Max Judo

Max Judo

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Max Judo, not your garden-variety roots, rock, soul combo - they're fronted by an ex-pro surfer, who freely switches between a didgeridoo & guitar during their set. 2009 has been studded with success; taking out the Q Song award, touring the USA in April & September, and are set to play One Movement

Biography

The adjective `unique' gets bandied about in far too many band bios - a unique sound, a unique stage presence, a unique whatever. It sounds impressive, but is the status really justified?

Well Australia's Max Judo are unique. There, we said it.

Find us another roots, rock, soul combo fronted by an ex pro surfer who freely switches between a didjeridoo and an acoustic guitar during the set and we'll back down.

Lucas Proudfoot, who spent five years on the international longboard circuit, says the splashes of didjeridoo in Max Judo's sonic palette have added a `wow factor' that's got audiences up and dancing in Australia, the US, Japan and Brazil.

``I guess it is a bit intriguing for crowds who haven't seen anything like it before the didj in a rock band,'' says Proudfoot of the band's totem instrument.

``It's become this familiar point for us and I don't think we've played a show yet where someone hasn't come up and told us they dug it.''

Proudfoot says the didj has been part of Max Judo’s sound since the band formed in 2002 on Australia's Tweed Coast, a short drive from most of the country's best surfing beaches.

``At the start it was a matter of pooling what we had, but it's never been used just for the sake of it,'' he says.

``And that's been a big part of our growth, writing songs that stand on their own no matter what instruments we play them on.''

Regular airplay on Australia’s FUEL TV and inclusion on several surf film soundtracks has also helped grow their fan-base.

“The last 18 months has been really inspiring period because the crowds are really starting to build for a Max Judo show,’’ says Proudfoot.

“If we’re not selling out a venue, we’re doubling the numbers through the door each time we go back”.

After two years cutting their teeth in front of surf crowds up and down the east coast of Australia, the band welcomed UK-born bassist Graham Newman into the fold, an addition that Proudfoot says brought `new blood and new stability'.

The re-energised Max Judo then cracked Japan, where their inclusion on a compilation of surf music, alongside the likes of Jack Johnson, led to the production of an exclusive Japanese release, and tour in 2005.

“The Japanese crowds were a great way for us to break the international touring circuit,” says Proudfoot, “They really loved our sound, and have such a vibrant market”.

“It was a great learning curve – working out how labels worked, how to win over new crowds live and how we needed to really step it up to compete internationally.’’

And step it up they did, opening a crack in the US college circuit with a pistol-hot showcase gig at the National Association for Campus Activities summit in Missouri earlier in 2008.

Response to the gig from the event’s 3000-strong audience has prompted the group’s fourth tour of the US in September this year, with the band confident they’d made their mark just seconds after walking off stage.

“We played on the last day and even the stage manager said we were the pick of the concert,’’ says Proudfoot, who also counted a 50-deep queue for autographs at the band’s post-show signing.

“They’re usually pretty jaded, after 3 days of showcasing, so for this guy to tell us we were “the pick of the bunch” was pretty amazing.’’

To date Max Judo has played slots on the Big Day Out, the Woodford Folk Festival, The Dreaming Festival, the Newtown Festival and Yabun National Indigenous Festival, as well as the US Open of Surfing, at the famous “Surf City”, Huntington Beach, California, and have shared stages with End of Fashion and Kid Confucius, to name a few.

On the award front, they’ve scored Coca Cola Live n Local prize for most inspirational song/lyrics and in 2008 earned their second consecutive DEADLY Award nomination for band of the year. Add a Q Song award this year, and 2009 is shaping to be a formative one for the band.

Work on their forthcoming album was completed at Byron Bay’s Studio 301, where the boys insisted on a daily surf before plugging in to record. With one of Australia’s finest producers on board, the Brisbane-based Caleb James had no trouble getting the best from the lads.

“We start most days with a surf as well,’’ laughs Proudfoot, who says the hardest parts of putting the record together have been settling on just 12 songs and coming up with a title.

“For us, getting two hours in the ocean is about freeing the mind and setting up the day, just like some people need to jog or some people need to sleep in.’’

