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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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Video of the Week: AUSMUTEANTS “No Motivation”

February 20th, 2014 by

Australia’s d-u-m-b geniuses AUSMUTEANTS make a video warning punks of the perils of putting on sunglasses you find in eviscerated bodies. From their Amusements LP on Aarght!, which is also (finally!) getting pressed in the US by Goner Records.

Create to Destroy! Manic Relapse

February 19th, 2014 by


Anti of SIDE.EFFECTS is one of the shakers and movers in the Oakland punk scene between his label, the second year of Manic Relapse Fest, and being in one of our few local punk bands. So, I thought he was a perfect candidate to be interviewed for Create to Destroy. Oh, and Manic Relapse Fest is this weekend. Some of you are already flying out here for the CRUCIFIX reunion, billed as 1984, but if you’re late to the game—I hope you can make it!


When did you start Shithammer?
The idea to start a label was in 2009 when SIDE.EFFECTS put out our first LP Lessons In Fear under the name ThinCharge Records. Although Shithammer has only been around for a short while since 2011, the DIY ethos has been there since the beginning leading up to all the things we are doing now.

Is Shithammer a distro, a label, or both?
Shithammer is a label and distro. In the past we have released SIDE.EFFECTS The Machine flexi, SIDE.EFFECTS More to Fear tape & LP, DERAS KRIG Deafening D-beat Destruction four track demo, and we will have five new releases coming out in February. Those releases are the SIDE.EFFECTS Pursuit of Power EP tape, FUTURE Devalued Life demo, BOMBSPLINTER No One Survives re-issue tape, SSYNDROM 2014 Demo tape, and the second pressing of the DERAS KRIG Deafening D-Beat Destruction four track demo.

What were your original plans with the label?
The original plan was to have a legitimate stamp on what we are doing so that it could progress into something more than just booking shows and self-releasing my own band. I wanted to support bands all over that are coming up and to have a voice for our side of things.


Where were you living when you started Shithammer?
I was living in Oakland at the time Shithammer came to be, but my roots go back to the Sacramento area.

Why did you start your own label, besides wanting to release your own band?
The label came about by self-releasing our own records, while starting the distro was a way to get involved in distributing the records we were pressing. The idea was always to support people and bands that helped and supported us and distro trading was a good way to do this.

Tell us about Manic Relapse Fest.  Is it just Shithammer that’s putting it on?
As it states in the description, this will be the second year of Manic Relapse Fest. Last year the fest was put on to support four Florida bands that were on tour through Oakland, including FUTURE and NO QUALMS. Ideas for this year’s fest started directly after the first one and I began pondering how to do things bigger and reach a wider spectrum of the punk scene. As things progressed, opportunities just seemed to fall into place and I began basically booking my dream show. In essence, Manic Relapse is by punx, for punx, supporting the ethics and upholding the true spirit of underground punk rock. So, yes, Shithammer is the soul provider of this fest.

Who headlined last year?  What challenges did you face?
There weren’t any big headliners, and although the line up was rad, it was basically just two back-to-back house shows at The Swamp. Besides a backline cabinet going out, CRUOR dropping off, and some people being upset about being asked to pay for the keg we provided, things went great. Manic Relapse Fest 2013 line up was, day one: FUTURE, SIDE.EFFECTS, STRESSORS, PAST TENSE, RECKLESS and FILTH CHAIN; and day two: NO QUALMS, ZERO PROGRESS, KNIFE HITS, NO MISTAKE, KOMATOSE and ASSUMPTIONS.

Who is headlining this year?
I am proud to say that this year we will have a very special performance by “1984”. 1984 is a CRUCIFIX tribute celebrating the 30-year anniversary of Dehumanization with original members Sothira and Jimmy Crucifix performing. They will be performing Dehumanization in its entirety. DIATRIBE will also be celebrating their 30-year anniversary as a band here, along with an appearance by ’90s anarcho-peace punk band RESIST AND EXIST. We will have long awaited return appearances by the Bay Area’s STRUNG UP, DOPECHARGE and ROTTENFUX. And a bunch of other exciting shit going on! This Manic Relapse line up is for day one, on Friday, February 21: DOPECHARGE, SADICOS (LA), SIDE.EFFECTS, ISKALT REIGN (TX), DERAS KRIG, D.H.C. and SSYNDROM. Day two, during the day is RULETA RUSA, BLAZING EYE (LA), GRIMA (LA), RAD (Sac), and RECKLESS. At night that Saturday is 1984, DIATRIBE (SD), RESIST AND EXIST (LA), STRUNG UP, NOMAD (NYC), ROTTEN FUX (SJ), FUTURE (PA), and BOMBSPLINTER (LA). The last day is Sunday February 23rd featuring ABRUPT, NIGHT NURSE (PDX), FEMA COFFIN and PIG DNA.


I love PIG DNA. I think they are my favorite local punk band. And I’m really excited to see ROTTENFUX. So is the fest a lot of local bands or do you have bands from all over the US?
The bulk of bands playing the fest are California oriented, spanning down to San Diego, Los Angeles and up to Sacramento, the greater Bay Area, and all over. Outside of California, I am very happy to have NOMAD (NYC), NIGHT NURSE (PDX), FUTURE (Philly), and ISKALT REIGN (Houston, TX) making the trip out here to play this year.

What problems have you faced this year?
Actually, I started to have doubts about whether or not I was even going to have a round two. I even contemplated giving up on booking because I encountered so many problems booking and running shows last year. This year we had a major venue bailout, and we also had two bands from Canada unexpectedly drop out of the fest being TOTAL WAR and KOSZMAR. Things have kinda been crazy all around getting everything together but I’m keeping a positive attitude that everything will work out in the end.


Well, it seems like it has. Why do you think the Bay Area is so frustrating in regard to venues and all-ages show spaces right now?
There aren’t as many all-ages venues as there used to be, and it does put a damper on things. A lot of under-aged kids have contacted me asking why this fest has multiple 21+ shows. It’s pretty unfortunate. Punk rock is about the youth in all ages and it really sucks when someone’s age restricts whether or not they can go to shows. Without punk youth, punk won’t continue. So I do think it is very important that everyone, young and old, is reached by all of this. So, I apologize to anyone who feels restricted by these stipulations; we really didn’t want it to be that way. I’d blame the unmentioned venue that pulled the plug on our original schedule…

Yeah it’s a totally bummer. I hate bar shows and I think all-ages shows and venues are imperative to punk’s future. It’s a really frustrating situation all around. What do you think can be done to fix this situation?
There just needs to be a new spot. Hopefully someone will have an opportunity to snag another warehouse or venue soon. House shows are always good, but in the last few years a lot of all-ages venues closed their doors for one reason or another. The ones that are still around are not as active, so there hasn’t really been a good DIY spot that supports underground punk on a constant basis.

I think East Oakland has a lot of potential for all-ages spaces but, unfortunately, no one is utilizing the warehouses out there as much as they could be. Although the last time I went to a warehouse show in East Oakland near my house there was a kid with a bulletproof vest and a machete guarding the door. Whatever, I was into it. Anyway, is part of why you have a label and put on this fest out of a sense of duty to your punk community here in the Bay?  In essence, why do you do this, as it just seems like a big pain in the ass to organize anything…
I think anytime someone puts something like this on, it’s to benefit the scene. I see kids sitting around and complaining constantly about the state of the modern punk scene, but no one does anything about it. It is possible to make things happen — punk is ours to do what we want with it and the same goes for anyone else. This fest is the perfect example of that. There is so much going on here that is both good and bad and not much of it is unified. At times, the scene gets stale, people act elitist, and things become segregated. Hopefully this will encourage more of the community to work together and make some changes to benefit the scene here.

How can we stay updated on Shithammer Records and Manic Relapse Fest?
Unfortunately, I don’t own a computer, so anything I do involving one has to be done at the local library. Because of this, we don’t have much of an internet presence. In the past we have been keeping the distro updated by releasing zine catalogs. Hopefully, we will be able to join the futuristic internet age with a website soon enough. Until then, you can email me at for wholesale lists/trades/new releases, or for tunes check shithammer.bandcamp.com And for Manic Relapse Fest click here.

