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ICED (photo by Robert Martin)

New Blood! ICED, FARCE, FUSE, and GUMMING

“New Blood” is our weekly feature spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, ...

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NO DRUMPF!

MRR Radio #1566 • 7/16/17

Rotten Ron gets Rottener and Hal's excited to find another Fuck Trump song! Intro song: ODIO - Ancora Rotten Ron brings Lucifer to ...

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Maximum Rocknroll #411 • Aug 2017

It’s time for Maximum Rocknroll #411, the August 2017 issue — our first-ever Pinoy Punk Special! This issue is absolutely ...

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BUZZOV*EN (photo by Chris Boarts Larson)

MRR Radio #1565 • 7/9/17

Rob revisits some of the bands he used to review for his old MRR heavy music column "Screams from the ...

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Dream Probe (photo by Veronica Mullen)

New Blood! SKULL CLAMP, DREAM PROBE, FUERZA BRUTA, THE INVESTMENT, and BEEP TEST

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Maximum Rocknroll #411 • Aug 2017

It’s time for Maximum Rocknroll #411, the August 2017 issue — our first-ever Pinoy Punk Special! This issue is absolutely packed with bands, activists, history, scene reports, and everything in between covering punk in the Philippines and beyond. Check out interviews with the organizers of Aklasan Fest — a Bay Area-based punk festival featuring all Pinoy bands, Manila infoshop Etniko Bandido, DIY organizers in the Flowergrave Collective, Quezon City environmental activist Chuck Baclagon, NYC migrant worker organizer Gary Kadena, and an extensive history of autonomous spaces and infoshops in the Philippines going back to the early ’90s. Zine coverage includes a conversation between femme zinesters elena corinne of Brown Recluse Zine Distro and Honey Andres, an interview with Bamboo Girl zine, and a rundown of some of the Philippines’ most interesting DIY zines and resources. On top of that we have interviews with bands including NYC’s MATERIAL SUPPORT and NAMATAY SA INGAY, Manila’s VEILS, THROW, the Bay Area’s HAFNER, and an update on grindcore across the Philippines. Oh, and did we mention a massive scene report covering a dozen different cities? All this, plus all your favorite columnists and all the reviews fit to print can be yours. Order today!

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New Blood! ICED, FARCE, FUSE, and GUMMING


July 19th, 2017 by

“New Blood” is our weekly feature spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, check out some killer new shit…

Band name:

ICED

When and where did ICED come to be?
Elle: Jordan and myself started writing the demo in Spring/Summer 2016 on our own here in Eugene, OR. Rehearsed and recorded the demo in Jordan’s garage in winter and released it in February 2017.

Your lyrics aren’t just hardcore platitudes, there’s rich and sensitive content. If you don’t mind, Tell me about them:
Elle: I think our goal is to write personal lyrics that people can relate to. In specific, women and femme people. Our lyrics don’t necessarily pertain to only a single topic, but I think there’s always an underlying theme of overcoming obstacles and issues that people face on a day to day basis. Be it something simple and obvious like a shitty job, or something more personal like dealing with abuse, rape culture, or oppression. Writing these songs and expressing these emotions has helped me heal and feel empowered, and we hope to make others feel the same way.

How would you describe your sound?
Jordan: Energetic and intense hardcore punk with slammy mosh riffs. That pretty much sums us up musically. We wanted to create music that would be fun to see live. We want everyone at our shows to enjoy themselves and have fun. That’s definitely our goal as far as sound goes.

What’s in the foreseeable future?
Jordan: Currently working on new material. Our goal is to have another release by the end of the year. In the meantime we’re gonna continue playing shows everywhere we can, and we hope to hit the road again soon, perhaps next spring. Something bigger and better this time around.

ICED (photo by Robert Martin)

Links and contact info:

iced-HC.bandcamp.com
zeroxrecordshc.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/ICED541

 

 
 

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Artwork by Nicky Rat

Band name:
FARCE

Tell me about yourselves, and how your band came to be:
Lee: We’re 4 punks living in London with a love for 80s UKHC.

How did you all come to form Farce?
Lee: I moved to London last year and wanted to start a new band there as a couple of my other bands were spread across a few cities. Myself and Ola (guitarist) played with the idea of starting a band that sounded like the UK hardcore classics e.g. Ripcord/Heresy/Extreme Noise Terror. When we’d wrote a couple of tunes we recruited Olly to drum who’d previously played in a crust metal band and fit the bill perfectly. We then got Jyoti on bass to complete the line up and finished the rest of the demo, recording it with Jonah Falco in May.

