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MRR Radio #1587 • 12/10/17

This week Matt pulls some rarities out of the vault to make the scums and punks drool. Intro song: STENGTE DØRER ...

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MRR Radio #1586 • 12/3/17

On this week's MRR Radio, Rob goes ballistic for late '70s and early '80s Bloodstains punk rock from around the ...

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Maximum Rocknroll #416 • Jan 2018

Another new year, another exciting issue of Maximum Rocknroll! MRR #416, our January 2018 issue, begins with a sad note as we ...

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"Who gives a fuck?"

MRR Radio #1585 • 11/26/17

“[...] Elvis gives them a short speech about the death pangs that humanity must go through in order to reach ...

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MRR Radio #1584 • 11/19/17

Another fuct up Rotten Ron and Horrrible Halitosis Punker Power Hour. Intro song: DRUGCHARGE - Husk Rotten Ron fucks it up so you ...

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Create to Destroy! catches up with Death/Traitors’ Alex Heir

May 29th, 2013 by

An interview with Alexander Heir of Death/Traitors in New York City appeared in MRR #360 last month. He did the cover art for that issue, and the positive response internationally was amazing. But the interview was from 2011, delayed due to many reasons, mostly being that I sat on transcribing the interview for over a year! So I thought I’d do a needed follow-up with Alex for MRR.com’s Create to Destroy, as he has been up to a lot of interesting stuff since then…

Punx in Death/Traitors gear

Punx in Death/Traitors gear

You’ve been busy since the last time I interviewed you.
Yeah, it’s been a great year. I’ve gotten a lot of opportunities to show my work and people have been responding really well to everything I’ve put out there.

Tell us about SURVIVAL. You released the Civil War demo tape in 2012. How many did you release? Any plans for future tours and releases?
We did about 150 hand-dubbed copies of Civil War, and are waiting on 100 more professionally dubbed ones that we’re going to have for distros. We also just released a split tape with ANASAZI that we’ve been selling at shows, and will be available for mass release next month. We’re planning a little summer tour with ANASAZI up to Ottawa, and will probably hit Rochester, Montreal, and Boston, as well. ANASAZI is like our brother band, we’re all good friends and both playing punk on the darker side. Jess, who sings in SURVIVAL, plays bass in ANASAZI now as well.

Death/Traitors pendant

Who do you normally play with in NYC?
We’ve been playing pretty diverse shows, from noise punk like VIRGINIA TEK to darkwave like ROSA APÁTRIDA to straight ahead NYC punk gigs. It was cool opening for ASPECTS OF WAR (from Boston), I really like playing with really harsh bands, it’s a nice balance. We’re opening for CRAZY SPIRIT, RASPBERRY BULBS, and TOTAL CONTROL in Brooklyn on May 23rd; that’s going to be a great show!

What do you think of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibit?
I haven’t gone, though I’ve seen plenty of photos and read a bunch of reviews. I’m torn about the idea of having a “punk” fashion show at the Met. As a punk/person invested in punk and alternative culture, I’m pretty turned off by any mainstream attention, especially fashion, which can be appropriated so superficially without any interest in the politics and ideas behind it. However, I also think the fashion and designers of that first wave of punk absolutely deserve their place in art/fashion history, and there could have been a really amazing exhibition of original punk clothing and ephemera. That show did not seem to have any interest in actually documenting that, though. It seemed like a big spectacle trying to capitalize off of punk’s trendiness and the success of the Alexander McQueen show.

Have you collaborated with any other artists for Death/Traitors?
The last collaboration I did with someone else for Death/Traitors was with an Italian artist I really dig named Luca Yety Battaglia. I haven’t really been interested in having other people do designs…I think one of Death/Traitors’ strong points is the consistently of the images and message, since it’s all designed by the same person.

Who else is screening cool stuff right now?
Toxic State Records is still holding it down with every release having screen-printed packaging. They just released an amazing compilation LP with a screened cover, poster, and Risographed booklet. If you are reading this interview, I cannot stress enough how killer the music and artwork for this record are.


What was the last thing you made for Death/Traitors?
I’m about to release a new line of shirt designs for the summer, and am working on new varsity jackets, knit sweaters, and scarves for the fall. I’ve got some cool little jewelry pieces coming out soon as well!

What’s your next project?
I’m working on a book that will be a compilation of selected works from the past few years, as well as new pieces made just for the book. Sacred Bones will be publishing it and helping me organize an exhibition in conjunction with the release. I’m really honored and excited to be working with them.

I understand you went to Barcelona recently, can you give us a taste of what’s going on there right now?
Barcelona was one of the best places I’ve ever been, I really didn’t want to go home. There’s a ton of great really great bands out there and everyone we met was so fucking nice and cool. I don’t need to tell you how good BELGRADO, SECT, and GLAM are!!!

It reminded me of New York in a way because it’s a meeting ground for people from all over. The scene, at least from what I experienced, wasn’t just locals but also a lot of transplants from all over Spain and the rest of the world that are all coming together, doing their thing and exchanging ideas. I think it’s why both Barcelona and NYC are so vibrant and interesting.

