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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

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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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New Blood! SPECULUM, STEVE CREATURE and NO CROSS


December 11th, 2014 by

Formerly a section of MRR magazine, New Blood is now a weekly web feature to spotlight new, up-and-coming bands. See below for info on how to submit your band. Now, get to discovering some killer new shit…

Band name:
SPECULUM

Date & location formed:
Feb. 2014 in Miami, FL (Little Haiti).

Reason for forming:
We wanted to start a hardcore punk band.

What are your lyrics about?
Punk love, heart break, betrayal, bad kids, urban decay, snapping under the pressure of society, drunk skanking, vengeance, death.

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How would you describe your sound?
Little Haiti Hardcore, snotty punk, silly string and studs.

What’s in the future for this band?
Record full-length.

Links and contact info:
speculum9.bandcamp.com
Facebook page

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Steve Creature

Band name:
STEVE CREATURE

Date & location formed:
Started this tape project sometime in 2012 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Reason for forming:
Boredom. I bought a pack of 100 cassette tapes that could only record 2.5 minutes per side. I started recording little pop songs on these tapes and hiding them around my town. I thought it would be neat to offer custom cassettes where people can pick any two of my songs and I’ll record a tape and mail it out. A bit more personal than a 7” because no two tapes are alike…But they are tapes, so most people hate me from the start.

What are your lyrics about?
Mostly self loathing.

How would you describe your sound?
Tape fuzz, acoustic guitar with sometimes a drum machine. My dog barks a lot when I record.

What’s in the future for this band?
First 100 tapes were on solid yellow, I’m almost out of my 2nd 100 on clearish yellow. I guess I’ll keep doing this until the tape company goes bankrupt.

Links and contact info:
Feel free to order a tape at stevecreature.blogspot.com or just walk around Lancaster, PA, and you might find one.
Photo is of my one tape I did for fussy fucker tapes, drawn by Liz Prince.

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No Cross

Band name:
NO CROSS

Date & location formed:
February 2014, Sunderland, UK.

Reason for forming:
Lack of music scene where we live despite its punk heritage and a urge to play. Bedroom demos were put together by myself (Jamie) and guitarist Jacka, we then recruited two friends; Dean who also plays in Sunderland legends HDQ & Josh from drone merchants Neolithic.

What are your lyrics about?
The duality of man, the complacency of the modern age, paranoia, fear, stress, matricide, genocide, pollution & the mundanity of my life and yours.

No Cross live

How would you describe your sound?
American ’80s and UK ’90s hardcore punk. This qoute has been applied: “Sounds like SS Decontrol hitting hard against Rudimentary Peni” – Steve Stewart, Jaded Eyes.

What’s in the future for this band?
New demo tape/CD very soon, more gigs and new material.

Links and contact info:
facebook.com/nocrossband
nocross.bandcamp.com

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Do you have or know of an awesome new band? It’s easy to submit to be in MRR’s New Blood feature. Just send us the following info, and keep keeping’ it real…

1) Band name:
2) Date & location formed:
3) Reason for forming:
4) What are your lyrics about?
5) How would you describe your sound?
6) What’s in the future for this band?

Along with the answers, please send a band photo at least 600px on the longest side (with photo credits), a logo if you have one, and links and contact info for the band to:



Create to Destroy! Blindead Productions


December 10th, 2014 by

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Blindead Productions in Sweden has been a serious supporter of punk, and continues to distro the best releases throughout Europe. You may know Krogh from SEX DWARF tours, Distortion Faith zine, his label, or maybe you had a beer with him at the last Varning from Montreal fest. Here is Krogh of Blindead Productions…

What is Blindead Productions? Is it just you who does it?
Yeah, it’s just me. There was a period somewhere around 2002 when we tried to be two people, but it didn’t really work out. Not because we had any problems, it just didn’t last too long. So, with the exception of one year, it’s been me running the show since 1997.