What are your lyrics about?
Lee: A few of the songs are about the cruelty of the meat industry and the abhorrent animal abuse caused everyday. All of us are vegan and its something we feel strongly about. A lot of the other lyrics deal with politics in terms of feeling hopeless as Tories defund our NHS, cut numerous benefits for vulnerable people and trade arms in secrecy. You know all the typical shit that continues to happen everyday.

How would you describe your sound?
Lee: I’d like to think we sound reminiscent of the 80s UK bands. We’ve taken influence from both the hardcore and crust/d beat bands of that era as we’re all massive fans and I hope our music is a mixture of those styles.

What’s in the near future?
Lee: Our demo tape is out via Quality Control Records and we’re doing a weekender in the UK at the end of July.

Farce (photo by Ben Woolf)

Links and contact info:

farcehc.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:

Logo by Fariq Hafiq


FUSE

Tell me about yourselves:
We are Fuse. Just 5 people who love catchy and groovy tunes with a hint of heavy beats. Representing Singapore, the little red dot.

When and how did Fuse come about?
Fuse started out around October 2016. It started with just a random idea from our vocalist to gather girls in a band. Finding girls who love music and would commit to this idea was not an easy thing to accomplish here in this small community. It took awhile for me to get to know more females in the scene. Finding guitarist and bassist was still manageable. However, finding a drummer was a tough one. But lucky for us, we found Ikaa! As most of us do not have experience in or even picked up the particular instrument to play in the band, the start of the band was very rocky. But we are glad we took the time that we need to get to where we are now, also we would want to mention that it wouldn’t be possible without the help and guidance from our other friends.

How would you describe your sound?
We would like to describe our sound as catchy, groovy and slam-my. With a few influences from Freedom, The Rival Mob and Primitive Blast. These are just bands that first come to mind but there’s a few more. However, we still want to create that unique tinge of what Fuse is all about. Through the self-teaching, we were also focused on finding ourselves. We’ve also demo-ed songs that we decided not to use as we don’t feel like it is who we are and who we want to be.

What’s in the future for you?
We’ve got few plans that we are pretty excited about. First, we will be working on our Demo and also have some plans on releasing some merch which also includes tapes. We have some friends overseas who have requested for physical copies of our music and we would love to do that too! Which we are working on!

FUSE (photo by Alin)

Links and contact info:

fusenoise.bandcamp.com
Twitter: @fusenoise

 

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Band name:
GUMMING

Date & location formed:
March 2017, Richmond VA.

Reason for forming:
3/4 of us are relatively new to Richmond and have been making sorta weirdo noise punk/post-punk for a while in other projects. We all knew each other in some way or another and our tastes overlap and we just sorta gave it a shot. We *think* it turned out well!

What are your lyrics about?
Emilie: Well they’re mostly about dying or social anxiety or wanting to shake someone who is making me mad until their head rolls off their neck and into some mud.

How would you describe your sound?
We’re not saying to use this, but people have been calling us gremlin punk, which is silly but accurate. I guess the best way to describe us is ‘weirdo noise punk’

What’s in the future for this band?
Playing a lot of shows in the hot hot Richmond swamp summer, and eventually doing some lil tours and putting out more recordings!

Gumming (photo by Kiki McDonald)

Links and contact info:

gumming.bandcamp.com

 

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Do you have or know of an awesome new band*? It’s easy to submit to be in MRR’s New Blood feature — just email us the following info, and keep keeping’ it real…

1) Band name:
2) Date & location formed:
3) Reason for forming:
4) What are your lyrics about?
5) How would you describe your sound?
6) What’s in the future for this band?
7) Links and contact info:

Along with the answers please send a band photo at least 600px on the longest side (with photo credits), and a logo if you have one, to:

*By “new band” we mean a band that formed within the past year or year and a half.



MRR Radio #1566 • 7/16/17


July 16th, 2017 by

Rotten Ron gets Rottener and Hal’s excited to find another Fuck Trump song!

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Intro song:
ODIO – Ancora

NO DRUMPF!

