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

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Wow, what a show! Shitstorm/The Kill/Noisear/DOC/Street Pizza/ATT in RVA 5/22/11


May 24th, 2011 by

Disciples of Christ (photo by Will Butler)

Most of my excitement leading up to this show stemmed around the fact that I chose to go to Chaos In Tejas (say hi if you see me there) over going to Maryland Death Fest. Both awesome lineups, but the possibility of seeing Lärm (canceled), Seein Red (canceled), Low Threat Profile (canceled), and Killing Joke (canceled) seemed to outweigh what MDF offered this year. Don’t get me wrong, Chaos in Tejas is stacked this year but, damn, did some amazing bands drop off. Well, the one major letdown was the fact that Australia’s premiere grindcore act, The Kill, would only be playing up in Baltimore for the fest I chose not to go to. To my belated surprise I got an invite on the internet to come see this show and I about ran circles around the room for joy, I could have kissed Mark Osborn on the lips for putting this together two hours away up in Richmond, Virginia.

I got a few Raleigh folks on board to come up with me and, surprises among surprises, I found out that my good friends Steveo and Andrea would be around and wanted to come with. Ended up being my awesome roommate Jace and the pair to head up. We rolled up in a leisurely Sunday style — ate some vegan all-you-can-eat buffet across the street, and prepared for a grindcore assault at Strange Matter.

First to play was Ancient Torture Techniques. I apologize for not having any pictures of them, I had thought to grab my camera out of my car a few minutes too late as I had a bird’s eye view and they started playing… plus, it appeared a friend or girlfriend of the band was getting video of them right next to me. Simone, the guitar player and long time acquaintance, had eaten all-you-can-eat buffet right next to us earlier in the evening but it didn’t seem to slow him down any, he was thrashing about the crowd as he played. The bass player did some cutting wood attacks with his bass and I was prepared to kick him back into his area if he got too close. The band shared vocal duties, had some yelling, screaming, and Simone threw back some of the Man Is The Bastard Cookie-Monster vocals. I’m 99% sure they are the only band that sounds like this in Virginia Beach, so glad to keep powerviolence strong up the coast.

Street Pizza (photo by Will Butler)

After ATT left the floor, RVA’s own Street Pizza started setting up on stage. Ironic band name aside, I had heard great things about this band and was excited about finally seeing them. I would have liked to have seen them play on the floor, but they delivered a tight set. Really quality grind-violence/powerviolence with songs that weren’t too short to be enjoyable. Caught a few pictures of the bass player singing with his eyes bugging out which made me laugh.

Disciples of Christ (photo by Will Butler)

Following the hometown heroes, Disciples of Christ, a.k.a. DOC, took the floor. I have an unfair bias towards this band, but for good damn reason. This was my second time seeing them and they were just as intense. Brutal blasting grindcore from DC featuring Nolan who is ex-Juice Tyme, young gun Tim, and Chris of Magrudergrind/Coke Bust/Sick Fix fame. Nolan played in the normal power-stance with his mic set up three to four feet from the ground and one leg dragged far back while playing and singing. All three of them sing. No fluff, great short set.

Noisear (photo by Will Butler)

When the show was first announced two or three weeks prior, they didn’t have Noisear listed as playing. It was a nice surprise to see them added into the mix. New Mexico’s grindcore outfit rolled up onto the stage with some funny looking death metal instruments but I was super stoked to see the guitar player wearing a Gate shirt. The band was noticeably more on the metal tip than the last set of bands but they tore through some songs like wet toilet paper. Not totally my cup of tea but I definitely liked them and I see them being a big hit at Deathfest.

The Kill (photo by Will Butler)

Holy crap. Holy crap? Holy crap! The Kill takes stage and I’m floored. I briefly and awkwardly met Roby, their guitar player, who I have been in contact with before, and felt like a weird fanboy taking pictures right under where he is playing guitar on a weird rolling set of stairs up to the stage. During their set my perch on the stairs almost got uprooted as the movable set of stairs I was on got moshed into a few times. Getting back to what’s important — The Kill. The Kill is Australia’s answer to Magrudergrind… super fast and blasty grindcore with no bass player. The played an absolutely perfect set and polished it all off with a Napalm Death cover.

