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MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Ruben Dahlstrand


March 26th, 2015 by

This month’s MRR magazine is the Comics & Art Issue! Throughout March we are highlighting some of the participating artists right here on MRR.com. Today we hear from Ruben Dahlstrand from Malmö, Sweden.

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What are the main things you’ve published, including comics, record covers, band shirts, anthologies, etc.?
For people outside of Sweden, a couple of my comics can be found in the comics anthology From The Shadow Of The Northern Lights Vol. 1 & 2 (Galago / Top Shelf). I’ve done some record covers in the past for bands like Svart Städhjälp (my own band), Bäddat För Trubbel and Headed For Disaster. Also did the cover for the MRR Halloween issue in 2013!

Who are some of your influences as far as art and comics?
I’ve always loved the North American and European alternative comics scenes. Artists who like to use really black ink on really white paper. Some big influences that everyone should check out are Julie Doucet, Max Andersson, Max Bardin and Mike Diana. Of course there are a ton of others worth mentioning both past and present, but these are a few artists who have stuck with me and always inspired me throughout my own drawing “career.”

Music influences?
Two bands that have truly influenced me in completely different ways, both in my drawing and life in general, are Hårda Tider (from Malmö) and Thin Lizzy. Otherwise, I will listen to anything as long as it “rocks”—for lack of a better word.

How would you describe your style of drawings?
Ink-heavy.

What other punk projects are you involved with (bands, venues, record labels, etc.)?
I currently play drums in Svart Städhjälp and Urban Savage. That’s about it really. I try to go to a lot of shows and support the scene here in town in any way I can.

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
2015 I’m just going to draw as much as possible and get my stuff out there. Not the easiest thing to do while working a full time job, but just give me a lot of insanely black coffee and some ZZ Top records (preferably ’80s era) and I’ll be fine.

Check out more from Ruben at www.rubendv.com.

For links and more info about this artist and all of the artists in our Comics & Art Issue, check out the artist bios page.



New Blood! OTHERIZED, SIEVEHEAD, CONVICT and SUPER-X


March 26th, 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…

Otherized

Band name:
OTHERIZED

Date & location formed:
October 2014, Santa Ana, CA.

Reason for forming:
Heaven and Stephanie talked for a long time about starting a band, but that was as far as the concept went. Stephanie and I started practicing on our own and wrote a song Called “Struggle of Your Life,” but she didn’t feel confident about her singing abilities. She had the idea to finally see if Heaven would be willing to join us and sing it, and after a few brief practices, we all decided to write songs together and see if we could make something happen collectively. Unbeknownst to our friends, we practiced on the down low for an entire year before coming out in October to our friends and releasing a demo we had secretly recorded. The name “Otherized” comes from critical theory, where “the Other” signifies something marginalized and foreign to the self; when the familiar becomes the unfamiliar, it becomes Otherized and consequently becomes terrifying to the normal/static.

What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrics are based on relatable themes, we keep the content pretty simple and straightforward. Our songs talk about punk elitism, marginalization, rumors and negativity in the scene, feminism, questioning social norms, etc.

How would you describe your sound?
It’s a weird mix of d-beat, hardcore, with melodic fast tendencies like the Germs.

What’s in the future for this band?
We’re writing more songs and increasing our catalog. In the midst of this, we’re just aiming to play more shows and have a good time doing it.

Links and contact info:
otherized.bandcamp.com

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SIEVEHEAD

Band name:
SIEVEHEAD

Date & location formed:
Spring 2014 in Sheffield, UK.

Reason for forming:
We’re three old friends who all ended up living in Sheffield. We’ve all got roots in the DIY Community here and we all share an open minded view on punk and rock and roll, so we decided to start sievehead with no real agenda or specific sound we wanted to create.

What are your lyrics about?
Personal politics, surroundings, dreams, nightmares and imagination.

How would you describe your sound?
People have compared our sound to Northwest American bands like the Estranged/Wipers or 80’s UK stuff like Killing Joke/Joy Division. But like I said, we never aimed to sound like anything in particular, it just came out that way!

What’s in the future for this band?
Our first 7” just came out through the DIY space we’re involved in’s own label (Kids of the Lughole) Which you can order from the Bandcamp link. We’ve just started recording for an 8 track 12” which should be out in the summer through Milk Run Records and Evil Hoodoo Records. We’ll be playing gigs all over the shops throughout the year.

Links and contact info:
kidsofthelughole.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
CONVICT

Date & location formed:
October 2014 in El Monte, California.