Max Judo are:

Lucas Proudfoot - vocals, acoustic guitar, didjeridoo
Marty Shang - guitar, backing vocals
Brendan Carr - drums, backing vocals
Graham Newman - bass guitar

Management:

Stu Banks + 61 401 326 986
info@maxjudo.com
www.maxjudo.com
www.myspace.com/maxjudo
www.facebook.com

Max Judo - Here’s what’s happening in 2009

• April / May – 3rd USA Tour
US – college circuit bookings secured, mid-west, etc

Lyrics

Wayward

Written By: Lucas Proudfoot

v:She was a young girl
on a pathway to nowhere
She's hanging with the wrong crew did'nt go to school, drinking and smokin she think it cool.. she's crazy maybe she's crazy..
And as the months went by
Her habit got worse, doing heavier drugs is this girl the worst, she's crazy.. yeah maybe she's crazy
ch: But when days go by when she's not feeling high.. go home darlin go home darlin, But when she's high she's lost in a world, hmmm lost in a world of no return:
v:Now she's going to to parties with people twice her age, she dont even know who they are.. And while this is going on her friends are telling her, she got to move along, but she cant tell, no she cant tell what is right or what is wrong, How she going pull through,with all these lose ends hanging on...
ch: "as above"
Finally she relizes she's heading to a end, calls her worried family and they send a old friend, And after many talks, she's now back at school, leavin her past behind her, oh she's moving on...
ch: "as above"

Roam

Written By: Lucas Proudfoot

WALKIN ROUND IN A FOREIGN TOWN
WATCHIN THE PEOPLE PASS YOU BY
THEIR DAILY LIVES YOU WILL NEVER KNOW
THIS IS THE WAY WHEN YOUR AWAY FROM HOME

YOU TOOK A PLANE TO GET AWAY
YOU WANT TO SEE SOMETHING NEW
SEEMS LIKE THE WAY TO GO
SO GO NOW
ITS TIME YA SEE IT THROUGH

CHORUS
YOU WANT TO ROAM THE WORLD
GET A NEW LEASE ON LIFE
YOU WANT TO ROAM THE WORLD
CLEAR THE MIND LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND
FOR NOW

LATE DRUKEN U.K NIGHTS
LAZY SPANISH CAFÉ DAYS
THE LONG ROADS TO PORTUGAL
THE PARIS NIGHT LIFE IS A MAZE

YOU TOOK A PLANE TO GET AWAY
YOU WANT TO SEE SOMETHING NEW
SEEMS LIKE THE WAY TO GO
SO GO NOW
ITS TIME YA SEE IT THROUGH

CHORUS
YOU WANT TO ROAM THE WORLD
GET A NEW LEASE ON LIFE
YOU WANT TO ROAM THE WORLD
CLEAR THE MIND LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND
FOR NOW

YOU WANT TO ROAM THE WORLD
LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND
YOU WANT TO SEE THE WORLD
AND ALL THERE IS TO FIND
WHILE YOUVE GOT TIME

Discography

Max Judo’s Recent Recordings:

•Daybreak (Japan Only) Album 2005

•In Transit (Australia) EP 2006

•Live Show – Great Northern, Byron Bay 2007

•Siding Single 2007

•US Open of Surfing DVD/LP 2007

•Good Tonight Album 2009

Set List

Max Judo’s Live Performances vary according to client / venue requirements, and include:

1. Club / Pub
2. Acoustic
3. Corporate / Function
4. Festival
5. International

Sets vary in length, and structure, again depending on client / venue requirements, and include:

• Short Set 40 mins 8 -10 tracks

• Medium Set 60 mins 12 – 15 tacks

• Long Set 80 mins 18 – 20 tracks

• Acoustic Set 25 – 45 mins 4 – 10 tracks (optional
didgeridoo expo also)

• Corporate /
Function Set 25 – 75 mins 4 – 10 tracks (optional
didgeridoo expo also)

• Festival Set 45 – 60 mins 8 – 15 tracks (optional
didgeridoo expo also)

• International Set 60 – 80 mins 12 – 18 tracks, including
didgeridoo expo

Typical Club Show Set:
1. Another Day
2. Culture
3. Wake Up
4. Always
5. Wayward
6. Change
7. Sunny Days
8. Good Tonight
9. Sexy Thing
10. Siding
11. Hold Me Down
12. Fly
13. Slow Down
14. Way Youy Are