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February 14th, 2015 by

Formerly a section in MRR magazine, “New Blood” is now a regular feature here on maximumrocknroll.com spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, get to discovering some killer new bands…


Band name:

Date & location formed:
Early spring 2014. Ausin, TX.

Reason for forming:
We have to or life is unbearable. Create, or stagnate and rot.

What are your lyrics about?
Existential nihilism, anti-salvation, the politics of collective memory, slavery and the prison industrial complex. shitty relationships, addiction, friends that become nazis or cops, depression.

How would you describe your sound?
Deteriorating mental states, fringe hardcore punk.


Photo by Will Mecca, 2014

What’s in the future for this band?
Tours and records, forming a cult, soft pretzels. 7″ by mid-spring.

Links and contact info:


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Band name:

Date & location formed:
Albany, NY, 2014.

Reason for forming:
We started because Dan Barker (LIBYANS, NO SIR I WON’T) moved back to Albany and I (Mike) have always been buddies with Dan and always thought all of his Mass bands are rad. We asked Jamie (NUCLEAR FAMILY) to play bass and Brendan (NEUTRON RATS) to do vocals.

What are your lyrics about?
Getting old, being pissed, posers, etc.

How would you describe your sound?
Loud and angry.

What’s in the future for this band?
New 7-inch EP out January 9, 2015 on Shock to the System Records. Split 7 with SCUZZ out spring 2015 on Loud Punk Records. Some (not much) East Coast touring.

Links and contact info:


Band name:

Date & location formed:
Formed in Dec. 2013 in a bedroom in Halifax, but actually started jamming as a band in 2014.

Reason for forming:
Cody and Dylan wrote a song one day in his bedroom with a drum machine and keyboard and decided to keep writing and asked our friend Ben to drum so we started jamming with him during the summer and recorded seven songs.

What are your lyrics about?
Isolation and our weather/climate/landscapes.

unreal thought band photo

How would you describe your sound?
Post punk, death/goth rock.

What’s in the future for this band?
Continue to play and record maybe do a couple weekends to other citys to play.

Links and contact info:


Band name:

Date & location formed:
Fall 2014, Olympia, WA.

Reason for forming:
I think we were all tired of the totally substance-free white boy “slimy creep” thing — all these dudes whose identities are reflected everywhere but who see themselves as outcasts.  We’re tired of punk catering to white men, and excluding all others. We want to make jocks feel uncomfortable and targeted. We’re not trying to be weird, we are just actual outcasts of society — queers, trans women, women of color, gender queer femmes, feminists, etc., and we love hardcore and are sick of being sidelined and misrepresented, so we are representing ourselves.

What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrics are about reclaiming femininity from cis women, trans-girl issues, fighting back against men, boring punk boys, bad girls doing Bad Girl Shit, all the double standards that women, particularly marginalized women like trans women and women of color, face.

How would you describe your sound?
Hardcore punk by people who have historically depended on hardcore punk for survival. Fucked up and from the heart.

What’s in the future for this band?
A cassette of our demo (which is currently online) via Not Normal Tapes, and a 7″ of that same demo on Nervous Nelly and Total Negativity (Sabotage is handling a European pressing). We’re working on songs for a second 7″ to keep the ball rolling. Touring the West Coast at the end of February…Seattle, PDX, SF, Oakland, San Jose, and Oly, and hopefully bigger tours to come.

Links and contact info:


Do you have or know of an awesome new band? It’s easy to submit to be in MRR’s New Blood feature. Use our new online submission form or just email 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?
7) Links and contact info:

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

Create to Destroy! Mike Warm

February 11th, 2015 by


I know Mike Warm from booking DEFECT DEFECT (RIP) when they played NYC a few years back and a shared community with mutual friends. I was obsessed with his food stand, Grilled by Death, at the old Blackwater Records location in Portland, OR. It was the best — I think my favorite offering involved almond butter and agave? I ate a lot of Grilled by Death when given the opportunity. I have not gotten the pleasure of eating Mike’s falafel yet, but I will be hitting up his Falafel House food truck next trip to PDX. Here is Mike Napkin on “striving to survive causing least suffering possible” to animals while feeding the punks and many more lucky persons.


Where are you from and what was your first punk show?
I’m from the suburbs of San Diego, and my first punk show was all local bands: EVERREADY and CARTER PEACE MISSION at an all-ages space in Poway called Hangar 18. JON COUGAR CONCENTRATION CAMP were on the bill but canceled because the singer got his tongue pierced and couldn’t sing.
What a wimp! So, what bands have you been in? Bet you never dropped off a bill after getting your tongue pierced…

I played drums in the MINDS, the OBSERVERS, LAND ACTION, BLOODBATH AND BEYOND, ARCTIC FLOWERS and DEFECT DEFECT. There have been others but the ones I listed made records. My first band was called NAPKIN which I started with some friends at age 11, but we were together (learning our instruments) for seven years so the name Mike Napkin has stuck in some circles. I am not in an active band these days, but I’ve been talking with friends about getting something else started.

