Max Forstater

Max Forstater


Song-oriented Pop/Rock music with influence from late 70s and early 80s new wave artists including, Elvis Costello, The Jam, Joe Jackson, Chrissy Hynd, The Clash, The Cars, Talking Heads, The Knack.


The National Defense Fund is an independent music project conceived, written, performed, engineered, and produced by solo artist Max Forstater out of Atlanta, GA.

Max has been writing and performing music for 15 years as a vocalist, bassist, and guitarist. The National Defense Fund is his first solo project after a long career touring with groups and performing artists.

Concerned by the sad and uninspired state of mainstream rock and roll in the USA, The National Defense Fund was created as a haven for independent, meaningful songwriting, sponsored by nothing and brought to you by the artist.

With a love of rock music throughout the ages and a passion for late 70s and early 80s New Wave, Rock, and Pop, the The National Defense Fund draws influence from such great acts as Elvis Costello and The Attractions, The Jam, Joe Jackson, The Pretenders and The Clash and fuses them into a polished set with addictive hooks, pop sensibilities, and an observational storytelling style.


During almost a decade-long career in Atlanta Max, has performed in concert with such southern legends as Kevn Kinney, Drivn' 'n' Cryin', Derek Trucks (with/The Zambiland Orchestra), and guitar great Barry Richman; and alongside such national acts such as Merl Saunders and Frog Wings (featuring members of the Allman Brothers Band).

After years of sharpening his engineering and production skills out of his studio, affectionately known as "The Commissioners Office", Max is putting the shine on his first full-length, independent recording entitled, Lifecycle, due for release in 2008.


Unbalance EP - Internet Release
LifeCycle LP - Pending release in 2008

Set List

I typically play 1 set of 60-75 minutes or 2 sets of 40 minutes mostly original music with a few covers.


Let You Down
The Story/Where the Story Ends
Changing Direction
The Long Way
Pretty Good
(She’ll Have to) Find Out for Herself
One Thing
You Tonight
The Promise


Is She Really going out with him? – Joe Jackson
In the City – The Jam
My Best Friend’s Girl – The Cars
Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
Radio, Radio – Elvis Costello
No Action – Elvis Costello
Big Tears – Elvis Costello
Like a Stone – Audioslave
Carry It On – Braxton O’neal
Unreal – Mark Shewchuck