Shitstorm (photo by Will Butler)

Last to play are my great old friends Shitstorm. I have known Ricky, Dub, Jon, and even their new bass player Eric, for about seven or eight years now. They consist of Miami locals, and I think Ricky is now an Atlanta transplant. The band plays super pissed off, primal grind and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them quite a few times. Actually, I drove two hours to the NC coast to see them play last summer, brought my camera to take pictures of them but left my camera battery in the charger. Lots of moshing in the crowd and Eric did some awesome youth crew jumps while swinging his bass behind his back so that he could get some height.

Will Butler (me) and Roby from The Kill (photo by Tim Mullaney)

I ended up talking to Roby from The Kill quite a bit before embarking on the trip home with my small NC crew. He told me about his four-year-old son that he misses, he told me that the drummer from Noisear got mugged in New York, and he ended up giving me quite a few kisses on my cheek. Legit awesome guy. Sorry to hear about the drummer from Noisear — hope they have better luck the next time they are up that way. In all, amazing trip. Thanks to all those who came with me, Mark for booking the show, the good RVA locals, and the bands…definitely the bands. It was a great small venue prequel to MDF for anyone going up to that, but it was just the amount of grind to get me stoked on life.

Enjoy some video that me and Jace Kuhn shot at the show:
Noisear
The Kill
Shitstorm

Scroll through all of the photos from the show here:
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Besides being MRR.com’s premier show reviewer/photographer combo, Will Butler‘s claims to fame are To Live A Lie Records and Fastcore Photos (Issue #2 is almost out for those who care!). 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!



Monday Photo Blog: SS Ten


May 23rd, 2011 by

This weekend Scott Soriano, mastermind behind the Sacramento-based SS Records label, held a ten year anniversary weekend bender. Over three days a number of past, present and future SS Records bands played, including: Charles Albright, Lenz, the Lamps, Wounded Lion, Nar (from Soriano’s old label Moo-La-La), the Mantles and the A Frames, who played their last show ever.

Cheveu (from France) weren’t able to make it, so Liquorball stepped in. Likewise, Duchess of Saigon couldn’t make the date, so attendees were instead treated to an exceptionally rare set by Australia’s 3 Toed Sloth. All members were in town to catch the crowning  achievement of the weekend, the first ever US show by feedtime!

Hank IV @ SS Ten, Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA 20 May 2011 (photo by Mark Murrmann)

Nothing People @ SS Ten, Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA 21 May 2011 (photo by Mark Murrmann)

feedtime @ SS Ten, Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA 21 May 2011 (photo by Mark Murrmann)

feedtime @ SS Ten, Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA 21 May 2011 (photo by Mark Murrmann)

3 Toed Sloth @ SS Ten, Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco, CA 22 May 2011 (photo by Mark Murrmann)

Nar @ SS Ten, Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco, CA 22 May 2011 (photo by Mark Murrmann)

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MRR Radio #1245 • 5/22/11


May 21st, 2011 by
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MRR Radio is a weekly radio show featuring the best DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the astounding, ever-growing Maximum Rocknroll record collection. You can find the MRR Radio podcast, as well as specials, archives, and more info at radio.maximumrocknroll.com. Thanks for listening, and stay tuned!

Hal’s “Goodbye” show… due to the inconvenient “Rapture” that’s gonna send us all to HELL. Rotten Ron, Howlin’ Hot Dog and Lightnin’ Jeff G. take you on a stallion ride into the depths of HELL!

