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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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Jackal (photo by Zack Rogers)

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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Monday Photo Blog: Ethan M. Sigmon


January 5th, 2015 by

Ethan M. Sigmon photographed the recent Southern Ties fest (now in its second year) in Wilmington, NC. Here’s four for the Monday Photo Blog. Check out his flickr page for a ton more. I particularly like the Society Sucker photo, which is why it’s at the top here. Though I do wonder what the singer from Death Before Dishonor has done to have the crowd up in his face pointing their fingers (and clenching a fist) at him.

Society Sucker at the Southern Ties 2 fest Ziggy’s by the Sea, December 31, 2014 (photo by Ethan M. Sigmon)

Death Before Dishonor at the Southern Ties 2 fest Ziggy’s by the Sea, December 31, 2014 (photo by Ethan M. Sigmon)

Young And In The Way at the Southern Ties 2 fest Ziggy’s by the Sea, December 31, 2014 (photo by Ethan M. Sigmon)

Turnstile at the Southern Ties 2 fest Ziggy’s by the Sea, December 31, 2014 (photo by Ethan M. Sigmon)

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 #1434 • 1/4/15


January 4th, 2015 by

Mallorca’s hardcore powerhouse ORDEN MUNDIAL stop by the MRR compound to record a radio show in the middle of their West Coast tour.

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Intro song:
ORDEN MUNDIAL – Accion Humanitaria

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Orden Mundial and Jelen

Rafaelito
ARREST – Practicas Mafiosas
LA URSS – Otros Dioses
SUICIDAS – Sabes Quien Soy
QLOAQA LETAL – Odio
STA – Sistema Nervioso

Jelen
DISEASE – Mallorca Podrida
SIEGA – Pig Skin
CEREBROS EXPRIMIDOS – Ritual
CALIFORNIA 82 – Tommy Quiere Encontrar Su Sitio

Jaume
CISMA – Urnas de Miseria
PIÑÉN – Decepción
DESENTERRADAS – Víinculos del Mal
PHOGO – Mangel
OI! THE ARRASE – Dr. Martens

Martí
URSURA – Legado
KALASHNIKOV – Kalashnikov
CHEETAH CHROME MOTHERFUCKERS – Easy Targets
NUEVA AUTORIDAD DEMOCRATICA – Decepcion
POISON IDEA – Marked for Life

Bernat
BARCELONA – Pasión
ESKORIA – Pasa del Jaco
SOBERANIA PERSONAL – En Verdad Es Una Gran Verdad
TRANCE – Cucarachas Muertes Devoradas Por Hormigas
RES – Fosc

Outro song:
ORDEN MUNDIAL – Gusanos

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Maximum Rocknroll #381 • Feb 2015

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Welcome to 2015 and another issue of the longest-running punk fanzine on the planet, Maximum Rocknroll! MRR #381, the February 2015 issue, features a posthumous interview with the Pacific Northwest’s HYSTERICS conducted during their European tour, Liz Panella of EARTH GIRLS interviewing Scott Plant of BROKEN PRAYER and vice versa, and a mini-scene report highlighting Icelandic punk with an accompanying interview with Reykjavik’s BÖRN. We also talked to Oslo’s DARK TIMES who just released an excellent new LP Give, Madrid’s ACCIDENTE, London’s QUANGO, and Vancouver’s VACANT STATE, and we caught up with Mallorca’s excellent Metadona label. Our intrepid contributors documented Toronto’s Not Dead Yet fest for our photo spread and interviewed Texan punks WICCANS in between packed gigs at the fest. All this plus book, movie, zine and demo reviews, all the columnist you love to hate (plus a couple new ones), and of course, the most extensive punk record review section in print. Get your copy today and support thee longest running, all volunteer, not-for-profit punk zine on the planet!

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Reissue of the Week: ALIANS Gavroche LP


January 2nd, 2015 by

Alians_GavrocheNamed after the street urchin child of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, Gavroche was a cassette-only LP originally released in 1994 by ALIANS (Alliance), a prolific Polish band from the early ’90s which blended the classic, upbeat mid-tempos of Polish hardcore punk with rhythmic doses of reggae and ska and additional folksy instrumentation on accordion, congas, flute and keyboards. A classic recording of this then-trendy style, the experimental and adaptive edge of both the musicianship here and Polish punk itself steers it away from the train wreck suggested on paper. Robotic staccato vocals dart between rushing 1-2 charges of straightforward hardcore before breaking into a passage of dub or the accordion player jumps into the fray. There’s something that always seems incredibly inauthentic and, uh, “highlander” when bands from the US try this kind of folksy avant-garde punk but it’s hard to find deep fault with a band from Poland, where punk seems to both be more flexible in its expression and a broader extension of deep roots in a long lineage of community. Reaching for instruments of the past doesn’t seem that out of line (there’s even a flute and dub riffing off of the CLASH’s “Guns of Brixton”). I don’t always find the additional instrumentation completely seamless—in fact, it is occasionally tentative and stumbling—but this record still remains a challenging and interesting listen 20 years after its initial release, and is recommended for the open-minded who’ve ticked off their APATIA, ARMIA, and POST REGIMENT boxes, as the chassis of this still rests on similar, solid, classic songwriting. Anthemic punk with lyrics entirely in Polish with no translation, the entire original cassette release is encompassed in this first-time-on-vinyl reissue, along with a few of the additional tracks from its ’90s and ’00s subsequent reissues on CD and extended cassette.
(Pasazer / THC / Underground Factory)



