MMIV is the music project of young British singer-songwriter Max Rawdon. I actually first wrote about MMIV two years ago when it was a fledgling band comprised of Max and two other musicians he’d met while at the University of Leeds. Alas, they weren’t able to survive the challenges of the pandemic, and eventually went their separate ways. Now based in East London, Max has decided to continue MMIV as a solo artist, and has released his first single “The Drugs Are Running Out“.
Calling it “a sad indie ballad in pop song’s clothing“, Max wrote “The Drugs Are Running Out” to address his conflicting emotions about turning 22, and the realization he’s now fully into adulthood, with all the added responsibilities that entails. He explains “The song chronicles the creeping awareness that youth won’t last forever, and the moment that the party is peaking, but also, unfortunately, about to end, knowing that work is always there in the morning.” The track was written, performed and recorded by MMIV, and produced by George Murphy (Drug Store Romeos, The Specials, The Coronas).
It’s a charming pop tune, with a catchy toe-tapping beat and thumping bass groove, accompanied by snappy drum fills, ethereal synths and breezy guitars that gradually build to a joyous crescendo as the song progresses. Max’s clear, low-key vocals have a pleasing quality too, with just the right amount of emotional intensity that grows in tandem with the music.
I've not been agreeing with my food recently Told me you know someone great that I can go and see One day, we're caught in the rain So we'll get off the street and back to your place And open up a bottle of wine Take our wet clothes off and hang them to dry Then it's a party with all of your friends But you know that the night will come to an end And you're all laughing, but you don't know why While clothes are hung to dry I told you I was leaving for a new town, a new city I thought that it was sad that I couldn't stick around or take you with me You know that I adore some fun, so why don't we stay a little longer You said in that case maybe we'll need something stronger So the next day we do it again We get off our jobs and back to your place And open up a bottle of wine Take our work clothes off, head into the night Where it's a party with all of your friends But you know that the night will come to an end You're all laughing, but you don't know what about Cause your friends are hung to dry and the drugs The drugs are running out Yeah, the drugs are running out The drugs are running out Yeah, the drugs are running out
“The Drugs Are Running Out” is a terrific song, and a fine debut effort from Max. I look forward to hearing more songs from this promising young artist.