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Silver Cocks

Intro song:
NAR – Holiday Routine

Rotten Ron’s Last Set …before the Rapture
ANTISEEN – Exploding Barbed Wire Death Match
GONE BAD – Midnight Love
CANDY SNATCHERS – The World Is Wrong
BOB – The Things That You Do
CRIMEN – Esta No La Pueda Oir Mi Jefita
GR’UPS – Arg Fuck Kill

Hal’s New Junks for the Final Daze
HIGH TENSION WIRES – Back
THE OOPS – On the Lift
TRANSEX – Gotta Go
SILVER COCKS – Assassination
DEAN DIRG – We’re Ok
DISCO LEPERS – Epileptic Sex

Adam “The End of the World” Dog
KAMIKAZES – Time to Rock n Roll
RIOT 99 – Destroy the City
SMOGTOWN – Waste Of Breath
THE FREEZE – I Hate Tourists
THE SCIENTISTS – Shake Together Tonight
THE USERS – Kicks in Style

Lightnin’ Jeff G provides filler for the afterlife
ANNIHILATION TIME – Imaginary Mirror
THE RIFFS – Johnny Won’t Get to Heaven

Outro song:
PAPER BAGS – Prick



Record of the Week: BÄDDAT FÖR TRUBBEL LP


May 19th, 2011 by

BÄDDAT FÖR TRUBBEL Det Här Är Inte New York LP

As a punk record aficionado, there are few things more exciting than finding a great record by an outta-nowhere new band. This is that sort of record…only better. In terms of international punk rock, I haven’t been this wowed by a debut since EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING dropped their first A-bomb. Got your attention yet? Though Sweden’s BFT shares little in terms of sound with ECSR, they share that same brand of confidence and pitch-perfect execution in what they do. And what is that, you ask? Well, imagine pairing a classic Euro Killed By Death sound (sung in Swedish, no less) with a lean toward pub rock and the amphetamine-fueled R&B that dominated the UK in the mid-’70s. While that might spell trouble for anyone unwilling to look past, I dunno, MASSHYSTERI for their Euro-punk fix, this amounts to nothing short of a fucking lightning bolt to the rest of us! It’s refreshing to hear a band mining the sounds of the initial punk era but shrugging off the pose and fashion-aping, opting instead for legit soul and passion. No easy feat, my friends. There’s not a single fucking dud among the fifteen tunes here, so singling any cuts out is a challenge. Check out the frantic “Fan Ta Dig” and the powerful, anthemic heart breaker “Jag Har Ingenting” for the purest, most effective distillation of this band’s many strengths. I have not-so-silently been singing this band’s praises since I first encountered them in late 2010 and, thankfully, a scant few copies of this LP have finally landed stateside. If you have any interest at all in hearing a neo-classic punk rock album, I implore you to check this LP out. Seriously…find this NOW. An absolutely perfect, jaw-dropping record. (Punks Only)



Video of the Week: Reality 86’d


May 17th, 2011 by

Reality 86’d

Watch this while you can, folks, cuz a certain guitarist is well-known for putting the kibosh on any Black Flaggery that isn’t making him any money. This is by Dave Markey, who made the legendary (and essential!) Desperate Teenage Lovedolls, and The Slog Movie, which is also worth checking out… once… Here’s his own description of this video:

A road documentary shot from the inside of the last Black Flag tour ever (the 1986 “In My Head” US tour.) Greg Ginn along with Henry Rollins, Cel Revulta, and Anthony Martinez comprise the final line up of the band. Featuring behind the scenes proceedings and live performances from Black Flag, Painted Willie, and Gone (Ginn’s side project, then featuring Sim Cain and Andrew Weiss (later of the Rollins Band) . Filmmaker / musician David Markey was along for the entire trip as the drummer / singer for Painted Willie (with Phil Newman & Vic Makauskas), documenting the six month tour as it happened. Also features roadie Joe (“Planet Joe”) Cole, soundmen Davo Claasen and Dave “Ratman” Levine, and the tour manager who kept it all together, Mitch Bury. A crucial turning point in American underground rock. The end of the line for a trail blazing American band.