I always wondered why you were called Mike “Napkin.” So, how’d you start feeding punks?
I guess I got started feeding punks as a regular thing when I started Grilled By Death at the old Blackwater Records. I’d always like to cook and talked for years about opening some kind of food-selling operation in Portland. I was inspired by street vendors like the tamale lady who always shows up selling delicious and cheap tamales when you don’t realize you’re hungry, and by punks around the world I saw doing a similar thing at shows. Whether a box of homemade tamales or premade sandwiches on the merch table, or elaborate meals from huge squat kitchens in Europe, I always got stoked when I saw someone slinging food at punk shows and I wanted to follow suit.

Tell us about Grilled by Death…did you only do it at the old Blackwater Records location?
When I learned that Keith was opening an all-ages show space in Portland I told him about my idea to sell food at shows. He was into it, so we set up a little sandwich stand in one corner of the place with a couple cheap panini presses and a mini fridge. Being a fermented foods nut I made my own sauerkraut for a veggie Reuben, and since I was teaching myself to bake bread at the time, I endeavored to make all the bread from scratch. I learned a couple hard lessons doing that, and burned myself out a bit. But I had a small crew of willing volunteers who picked up some of my slack and kept us serving as often as possible until the building sold and the space moved. By the time the second Blackwater location was taking shape I had started making other plans.


Is everything you make vegan? Are you vegan?
I’m not vegan, nor even strictly vegetarian to be honest, though do I eat that way the majority of the time. I make a conscious effort to minimize the cruel or harmful practices I’m supporting when I buy food, but to me that doesn’t always mean abstaining from ingesting any and all animal products. But since the impact of my own personal eating choices make a much smaller impact than the choices I make as a business owner, I am committed to serving a vegetarian menu. Grilled By Death was veggie and Falafel House at Slabtown was entirely vegan.

I’m glad you have a conscience and are making the efforts you do without having to label or restrict yourself. I commend you, Mike! Why do you think vegetarianism and veganism important in punk?
Punk to me is about creating the world you want to live in, in defiance of our fucked up greater culture and its norms. And the world I want to live in is one where humans aren’t the only lives deemed valuable, and where kindness prevails over cruelty. Strive To Survive Causing Least Suffering Possible, y’know? I know punk isn’t the same for everyone, but for those who feel similarly, the tenets of veganism are an awesome introduction to the ills of the common western civilized diet, and the many creative and delicious ways a person might avoid them.

What happened to Falafel House? What’s Slabtown?
Falafel House at Slabtown was a step up from slinging paninis in the corner of a punk space. This time I subleased the kitchen of a local punk bar called Slabtown and ran a legitimate, licensed operation serving scratch-made vegetarian Middle Eastern food. We were open seven days a week and I had an awesome staff of three or four people who helped me retain some degree of sanity. People largely seemed to enjoy the food and we received an uplifting amount of praise for what we were doing, especially as the business gained steam and we got better at it. Sadly, Slabtown closed its doors in November 2014 and Falafel House is on hiatus while I put together plans for the next step.

Where do you think your next location will be?
I’m going to open a Falafel House food cart, most likely in one of two potential locations in North Portland. I don’t want to say more until the details are sorted, but I’m excited about either option.

How’d you go from just having a George Foreman grill to a restaurant?
Baby steps. I still have a hard time defining myself as a restaurant owner because I think that title implies a job bigger than the one I’ve yet taken on. I was very lucky to start my business in arrangement with an existing bar because it reduced the necessary investment to a manageable amount of time and resources. I couldn’t have opened a restaurant from the ground up when I started Falafel House. Don’t get me wrong, I busted my ass, but I had training wheels.

Grilled By Death!

Grilled By Death!

Did you do it alone?
Definitely not, I’ve had a lot of help, from people who gave me chances like Keith at Blackwater, and Doug the owner of Slabtown, all of the bartenders there, friends who helped pick up my slack at Grilled By Death, the rad staff at Falafel House, my awesome partner Kari, and all of my friends who’ve helped in lots of big and small ways.

How has the punk and vegan community in PDX supported you?
I’ve been lucky in the support I’ve received from punks and vegans in this city. I had complete strangers from the vegan community step up to organize events that brought me great business on otherwise slow nights at Slabtown. A huge amount of our business was generated by word of mouth, thanks to people spreading the word about what we were doing. Some of the best support I’ve received has come in the form of well-timed compliments. Just when I’m daydreaming about quitting to start five new bands and go on tour for the rest of my life, someone will tell me “dude I had your food at Slabtown last week and it was awesome,” and I’m completely reinvigorated.

