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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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Maximum Rocknroll #333 • Feb. 2011

It’s the February issue of Maximum Rocknroll — #333, halfway to the Number of the Beast! This issue’s cover stars are the WELDERS out of St Louis. Formed in 1975 by four teenage girls, they were arguably that city’s first punk band, and their recent, never-before-issued 7″ is exciting stuff… We also have an extensive interview with RAI KO RIS — raging, feminist, anarchist punk from Nepal — a report from ESKAPO‘s  recent tour of the Philippines, and an interview with long-running Balkan hardcore heroes HITMAN. There’s a look at the recent  Touch & Go fanzine book with Tesco Vee, an interview with another teenage girl band from the 70s, the UK proto-twee pioneers DOLLY MIXTURE,  Australian garage maniax STRAIGHT ARROWS, and a look at punk-run record store Celebrated Summer. We also have two great scene reports: one that covers the Venezuelan punk scene from a historical and current perspective, and an Olympia, Washington scene report that, in old school MRR style, includes interviews with tons of local bands from that area, including MILK MUSIC, HPP, WEIRD TV, BROKEN WATER, GUN OUTFIT, RVIVR, HAIL SEIZURES, SON SKULL, WHITE BOSS, and the HYSTERICS. All of that plus the most extensive review section in punk! Get it or regret it…

Go to our BACK ISSUES page to order this issue.



RIP Four Letter Word 1991-2011


January 6th, 2011 by

… Looks like one of the UK’s longest running bands are finally calling it a day. FOUR LETTER WORD from Cardiff in South Wales are hanging up their boots after 20 years in the game. Readers unfamiliar with the band will no doubt be familiar with frontman, Welly, who has been producing the UK’s premier fanzine Artcore since the mid ’80s. The band was strongly influenced by melodic UK hardcore, not unlike Articles of Faith, Naked Raygun, and the Adolescents, but with fiercely political, uncompromising lyrics. In their time the band produced five LPs, seven EPs, did 200 shows and managed to tour the US (a feat few UK bands have managed). Personally, the band were always an inspiration to me, showing that coming from a city where being punk was and is no mean feat, Welly and crew managed to soldier on releasing quality records with real songs year after year. Welly also showed me that being 40 and a responsible Dad doesn’t mean that you need to leave the punk scene and your politics behind. Their demise will leave a huge hole in the UK music scene. Everyone at MRR salutes them for their time at the coalface. Gone but not forgotten!!

Have a listen to:
“Sub Zone” by FOUR LETTER WORD



New Band Spotlight: Throwing Up


January 5th, 2011 by

Photo: Clare James Clare Perfect proof that 2011 is gonna hurl some exciting new sounds across my city, THROWING UP is a brand new band from London, England. This vomitous triad only formed in September, have been sharing their songs with the world for less than 24 hours, and I’m lovesick already.

Formed of Claire and Camille, formerly of all-girl rage troupe Headless, and world famous fashion photographer (wait I turned into Tyra Banks for a second there) and excellent mosher Ben Rayner, Throwing Up make super cool snarly stripped-down punk that sounds to these ears like a catchy post-grunge echo of DC’s Chalk Circle mixed with a bit of that lo-fi Messthetics-style hustle bustle.

Photo: Clare James ClareTU has plenty of vomexperience on which to draw, as bassface Clare recalls, “I woke up in the middle of night and projectiled all over my bedroom. That included my ex-boyfriend’s face, dick, slippers, and all the clothes on my rail. When I finally made it to the loo there wasn’t even any vom left in me.”

We can but hope that this is not the case for Throwing Up and that they do indeed have plenty left to spew forth. No release plans as yet — first show “soon!”

I’m feeling a little lightheaded with all these sick metaphors, time bow out here and just say LISTEN (and here’s their Tumblr.)

Throwing Up – “Mother Knows Best” MP3



Wow, what a show! Natural Law/
Dystrophy/Trapper/Dethroned Emporer/Burma


January 4th, 2011 by

Wow, what a show! is brought to you again this week by Will Butler of To Live A Lie Records / Fastcore Photos. But why let him hog all the glory? If you take photos and like to write about punk shows (or if you and a friend wanna team up to do this) drop us a line at with a sample review and pics, and maybe you too can be a MRR shitblogger!