Any last words, punk?
I don’t wake up or go to sleep without thinking about punk; whether it’s a riff, a pounding beat, a new record or simply the next gig. Punk is a way to express yourself when society tells you that you can’t. Everyone has a place in punk — from the dumb drunk kids getting thrown out of shows for starting fist fights to the computer nerds playing king of punk, dictated from their laptops at home — and every punk in between. Punk is an underlying unwritten passion and should not be subjugated by a prefix or social indifference. That being said, I hope to see you all at Manic Relapse this year. Up the punx! Thanks Amelia for the interview and support. Peace or annihilation!

Record of the Week: RAKTA 12″

February 18th, 2014 by

Rakta12inchThis is what a perfect record sounds like. Every time I talk about it I end up sounding like some blubbering idiot. This music is equal parts post-punk, incantation and psych—hook laden as fuck. RATKA is an all-female band from São Paulo, Brazil, that seem to have come from out of nowhere to make most of the current post-punk/anarcho wave completely irrelevant. This is the next level in this style, borrowing elements from all the spooky classics, but adding something so undeniably new and unique that the game is permanently changed. RAKTA eliminates all sense of retro-ness to the style and come off like they just now invented the damn thing. The songs create an otherworldly atmosphere while still keeping your feet tapping. It transports you to this weird dimension that feels like it’s trying to keep you inside of it forever. It would have been the perfect soundtrack for a Maya Deren film. The record comes with a red-and-black on white poster that only adds to the mysterious bruxa vibes that the music gives. Check out my year-end top ten list in MRR #370 for even more gushing about this record. Highest recommendation! (Dama Da Noite Discos / Nada Nada Discos)

Monday Photo Blog: The return of Alejandro Olazo Millán

February 17th, 2014 by

Alejandro Olazo Millán returns to the Monday Photo Blog with five photos of the loud-and-fast variety. Something tells me that these bands will not be playing dinner clubs to the socially upward anytime soon. And that’s a good thing in my book.

For more from Alejandro, check out his flickr page here.

Los Dengues at El Local Miraflores in Lima, Perú, January 2013 (photo by Alejandro Olazo Millán)

Kaos Endemico at Partido Socialista in Lima, Perú, January 2014 (photo by Alejandro Olazo Millán)

Pogo de Cabeza at Partido Socialista in Lima, Perú, January 2014 (photo by Alejandro Olazo Millán)

Dios Hastio at Partido Socialista in Lima, Perú, January 2014 (photo by Alejandro Olazo Millán)

Metamorphosis at El Local Miraflores in Lima, Perú, December 2013 (photo by Alejandro Olazo Millán)

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 #1388 • 2/16/14

February 16th, 2014 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!

THIS WEEK: Rotten Ron sneaks in a Valentine’s set on Kyle’s debut show…. Hal looks on in horror.


Intro song:
DAYGLO ABORTIONS – Used to Be in Love

Permanent Ruin (photo by Nicole L. Browner)

Permanent Ruin (photo by Nicole L. Browner)

Rotten Ron – A Big Heart-Shaped Box Full of Shit
THE STALIN – Romantasist
COSMIC PSYCHOS – Down on the Farm
HELLEN LOVE – Joey Ramoney
GUN CLUB – For the Love of Ivy

Kyle’s Debut Set
ANTI-CIMEX – War Machine
WHITE WARDS – Paint Huffer
LONGKNIFE – Intro/Artificial Heart Recall
KOSZMAR – Zgnilizna I Rozpad
CREEM – Rat Race
DEEP WOUND – Lou’s Anxiety Song
DOSES – Make Me a Man

Hella Hal – Wacka Wacka
ACHTUNGS – I’m Not the One
ENGLISH SINGLES – Not Talking Anymore

Rotten Ron – A Couple More
ARCHAIC – Noise in Your Head
ARCHAIC – Maggot

Outro song:
PERMANENT RUIN – Capitol Punishment