Chameleon Technology is a one man anthem creator as well as the master mind of Max Histrionic. “Blank Canvas’, his new EP, is an exciting fusion of aggressive punk, metal and industrial music, set to synced bass and drums, that takes Max Histrionic into a dark, personally and social lyrical theme. It is a true experience.
Louder Than War: Your music is awesome, but your one man “Max Histrionic”, is space age magic…..I’m not even sure I grasp the concept…can you please explain how you do what you do? Do you actually play live as three people?
First of all, thank you for your kind words. “Space age” is very flattering! Our performances are comprised of Max Histrionic on guitar and vocals live, while high-quality “live” (read: real) audio of bass and drums are synced with visuals of Histrionic on said instruments. Our goal is to create a multimedia experience that energizes audiences.
What inspired your type of music, and the entire idea?
We listen to a wide range of musical genres, yet fast-tempo micro-anthems tend to permeate through our creative endeavors, at least for now.
Chameleon Technology was named after a pot dealer’s Veiled Chameleon named “Sid”. Histrionic held the bugger and thought it looked like a tiny robotic dinosaur when moving, thus Chameleon Technology.
Count on the concept changing continually. Static expressions repeating ad nauseum do not sit well with us.
Who are your strongest musical influences?
Native Californians like The Locust and Thrice have made an impact. Others include Rudimentary Peni, The Living End and Fugazi.
Your EP visits hard core “Rancid” type, explosive punk to progressive, jazzy punk, (Self Repair), does the EP have a particular theme?
Lyrically, the “Blank Canvas” EP is a concept about an intense romantic fling. First impressions bring the desire to copulate, aggressively, before moving into different phases of lust, then skipping straight into the separation (“Blank Canvas”, the single). We find that idea seems to reflect many modern day dating circumstances.
Musically, we couldn’t have been more surprised by the flow of songs in regards to the lyrics. Everything really came together in fall of 2015 and we decided to pull the trigger as quickly as possible to capture that. It just happened.
Are you going to tour?
Yes! We can’t wait. We’re working on a couple things at home for the band, then focusing on spreading the live show to as many venues as we can.
What is the meaning of music to you personally?
On a cosmic level, it’s pleasurable to be able to harness vibrations in a meaningful way within the spectrum of human perception. Conventionally, it’s our best opportunity to communicate honestly. Writing lyrics, music and being able to curate and perform those emotions is our purpose.
How long have you been celebrating your multiple, musical, instrumental personality?
If you couldn’t create music, what would you do to be creative?
It’s hard to say because we’ve been involved with just only music on an artistic level. Although we hold other avenues in high regard, it’s likely we’d be more interested in flying a jet or driving race cars than creating outside of music.
What’s next for you musically?
There’s a lot more in development. Never expect anything other than the unpredictable. And it’s all happening soon.
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