Healthway Lights Out Art Festival Series: Max & The Electric

– by Jasmine Uitermark

Max & The Electric are a bunch of relatively clean, cruisey folks comin’ atcha from Perth’s inner city suburbs. James Stefanuto and Tom O’Reilly, pioneered this brainchild from the get go, taking all their ideas that had been piling up on numerous hard drives and getting down to business making demos. They gathered friends Zach and Charles, whom they’d been playing with over the years to form a unique musical crew and bring their groove laden tunes to life.

Influenced by Fleetwood Mac, The Beach Boys and Phoenix, the boys’ music is packed full of funky party tunes sure to get you moving with a solid backbone of bass and drums. Max & The Electric’s latest EP Lecteur Éponyme showcases an array of energetic repertoire, with exuberant rhythms, dueling guitar riffs and a hint of melancholy in the vocals.

This Saturday the band will be joining us at Healthway Lights Out Arts Festival, an initiative presented by Colosoul in support of Earth Hour and an intervention for their front man, who seems to have developed the ability to sleep with his light on. We asked Tom, who heads up the vocals for Max a few questions about the band. We wanted to know what prompted the band to get into the environmental vibes this year? Apart from Tom’s strange geological fascination with rocks, we found out they’re real suckers for personal and societal change.

Max and The Electric’s lead vocalist with an affinity for rollerblading where most would choose to ride their bike, has kicked it up a notch and we think that’s pretty fitting for an environmentally conscious festival. The boys, although not having been together long, are always down for a laugh and pack a lot of punch on stage, with front men who’ve been gigging in the Perth music scene for 5 or so years, they’re sure not to disappoint. ‘Our experience together in Max is fairly limited, although we did play a mini-festival on a private property, a proper bush-doof that was as fun as it was dirty.’

When asked where his musician’s tale all started, Tom filled us in on his tween woes. ‘I started playing the guitar in primary school in the hopes of salvaging a floundering social status,’ he confides. ‘It didn’t work but I’ve enjoyed it ever since.’ We feel you Tom, but you’ve got the skills now and an uber fantastic EP with your name on it!

The band are currently working on their next EP and haven’t decided what language they want the title to be in (probably something I can’t pronounce) but if you think Lecteur Éponyme sounds good through your headphones then head over to Fremantle Town Hall on the 28th where Max & The Electric will kick things off for Healthway Lights Out Arts Festival.


  • Live music venues: Given the dwindling availability of venues in Perth, I’m going to throw my banana into the local corner and say Amplifier Bar, The Rosemount, and Belvoir
  • Places to go on a day trip:  The Beach, The Park, The Museum
  • Things to do in the dark:  Read, Juggle, Fine Art


  • Song when you’re feeling down: ‘Bird of Sorrow’ Glen Hansard
  • Happy song: ‘You Make My Dreams Come True’ Hall and Oates
  • Guilty pleasure: ‘Treasure’, Bruno Mars
  • Song that makes you dance: ‘Money Trees’ Kendrick Lamar
  • Karaoke favourite: ‘Basement Party’ The Cool Kids
  • Power anthem: ‘Believe’ Cher
  • Song that brings back childhood memories: ‘Band on the Run’ Wings
  • A song of your own that you have the most fun playing: ‘Deep Deep Dish’

To listen to this mixtape and more, look up ‘Silver Hills’ on the colosoulmusic Spotify.

Max & The Electric are playing alongside a variety of other super talented Perth musos at our Healthway Lights Out Art Festival this Saturday 28 March. A creative music event in support of Earth Hour, Lights Out Art Festival will showcase an array of local talent in music, art, and fashion. Check out the Facebook event here.

Photo Credit: Max & The Electric 

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