but kept the name The Max Levine Ensemble in homage to their friend.

Since then the band grew and developed, incorporating various influences into their pop punk sound. They self released two full length CDrs in 2001 and 2002 that were later released together on Fight The Octopus records as "Chach, Cops, and Donuts." In 2003 they released their third full length, "How to Build an Intergalactic Time Machine" recorded with Hugh McElroy of the Black Eyes. [3] The band tours the United States. Notably they joined up with Operation: Cliff Clavin for their reunion tour and a split 7" in 2004, and toured as part of the Plan-It-X Records bus tour in 2005. [4] The split 7" with Operation: Cliff Clavin was co-released by 60 different labels as a benefit for the Bloomington Bicycle Project. [5] In 2005 a split 7" with the Spirit Animals was released.

The band their fourth full length album "OK Smartypants" on CD available from Plan-It-X Records, audio cassette available from $Big Record Label, and on LP from No Breaks records.

In July 2008, the band was maligned by Ben Weasel the former Screeching Weasel frontman on his radio show, "Weasel Radio." In 2009 the band took their revenge by released a "split" 7" that appeared falsely to be a collaboration with Ben Weasel, featuring clips from the radio show on the B side and songs like "Ben Weasel Thinks We Suck" on the A side.

In December 2009, synchronous to a five week US-tour, the band self-released a cassette tape EP entitled "Them Steadily Depressing, Low Down Mind Messing, Post Modern Recession Blues." Later in 2010 the EP was re-released on 7" on Asian Man Records.

In December 2011 the band embarked on a seven week US-tour in support of their EP, "The Elephant in the Room," released on 7" and cassette by Fuck You is a Seven Letter Word Records.

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