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New Blood! FLESH PRISON, ELIX-R, PMS 84, and PUBLIC EYE

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The Sonics!

MRR Radio #1506 • 5/22/16

Rob goes way back into the archives and plays nothing but kick ass rock 'n' ...

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New Blood! XYLITOL, EXTERNS, POK GAI, LITHICS, and N.E.G.

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Two Ton Ken and Bat Guano World Wide Productions!

MRR Radio #1505 • 5/15/16

Hi-D kicks Rotten Ron & Horrible Hal's asses... Intro song: GOVERNMENT ISSUE - Teenager in a Box Rotten ...

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New Blood! NEGATIV, VATS, CASUAL HEX, DISOLADOS, DRY HEAVE, and CHUSMA

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Maximum Rocknroll #397 • Jun 2016

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It’s time for MRR #397, the June 2016 issue! On the cover: St. Louis’s the DUMPERS. You may know them as the backing band to the slippery and enigmatic LUMPY, but here the slime-punk reputation that precedes them takes a backseat to the real story. From their primordial origins to the Dumpers Rights movement, the only place to get the straight dump is in this exclusive interview. We’ve also got an interview with Steve Drewett of the NEWTOWN NEUROTICS, who last checked in with MRR nearly thirty years ago. Steve catches us up on lineup changes and new projects in the intervening decades, currents in the underground culture at large and his insights into everything from the band’s classic records to gigging in North Korea. Reporting from the Rust Belt, hardcore punk warriors CONCEALED BLADE give us the lowdown on the splendid isolation of the Pittsburgh scene, laying down the whole story starting from their explosive first gig. Out of the Midwest, Minneapolis’s KITTEN FOREVER dish on their new record of drum and bass anchored punk. There’s more: UROCHROMES, 2016’s hottest item out of New England, offer a peek into their maniac vision of US hardcore; Vienna’s calamitous post-punk group LIME CRUSH dish on their formation and their future. Reaching into the past, the VISITORS talk about the early post-punk scene in Edinburgh and beyond starting in the late ’70s; FRENOPATICSS discuss the recent reissue of their demo recordings, a small masterpiece of furtive hardcore wailing from teenage punks in early ’80s Barcelona. Plus: TINY KNIVES on their new record and carving their own space between punk, hardcore and metal in Portland. And straight out of Porto, Portugal come DOKUGA, hardcore from the oft-overlooked end of the Iberian peninsula. Topping it off is a scene report from Hattiesburg, MS, a town of less than 50,000 that’s quickly becoming one of the most exciting hot-spots of punk in the US. This issue also includes photo spreads from Sin Orden’s last show and Damaged City fest in Washington, DC. Of course we also got all your favorite columnists and hundreds of reviews of the latest records, tapes, books, and films to hit the streets.

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New Blood! FLESH PRISON, ELIX-R, PMS 84, and PUBLIC EYE


May 26th, 2016 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:
FLESH PRISON

Date & location formed:
New York, sometime in early 2014/mid 2015.

Flesh Prison (photo by Ally Varilias)

Flesh Prison (photo by Ally Varilias)

Reason for forming:
Started as a one-man bedroom project, then all of our other bands weren’t doing much so we decided to flesh the band out a little bit.

What are your lyrics about?
Self abuse, isolation, disembodiment, violence, etc.

How would you describe your sound?
Trash can black metal with mosh parts.

What’s in the future for this band?
We’re doing a weekend up to Boston in June, then preparing to put together our next release shortly after.

Links and contact info:

flesh-prison.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
ELIX-R

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Date & location formed:
We formed around July 2015 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We knew each other from and have all lived in Denton at one point so we just say we are from there. We live in Denton, Dallas, and Fort Worth currently.

Reason for forming:
We were all looking for new people to jam with and we were stoked to find four girls ready to commit to a serious working band. We needed an outlet from our own shit to have fun and make something.

What are your lyrics about?
Meg: My lyrics are either about camming or they’re nonsense because I’m either horny or high when I’m writing.

How would you describe your sound?
When ELIX-R first formed, we were all picking up our instruments with the intention of playing live shows for the first time so we didn’t really have the expectations of sounding like our favorite bands. Our sound still is hard for us to articulate for us. We didn’t really have the ability to rip off other bands since we were all figuring out our instruments and molding them to ourselves so we decided that our sound would be based off what we thought sounded cool, what we were actually able to play live and memorize as beginners and having a distinct original sound. We didn’t have a name until we had jammed for about 3 months. We couldn’t hear the vocals during practice so our first time really hearing Meg’s vocals was after we recorded our demo. It was great because we trusted each other enough to know that whatever we wrote, it was fun and it was going to sound sick regardless. We all listened to similar enough things and went to the same punk shows in DFW but out influences are still pretty different. Our sound is a true mix of the four of us.

