This past weekend I hauled my butt back to DC for the Max Levine Ensemble's 10 Year Anniversary Show. It was, without a doubt, one of the best shows I've been too.
I started playing in a band right around the time TMLE started up; the Konami Code for anyone interested (we were once mentioned in Game Pro at the height of our "success"). We dabbled in the same DC/MD/VA punk-ska-anything scene, and knew each other from hanging out at the Corner Kick- this indoor soccer place where our friends from DC Ska / Rude In DC would put on these awesome shows with local bands. At any rate, fairly early on my journeys as a teenage songwriter it became evident that TMLE were operating on a much different level than I was. Their first songs right off the bat were so insightful and nuanced, yet still fun and catchy at the same time. Whenever I heard a new song from them, I would say something like "Oh yeah, I've thought about that too" or "So you don't have to slam a slogan over someone's head to make a statement". Plus, on top of all the punk rock, they had a sense of humor. So seeing them live was always a rad time.
I'm rambling. Point being, I was impressed with them when they started and I'm still impressed with them today, and super glad they've been going 10 years strong. It was so fun to see everyone come together for the show, see all the old faces and friends, and feel all the super posi vibes. And of course, it was great to hear them play Pizza Guy again.