Parking lot after the show

Perfect timing for a slightly out of town show… I had Friday off for New Years so a show an hour away wasn’t a stretch. This was originally going to be in a Raleigh basement but due to some roommate issues it got moved to a Greensboro show space called CFBG. Word is that the place is a dance studio, and it had some cool artwork up. Appears to be a business where the owner is nice enough to have bands come play.

Matt White of Burma (photo by Will Butler)

Technical difficulties caused a short delay… I think a PA needed to be brought or found or set up and a large bass cab was set up for vocals.  BURMA went on shortly after. They share members across Raleigh and Greensboro so they are a perfect band to have already been booked to play in Raleigh and to also play this night in the other town. They pumped out some jams to room of smiling faces. I think I must have been spoiled by Matt’s antics at their last show when he went off..  tonight he wasn’t as energized and bloody, although a guitar was swung fairly close to his head a few times. There were shouts for a Minor Threat cover but alas no cover. The great thing about Minor Threat is the fact that is really hard to ruin their songs, they are both solid and sloppy, so I always enjoy seeing one covered.

Tom Murphy and Greg Bueno of Dystrophy (photo by Will Butler)

Following Burma was DYSTROPHY. I was really hoping this was the Cali thrash punk band who put out We’re Nice Kids, but it turns out this Dystrophy still rules AND also contains my friend Matt Thompson… quite a pleasant surprise. This Dystrophy is a NJ area death metal band. Lots of riffage which had quite a few people jumping around and getting wild. They played a solid long set and even covered a Death song.

Dethroned Emporer (photo by Will Butler)

This next band I had never heard of before, but based on their look I was highly interested. DETHRONED EMPORER took stage (took floor). The guest vocalist during the Dystrophy set is on drums and their singer as the guy  I noticed wearing a Cryptic Slaughter jacket earlier in the night. His guitar setup was super loud and crunchy on sound check. Later on I noticed he has two instrument cables coming out of his guitar and each cable was connected to a different head connected to the same stack. I talked to him later as I was super curious and he gave me an overly technical answer that I forget most of, but I know he was running each pickup to a different amp head and he mentioned taking off his volume pot and running 1 Ω out to overdrive the whole rig I believe. The sound of this two piece death metal band was more familiar to me than the previous band, they obviously draw a lot of influence from early grind. They had a few parts containing what I call the mince beat… that really awesome slowed down grind beat that Agathocles is known for.

Lee Milsaps of Trapper (photo by Will Butler)

Second to last band that played was TRAPPER. Their second guitar player was nice and talked to me earlier in the show and I was in kind of a quiet mood so I felt like a douche, so I wanted to make sure to get some good pictures of them. The band hails from Charlotte and the other guitar player helped make the whole show happen at this venue.  Trapper had a definite hardcore sound but did have some darker guitar tone which was crunchy at times and I noticed sludge influence. I spent most of their set trying to get a picture of the singer who wouldn’t slow down… lots of bounding around and bending backwards. Some of this stuff falls off my radar as I write it off as Bridge 9/Converge type jams… in actuality they are  probably more along the lines of Doomrider or Nails… definitely not bad for a local area band.

Natural Law (photo by Will Butler)

The final band is one I had heard so much about but had not actually heard, NATURAL LAW. The fine folks from Double Negative talked about them in high regards and Ira wouldn’t shut up about their Slump EP, so I was excited to see them. The band shares members with Black Kites and seems to be a scattered New England/DC crowd. Their bass player lives with two members of Deathrats I later found out. The band played non-stop hardcore jams that definitely gives a nod to Double Negative but with its own originality. I think this is where my ability to describe music drops off. You really should just track down their demo or 7″, not many people will be disappointed.



Monday Photo Blog: Paul Curran Special


January 3rd, 2011 by

I thought we’d kick the first photo blog of the New Year off with a batch of photos from our esteemed Web Coordinator, Paul Curran!

Broken Spells, Provo, UT, August 3, 2010 (photo by Paul Curran)

Snarlas (from Athens, OH) @ Shady Acres, Pittsburgh, PA, August 19, 2010 (photo by Paul Curran)

Long Pigs, Boston, August 15, 2010 (photo by Paul Curran)

Crazy Spirit, Boston, MA, August 15, 2010 (photo by Paul Curran)

Punks gone wild at Fangtasia in Long Beach, CA, June 2010 (photo by Paul Curran)

If you shoot shows and have photos you want to submit for the MRR Blog, send 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 like to exercise a little quality control here…not everything sent in will be posted. Please size your photos so they are 600 pixels (72 dpi) at the longest side.

Looking forward to a year of killer photos!