Are you friends with Eiji from DSB who does Vespera’s Falafel in Tokyo? If not, you should be!
I’m not, but if I’m lucky enough to visit Japan again I absolutely intend to stop by his shop and I hope to connect with him.

He’s the best! I think what both of you are doing is really cool, it’s funny how falafel and punk go hand in hand all over the world. Did you really have bingo night at your old location?
Oh yeah, definitely. The bar dabbled with hosting bingo on slow nights from time to time with mixed results. But then some motivated customers took it upon themselves to coordinate and advertise a monthly “Vegan Bingo Night,” and it became quite successful.

What are your new and improved plans for your food truck?
A lot will be different when I’m operating a food cart instead of a bar kitchen, and I expect to face a whole new set of hard lessons. While there were many benefits to operating my business in tandem with Slabtown, I do look forward to the simplicity of operating completely autonomously. I’m getting those training wheels off and I’m excited and a little daunted by what all that will mean.

How can we help and support you during this transition?
I would love to hear from people! And when Falafel House reopens, come check it out!

Any last words?
Thanks MRR!

Record of the Week: NEIGHBORHOOD BRATS Recovery LP

February 10th, 2015 by

NeighborhoodBrats_RecoveryLPI’ve been lucky enough to see the NEIGHBORHOOD BRATS a handful of times as well as play a show with them, which is fortunate because as of this writing they announced that they are no longer. R.I.P. NEIGHBORHOOD BRATS. Recovery is a great album to close on — solid fucking punk. The first three tracks “Year of the Brat,” “Boys for 20 Years” and “Complete Mess” are by far the stand-outs, and those songs alone are worth buying this LP for. Other highlights include “Painted and Gutted,” which has a catchy as fuck retro ’80s punk brainworm melody, and the closer, “The Pharmacy Is Closer Than the Liquor Store,” a definite ripper. “Escape the City” is a menacing surf instrumental that serves as almost an intermission, a deep breath before getting back to business. Jenny Angelillo’s vocals are controlled throughout — she only really screams it out in “50 Shades of Fuck You.” The grip of her voice around each melody shows she’s in control. The engine which propels each song is George Rager’s guitar work, an incredibly catchy, fast and furious surf guitar with riff after sweet riff, never out of step, completely calculated, but never obvious in the least. Shit. Is. Tight. Their sound can be best summed up as a mix of NIGHT BIRDS, ADOLESCENTS, and WIPERS, with a cleaner and more modern take on ’80s punk. Damn shame it’s their last release. Highly recommended.

— Camylle Reynolds

Monday Photo Blog: Five Shots from Darryl Reid!

February 9th, 2015 by

Darryl Reid can always be counted on for bringing the quality, and has a tendency to raise the bar a couple notches in the process. This Monday Photo Blog is proof of that. Here’s five blasts to get you through the work week. Live it like you listen to it; fast and loud. For more go to reidd2.tumblr.com.

Los Monjo at Varning 2014, Montreal (photo by Darryl Reid)

Pregnancy Scares at House of Targ, Ottawa (photo by Darryl Reid)

Thee Nodes at Gabba Hey, Ottawa (photo by Darryl Reid)

New Swears at Gabba Hey, Ottawa (photo by Darryl Reid)

Creeping Dose at Varning 2014, Montreal (photo by Darryl Reid)

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 #1439 • 2/7/15

February 8th, 2015 by

This week Matt hits the new bins and special guest Ben Sizemore brings a stack of EPs from his collection!


Intro song:
NON COMPOS MENTIS – Ultimate Orgasm

Drawing by Ermis

Drawing by Ermis

Matt’s new picks
CARNE – Se Calienta La Ciudad

Ben bestows some southern punk wisdom upon the youth
N.O.T.A. – Toy Soldiers
SHELL SHOCK – My Brain Is Jelly
NEON CHRIST – Neon Christ

THE STOPS – Repulsive
S.L.A.R.V. – Saljut Allt
EVAPORATED BRAIN – Ripped from the Page
DOUCHE FROIDE – Fosse Commune
MOLOKIO – Futuro Feo

Ben shifts the lesson to the North, Northeast, and Bay Area
UNITED MUTATION – Sensation’s Fix
STATE – Attention
FORETHOUGHT – Let Them Come Across
CODE OF HONOR – What Price Would You Pay?
CHRIST ON PARADE – Things Are Turning a Different Color

Outro song:
SOFA HEAD – Infanticide

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