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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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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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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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Create to Destroy! Max of Eat The Life


January 29th, 2014 by

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Max and I crossed paths somehow around 2010.  I always liked the mix tapes he mailed me on the reg, and we’ve done a few mail trades (yes, punks still do that). His zines, label, and devotion to punk have an idealist quality that is refreshing and inspiring. His attitude about releasing punk and supporting punk is super legit. Here is Max, one of the Eat The Life label dudes, for your enjoyment…

Are you from Chicago?
I lived in Chicago for like ten years or something, then my parents decided the public schools out here weren’t too decent, so I ended up in Glenview, IL, which is 30 minutes outside of the city. Though I hated living in a suburban wasteland, I did meet A.J. in 6th grade gym class, he is half #2 of ETL Records.

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What’s going on with Chicago punk right now? I’ve heard about some neat stuff in Detroit…do you go to Detroit often or close by cities?
There’s so much happening, I actually have a hard time sleeping because most things here are so intriguing. We have a lot of sick bands that play out often like CULO, ANAMOLY, GASRAG, BIG ZIT (NWI), RECTAL HYGIENICS, DISTRACT, NARCOLEPTICS, SPLIT FEET, CRACKED VESSEL, MANIPULATION, SIN ORDEN, THE VALENTEENS, RASH, BOILERMAN, CARBONLEAK. New bands/side projects are constantly popping up.

Another place people travel to is Northwest Indiana, it’s overlooked but if you can’t get a Chicago show it’s a good second option…or first! Detroit is cool as hell, I’ve been there a few times in the past month. My friend Julie just moved there and found a few different scenes. Lots of metal, d-beat, Ty Segall styled music, and stuff but not much straight hardcore. For sure a good city to ride through on tour, classic Motown history!

Do things at your own pace, don’t be afraid to ask questions, be proud of what you dig. There is no expiration date on punk or a hobby — it’s never too late to get into it. If people knock you, forget ’em. Your interests > what they want you to be interested in.

How many cassette releases have you done? Vinyl? Any CDs? What was your last release?
I think like 20 tapes on Eat The Life and maybe 14 on our previous high school label. 100-300 has been the standard tape quantity released. We’ve done a handful of 7″ records, 300 copies of each usually. No CDs released but I am thinking of diving into that world, some people only have CD players and still want to hear our music. Plus, I think they only have Walkmans in space, and we have fans up there.

Who do you use for cassettes? How do you make J-cards? What about vinyl? What pressing plant do you use? Sleeves?
I order tapes from Delta Media company, they are sick and maybe one day I can go to their HQ. I dub all the tapes at home on a tape deck, sharing duties with A.J. and our main slice Chris D. Not really too hot about having some other person dubbing ETL stuff. For inserts and cover art, I’ll always have the band send me masters in the mail for best quality. We get all of our copying done probono, cuz daswassup. United Record Pressing has been our go to place for vinyl, people always knock them but I have never had an issue.

What’s your next release?
There’s an XL load of ETL coming out starting with a 7″ single for the band NANCY from Brooklyn and the third tape from my band, THUMBSUCKERS. We’re coming out with the second volume of our compilation tape, People Mostly Suck It, which highlights underrated/new US punk bands. Since it’s a compilation tape made meant for exposure, we’re gonna do 1000 copies first run. I’m really excited. The other thing we have coming out is a 12″ collection for the ’80s Long Beach band MODERN WARFARE. It’ll be our first reissue and our first 12″, wow. A.J. has done tons of work for that and now it’s coming together hopefully this summer.

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How can we stay up-to-date with you?
Oh dang, this is the most difficult question to answer actually. We’re both really weak at updating and advertising online, but it’s starting to come up. There’s a blogspot (eattheliferecords.blogspot.com) that gets updated. We’re gonna be getting a phone so anyone can call to say wazzup and inquire about releases. We run a fan club too, for big fans. It’s only $10 and you get stuff exclusive to the club. Write to join: 1719 W Albion Ave Chicago, IL 60626

When did you start getting really involved with making punk happen? When did you realize that you could be active in the punk community and not just an observer? Isn’t it cool how anyone in punk can keep punk alive…
Damn, I think the summer from 8th grade going into freshman year I realized my band could make CDs of our demo and that we didn’t have to rely on somebody else. Since we didn’t really know many older kids in punk that set up shows, we set up our own stuff and played with street punk bands from the suburbs. Getting involved with something you love rules! If you can’t “get with the program” then make your own program. I definitely couldn’t just stand there and observe, it would drive me nuts. Nobody should be labeled as an observer, everyone has something they can offer, the hard part is opening yourself up to be part of a community.

What do you think is needed in your scene? Like less internet more all ages venues? Real flyers?
Right now there are no message boards for Chicago shows (except VLV). So if you don’t know of shows coming up or know someone who attends shows, it’s gonna take some effort to go. While flyering is sick, the city is massive and it would be a nightmare to cover all of it. Plus, we have to be cautious of the undercovers busting spaces, so posting bills just anywhere is no bueno. Flyers are up in record stores, thrift shops, etc., but mainly passed out at gigs. It would be sick nasty to have more of an underground record store where DIY is more appreciated. An all ages legal venue seems to be a goal for most punk scenes, not sure how it would be funded (yo, Rahm Emanuel, wassup!). We do have a zine community but it is mostly poetry/art stuff, more music zines would melt me into soup. Also, where are the punk graff writers in this city?!