Barcelona also has a really long anarchist history, which you can still feel, in addition to the fact that their economy is fucked and there’s a really high rate of unemployment, especially amongst the youth. The people in general seem pretty politically minded and there are protests on a weekly basis. There are a ton of squats in Barcelona, and the cops are pretty hands off. I had a real sense of freedom there I don’t get in America, though I was on vacation so I wasn’t forced to deal with whatever daily struggles the people living there have.



How’s New York doing?
NYC is simultaneously the best and the worst. It was pretty rough coming home from Spain back to NYC. There’s this kind of crushing feeling you get from being in NYC, just know that there are cameras and police everywhere. Just doing something as simple as drinking a beer in a park on a nice day was such a luxury in Spain. Here we’re conditioned to live in constant fear of being busted for some dumb shit. And coming back from staying in a big, gorgeous squat to my small, expensive, studio/apartment was a bummer, as well.

Dealing with all this crap is one of the reasons why there are so many good bands, though. People get so insane and stressed they release it by working twice as hard on their music (or art). You get so used to having to hustle just to get by you bring that same mentality to your own work. Living in NYC makes you insane in a really particular way that I personally love, but it definitely not for everyone. It’s hard to turn off and just chill sometimes.

I’m worried for the future of NYC. It’s getting so expensive and gentrification is expanding so fast it’s going to be even harder for regular working people to live here. As much as it’s a creative hub, NYC can be really unfriendly to artists…studio space is really expensive and you have to compete with all the “artists” who have all the time and resources in the worlds to make their work because their living on their parent’s dime. I used to think that was just a stereotype people say about Brooklyn, but it’s true.

I don’t know what’s going to happen to New York when the only people that can afford to live here are investment bankers.

How are you?
I’m good. There’s never enough time in the day to get everything I want done, but I suppose that’s a good problem to have. The very fact that I can live off my art and shirts is amazing. I’m happy to be doing what I’m doing and ready to keep pushing things forward.


Death/Traitors t-shirt

Any last words, punk?
Check out burnbooks.org in the coming weeks for the SURVIVAL demo and ANASAZI/SURVIVAL split tape; and new designs are up on deathtraitors.com!

If you are in LA I have some prints in a group show at THE GALLERY (1621 N. Cahuenga) up until May 31, and if you are in NYC I have prints in an short exhibition at CULTURE FIX (9 Clinton Street) open from May 16-19.

Just want to mention the new crop of NYC punk bands to check out like LA MISMA, BLACK BOOT, VIRGINIA TEK, MURDERER, WARTHOG, PUTRIDA, and DEFORMITY, plus all the bands that have been crushing it for a while like CRAZY SPIRIT, PERDITION, GOOSEBUMPS, HANK WOOD & THE HAMMERHEADS, NOMAD, SAD BOYS, and of course DAWN OF HUMANS (#1!!!!!!!!!) And for noise heads I strongly recommend FOREPLAY and PHARMAKON (brutal!!).

Anyone wishing to contact me about Death/Traitors, Survival, art, or whatever can reach me at


Monday Photo Blog: Victor Sanchez

May 27th, 2013 by

Through the lens of Victor Sanchez we are going to a few shows in Mexico for this  Monday Photo Blog. From the photo of Bumbklaatt, with the Cramps inspired artwork on the guitar, you would never suspect they are a heavy kind of band. I like the contrast of style! Or From the Depths looming in to the lens. Then there’s the multiple armed drummer from Deviated Instinct. The crush of the crowd in Agrimonia. Or the in-your-face performance of Antimaster. For more of Victor’s work, check out World In My Eyes.

Bumbklaatt at La Terraza Bar in Tijuna 2012. (Photo by Victor Sanchez)

From the Depths in a subterranean parking lot, February 2010. (Photo by Victor Sanchez)

Agrimonia at El Burro Rayado Bar, Tijuana sometime in August 2010. (Photo by Victor Sanchez)

Deviated Instinct at El Burrado Rayado Bar, August 2010. (Photo by Victor Sanchez)

Antimaster at Blue Factor, Mexico DF, October 2011. (Photo by Victor Sanchez)

Send your tour photos, bands that have come through your town, the best of your local bands, etc. to: . Include your name, a link to your website (or flickr, Facebook, or whatever), and the band (or subject), date and location of each photo. Just send your best photos — edit tightly. Three to seven photos is plenty, and it’s best to send pictures of different bands. Please do not send watermarked photos. Please make your photos 72 dpi and about 600–800 pixels at the longest side. Not everything sent in will be posted, and a response is not guaranteed, but we do appreciate all of your contributions. Feel free to submit more than once. Thanks!

MRR Radio #1350 • 5/26/13

May 26th, 2013 by

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!

THIS WEEK: Hector, Ian and Dani from ABSURDO visited the compound today after the end of their West Coast tour and together with Martin put out a great radio show.


