On Tour With Lemuria - Part 3 / by Derek Neuland

This is part 3 of my photo essay series about touring with Lemuria. The previous part can be found here: On Tour With Lemuria- Part 2. Or you can start from the beginning here: On Tour With Lemuria- Part 1. For those who don't know, Lemuria consists of three members: Alex Kerns, Sheena Ozzella, and Max Gregor.  This part of my photo essay series is focused on Max.

Max Gregor ice cream cone

Max is Lemuria's fourth bass player, but easily my favorite. I briefly met Max in Buffalo once but then got to know him better when I was living in Portland, OR and he came through when he was touring with Lemuria as tour manager (while Kyle Paton was playing bass).

Max sitting against wallMax is the person in the band I know the least, which is to be expected since i've known him half the time that i've known Alex and Sheena.  It's also the product of having never lived in the same city as him (I was living in Portland during the times he was living in Buffalo).

Max and Matt Ebert of Joyce Manor

I would love to know Max better, so on tour is pretty much the only time I get to spend quality time with him.  It almost always ends up being me and him as the ones up front for long drives through the night. We have spent many of these sleepless nights talking about music or listening to episodes of Ongoing History of New Music. While we both probably wish we were sleeping, we always make the most out of those nights.

Max writing

One of my favorite memories from a late night drive with Max is actually the last time.  We were driving from our last show of tour in Phoenix non-stop through Arizona and New Mexico so Max could get home to Austin, TX.  There was a section of the drive that we were in the middle of the desert and the stars were brighter than either of us have ever seen. At first Max tried looking at them without crashing but then decided to stop for a minute so we could take it all in.

Max Gregor record shopping

I tried taking a photo of the sky but it just didn't do it justice.  It was truly one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen and I'm so glad I got to share that moment with Max.

Max is also the reason why I was able to work at a music fest since he is the Production Manager for Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas. If you want to experience one of the best music festivals, I highly recommend going to Fun Fun Fun Fest because it's not just a clever name.  What other music festival has a taco canon?

I'll leave you with a photo of Max lounging on a beach in San Diego with his Fun Fun Fun Fest fanny pack.

Max on the beach

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