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The Maykit / Press

“Max Winne got his start strumming an acoustic guitar in Aurora, Colo. Over time, he honed his craft. Now, he’s a full-time singer-songwriter. Winne’s live performances in his project, The Maykit, are strippeddown, revealing versions of his lush studio recordings. Recently, Winne wrapped up a two-week, five-state tour in support of his most recent full-length, Songs About Things That Lack Definition, as well as the recent split EP called Hangs he made with fellow bands All Human and Angela Jane. The Metropolitan spoke to Winne before his April 11 show at the Hi-Dive about what’s next for The Maykit. WR: How was your recent tour? Didn’t you make a list of rules to follow? MW: [Laughs] You’re questioning my honesty right off the bat. Tour went really well, I think the only one of the [rules] I didn’t complete was “telling stories that end in ‘you a trick…’ I definitely made some new friends and I did play in [my mainstay], Salt Lake City, so you know high-fives were”

“Next up was Max Winne, of the Maykit. As the small room of the Meadowlark filled, Winne forged ahead with some quieter acoustic jams. The Maykit is sometimes joined by two additional members, as they were the last time I saw them perform at the Hi-Dive, and tonight was just Winne. Similarly to a blanket of lights, a blanket of noise was covering the cozy Meadowlark and muffling the sounds of Winne's heart-strings. It's hard when you struggle both as an audience member and as a performer to try and ignore the conversations, the clanking glasses, the squeals and high-pitched laughter of those in the immediate vicinity that just don't give a damn what you are doing. Similarly, I imagine that those lucky musicians that go out busking have the same experience. While there was little banter in between songs, Winne was a champ and played through his set giving little heed to the milieu of distraction in front of him”

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“The May Kit closed out the night and for a moment, I thought maybe Devendra Banhart was playing under a different name, despite the fact that Max of The May Kit looks nothing like Banhart beyond having a beard; his rainy day, atmospheric folk bears favorable comparison to the latter's own eccentric music. And his finger picking while executing sustained chords was especially impressive. A lot of this kind of music can sound like lonely, late night music, but the May Kit sounds more early morning wistful — a quality that lifted the songs above a hazy gloom suggested by their fuzzy-edged character.”

“Clearly there are some nods to Nick Drake in the way that the May Kit's Max Winne puts a song together. It's there in his ability to conjure images of flights of fantasy — the kind that strike you during your workday in a moment of reprieve from the prosaic tasks at hand. Perhaps Winne has a completely fulfilling day job, or maybe he's independently wealthy, but it sure sounds like he's coming up with this material in between the immediate demands of life. His songs articulate so well the need to create a space outside the mundane. His latest release, Songs About Things That Lack Definition, more or less spells out his attempt to come to terms with such necessities in modern life. Catch the May Kit at the hi-dive on Sunday, January 16.”