Max Brody

Max Brody
Max Brody
Birth name Max Brody
Born 1969 in Elgin, Illinois
Origin Austin, Texas
Genres Experimental
Years active 1991–present
Labels Sanctuary
Associated acts Ministry
Pink Anvil
Areola 51
Insect Sex Act
Naugahyde Dream Sequence
Sangre de Toro
Euripides Pants

Max Brody (born 1969 in Elgin, IL, U.S.), is an American musician based outside of Austin, TX, best known as the one-time percussionist/saxophonist for the hard rock band Ministry.



Brody (born "Matthew Woods Brody") was born in the town of Elgin, IL in 1969. Raised there until the age of five, he and his family relocated to the city of Scottsdale, AZ, and graduated from high school there in 1987. Brody later moved to Claremont, CA and graduated from Pomona College. Bouncing back and forth from Los Angeles to Seattle, he eventually settled on Austin, where his favorite bands came from.

Broda met his wife, Sherry, on the set of A.I., who was an extra in the film. They later married in 2004, in Arizona. They have one child together named Isabella . Divorced in 2010, he now has full custody of his daughter and lives in Austin, Tx.

Professional life

Max started playing clarinet in the 2nd grade, switching to sax as soon as he could reasonably hold one. By Highschool, he and his brother, Doug, were writing and recording jazzy, ambient, 'new age' songs under the moniker "Mosaic" at their parents house which resulted in a series of recordings that were released in the mid to late 1980s on the Invincible label out of Phoenix, Az. The two also made appearances on albums by other artists on that label. He later taught himself to play drums.

After graduating from Pomona College in 1991 with a philosophy degree Max moved to Seattle, Washington and played in a bunch of local rock bands. Finding the Seattle scene saturated, he moved from there at the end of 1993 to Austin, Tx. There, he met and became musical partners with Rey Washam, drummer for such seminal punk/hardcore acts as Rapeman, Scratch Acid and the Big Boys. They went on to form the short-lived Euripedes Pants, which featured a number of infamous Austin musicians. Rey later went on to drum for Ministry.

In the late spring of 1999, he received a call from Ministry co-performer Paul Barker, whom offered Brody the opportunity to perform saxophone parts during their ill-fated Dark Side of the Spoon tour. He later went on to perform one-half of the drum duties for their 2003 Animositisomina tour and album, as well as their follow-up Houses of the Molé.

He also appeared as the drummer for the "Flesh Fair Band" (a.k.a. Ministry) in the Kubrick/Spielburg (2001) film A.I..

Brody continues to work with fellow Austin musicians like Brett Bradford, Jeff Pinkus, Jason Craig, Jimbo Yongue, Randy Turner, Richy Vegas, D Kithcart, Paul Barker, Mike Scaccia, etc., as well as New York musicians Victor Poison-tete (from Rat At Rat R)and Stu Spasm (Lubricated Goat)... under many different music projects. Having learned a great deal about production during his years in Ministry, he has now begun to produce records and events on his own, starting a multimedia company called "Darkstack" with Austin visual artist D Kithcart.

  • Ministry
  • Pink Anvil
  • Areola 51
  • Insect Sex Act
  • Naugahyde Dream Sequence
  • Sangre de Toro
  • Ye Olde Castletons
  • Goobersmoochers
  • Taxi Crab Nebula
  • Euripedes Pants
  • Shit Sherlock

Personal discography

  • Various Artists, It Came Frumunda (1993, self-release)
  • Euripedes Pants, Way Up Off In There (1996, Sweatbox)
  • Sangre de Toro, Hold Yer Breath (1998, self-release)
  • Various Artists, Bands That Begin With the Letter "S" (1999, Sweatbox)
  • Sangre de Toro, El Pee (2000, self-release)
  • Various Artists, Diggy Diggy Die (2000, Rubble)
  • Ministry, Greatest Fits (2001, Warner)
  • Ye Olde Castletons, In Like With Love (2001, Kranzke)
  • Ministry, Animositisomina (2003, Sanctuary)
  • Taxi Crab Nebula, s/t (2003, self-release)
  • Naugahyde Dream Sequence, s/t (2003, self-release)
  • Pink Anvil, Halloween Party (2003, Ipecac)
  • Ministry, Houses of the Molé (2004, Sanctuary)
  • Areola 51, s/t (2004, Dead Teenager)
  • Insect Sex Act, Act 1 (2006, Stacked)
  • Max Brody, "Passout ep" (2007, Stacked)
  • Shit Sherlock, "The Ballad of St. Crespi" (2010, self-release)
  • Pink Anvil, "New Years Eve Party" (2008, Stacked)
  • Suffer Robot, "s/t" (2007, self release)


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