What’s in the future for this band?
We are planning to release an EP this year and tour soon.

Links and contact info:

elix-r.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
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PMS 84

Date & location formed:
PORTLAND, OREGON – SPRING 2014- CHANGES MADE NOVEMBER 2015.

Reason for forming:
SOCIETY.

What are your lyrics about?
WE STAND AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA, RACISM, SEXISM, GENTRIFICATION.

How would you describe your sound?
BOOT PUNK.

What’s in the future for this band?
EAST COAST IN SEPTEMBER, VARNING, EUROPE, JAPAN (???).

Links and contact info:

PMSEIGHTYFOUR.BANDCAMP.COM

PMS 84 (photo by Rita Gons)

PMS 84 (photo by Rita Gons)

 

 

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PUBLIC EYE

Date & location formed:
Summer ’15 in Portland, OR.

Reason for forming:
The four of us have been playing together in another band for over 10 years. We all agreed it was time to do something completely new but didn’t want to stop working together.

What are your lyrics about?
Crippling depression, overwhelming anxiety, drugs, and the unending search for the will to live.

Public Eye (photo by Daniel Stanton)

Public Eye (photo by Daniel Stanton)

How would you describe your sound?
Catchy, driving, and monotonous.

What’s in the future for this band?
We just recorded 12 songs for an LP and have a west coast tour in June.

Links and contact info:

publiceye.bandcamp.com

Public Eye (photo by Daniel Stanton)

Public Eye (photo by Daniel Stanton)

 

 

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MRR Radio #1506 • 5/22/16


May 22nd, 2016 by

Rob goes way back into the archives and plays nothing but kick ass rock ‘n’ roll from the 1960s!

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Intro song:
THE HONEYBEATS – Dici Come Fini

The Sonics!

The Sonics!

THE GOLDEN CUPS – Love Is My Life
THE SPIDERS – Around & Around
THE BUNNYS – Burning Burning
CARNABEATS – Jenny
THE OUTCAST – Everything’s Alright

THE CREATION – Making Time
THE EYES – I’m Rowed Out
THE EASYBEATS – Sorry
THE PRIMITIVES – You Said
THE LA DE DAS – How Is the Air Up There?

CUBY & THE BLIZZARDS – Your Body Not Your Soul
THE PRETTY THINGS – Rosalyn
Q65 – Cry in the Night
THE UGLY DUCKLINGS – Nothin’
THE RED SQUARES – You Can Be My Baby
THE SMOKE – No More Now

THE ELECTRIC PRUNES – I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night
THE MUSIC MACHINE – Talk Talk
THE KNICKERBOCKERS – Lies
THE DEL-VETTS – Last Time Around
THE SEEDS – Pushin’ Too Hard

Outro song:
THE SONICS – Strychnine

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! XYLITOL, EXTERNS, POK GAI, LITHICS, and N.E.G.


May 19th, 2016 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…

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Band name:
XYLITOL

Date & location formed:
Sylys joined in fall 2015 and this babby was formed in fall 2014.

Reason for forming:
I just need to hear about gross things or I will die it’s a medical condition.

What are your lyrics about?
Do most of your days end alone in a blighted slime field of limitless screens? Trapped in police container hell world twiddling your thumbs in the waiting room of human extinction? Why not try the chaos approach?

How would you describe your sound?
baby bitch gremlins who love hardcore.

What’s in the future for this band?
We’re putting out a demo tape this summer. We will tour next winter and probably do a short west coast tour sooner.

Links and contact info:

xylitolband.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
EXTERNS

Date & location formed:
New Years Day 2015 San Francisco.

Reason for forming:
To attack the stagnation of everyday life.

What are your lyrics about?
The personal connection to modern culture and the disillusionment with the propagation of aesthetics value that lacks content.

How would you describe your sound?
A casual attempt to rip off our favorite 90’s noise rock and power punk bands.

Externs (photo by Sarah McKinney)

Externs (photo by Sarah McKinney)

What’s in the future for this band?
LP later in the year and attempt to play more DIY shows around the west coast.

We’ve got two upcoming shows in The Bay:
SF – Hemlock – June 8 at 8:30 pm (21+) w/ Greys, and Super Unison
Oakland – Crate – June 18 at 8:30 pm w/ Daikon, Lysine, and Crude Studs

Links and contact info:

externs.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
POK GAI

Date & location formed:
We formed about a year ago in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. We worked on material during that time and played our first show in May 2016 at Bleak Life fest which two of our members organize.