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Blindead Productions is a label dedicated to the music I love — hardcore punk. Vinyl mostly, and some messing around with tapes lately, but the main focus is vinyl. Would be fun to do some sort of book sometime though.

What does “Blindead” mean?
Well, the initial meaning or idea behind it was that we’re already dead, we just don’t know it as the system won’t let us see it. You know, keep us in line, feed the machine, etc., etc. Then it hit me that MISERY has their song “Blindead,” which is an excellent song, and so I rather lie and say it’s an homage to that song. The idea I guess is the same, as the theme of that song isn’t too far off from the idea I had behind the name.

Tell us about Distortion Faith.
This is the zine I do together with Jocke from D-takt & Råpunk. Björn from SMRT Records was also involved in the first five issues but had to leave because of other commitments and lack of time. So far we’ve done six issues and the plan was to have a seventh out in January. That won’t happen because none of us have had the time, but the zine will return sometime this spring, I will make sure of that.

I love doing this zine as I’ve allowed myself not to care too much. Of course I want it to be good, but while in earlier zines I have set up “rules,” I now don’t care if an interview is three questions long or 30, as long as it has at least some content. I promised myself not to do any reviews, but I’ve ended up doing a few anyway and have a few more lined up, but it will not be a recurring thing — done that to death earlier and I pretty much hate it at this point.

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What was ALP tapes? How many different names have you had? Were you a distro or a label first?
ALP Tapes was the very first thing, back in 1997. It started out as something that was supposed to be the label for my band’s demo. The band never recorded anything and I soon realized I’d rather be a label than a musician, so the name stuck for a while and I released ten tapes (nine home copies and one pro printed). Towards the end of ALP Tapes I also had the record label Resist the System, where I released the first CROSSING CHAOS 7” in 2000.

It was when I merged the two that Blindead Productions was born, in 2002. It started out as a label, but very soon became a distro as well — trading tapes and then later on vinyls and some CDs.

Where do you get your records pressed and tapes made? Who do you recommend in Europe?
The Distortion Faith tape was done in England somewhere, Jocke had the contact and I can’t remember. I took care of printing the covers. As for vinyl, I’ve mostly used GZ, but for the WARCOLLAPSE 12” I went with Flight 13 and I will go with them again for the upcoming KRONOFOGDEN LP. I also tried out Mobineko for the HUMAN POWER 7” but I wasn’t very happy with them. Cheap, but not too good. That’s the only place I wouldn’t recommend, other than that I’ve been happy with both GZ and Flight 13.

Where are you in Sweden and what is the scene like? Any bands we should keep an eye on?
I live in Arvika, a small town where absolutely nothing happens. It’s very close to the Norwegian border and I guess Oslo is the closest big town, but I’d rather go to Stockholm to hang out and watch bands.

What was your most popular release?
Hmm, I don’t know. The Distortion Faith comp tape sold out extremely fast, but we only did 250 copies of that one. I guess the KRONOFOGDEN 7” went over really well, at least here in Sweden, but also abroad. I guess some others have been pressed in more copies, but also with more labels, so…

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What are your current projects?
I’ve been putting together the cover for the KRONOFOGDEN LP and making sure Lenny’s drawings fit the sleeve template, and the next step is to finish the insert. Got the mastered tracks just the other day and it’s gonna be a fucking great record! Other than that, I’m still trading and selling the latest release, the INFEKZIOA 7″, to as many places as possible.

Why are zines, tapes, labels, and distros important to punk?
Because they’re easy to do? I mean, you can spend a lot of money printing a zine, but you can also find a cheap printer or copy it yourself. If you have the will to do a zine you can. The same goes for tapes — you can pretty much do everything in your own living room, or go more “professional.” It’s up to you. Labels are less important, I guess, as bands can take care of this themselves, but I’m glad people still want me to put out their records. Distros are important to help keep prices at a decent level and a place where lesser-known bands can get their stuff distributed as well. Keeping prices low is getting harder and harder though.

How did you get into punk and what makes you stay?
I guess I got into the softer style of punk through more mainstream channels and early bands for me were DIA PSALMA, ASTA KASK and EBBA GRÖN. With MOB 47, NO SECURITY and SKITSYSTEM I knew I was hooked for life. EBBA GRÖN, MOB 47 and NO SECURITY are still today, 17–18 years later, three of the best bands I know. What really made me stay is that all of a sudden I was involved in the music I loved, not just a fan — that was really powerful for me.

How can we stay up to date on your releases and projects?
The best way is to check out the website at www.blindeadproductions.com, where I keep info up to date. If you want to go through social medias or newsletters or whatever, you’ll find the info on that there as well. There’s also blindeadproductions.bandcamp.com, where you can check out at least ten full releases, and soon we’ll add the full INFEKZIOA 7″ there, plus a few from the upcoming KRONOFOGDEN LP.



Record of the Week: COPYCATS An Idea Died LP


December 9th, 2014 by

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Listen up, because this one’s great, straight outta Granada in the autonomous region of Andalusia! Super catchy, poppy, guitar-driven garage rock, with unabashed punk ’77 flares and lots of very memorable, well orchestrated hooks and choruses. Their name and the post-modern subtitle concept of “an idea dies…another is born” matches the smart and excited execution of the COPYCATS‘ material, and each song makes me stir in my seat as I think of what might have inspired them: the GUN CLUB, WIRE, the FLESH EATERS, the VIBRATORS, the JAM. There are even moments when the singer sounds like an agitated Mick Jagger (and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, an homage perhaps to the ’60s influence they undeniably have but do not flaunt) though most of the time he carries off a blaze, cheeky attitude akin to Darby Crash, Jay Reatard, or Trent Ruane of the MUMMIES. Don’t let all these poached sonic trinkets mislead you. The songwriting is catchy and not overly complicated (yes, there’s an opening riff that sounds like “London Calling”) but they do a terrific and creative job of mixing their influences into something genuine, grander, and ultimately their own. Some bands end up being bad imitators of their heroes, and then some bands just do actually sound like they fell through a time portal. Socially conscious lyrics in English, great cover artwork and, all in all, a really nice surprise. After about 50 listens it still has me hooked!
(CCATS)



Top Tens from MRR #380 • January 2015


December 8th, 2014 by

You asked for it, you got it — we are now posting our Top 10 section from the current issue of Maximum Rocknroll! Here are our picks from the January 2015 issue, MRR #380. Buy it now!!


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Grace Ambrose

Grace Ambrose
NOTS – We Are Nots LP
SLANT 6 – Soda Pop*Rip Off LP
CRUCES/SECCIÓN FEMENINA – split EP
TOTAL CONTROL – Typical System LP
SICK THOUGHTS – Moral Sickness EP
ANIMALS & MEN – Don’t Misbehave in the New Age 45
BUCK BILOXI & THE FUCKS – LP
DARK TIMES – Give LP / NERV – USA Off Earth Now! EP
V/A – Bay Area Retrograde, Vol. 2 LP
DEATHWISH – Tailgate 12″

Matt Badenhop

Matt Badenhop

Matt Badenhop
CRUCES/SECCIÓN FEMENINA – split EP
ΑΔΙΕΞΟΔΟ/ΓΕΝΙ Α ΤΟΥ ΧΑΟΥΣ – split LP
OBEDIENCIA live
ERA OF FEAR live
MÜLLTÜTE live
DISPLAY live
ABSURDO live
KANDAHAR live
POLIO & JULIE live
LEVITATIONS live

Will Blomquist

Will Blomquist
RAKTA – Tudo Que é Sólido/Serpente 45 & live
V/A – Bay Area Retrograde Vol. 2 LP
POISON GIRLS – Chappaquiddick Bridge LP
TOTAL CONTROL – Typical System LP
ORCHID – Totality LP
SLANG – Devastation in the Void CD
NO FAITH – Fortress World EP
PELUQUERÍA CANINA – Cerebros EP
ANIMALS & MEN – Don’t Misbehave in the New Age 45
SHARKPACT – Run LP
HORROR VACUI/VIVID SEKT live
TRACERS/SYNDICATE live

Mitch Cardwell

Mitch Cardwell
TOTAL CONTROL – Typical System LP
MANATEEES – Sit N Spin LP & live
USELESS EATERS – Bleeding Moon LP
BUCK BILOXI & THE FUCKS – LP
AUSMUTEANTS – Order of Operation LP
V/A – Bay Area Retrograde Vol. 2 LP
GINO & THE GOONS – Shake It LP
V/A – Gonerfest 11 7″
Sick Thoughts – LP, EP & 10″
TIMMY’S ORGANISM live

Robert Collins

Robert Collins
RAKTA – Tudo Que é Sólido/Serpente 45 & live
SO SLOW – 777/Noyon 45
CADAVER EM TRANSE – LP
NERV – USA Off Earth Now! EP
LAS CRUCES/SECCIÓN FEMENINA – split EP
GENERACION SUICIDA/FLESH WORLD live
WHITE ASS live / MEATBODIES – LP
THE BLIND SHAKE – Breakfast of Failures CD
DECADES/FAILURES – split tape / TRUCKDRIVER – tape
CP/M live / TRENCHES/LIES/BUSTED OUTLOOK live

Layla G

Layla Gibbon
NOTS – We Are Nots LP / SLANT 6 – Soda Pop*Rip Off LP
TOTAL CONTROL – Typical System LP
RAKTA – Tudo Que É Sólido 45
FUGAZI – First Demo LP
LAS VENAS – Vamos Por la Calle EP
BUCK BILOXI & THE FUCKS – LP
DARK TIMES – Give LP
THE MODERNS – When She Gets Back EP
V/A – Bay Area Retrograde Vol. 2 LP
DEATHWISH – Tailgate 12″
REAL NUMBERS – What Was and What Is CD

Dan Goetz

Dan Goetz
RAKTA – Tudo Que é Sólido/Serpente 45
LAS CRUCES/SECCIÓN FEMENINA – split EP
HOUNDS OF HATE – Hate Springs Eternal LP
SCALPED – At a Cross EP
NERV – USA Off Earth Now! EP
ORCHID – Totality LP
TOTAL CONTROL – Typical System LP
URBANOIA – Psykisk Terror EP
LUCHA ETERNA – Asceroso EP
BREAKOUT – True Crime EP / SLUGGA – demo
BUSTED OUTLOOK/NO STATIK live

Greg Harvester

Greg Harvester
LAS VENAS – Vamos Por la Calle EP
BUCK BILOXI & THE FUCKS – LP
COPYCATS – An Idea Died LP
THE MONSIEURS – LP
NERV – USA Off Earth Now! EP
KILL THE HIPPIES – You Will Live With Us Forever LP
LEBAKKO – Elävien Kuolleiden Yö LP
TOTAL CONTROL – Typical System LP
AUSMUTEANTS – Order of Operation LP
SHARKPACT – Run LP
SSEEPAGE – Depelted Sseepage LP

Kenny Kaos
WHITE ASS – Baby Blue LP
YOUNG LADIES – We Get By LP
AUSMUTEANTS – Fed Through a Tube/Arguments 45
THE MODERNS – When She Gets Back EP
GINO & THE GOONS – Shake It LP
USELESS EATERS – Bleeding Moon LP
FLESH LIGHTS – Free Yourself LP
SO COW – The Long Con LP
AUSMUTEANTS – Order of Operation LP
ZERO BOYS – Monkey LP

Carolyn Keddy

Carolyn Keddy

Carolyn Keddy
NOTS – We Are Nots LP / AUSMUTEANTS – LP & 45
MANATEEES – Sit N Spin LP / GET HIGH BOYS – GHB EP
GINO AND THE GOONS – Shake It Up! LP
THE SEX RAYS – Midnight Caller 45
THE MONSIEURS – LP / WHITE ASS – Baby Blue LP
TOTAL CONTROL – Typical System LP
BUCK BILOXI & THE FUCKS – LP
RAKTA – Tudo Que é Sólido/Serpente 45
SICK THOUGHTS – Fat Kid With a 10-Inch 10″ & EP
Goodbye to Language 3D – film

Ray Lujan
BUZZCOCKS – The Way CD
CHEAP CASSETTES – All Anxious All the Time CD
LESTER GREENOWSKI – It’s Nothing Serious But Life CD
THE MANDATES – Suspicion/Wastin’ Time 45
NEW JUNK CITY – LP / THE NO MARKS – Light of One LP
PETS – Get Turned On CD
REV. NORB AND THE ONIONS – LP
YOUNG LADIES – We Get By LP
HOT WATER MUSIC live / THE ADICTS live
SONIC AVENUES live

Lydiya!

Lydiya!

Lydiya
V/A – Bart Bay Area Retrograde Vol. 2– LP
ΑΔΙΕΞΟΔΟ/ΓΕΝΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΧΑΟΥΣ – split LP
TOTAL CONTROL – Typical System LP
COPYCATS – An Idea Died LP
PELUQUERÍA CANINA – Cerebros EP
CADAVER EM TRANSE – LP
LAS VENAS – Vamos Por la Calle EP
LUCHA ETERNA – Asceroso EP
ACID BABY JESUS – 45 / NOTS – We Are Nots LP
RAKTA – 45 & live / HORROR VACUI live

Fred Schrunk

Fred Schrunk
BLACK RAINBOW – LP
CRUDE STUDS live
RAKTA – Tudo Que é Sólido/Serpente 45
TOTAL CONTROL – Typical System LP
SHARK PACT – Run LP
CADAVER EM TRANSE – LP
POISON GIRLS – Chappaquiddick Bridge LP
PELUQUERIA CANINA – Cerebros EP
LAS CRUCES/SECCIÓN FEMENINA – split EP
LAS VENAS – Vamos Por la Calle EP

Martin Sorrondeguy(!)

Martin Sorrondeguy
TOTAL CONTROL – Typical System LP
BUCK BILOXI & THE FUCKS – Culture Demanufacturer LP
RAKTA – Tudo Que é Sólido/Serpente 45
AUSMUTEANTS – LP & 45
CADAVER EM TRANSE – LP
NERV – USA Off Earth Now! EP
SICK THOUGHTS – Moral Sickness EP
LUCHA ETERNA – Asceroso EP
LAS CRUCES/SECCIÓN FEMENINA – split EP
DEATHWISH – Tailgate 12″

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Top Five Zines
El Futuro No Se Vende #1
Fun-O-Planet
Kill Your Parents Garden #8
Médiocritée Innée
Rock ‘n’ Roll Vacation

Top Five Demos
DECADES/FAILURES – split tape
DISSLATE – Tiempos Cruciales tape
FREAK VIBE – tape
MYSTERIOUS SKIN – tape
SLUGGA – tape



Monday Photo Blog: Luis Fierro


December 8th, 2014 by

Luis Fierro from Peru joins us on the Monday Photo Blog with a few shots of local happenings in his area this past year. When you’re finished looking at these, sneak a look at facebook.com/audiofobia for more photos and information about his local scene.

Procrastinación 1 Yo 0’s crew, Lima, Perú, July 2014 (photo by Luis Fierro)

Kinder at San Martinazo Fest, Lima, Perú, September 2014 (photo by Luis Fierro)

Procrastinación 1 Yo 0’s crew, Lima, Perú, July 2014 (photo by Luis Fierro)

Dalevuelta’s crew, Lima, Perú, January 2014 (photo by Luis Fierro)

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!