Max Schneider

Max Schneider

 Sydney, New South Wales, AUS
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

australian folk rock, infused with flamenco and jazz sounds like leonard cohen, scott walker and tom waits

Biography


"Novocastrian Max Schneider doesn't pretend he's not in thrall to Canadian Leonard Cohen. His folk-with-theatrical-bits riding on carefully wrought lyrics work the droll, cigarette-holding atmosphere hard."

Bernard Zuel, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

"Asylum Dreams is an unusual album with a dark and quiet glory. Schneider’s musical and creative ability are undeniable. Uncannily, he fashions addictive tunes out of weird arrangements. His lyrics are strange and playful, with an odd sense of humor, “like a deranged cockatoo”. The addictive rhythm of “Cheshire Girl” begins the album with an enigmatic flourish. Schneider’s acoustic guitar work is precise and talented. “Inner City Tango” bounces back and forth between a driving beat and a slow waltz. The album is tastefully odd and delightfully strange. The music changes pace and direction unpredictably, like a drunk staggering home. Soft and haunting, Asylum Dreams is unique and memorable."

Mike Kieran, Synthesis Magazine, USA

currently in preproduction for the second album with Terry Manning (Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Big Star, Al Green)

working on film score for "million dollar mate"

Lyrics

Cheshire Girl

Written By: Max Schneider

I saw you saunter through the looking glass
You suddenly appeared at the station
You said you didn't like to catch the bus
Because of the recycled ventilation
You shouldn't have been worried about me
I would survive without you... even with you
I'm happy that you are, that's all, you see
And mirrors only give you life in rear view

R. Cheshire girl, you jumped on the train
And once you were gone, your smile still remained

You came and went, a willy from the desert
And noone knew we'd broken every rule
And if they knew, they'd have me tied and feathered
And run me naked through the town on a mule

You left a mudstain where your boots once stood
It's just inside the door, next to the bench
My father said that if he only could,
He'd rip that nose-ring of yours out with a wrench

R. Cheshire girl, you jumped on the train
And once you were gone, your smile still remained

The life in town has settled to a halt
The only movement is the train outside my door
It's pointless wondering, who was at fault
The stain is gone, my mother washed the floor

The Queen of Hearts is walking the Great Dane
I've picked up my composure from the heap by the bedThe deck of cards is scattered 'cross the station
You said you didn't like to catch the plane
Because it only gets you to your destination

R. Cheshire girl, you jumped on the train
And once you were gone, your smile still remained

Cheshire Girl

Written By: Max Schneider

I saw you saunter through the looking glass
You suddenly appeared at the station
You said you didn't like to catch the bus
Because of the recycled ventilation
You shouldn't have been worried about me
I would survive without you... even with you
I'm happy that you are, that's all, you see
And mirrors only give you life in rear view

R. Cheshire girl, you jumped on the train
And once you were gone, your smile still remained

You came and went, a willy from the desert
And noone knew we'd broken every rule
And if they knew, they'd have me tied and feathered
And run me naked through the town on a mule

You left a mudstain where your boots once stood
It's just inside the door, next to the bench
My father said that if he only could,
He'd rip that nose-ring of yours out with a wrench

R. Cheshire girl, you jumped on the train
And once you were gone, your smile still remained

The life in town has settled to a halt
The only movement is the train outside my door
It's pointless wondering, who was at fault
The stain is gone, my mother washed The deck of cards is scattered 'cross the station
You said you didn't like to catch the plane
Because it only gets you to your destination

R. Cheshire girl, you jumped on the train
And once you were gone, your smile still remained

Discography

publications:

'poesis', 2002

albums:

*asylum dreams (iTunes, emusic, rhapsody)

*asylum dreams/ the singles (last.fm as a free download)

'happy man' iTunes

Set List

12-15 original songs

2 x 30-40 minute sets