Rotten Ron brings Lucifer to you undeserving little Shits
SKITZOPHRENIA – Fight for Survive
BLUE DOLPHIN – Licking and Kicking
UROCHROMES – I Don’t Wanna Be Like You
IMMORTAL WAR – Clawing at Your Grave
WHITE HELL – Lucifer

Horrible Halitosis let’s out some ole stinkers
THE LEATHER UPPERS – Scream If You’re High
THE JEWWS – Mercury to Mars
THE CRUSADERS – Supryse Packagge fore Mr. Matzkov
THE WEAKLINGS – Just Gettin’ By
THE BASEBALL FURIES – Sweat-out
THE PNEUMONIAS – Kill My Brain

Rotten Ron – War, Famine, Death and Mysery Every Fucking DAY!
ALLERGY – Disease
F2-10 – Guerra, Hombre, Muerte y Misma
FATIGUE – Tunnel Vision
POWER – Serpent City
KIKEIJI – Pressure
MORBID OPERA – Eat the Rich

Halitosis breathes a breath of fresh hair
THE LOVE SONGS – Satan’s Brats
THE OUTTA SORTS – Think Too Hard
THE MIDNITE SNAXXX – Love That Sticks
THE CONTROL FREAKS – Better Than You

Outro song:
M.D.C. – No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA!

Maximum Rocknroll Radio is a weekly radio show and podcast featuring DIY punk, garage rock, hardcore, and more from around the world. Our rotating cast of DJs picks the best of the best from MRR magazine’s astounding, ever-growing vinyl archive. You can find MRR Radio archives, specials, and more at radio.maximumrocknroll.com. Thanks for listening!



MRR Radio #1565 • 7/9/17


July 9th, 2017 by

Rob revisits some of the bands he used to review for his old MRR heavy music column “Screams from the Gutter.” Double hand horn warning ahead!

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Intro song:
DYSTOPIA – Anger Brought by Disease

BUZZOV*EN (photo by Chris Boarts Larson)

Anger
BUZZOV*EN – At a Loss
CAVITY – Shake Em’ on Down
DAMAD – Addict Arcade
CATTLEPRESS – Celebration of Wounds (Greetings from My Gut)
EYEHATEGOD – Shoplift
KARP – Dueling Banshees
GRIEF – I Hate You
MAN IS THE BASTARD – Heretic’s Fork

Aggression
ACME – Blind
BOTCH – Saint Matthew Returns to the Womb
CAVE IN – Moral Eclipse
ACRID – Synaptic Overload
CONVERGE – My Unsaid Everything
MORSER – Kirchang
COALESCE – Have Patience
SYSTRAL – Narrow Minded-Criteria

Outro song:
DISEMBODIED – Anvil Chandelier

Maximum Rocknroll Radio is a weekly radio show and podcast featuring DIY punk, garage rock, hardcore, and more from around the world. Our rotating cast of DJs picks the best of the best from MRR magazine’s astounding, ever-growing vinyl archive. You can find MRR Radio archives, specials, and more at radio.maximumrocknroll.com. Thanks for listening!



New Blood! SKULL CLAMP, DREAM PROBE, FUERZA BRUTA, THE INVESTMENT, and BEEP TEST


July 6th, 2017 by

“New Blood” is our weekly feature spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, check out some killer new shit…

Artwork by Nick Welch

Band name:
SKULL CLAMP

Where did you start this project, and why?
Josh: 2016 in Los Angeles, CA. As an outlet in which to channel the various anxieties I experience as a result of living with OCD.

Would you mind sharing more on that? I deal with this myself:
Josh: I am not particularly comfortable with sharing the specifics of my OCD. I will say that when it first got bad, I thought I was losing my mind. It was like somebody had smashed a window in my brain and everything that I had previously taken for granted was suddenly turned upside down. It was pretty agonizing at first, especially before I received a proper diagnosis. But after going into treatment, I thankfully now have a much better handle on my OCD. Regardless, it is something I anticipate that I will struggle with for the remainder of my life.

What are your lyrics about?
Delusions, misanthropy, cosmic horror.

How would you describe Skull Clamp’s sound?
Josh: A garbage bag filled with bones being crushed with a baseball bat.

Who’s in the bag?
Josh: Me.

What are you up to outside of this?
Josh: Outside of Skull Clamp, I work as an animator. When I’m not drawing or making music, I spend most of my time working on the house that I share with my girlfriend and two dogs.