New (Year’s) Blood! BAD BLOOD, CONSTANT INSULT and THING SLOTH


January 1st, 2015 by

Happy New Blood New Year! See below for info on how to submit. Now, get to discovering some killer new bands…

Bad Blood

Band name:
BAD BLOOD

Date & location formed:
January 2014 in Olympia and Chicago.

Reason for forming:
Adjustment disbanded and I [Jeff] had songs written for the LP Ralph was going to put out. I combined those songs with some Scary Man riffs we never got to use. We released them together as a long distance project between Olympia and Chicago with the help of our friends Mirce and Liz.

What are your lyrics about?
The lyrics are personal to Ralph so it would be better fielded by him. From what I took of the concept, it seemed to touch on his own racial identity and his job and family.

How would you describe your sound?
The sound is fast and chaotic hardcore punk.

What’s in the future for this band?
As it sits now looks like we’re a fest and touring band because of our distance. We played Ralph’s Not Normal Showcase and the Olympia Hardcore Fest, Jeff organized and toured down the West Coast with Tercer Mundo August 9th through the 15th!

Links and contact info:
notnormaltapes.bandcamp.com/album/nnt-033-bad-blood-tape

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Band name:
CONSTANT INSULT
Matt Stagner: Drums and heart
Mike Wilson: Bass and flowing locks
Katie Thornton: Guitar, vocals, and superior locks
Wil Olsen: Other

Date & location formed:
Late winter/early spring 2014 in South Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Reason for forming:
K: In the summer of 2013 Mike and I sat on my stoop and wrote a to-do list for the rest of the year. We only got around to writing two items: 1) BAND, 2) RIFFS. We’d been talking about forming a band for years, but It always seemed to be a pipedream because Mike was already in a bunch of bands and living in Duluth, and I’ve been in school out of state.
Mi: Last winter Wil was also stoked on the idea of that band, and Katie was taking a semester at home, so we all started hittin’ the basement practice space hard. Then we saw this new band Uranium Club and were like, “What’s up with that drummer!?” And that’s how we met Matt, the simultaneous recipient of awards World’s Best Drummer and Best Person Ever.

CONSTANT INSULT

What are your lyrics about?
Friends’ lives, frustration, time, losing touch with people, bad habits… Pain, sadness, bullshit, life—you know, things that ultimately add up to feel, at times, like life can be a constant insult.
K: I’m trying to write some more hopeful songs and celebrate the things I do care about, the people I love, all the stuff that makes it worth going through this constant shit of life. It’s hard!

How would you describe your sound?
W: When we were first forming Katie said something like, “What about a band that sounds like the Rolling Stones meets the Marked Men?” and we were all like, “Cool, yeah, let’s do it.” Then we started writing songs and don’t sound like that, but maybe that’s a good thing.

What’s in the future for this band?
W: Last time I saw Mike he was wearing shorts and hitchhiking to northern Minnesota in a blizzard. Last time I saw Katie was when she came back to MN to see the Replacements at Midway Stadium. Last time I saw Matt was this afternoon in our kitchen. So who knows? But we’ve got a 12″ record/tape coming out on Let’s Pretend Records in spring 2015, and we’re super stoked about that definitely wanna continue rockin’ with each other.

Links and contact info:
constantinsult.blogspot.com

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THING SLOTH - logo

Band name:
THING SLOTH

Date & location formed:
Oct. 2014, Lenoir, NC.

Reason for forming:
A shared hatred of stink bugs.

What are your lyrics about?
Work, alcoholism, Alzheimer’s, black metal Nazis, Sonny Chiba movies.

How would you describe your sound?
Garage-y, ’80s styled skate rock. JFA meets Motards?

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What’s in the future for this band?
We will be contributing a couple tracks to Tsuguri Records’ 3rd Transcendental Maggot compilation along with Toe Tag and Flag of Democracy.

Links and contact info:
thingsloth.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: