Maximilian Eubank

Maximilian Eubank

 Des Moines, Iowa, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Maximilian writes with equal parts angst, intelligence, and emotion. His guitar work is well developed and masterfully accompanies his soulful voice. His original lyrics are alliterative poetry, raw, contemplative, grounded in reality yet still reflect a relatable perspective.

Biography

Hailing from Des Moines, Iowa, Maximilian Eubank writes a cross genre of Acoustic music, blending the sounds with a sense of Folk, Folk Rock, Anti-Folk, Acoustic Rock and Acoustic Alternative sensibility. With a commitment to melodies that are interesting and infectious, Maximilian embarked upon his musical passions at the tender age of fourteen. He ignited an Acoustic guitar band, Triple Vision, writing and creating the majority of the music and lyrics that comprised the trio's sound. In a few years Triple Vision turned into a larger band, Euforia, of which he was the lead singer and rhythm guitar. These experiences led Maximilian to eventually moving to Colorado and defining his voice as a singer/songwriter on the music circuit. Maximilian's lyrics and records tend to reflect an introspective point of view regarding lost and found love, systematic injustice, faith and the everyday hardships that effect life. In 2008, Maximilian compiled his years of experience into independently recording his debut LP, 10:00 in the Afternoon. The album spawned the success of quite a few standout singles. Maximilian has been heavily influenced by such industry greats who include Martin Sexton, Bradley Nowell, Jason Mraz, Ben Harper and Jack Johnson. These inspirations can be heard within the melodic illustration of sound that creates some of Maximilian's most popular singles, Brother Man and Pick of the Litter.

All of Maximilian’s music is saturated in a lyrical message that is therapeutic, suggesting that everyone in the world is indirectly affected by the same modes of emotion. Maximilian creates songs that evoke a strong sense of emotion in his listeners, as well as framing the feelings that existed during the moments in which the track was recorded. Maximilian's music ties humanity in union, as his metaphoric and abstract lyrics also reveal the idea of sharing our experiences and taking them into the world; living connected, instead of living as individuals fighting for all of our material wants and needs. Maximilian has delivered his messages by performing center stage at various coffee house, bar and concert venues across Boulder, Denver, Chicago, Omaha, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Des Moines. He has had the privilege of being able to juxtapose his original voice and telling lyrics, with jokes that always ease his audience into the confines of his live performances. He recently became Cedar Rapids’ first ever Acoustic Idol and Des Moines' City View’s 2010 Best Local Musician. Standby is Maximilan’s newest musical collection from 2009 and is an EP that successfully exemplifies his range as an acoustic musician. He is planning to finish his third album in three years in 2010. Maximilian Eubank wants to continue creating honest music that will forge his career into a time and space where he will be able to live his life. All the while reinventing the manufactured sound of mainstream, American music.

Lyrics

Concrete

Written By: Maximilian Eubank

I’ve seen you rest your head, and when you rest your head, I know that you’re home.
You’ve seen me close my eyes, and when I close my eyes, I steal away.
And now we’re off to two different places, yet so close to each other’s faces, But I can’t be held by that containment.
The void in me is getting stronger and I cannot take it any longer, it turns me to weak.
I hope to meet that simple stranger that'll help me fill this empty anger, controlling me.

Don’t you want to find it?
Don’t you want to find your love? Me too.

I’ve seen you wash your face, and when you wash your face, it’s always so clean.
You’ve seen me wash my feet, but when I wash my feet, they don't always get so clean.
But I can’t do nothing about that, me and you know just how bad, what I stepped through has been.

Don’t you want to find it?
Don’t you want to find your love?
Cigarettes and Porn don’t get me off no more, no more no.
I’m gonna focus on the hard stuff.
I wanna find my love, so…
Cigarettes and Porn don’t get me off no more, no more no.
I’m gonna focus on the hard stuff.
I wanna find my love, so…

They say a dirty soul is hard to cleanse and half my soul is made of my friends, and they aint exactly saints.
Whimper on as you wish, my life is just to short to live, and focus on the pain.
So whimper on as you may I got my life to piss away, isn’t that what you say?

Don’t you want to find it?
Don’t you want to find your love?
Cigarettes and Porn don’t get me off no more, no more no.
I’m trying to focus on the hard stuff.
Don’t you wanna find your love, so…
Cigarettes and Porn don’t get me off no more, no more no.
I’m trying to focus on the hard stuff.
I’m trying to find my love…

Lawman Says Amen

Written By: Maximilian Eubank

When was the last time you found yourself?
When was the last time you prayed?
When was the last time you looked at your life?
When was the last time you got…hey...

Your alone out there, ignore the phone why don’t you, everybody knows that your high.
So call the warden wont you, tell him I’m old enough to, just let him know that I tried.

You runnin you leavin believe in the reason you rely on the right time .
There you go again.
Your fit and your fine and your goin around I couldn’t have done it better my self.
Lawman says amen.
Amen brother, Amen sister, Amen mother, Amen mister.

When was the last time you tasted your wounds?
When was the last time you fell?
When was the last time you did something wrong?
To make you think your going to…well...

I don’t worry bout it, just move along without it,
Don’t wanna get stuck in the middle of all the shouting.
I don’t think along those lines that divide.
Blow up my house if you like, but I’m gonna build it up right.

Fill it up till its full pour it out till its gone
Watch it grow then cut it down go show everyone.
Why not, why bother? I’ll go plant another one tomorrow.
Tomorrow aint coming if you keep on running,
And all the wrong reasons the rallies are riding to treason.
To seize the keys of freedom, leave the keys with them Hell No
Leave it out where its left, wonder how far it gets
My body’s so numb, why cant I feel it yet.

Wheeling and Dealing, looting and shooting, the law don’t roll around her law dog.
Where the hell have you been?
I’m fittin to find my own way around, don’t matter at all if I’m crawlin.
Lawman says amen.
Amen brother, Amen sister, Amen mother, Amen mister.

You cant see below the bottom line, case closed, I’m find we can all get on with our lives
That’s all forget about it c’mon, bring it one time
I can feel the urge all the time big eyed I’m staring this city down
I’m gonna size it up its legit I’m gonna find out what its weakness is
I’m gonna tear it down limb by limb, its on I’m in can feel the musical sin
On guard uppercut lit up knock down, don’t wanna get up now

Pick of the Litter

Written By: Maximilian Eubank

I guess I was just left behind,
But sometimes a turtle's gotta take their time
But I don't want you to wait around for me,
I want you to live you life with liberty.

Its like talking into a rusty mic,
You've gotta enunciate your words sometimes
And take control with the tone of your voice,
And never keep score or your just missing the point

From the beginning, the grinning,
The livid, the timid,
The pick of the litter, the coma, the kicker,
The quicker the spinning, just keep on picking,
Then later that day fall asleep watching TV in the living room

I don't want your sympathy, I don't need your guarantees,
I will be who I'm meant to be, I just need you to take me seriously.
Your condescending contraband, you never ending iron hand,
Anyone that mocks my life, never gonna be a friend of mine.

Yeah, I quit and then I moved away.
Never will for get the final price that I paid,
But my decision is solid and you could never budge me
And just because you love me gives you no right to judge me.

So what? You think I'm an open book,
But even if I was you've never taken a look.
Don't worry its got big letters on small pages,
So you can understand my story in stages
You're killing me, you didn't bring your money?
You must look at me like a delirious dummy,
But somehow I'm the prick for not paying,
I wonder if you'll ever understand what I'm saying

I don't want your sympathy, I don't need your guarantees,
I will be who I'm meant to be, I just need you to take me seriously.
Your condescending contraband, you never ending iron hand,
Anyone that mocks my life, never gonna be a friend of mine.

I've never been a poster boy, for a cause that was all just a part of the logic of God,
Its nobody's fault but you say that I'm wrong, make me feel like I'm lost, like I'm carrying a cross.
The whole worlds got a day to go, so here I watch it going out my window
And I take roll with a baritone and speak clearly for the microphone

I don't want your sympathy, I don't need your guarantees,
I will be who I'm meant to be, I just need you to take me seriously.
Your condescending contraband, you never ending iron hand,
Anyone that mocks my life, never gonna be a friend of mine.

Crescendo

Written By: Maximilian Eubank

Lay your dollar down on the table top,
Step back and wait for the ball to stop
While you’re waiting all you can say,
Is, I hope I’m gonna get paid today
But there will always be bets to make
And always something at stake
Its the same old story, its raining every morning,
Its been a week since I’ve seen the sky
I know that May is coming, but even when its sunny
I spend my free time getting high
Losing motivation, cuz every road I’m taking
Leads me to a place I hate

Chorus
Stand me up
Rise to the rhythm, rise to the rhythm
Stand me up
Rise to the rhythm, rise to the rhythm
Why not know
Wait for your window and make your crescendo
Why not know

Set foot in the foreground, float around,
And fade into the set
Get a look a the good ground, fix your feet,
It aint happened to me yet
Oh Lord, those stones for throwing
Oh Lord, there will always be stones for throwing
That’s why I laugh when I’m able
Wont die until I’ve made me a life out of what I would like
Weigh my options, and calm my cautions
Today only comes once in a life

Chorus

Sitting under a bright white moon,
Cut in half and low for June
Heavy sky holding monsoon,
About to rain all over you
Oh Lord, I hope I don’t get blown off the globe
Oh Lord, I hope I don’t get blown off the globe
So that’s the story that it tell,
Hope you hear and hope to hell,
I used enough colored spells, slants, slangs, and jingle bells

Chorus

Not Make Believe

Written By: Maximilian Eubank

Its been so long now, had something to sing about
Something not make believe, Something not dreams
So I put my pencil down, just sit here and think about
What she really means to me, what she really brings.

Its been an eternity, since I felt like I could proceed
Into something not guaranteed, into the unknown
It’s a lonely life not having someone’s eyes
To constantly gaze into, and know I’m not alone.

CHORUS
This is me giving you a kiss, this is me falling in love with you
This is me being candid, this is me howling at the moon
This is me soaking up your love, this is me when I haven’t had enough
This is me rolling around in your life, this is me with you dancing by my side
Living in love, or I’m not living at all.

And as I lay next to you, you look so damn cute
Don’t want wake you up, so I will not move
And when you look at me, I am but locks in need
Fumble to find the key, setting me free

CHORUS

This honesty sobering, love is that way it seems
Brings me back down to earth so I feel alive
I hope you are hearing this, my whisper I submit
I’ve found a connection to what you are inside.

CHORUS

Waves of War

Written By: Maximilian Eubank

I want to be a Muslim martyr; b/c they get all the glory
When I start my fire, they’re gonna tell my story.
Because I’ve suffered no injustice; I have dealt with no hardships
I may be peaceful, until I unseal my lips.
Five, four, three, two...
Bang, its happening, Boom its gone
I'm Stuck amongst beliefs I know are wrong…

I feel like a locked up lover; with no hope to find my mate
I have nothing in here but weakness behind these chains of hate.
The colonel is calling for the king has quantified
He says, “Encore from the Waves of War in life.”
He says, "Encore from the Waves of War in life."

I want to be a Muslim martyr; they get the easy way out.
Don’t have to be any smarter; yet they’re still so proud.
Why don’t you stand right up with me, so we can file in ahead?
Stream right down the plot line til your dead.
I’ve been stuck in a feeling of free fall, and I’m clenching with my fists.
I'm going to get my grip on reality til it rips.

I feel like a expert protester with no need to be polite.
Trying to understand my positions that I learned about last night
I'm Furious with misplaced passion; nowhere it can be applied.
I say, “Encore from the Waves of War in life.”
I say, “Encore from the Waves of War in life.”

Oh no, apathy is happening.
Look they’re laughing and laughing, so happily.

I want to be a Muslim martyr; because the end is so eminent.
Screw all the rest… and make your ascent.

Discography

Debut Album: 10:00 in the Afternoon
2009: Standby
2010: ???????

Set List

I can play for a solid 3 hours. My sets contain 50% originals and 50% covers. My originals are best compared to Jack Johnson or Jason Mraz. My covers range anywhere from Sublime, Michael Franti, Kenny Logins, Steelers Wheel, Hall & Oates, Martin Sexton, Grateful Dead, Marc Cohn, Doobie Brothers and of course crowd-pleasers such as, Joker, Steve Miller Band; Is This Love, Bob Marley; Bubble Toes, Jack Jonson; D'yer Maker, Led Zeppelin and many many more.