Pok Gai (photo by Pok Gai)

Pok Gai (photo by Pok Gai)

Reason for forming:
We wanted to have a band that could be fun and sing about stupid punk stuff, but still have the ambition to be active and tour.

What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrics are about partying, pogo, looking punk, and how hipsters with rolled up toques are ruining punk.

How would you describe your sound?
Raw pogo.

What’s in the future for this band?
West Coast tour with WKSJ? in July 2016 and Brazil in winter 2017.

Links and contact info:

pokgai.bandcamp.com

Pok Gai (photo by Pok Gai)

Pok Gai (photo by Pok Gai)

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Band name:
LITHICS

Date & location formed:
December 2014 in Portland, Oregon

Reason for forming:
Palling around.

What are your lyrics about?
A bit of frozen choreography, one man growing out the other, a wet and flattering mirror, rusted shapes of wire, red dirt dust cloud, the Sahara fresh bread basin.

How would you describe your sound?
Interlocked bass and drum rhythms paired with shrill guitar counterpoint and stark female vocals.

What’s in the future for this band?
Repress of Borrowed Floors in production, west coast & east coast short tours, recording new full length.

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Links and contact info:

lithics.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
N.E.G.

Date & location formed:
Philadelphia, March 2016.

Reason for forming:
I had a huge urge to put together a d-beat band after I got off tour with my last punk project, but didn’t want to be the average raw noise band or anything, so I focused on trying to fuse the mosh-centric riffs of Hoax with standard noisy d-beat stuff. I began assembling a crew of people which eventually evolved into the current lineup of N.E.G., but it took some time and numerous lineup changes.
-Kody

What are your lyrics about?
The lyrics are about frustration. Both frustration with myself and being a piece of shit, and frustration with the world around me and it being a piece of shit. They also try to convey some vague political ideals, like anti-war/anti-system kinds of things but that’s mostly ‘cause I can’t blame myself all the time.
-Matt

How would you describe your sound?
We take a lot of influence from newer bands, who basically just ripped off older bands. We really look at Hoax, Impalers, Absolut, and a bunch of others. Just like, slightly noisey, distorted, kinda fast d-beat, with some weird mosh parts to get people movin’ and freaked out guitar leads.

What’s in the future for this band?
We have tapes releasing on Cruel Noise Records from Pittsburgh, a potential 7″ release later this year, a tour in June, and a plan for a bigger tour later on. More riffing, more yelling… Things have been coming along extremely fast, it’s been a blessing.

Links and contact info:

n-e-g.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 #1505 • 5/15/16


May 15th, 2016 by

Hi-D kicks Rotten Ron & Horrible Hal’s asses…

Play

Intro song:
GOVERNMENT ISSUE – Teenager in a Box

Two Ton Ken and Bat Guano World Wide Productions!

Two Ton Ken and Bat Guano World Wide Productions!

Rotten Ron lives in California, Fuck You!
RECKLESS – Aggression
TRIAGE – Power Beat
VIOLENCE – Complete Control
BED BUGS – Numb
DEAD SQUAD – Disociar

Horrible Hal – Bat Guano Blowout!
SEA PIGS – Two Ton Ken
HOT SPIT DANCERS – Sometimes
REBEL TRUTH – Monkey Paw
OPERATION IVY – 6-10
CAPTAIN BILLY’S WHIZ BANG – Monster Pub
RAD – Victim in Pain

Horrendous HiD
PENETRATION – Race Against Time
EARTH GIRLS – Unavailable
LAVA DIVA – Jeziel
DICK DIVER – Boomer Class
DAYLIGHT ROBBERY – Don’t Put Out The Fire

Rotten Ron – Fests is Hippies
LA FE – Ocho Horas Bajo Tierra
REPOIDES – Extermino
LIFE FUCKER – Life Fucker
RIXE – Rapport de Force
RETRETES – See Ya

Hairy Halitosis sez “Hello” to Yadam Down Unduh
LION’S LAW – I Don’t Give a Damn
THE HUNCHES – Whatcha Gonna Do?
KIDDA BAND – Bullet in My Heart

Outro song:
MEAN JEANS – Nite Vision

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! NEGATIV, VATS, CASUAL HEX, DISOLADOS, DRY HEAVE, and CHUSMA


May 12th, 2016 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:
NEGATIV

Date & location formed:
Late winter 2015 in Gamlebyen/Oldtown, Oslo.

Reason for forming:
Frustration with supertechnical trendy, pacified hardcore punk.
We wanted to play old school hardcore with elements of everything we enjoy from NEGAZIONE to SVART FRAMTID to GAUZE.

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What are your lyrics about?
Depression, anger, uselessness, gentrification, all the absurd human performances and glue.

