Last month, you may have seen a litany of artists including Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Slash of Guns N' Roses and Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace mourn the breakup of the punk duo Max Creeps. Two days later, Max Creeps announced that they were reuniting, and planned to release a new album.
This would all be very exciting if it weren't so confusing. Despite a press release describing them as a "seminal band who birthed punk rock," there's no evidence that Max Creeps ever existed before their breakup and subsequent reunion announcement.
Even if it is all a made-up, no one is telling. Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho, who also claims to be a Max Creeps fan, tells ABC Audio that it's "absolutely insane" no one else has heard of them.
"The fact they broke up caused such brouhaha," Jericho says. "I was talking to Slash about it, he was despondent, he could barely speak."
Max Creeps getting back together, Jericho adds, is "bigger than...if Pink Floyd reunited."
"But a lot of people don't know it," Jericho says. "Max Creeps don't even know it. They don't even care. And that's kinda part of what makes them so special, and also what makes them so f***ing disgusting, as well."
Whatever Max Creeps is or isn't, you can judge for yourself by listening to the band's new album, Nein, which is out today. They'll also launch a tour in June.
"If they show up [at] whatever toilet they're playing in, I'll be there with a hazmat suit on," Jericho says.