“It starts with the chord progression,” says Massachusetts artist, Max Prussner, on how he writes his infectious brand of melody-driven pop songs. Yet, it is the layers of emotional complexity that build upon this simple frame that makes Prussner quite uncommon among the standard singer/songwriter fare. “If I feel or have felt a certain thing, chances are someone else has too,” says Prussner, who hopes his songs can bring these common feelings to light and unite his audiences. It’s a noble goal, in the tradition of Saves the Day and Hot Rod Circut, to be that guy with a guitar who can turn a crowd of any type of people into his back-up choir. And so far, he’s succeeding. To see a performance by Max Prussner is to be treated to the elusive raw and sincere emotion that makes music so great. And he does it without the back-up band, Prussner’s music needs only its heartfelt simplicity to turn heads and move hearts. His most recent effort, “I refuse,” was produced and recorded in Los Angeles by notable singer/songwriter Ari Shine (Bongo Beat Records.) This recording showcases Max’s advanced skills as a pop songwriter. He plans to capture even more of his live energy in his next batch of recordings. If his prior work is any indication, you’ll be waiting with open ears.