A Drummer Rocks Her World, She Calms His
Maria Joan King and Max Savage were married June 29 at the Beach Plum Inn in Chilmark, Mass., on Martha’s Vineyard. Christopher K. Larson, who received a one-day solemnization certificate from the State of Massachusetts and is an uncle of the bride, officiated.
Ms. King, 28, works in compensation and benefits at Spotify in Manhattan. She graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University. In August, she is to begin an M.B.A. program at Dartmouth.
She is the daughter of Dr. Catherine E. Keating and Dr. Charles H. King of Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Mr. Savage, 27, is a drummer with the indie rock band Parquet Courts, based in Brooklyn. On June 8, the group played at SummerStage in Central Park, and this summer it is touring in Europe, performing at festivals like Roskilde in Denmark in July. The band’s latest album is “Wide Awake!” He is also the guitarist and singer in Maxband, which has performed at small clubs around the city. He graduated from N.Y.U.
He is a son of Annie Savage of Dallas and John C. Savage of Fredericksburg, Tex.
Ms. King recalled a brief meeting when a mutual friend introduced her to Mr. Savage in June 2014 after Parquet Courts played at the Sugar Hill Supper Club in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
“The music was energizing and the lyrics were very political and intellectual,’’ Ms. King said. “The crowd was excited and super-energized. I was not in the fray.”
The encounter with her, in the chaotic moment after the show, did not register with Mr. Savage. “I think I was preoccupied,” he said. “I was either looking for food, or loading out our gear.”
In early September, she did not escape his notice when they ended up hanging out with mutual friends at the Johnson’s, a bar in Bushwick, Brooklyn. “I remember asking her what she was doing the next day,’’ he said. “She said she might be going to a concert.” He immediately countered with, “We should just get drinks instead.’’
The next night over Old Fashioned cocktails at the Three Diamond Door bar in Bushwick, they bonded over classic American diners, Russian literature and their eclectic music tastes. They were especially excited about their shared passion: They could sing along to most ‘90s alternative radio hits.
Later that evening they went to a birthday celebration at 7B Horseshoe Bar on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where a jukebox loaded with punk music, including the Strokes, played in the background. Some fans, he recalled, gave him a “real boost” and “a lot of points for the first date.”
“I remember an Australian couple knew Max’s band, and recognized him,” she said.
They began seeing each other on weekends (he skipped a fall band tour to take five math classes to finish up at N.Y.U.), and in November she attended a show for the first time as his girlfriend at Death by Audio, a club formerly in Brooklyn, and met his bandmates and friends. The next spring she accompanied Parquet Courts to the Coachella festival in Indio, Calif. They also went off on their own to places like Joshua Tree National Park.
“It was like being in another world,’’ she said. “It was definitely very fun to see what his life was like on tour.’’
In the fall of 2015, he asked her if they could get an apartment together, and that spring they moved to the West Village in Manhattan.
“I cherish every moment at home I get to spend with her,” he said, adding that when they travel they try to take in local diners.
In January 2018, he proposed in front of a fire in a cabin in the Catskills. They took their first official engagement photo the next day when they went for lunch at the Phoenicia Diner in upstate New York, where she held up a menu as a backdrop for her new ring.
“She keeps me calm, he said. “She is a very calm energy.”
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