By JOHN DALY – Max Histrionic of Chameleon Technology is a renaissance punker with a flair for modern day accoutrements.
His style goes back to the roots of punk — he unleashes a lot of anger and he’s got no one to blame but himself and he knows it. The new EP is Blank Canvas.
Fortunately, Histrionic is a talented musician and has surrounded himself with some great engineers and filmmakers. The song “Blank Canvas” comes off the album of the same name that’s a fast play with total punk rock action — and there’s a video to boot!
Histrionic’s concept is pretty cool — getting to jam with yourself — and he’s followed in the footsteps of others, most notably Peaches, in doing so in a live performance setting. In the summer of 2015, the idea to pursue a one-man, live stage show occurred to Histrionic, and Chameleon Technology’s Live Multimedia Experience came to be. Whoever inspired Histrionic did a good job because this one-man punk band certainly knows how to project.
His methodology is a little bit different than projecting a moving self-image on a white background. High-quality audio of real bass and drums are synced with live action video of Histrionic performing both instruments and are then projected next to him playing guitar and singing live.
The EP Blank Canvas enables Histrionic to venture into dark, personally and socially-aware lyrical themes and aggressive punk, metal and industrial music.
The name of the album should not be Blank Canvas, but instead something that evokes everything Histrionic can do. The music is certainly not blank, but likely it’s a veiled reference to where Histrionic starts and that can be pretty daunting.
It’s not Histrionic’s first dance. Chameleon Technology was founded in August 2009 with the 5 song release, Aquatic EP.
There isn’t even a dead spot in the music. Blank Canvas offers strong in-your-face tune after tune and this is not your mother’s punk rocker.
The sound is evocative and big and credit has to be given to the production talents of Richard Bredice; the “Black Canvas” song was mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering.