Max Feinstein is a New Jersey based Singer and Guitarist who combines elements of Alternative, Grunge, and Psychedelic Rock on his new single, Borderlines, out October 27th. Borderlines was written along with the rest of Feinstein’s upcoming album, Redefine, during the heart of the COVID-19 lockdown while undergoing intensive physical therapy in order to avoid major surgery to replace his right elbow which had been ravaged by the effects of severe Hemophilia over his life. “I was told about a decade ago that my elbow was ‘bone on bone’ from years of bleeding into it and that there was nothing they could do for me, so I kept going while living with constant pain…now I’m in less pain, but it’s because I just kept wearing away at the bone, so I have a hole in my elbow now. The doctor was baffled at how I’m able to move the way I do without screaming”
In contrast to his previous single, Dear Anxious, which championed an uplifting tenderness and celebrated the direct and cathartic sounds of Incubus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and John Mayer, Borderlines represents a more aggressive and progressive sound inspired by the likes of Soundgarden, The Mars Volta, and a Norwegian Supergroup called Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O who blended Indie Rock and World Music on their debut album, which Max had the opportunity of watching them record at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ. Borderlines also carries a different intention than Dear Anxious. “While my first single was a statement of intention, an introduction to what I’m about and a call to action for my bleeding disorder community and really anyone to stop running and start sharing, Borderlines is the start of my journey, the acknowledgement and breaking of inertia and the effort it takes. I want to showcase myself warts and all, and that includes the worst of my depression and rage, because my story is not an uncommon one for people who face challenges of their physical and mental health.
Accompanying the single is the first music video of Feinstein’s career, a deeply confessional video shot by Courtney Collins. “It’s kind of like rubbing my nose in my past transgressions and the worst aspects of my personality. It’s uncomfortable how familiar the elements portrayed in this video felt, because they were all familiar and not entirely exaggerated takes on events in my life, things I’ve put other people through as a result of my trip. I’m not proud of that, and this video is something of a reckoning and acknowledgement of those less virtuous facets of who I am. I know that others who struggle with their mental and physical health are going to relate to this.”
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