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What do you mean by Eat the Life? Do you really like LEBENDEN TOTEN? Also what is “Chizona”?
I do really like LEBENDEN TOTEN but the name comes from other things too. First of all, it sounds like something somebody would say in a Godzilla movie, and that is hilarious. Also, “eat the life” is similar to “Life’s a garden, dig it” or some bogus saying. Stop for a second to think about eating your life, pretty fascinating stuff…or maybe just when you’re on acid. Ha ha. Chizona was a term coined a few years ago by our buddy Mike. It combines Chicago and Arizona Iced Tea drink. We use the word for almost every matrix number on our records.

Besides the label, what else is on your plate?
We both currently work at an Asian restaurant, I do dishes. I enjoy riding my bike and discovering new spots. Occasionally I’ll make a new issue of a zine under the alias As Boredom Sets In. Not really sure what else to do, self stimulation and eating pizza is a daily routine. We both enjoy reading reading comics while dubbing tapes.

Any last words, punk?
Gosh, it’s the end already? I’d like to holler at the East Coast, NANCY & THUMBSUCKERS will be touring over there March 13th-23rd. This Summer we’re gonna open a small record store in an equipment room in our basement, gonna be on some D.L. status.

To anybody: Do things at your own pace, don’t be afraid to ask questions, be proud of what you dig. There is no expiration date on punk or a hobby (what’s up, Dad?). It’s never too late to get into it. If people knock you, forget ’em. Your interests > what they want you to be interested in. Peace.



Monday Photo Blog: André Agurto


January 27th, 2014 by

Let’s go down to Lima, Perú for this Monday Photo Blog with André Agurto. Some up close action capturing the happenings in the crowd, as well as the stage. For more from André, check out his Facebook here.

Fan at Narcosis concert in Salón Imperial in Lima, Perú, July 2013 (photo by André Agurto)

Diana Foronda at Área7at El Local in Lima, Perú, September 2013 (photo by André Agurto)

Barrio Calavera at Wayruro in Lima, Perú, November 2013 (photo by André Agurto)

Metamorphosis at El Local in Lima, Perú, December 2013 (photo by André Agurto)

Autopsia at Salón Imperial in Lima, Perú, July 2013 (photo by André Agurto)

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 #1385 • 1/26/14


January 26th, 2014 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!

THIS WEEK: Greg, Alex and Matt prove that we really listen to all of those tapes that you send in to the magazine as we compile some of our favorites from 2013. For good measure, we also threw in a few records…and a space phone.

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Intro song:
NO BUSINESS – Stop Saying Sorry

Matt’s not even here but here’s his favorite demo tapes anyway…some of them are actually not from 2013 at all.
CS-137 – La Humanidad Lo Ha Jodido Todo
AVICHINES – Soy Un Amargado
MILISI KECOA – Ini Bukan Arab, Bung!
CHAIN RANK – Point and Accuse
THE BROOD – The Void Stares Back
OLD CITY – Sunny Days

Alex – “I Hate Naming Sets”
IVY – Antsy
MOON – Love Ruins
VIOLENT SECTS – Easy Street
THE CHAIN – Dead Aesthetic
LA MISMA – Escuridao

Greg plays some tapes that made his 2013 awesome
RATS REST – Permanent Catastrophe
EXTRA FEELER – Department of Apathy
BLACK PANTIES – I Don’t Care About the Punx
VIOLATIONS – Rumination
CAL AND THE CALORIES – PHD
NO STATIK – Hidden Track

Greg wants all the shitty kids to come drink in the MRR Compound
THE LOVE TRIANGLE – Hollywood Sleaze
M.O.T.O. – Shitty Kids
RADIOACTIVITY – Don’t Try
WHORE PAINT – The Body

Outro song:
NO STATIK AND DJ EONS ONE – We All Die In the End (Remix)



MRR Presents: Friday Fuckin’ Funnies!


January 24th, 2014 by

It’s Friday Fuckin’ Funnies — the best comix section on the whole interwebs! Each Friday we have a selection of comic strips from punx like you… You make funnies? Send em to and maybe you’ll see yer comic here next Friday!

NOTHING MATTRESS by Brian Connolly!

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More at www.nothingmattress.com and facebook.com/nothingmattress

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Richie Bucher presents…

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by Melanie Matranga!

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Melanie has more comics at rox-my-sox.tumblr.com

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LIFE IS POSERS!

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Loads more at lifeisposers.com



Record of the Week: NEGATIVE STANDARDS/WHITEHORSE split LP


January 23rd, 2014 by

NegistanWhitehorseSplitOakland’s NEGATIVE STANDARDS turn in their best slab yet for this split. Despair-laden ambiance and a welcome return to the effective use of samples (an art seemingly left in 1998) crashes headfirst into a full frontal downtuned assault that puts absolutely everything on the table. Their power is in their diversity—both within tracks and between them. File this amongst heavyweights like COUNTERBLAST and SYSTRAL, with notable nods to modern black metal and gratuitous forays into noise interludes. On the flipside, Australia’s long-running doom masters WHITEHORSE do exactly what they do best: they crush you. A full side is sacrificed to one song, an exercise in patience and torture. Painfully slow devastation is tempered with electronic sound manipulations that eventually become the focal point instead of a mere distraction, as key to the overall impact as the guttural vocal bursts that sound like they are being removed from the singer as much as delivered by him. Whirlwind guitar leads start at about the six-minute mark—every time you submit, they add more torment. Dismiss this as another doom band record if you like, but it will be your loss.  (Vendetta Records)

—Robert Collins