How would you describe your sound?
Dark, stripped down, rockin’ primitive hardcore punk for negative punks.

What’s in the future for this band?
Hopefully a demo tape and then a EP or maybe even a full-length. We also want to do some touring, but some of
our members aren’t allowed to travel outside of scadinavia at the moment.

Links and contact info:

negativ1010.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
VATS

Date & location formed:
We got together in summer 2013 in Seattle.

Reason for forming:
Because we found each other.

VATS (photo by Keith Feltis)

VATS (photo by Keith Feltis)

What are your lyrics about?
We have songs about household objects, dreams, movies we like, the pains and pleasures of being hit on, mind games, and once in a while we write about serious personal matters…

How would you describe your sound?
We’ve been called ‘post punk’ a lot but like… what does that even tell you? We like our sound to vary song-by-song so we don’t get bored with writing. Some are moody, some are dancy, some are spazzy, some are aggressive, some are jazzy. We are loud.

What’s in the future for this band?
Our first full length LP called “Green Glass Room” is dropping in July along with a new music video we filmed and edited ourselves. We’re doing a US tour (and parts of Canada) in July/August as well.

Links and contact info:
vatsseattle.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/vatsseattle

 

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Band name:
CASUAL HEX

Date & location formed:
April 2015.

Reason for forming:
Casual Hex formed as a way to hold on to the musical bond between the three of us. We all played in a band together before that had broken up 6 months prior to Casual Hex forming.

What are your lyrics about?
The lyrics are a cathartic expression for processing personal experiences and general ideas on the human condition.

Casual Hex (photo by Conner Lyons)

Casual Hex (photo by Conner Lyons)

How would you describe your sound?
Forbidding post-punk with an emphasis on angularity and dissonance. Dark, driving bass lines. Sporadic guitar. Pitch-shifted vocals.

What’s in the future for this band?
We are currently working on writing a full length album that we intend on releasing at the end of the summer. We do not have any plans of touring right now but hope to make it out to the East coast soon and Europe in the near future.

Links and contact info:

facebook.com/casualhex777
casualhex.bandcamp.com

 

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Date & location formed:
June 2015, Cambridge MA.

Reason for forming:
We met hanging around local punk shows, and came together because we were hungry to express ourselves in our own way and find a way to share our culture. We were disappointed at the lack of opportunity to do so before we met.

What are your lyrics about?
Dehumanized Culture.

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How would you describe your sound?
Raw Spic Punx.

What’s in the future for this band?
¨The future is now¨ – Gandhi

¨Too much noise in the garage¨- Robespierre

¨Give me a beer¨- Mateo

Links and contact info:

disoladospunk.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
DRY HEAVE

Date & location formed:
September 2015, Champaign, Illinois.

Reason for forming:
Elliot needed a band. James needed a band. Abby needed a band. And Mario was too nice to say no.

What are your lyrics about?
Fears, trauma, heartbreak.

Dry Heave (Photo by Sam Jem Hadge)

Dry Heave (photo by Sam Jem Hadge)

How would you describe your sound?
We like being clumped with “weirdo Midwest punk”. It’s like awwwwwww, friends.

What’s in the future for this band?
We’ve got some cool shows coming up: last show at the Dingbat Dungeon in Urbana, IL with 86 Gemini (CHI) and Bugg (IN) and Pryss (Springfield, IL); show with Validation (Seattle) at Black Sheep in Springfield; we’re playing an after show for Dumb Fest in Springfield, IL. Hopefully, we will be putting out a new tape by July.

Links and contact info:

ooeygooeytapes.bandcamp.com/album/designer-skin

 

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Band name:
CHUSMA

Date & location formed:
Spring 2015 in Oakland.

Reason for forming:
When Menstrual Psycho was going into hiatus we still wanted to keep making music, and so Chusma was born. Kept it simple by being a two-piece which makes it easier for scheduling practices and shows as well as jamming in general. We also wanted to experiment with other instruments so we switch off halfway through our sets.

What are your lyrics about?
Injustices of society, social commentary, inside jokes, tortas, inspirational mantras, rage, and homages to old rap songs.

How would you describe your sound?
That’s a good question. We don’t even know most of the time. Vignettes of improvised amateur instrumentals, obnoxious intentional feedback, experimental punk, sprinkled with love.

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What’s in the future for this band?
More cowbell! Getting heavier and faster! Recordings and touring! A three-way split within the next year or so with two other two-pieces. Our next show will be Aklasan Fest 3 July 16th, it such an honor to be playing with all the bands and the support we have received thus far.

Links and contact info:

facebook.com/ChusmaBand
We just made a band camp page, we will upload some live recordings as soon:
chusma.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.