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AQUARIUM by Martin Sorrondeguy

MRR Radio #1579 • 10/15/17

Strace and Strayla vote MITCH CARDWELL for President of Punk.  Intro song: AQUARIUM - Human Current Sounds from the New Bins MR. WRONG - ...

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Secreto Público

MRR Radio #1578 • 10/8/17

Matt is joined by Ben and Claudia for just another hour of the best new punk and hardcore worldwide! Intro ...

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Maximum Rocknroll #414 • Nov 2017

Are y'all ready for Maximum Rocknroll #414? Our November 2017 issue will teach you a thing or two all about ...

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Flipper rules, OK?

MRR Radio #1577 • 10/1/17

Phillip Greenlief spent an afternoon in the stacks. This is what he came up with. BAD RELIGION - You Are the ...

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Jackal (photo by Zack Rogers)

New Blood! ESCØRT, WITCHTRIAL, JACKAL, VANTA, and UNIVERSAL PEACE

“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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Video of the Week: Huggy Bear New Year


December 30th, 2009 by

Sorry if this makes your eyeballs hurt, but in the party spirit of New Year’s, here’s an insane video of my favorite band and song of the Riot Grrrl era: Huggy Bear’s “Her Jazz”… It’s from the ’90s UK TV show The Word — a show for “young adults” made by “young adults”, etc. I’m pretty sure that’s Amelia from Heavenly singing backups there… Happy New Decade! Now fuck shit up.

Bonus: Nozin’ Aroun’



Monday Photo Blog: Sevastopol calling!


December 28th, 2009 by

This week we have a few shots from Egor, MRR photo correspondent in Sevastopol, Ukraine. The first two pics are of his band, Tötentanz. He also sent a photo of Nihilistic Alert.

Totentanz, Sevastopol, Ukraine (photo care of Egor)

Totentanz, Sevastopol, Ukraine (photo care of Egor)

Nihilistic Alert, Sevastopol, Ukraine (photo by Egor)

Thanks Egor!

Wanna submit a photo for the MRR Photo Blog?

If you shoot shows and have photos you want to submit for the MRR Blog, send them to: Be sure to put “MRR Photo Blog” in the subject. Include your name, the band, where and when it was shot. Just send your best photos – edit tightly*. Three to five photos is plenty. We will be exercising a little quality control here…not everything sent in will be posted. Please size your photos so they are 500 pixels (72 dpi) at the longest side.

There are a lot of awesome photographers out there shooting shows…and there are a lot of unseen archives of old shows. Show us what you’ve got!

*And thanks, but no, we do not want to wade through your website or Flickr account to pick our favorites.



If you want a picture of the future…


December 27th, 2009 by

To coincide with the 25th anniversary reissue of Maximum Rocknroll Presents: Welcome to 1984 on vinyl, we asked our resident ’80s hardcore expert Felix Von Havoc to write a little something about this legendary comp…

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It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been 25 years since this LP was originally released. Yet here I am at 40, still super excited about a record which blew me away at age 15. 1984 was a sinister and prophetic year for a generation that grew up in the shadow of the Cold War and was weaned on the dystopian visions of George Orwell and Aldous Huxley. Jeff Bale’s original liner notes point out the role of the elite in manipulating public opinion, and suppressing dissent is often manifested in the ideological and psychological sphere, rather than by brute force. Fast forward 25 years and we can see that Orwell’s vision of a futuristic Stalinist police state was crude, but his warning about the manipulation of thought and twisting of the truth was remarkably prescient.

The original punk movement of the late ’70s was shocking, loud, obnoxious and a break from the conformist malaise of that decade. As the bleak economic realities of the ’80s dawned, the radical right and corporate interests launched the Thatcher/Reagan “Capitalist Revolution” that was to result in great economic and social dislocation. As society swung to the right and embraced more conservative views, the slightly absurd and theatrical elements of ’70s punk were jettisoned for music of pure protest, energy and outrage: Hardcore! Maximum Rock n Roll was the international voice of this new movement, one that embraced radical social change and fast, powerful blasts of raw thrashing punk that made the bands of the ’70s seem tame and restrained.

It’s long been my opinion the Welcome to 1984 is the best compilation LP of all time. While it lacks the regional focus of runners up such as Flex Your Head or This Is Boston, Not LA, it documents not a local scene, but a worldwide movement. This movement was spreading, a virus of resistance to the conformity of the era that has continued to spread to the corners of the globe. The bands and songs selected by the MRR staff gave an impressive overview of this new and radical movement. 23 bands from 17 countries, this diverse assemblage all shared a power and urgency that truly captured the spirit of the times and the energy of the movement. When I bought this record at age 15 I was barely aware of punk outside my hometown and the UK. Reading MRR and blasting this record over and over opened up my eyes to the international hardcore movement and exposed me to many bands that have become life long favorites. There are some truly epic moments on this record, the bass intro to BGK’s “Computer Control,” the sing-along chorus of Kidnap’s “No SS,” and most importantly, the raw screams of Raw Power’s anthem “Fuck Authority.” When I first heard this record I knew I had found what I was looking for.

As the Cold War ended and the War on Terror began, the elite found a rationale to extend their manipulation of public opinion and ideological control. While the hardcore subculture has endured, and spread, many complain that it has lost much of the energy and urgency of the early days. A spin of this record is a shot of this energy, pure and unadulterated.

—Felix Von Havoc, December 2009



Merry Crassmas, from MRR


December 25th, 2009 by
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Jesus died for his own presents, not mine.

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New Band Spotlight: Slave Scene


December 21st, 2009 by

SlavesceneSLAVE SCENE rules, and have been getting some attention due to their coming out of the CULT RITUAL camp, but are a force to be reckoned with on their own as well. Their Heaven Only Knows demo completely knocked me on my ass, conjuring up images of these maladjusted Tampa rejects bringing chainsaws to a Vice sponsored PISSED JEANS or NO AGE show in Williamsburg or some shit, and going to town on all the hip posers getting down to the false, sanitized “abrasive” in-sound.  The meek shall reign on earth, indeed.  Anywho, after that demo and at least a couple of others, they have just released their first 7″ on Fan Death Records.

For those of you on the East Coast, they’re hitting the road with NAZI DUST in just a few days: Evidently, I live on the wrong fucking coast.

SLAVE SCENE/NAZI DUST “Slave to the Dust” Tour 2009/2010
December
27 – Orlando @ Stardust w/ LLLR, MY LEFT UTERUS, HORRID CROSS
28 – Gainesville @ 911 Depot w/ POST TEENS
29 – Atlanta @ Eyedrum w/ FAILURES, AEROSOLS, SALVATION
30 – Baltimore @ Hexagon w/ NEEDLE GUN, LOTUS FUCKER
31 – Philadelphia @ Terrordome / LEATHER
January
1 – New Brunswick @ ASK SOMEBODY w/ TROUBLEMAKER, THE MEN
2 –  NYC @ Stolen Sleeves w/ NOMOS, LOTUS FUCKER, POLLUTION
4 – Providence @ Mars Gas w/ SHV
5 –  Boston @ House 11 w/ VACCINE, FAILURES
6 – Amherst @ TBA w/ FAILURES, SQRM
7 – Pittsburgh @ Helter Shelter w/ THRAK, VIRGIN BIRTH, VILE GASH
8 – Columbus @ Legion of Doom w/ VILE GASH, HUMAN BOYS, VIRGIN BIRTH
9 – Nashville @ Little Hamilton w/ MY LEFT UTERUS, FROSTY, BRAINWRECK
10 – Tampa @ Heinrich’s Workshop w/ BRAIN KILLER, SCAPEGOAT

For all things SLAVE SCENE and otherwise Cult Maternal: cultmaternal.blogspot.com