What’s in the future for you?
Josh: I’m currently working on another demo which will hopefully see release in the fall of 2017.

Skull Clamp (photo by Maggie Mclean)

Links and contact info:
skullclamp.bandcamp.com
joshfreydkis.com

 

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Band name:

DREAM PROBE

Date & location formed:
March-ish 2017 in Champaign, IL.

Reason for forming:
Vince (guitar) moved to Champaign from Chicago last year and asked two locals he didn’t really know (Olguie, bass/vocals, and Tyler, drums) if they’d wanna start a band. (This is Olguie’s first band ever!).

What are your lyrics about?
Dream Probe’s lyrics are influenced by Olguie’s experiences as a trans queer immigrant and their relationship with Puerto Rican diaspora.

How would you describe your sound?
Fast hardcore a la early Die Kreuzen/Poison Idea with vocals in Spanish. Mild D-beat adjacent riffs on the side.

What’s in the future for this band?
We are playing The Universe Is Lit fest in the Bay Area in early August and will have a 2nd demo out not long before then. After that some sporadic touring, 7″ next year?

Dream Probe (photo by Veronica Mullen)

Links and contact info:

dreamprobe.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:

FUERZA BRUTA

Date & location formed:
June 2016 in Chicago. We practiced for three weeks and played our first show the same month.

Reason for forming:
Two members are from Brazil (Fortaleza and Londrina), two members are from Chicago, and one is from Birmingham, AL. Every time we would run into each other we would talk about bands from our respective hometowns, as well as old international punk and Oi! other people we knew weren’t into. Most conversations ended with, “we should start a band!” We finally did.

What are your lyrics about?
Our guitarist Matheus writes most of the lyrics, and they’re about observing American politics as a Brazilian living in the US. He writes drafts in Portuguese and then works with Beto to translate them to Spanish.

How would you describe your sound?
We try to cover all of our interests, from the SUB comp of Brazilian HC, to Italian and Japanese Oi! to Basque punk.

What’s in the future for this band?
Releasing a 12” on Foreign Legion Records (run by Ian, who plays guitar), working on new material in the winter for whatever releases come up.

Links and contact info:

foreignlegionrecords.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
THE INVESTMENT

Date & location formed:
We formed last August in South San Francisco.

Reason for forming:
We had all gone to high school together and our bands were fizzling out, and it’s shitty to have nothing to put your energy into. The four of us had vaguely overlapping music tastes and we like hanging out together, we were going to community college, and our singer Alessio had a sick darkwave bass/drum machine solo project at one point, so we decided to build off of that.

What are your lyrics about?
Alienation, finding a sense of identity, social pressures and relationships.

How would you describe your sound?
Music for retail jobs and vacant suburban streets late at night. Post punk or deathrock or darkwave, not sure.

What’s in the future for this band?
Playing shows in San Fran and San Jose here and there, setting up outdoors shows in our area when we find a good outlet and an isolated location. Maybe making a bad music video. Fighting capitalistic tendencies of the music economy. We’re finishing writing our first full length, which we are going to hopefully record and release this summer. Overdubbing some recycled cassettes.

The Investment (photo by Kelsey Johe)

Links and contact info:
theinvestment.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/theinvestmentssf

 

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Band name:
BEEP TEST

Date & location formed:
Spring 2016, Montreal QC.

Reason for forming:
We wanted to learn to play new instruments collaboratively and be a part of the intensely vital scene here in Montreal.

What are your lyrics about?
The total collapse of humanity as mediated by cable TV, small dogs, jewellery, general uneasiness.

How would you describe your sound?
The dead zone between no wave and synth-punk.

What’s in the future for this band?
Life is easy at the start and gets progressively more difficult. We’d like to play in Hamilton, Ontario sometime.

Beep Test (photo by Sofia Shutenko)

Links and contact info:
1-587-257-0558
beeptest.bandcamp.com

 

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Do you have or know of an awesome new band*? It’s easy to submit to be in MRR’s New Blood feature — just email us the following info, and keep keeping’ it real…

1) Band name:
2) Date & location formed:
3) Reason for forming:
4) What are your lyrics about?
5) How would you describe your sound?
6) What’s in the future for this band?
7) Links and contact info:

Along with the answers please send a band photo at least 600px on the longest side (with photo credits), and a logo if you have one, to:

*By “new band” we mean a band that formed within the past year or year and a half.