Max Strom relocated to Los Angeles and immersed himself within the New Wave movement of the early eighties. Keyboardist Jeff Brow raised money and created Future Records, and he and Strom formed a band in Los Angeles and released a six song EP entitled, "Max Strom - Moderne Passion," in December, 1981. Max penned all of the songs, sang lead vocals and played electric guitar, and synthesizers. Musicians inlcuded Jeff Brow (keyboards), Lise Dickerson (Lise Erzon) and Mercy Rangle background vocals, Tom Magnuson (drums), and former Jethro Tull Bassist, Glenn Cornick. The single, "Iceland," received some modest airplay and the band played the Los Angeles club scene to support the EP in 1982.

Max returned to Santa Cruz in 1983 with Lise Dickerson (Erzon) now on synthesizers and vocals, and formed a new synth-rock band including John Hasty on drums, and Larry Hasserly on bass. But after only a few shows, Hasty and Hasserly split off into another band, and Strom brought in Santa Cruz musicians Michael Haumesser (Not Michael) on guitar, and Clara Voyant on bass synthesizer. Drums consisted of a Drum machine by Emu, programmed by Max. Soon thereafter, percussionist Jim Greiner was added. Greiner played Emu's "E-Pads" as well as traditional percussion along with the drum machine.

Strom's next recording, the self produced 12" single, "American Girl" was released in December, 1984, and received widespread radio play in California and the South West, especially on KDON, and XTRA in Southern California. Max formed a new band and his most successful ensemble with Miko B. (lead guitar), Jim Greiner, Barbara Yirse (synths), Kennedy (synths), and Russell Martin (bass guitar and synths). They headlined the Catalyst and other San Francisco and Monterey Bay clubs, as well as the SC Civic Auditorium and were one of the main draws in central California between 1984-December 1985. Their sound resembled the English New Romantic movement and not the Neo-Punk or World Fusion music that was ever-present in Santa Cruz at that time.

Strom put his band temporarily on ice in 1986 to write new songs and a screenplay, but never returned to the stage, instead, he went on to write screenplays for several years in Los Angeles. Undergoing a major life change, Strom eventually became a popular yoga teacher in Santa Monica. Teaching was ultimately his calling and he now teaches self-transformation and yoga worldwide.

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