Intro song:


Martin Plays Stuff
CULO – Modern Depressions
FRACASO – ¿Sabes Lo Que Se Siente?
ABSURDO – Barcelona 92

Ian – Spanish Jams!!!
HHH – Mi Ciudad
MG-15 – Campos de Exterminio
OTAN – Juventud Anarquista
INVASION – Juventud Perdida

Dani Frutos Barcelona bands
CRIMEN DE ESTADO – Crimen de Estado
LAS OTRAS – Mujeres Asesinas
AMENAÇA – Tu Contra Ells
GRB – El Chino
FIRMEZA 10 – Emergencia

Hector – Shit I grew up listening to from the rotten city.
DECIBELIOS – Matar o Morir
ANTI/DOGMATIKSS – Fuego en la Moncloa

Martin plays more stuff
ANGRY RED PLANET – Mummy from Hollywood
THE SECT – Never Go
GLAM – Demonios Salvajes
LOS TONTOS – Policias

Hector – Still a rotten city!!!
GRB – Locura de Juventud

Outro song:
SUDOR – Qué Más Te Da

Create to Destroy! with Laura Lint

May 22nd, 2013 by

I met Laura Lint in Montreal through some chance of events, be it a Varning Fest or just on tour. She was always good for solid punk mail filled with her booze-and-boredom-inspired art, in between bouts of me longing to be back in Montreal, a.ka. Punk City. Her last package contained a self-portrait sticker of her, properly studded, holding out a can of cat food. She has sent me weirder, but I digress. Being a studded crazy cat lady myself, I thought I’d bring Laura and her odd craft-punk world to you all. Here is her blog and here is her interview, by Amelia…


Where in Canada did you grow up?
I was born and raised on the Sunshine Coast, in a town called Gibsons. It’s a short ferry ride from Vancouver, BC

Can you explain the Canadian welfare system to us a little bit?
Not really. In Montreal, the woman that met with me asked why I needed assistance. I told her that I might have to ride the bus ten minutes every day if I got a job, and for some reason she wrote me a cheque.

Why is beer so expensive in Canada?
On the West Coast it’s an “Everything Is Beautiful So Shut The Fuck Up About The Beer Price” tax. I don’t know about everywhere else, though.

Do you think the crazy winters lead to cabin-fever creativity? I mean, do you think part of you making so much cool shit has to do with the fact that you are stuck indoors?
Definitely! I just try to keep my brain busy during the slow hibernation months. I’m much more productive during the winter, and much drunker when the nice weather rolls around!

Buttons by Laura Lint

Buttons by Laura Lint

When did you start using resin and glass to create cool punk wares? What do you make?
I’ve been fiddling around with resin for a few years. I thought it was a cool medium but I had a hard time finding anything practical to use it for. Recently, I’ve done lots of customized bottle openers and keychains, but the pins are definitely the coolest. It’s nice to have something a little different on your vest! I have only just started messing with glass. I use it in much the same way as the resin, but glass can give a really cool magnifying fish eye look to the image underneath.

Do you weld metal at all?
I don’t, but I have always thought I would like it… Probably should have learned in Montreal when I had all the tools and expertise on hand!

Have your drawings been used for punk band releases? Flyers?
Most recently BELLICOSE MINDS used my drawing for their LP insert, and PROXY is working on a 7″ featuring a cartoon I did. I’ve done quite a few flyers over the years, and now that I’m in Vancouver, Foat just might have to share!

Can you please get me a Motörhead mug as a late birthday present?
Yes, but there’s a good chance it will be a picture of me marrying a young Phil Taylor.


I’m a Lemmy girl, myself…Tell us more about the cat self-portrait.
Remember the question about using art to escape cabin fever? This is an art/cabin fever/expensive Canadian beer head-on collision.

What was your first show?
Growing up where I did, DOA or SNFU were playing a show pretty much every weekend. On the other hand, so were DAYGLO ABORTIONS. We would just take our (really terrible) fake ID’s and hope that a punk bar would let us in!

What do you expect to do in Vancouver. You just moved, right?
We just moved into an amazing house in East Van with some great old friends. We call it Creature House, after the thing that lives in the roof. After a bit of settling in I just want to spend the summer enjoying the West Coast. Fuck, did I ever miss the mountains and water!

What’s the best way to contact you?

MRR Radio #1349 • 5/19/13

May 19th, 2013 by

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!

THIS WEEK: Dan, Vanessa, and Greg play some shit.


Intro song:
OFFENDERS – Face Down in the Dirt

Dan plays new shit
ACTION SWINGERS – Miserable Life
LIFE FORM – Splitting Hairs
LA LUZ – Call Me in the Day
GIVE – Pedal Pushing

Vanessa digs through the archives
EATER – Fifteen
RIP OFFS – Can’t Take It

Dan plays old shit
ASH TRADITION – Schafer Time/Party Animal
WASTED YOUTH – Reagan’s In
HERESY – Despair
MOB 47 – Religion Är Hjärntvätt

Greg’s Potpourri of Punk
GIZMOS – Bible Belt Baby
REPLICA – Big Black Boots
THE BODY – Just Wretched

Dan ponders the point of odd sized records
LEBENDEN TOTEN – Scattered Places
DROPDEAD – Unjustified Murder

Outro song:
DEAD MOON – 40 Miles of Bad Road