Reason for forming:
we all stopped playing in our old bands Disapproval & New Brigade a few months prior to forming.We wanted to play hardcore punk the way we werent able to with our old bands so we got together and whipped up a demo in a month or two.

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Convict (photo by Irving Martinez)

 

What are your lyrics about?
The impending police state and constant police brutality that surrounds us. Isolation and being an outsider to the world around us. the mentality and feelings of growing up in a dog eat dog working class wasteland.

How would you describe your sound?
Hardcore Punk influenced by Oi, early NYHC ala the abused and agnostic front and LA punk ala X, The Gun Club.

What’s in the future for this band?
we just released a demo tape in December, which is being released on 7″ by Six Feet Under Records soon. We want to play as much as possible and hopefully do a couple weeks this year and record/release a proper 7″ by the end of the year.

Links and contact info:
convicthc.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
SUPER-X

Date & location formed:
On and off since 2013, Melbourne, Australia.

Reason for forming:
Channeling the former ghosts of teen angst.

What are your lyrics about?
So many highs, so many lows!

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How would you describe your sound?
Elements of proto-punk/rock and roll/garage/punk.

What’s in the future for this band?
Recording recording recording, and lots of shows on the horizon!

Links and contact info:
super-x-1.tumblr.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. 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:



MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Payton Lower


March 26th, 2015 by

This month’s MRR magazine is the Comics & Art Issue! Throughout March we are highlighting some of the participating artists right here on MRR.com. Today we hear from Payton Lower from Austin, TX.

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What are the main things you’ve published, including comics, record covers, band shirts, anthologies, etc.?
Tapes and shirts for my own bands and a wide variety of fine (and not so fine) art projects.

Who are some of your influences as far as art and comics?
Alphonse Mucha, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Albrecht Durer, Francisco Goya, Hieronymus Bosch to name a few… and of course Pettibon is a given for anyone who works with ink in the hardcore scene.

Music influences?
For this piece in particular the Dead Kennedys. Tragedy, pg.99, Condominium, GY!BE, the Ventures… It always changes but those are some mainstays.

How would you describe your style of drawings?
Realistic yet stylized. If a Northern European engraver and art nouveau poster artist had a Japanese love child.

What other punk projects are you involved with (bands, venues, record labels, etc.)?
I do vocals for Back Legs (ATX).

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
About to start a large mural commission and hopefully art for more bands that I respect.

Check out more from Payton at www.paytonlower.com.

For links and more info about this artist and all of the artists in our Comics & Art Issue, check out the artist bios page.



MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Nathan Ward


March 25th, 2015 by

This month’s MRR magazine is the Comics & Art Issue! Throughout March we are highlighting some of the participating artists right here on MRR.com. Today we hear from Nathan Ward from Cleveland, Ohio.

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What are the main things you’ve published, including comics, record covers, band shirts, anthologies, etc.?
I’ve contributed comix and ads to MRR many times in the past, I’ve done a few things for Night Birds and Zero Boys when they did that tour together, I’ve done countless flyers for punk shows around Cleveland, including the last Horriblefest, and most recently I had a comic published in Leah Wishnia’s amazing anthology, Happiness #4. I also self-published my first full comic, Fun-O-Planet, in the fall of 2014. Get online somewhere!

Who are some of your influences as far as art and comics?
My biggest influence in comics are obviously the late ’60s/early ’70s underground comix like Crumb, Shelton, and Robert Williams. I’m also really into Basil Wolverton stuff, early MAD magazine, EC comics stuff, and later alt comics shit like HATE by Peter Bagge, Eightball by Dan Clowes, and Dirty Plotte by Julie Doucet.

Music influences?
My favorite kind of music is like ’70s/early ’80s punk. I think the Ramones are the greatest, along with Devo, and I’m really into early Cleveland/Akron punk, like the Pagans, Electric Eels, Rocket from the Tombs, Dead Boys, Bizarros, etc. “Killed by Death” punk is my favorite, I guess. I really feel like that kind of music directly inspires my comix work, even if it’s just how I feel when I listen to it when I draw. I really like a lot of stuff Crypt Records puts out, and a lot of early Lookout! Records stuff. I love early Descendents more than most things, too. I don’t know… I listen to a lot of punk that comes out now, too, because I tour kind of a lot. I think Watery Love and Good Throb released the best records of last year.

How would you describe your style of drawings?
Overly detailed, gross, weird, dumb, cool.

What other punk projects are you involved with (bands, venues, record labels, etc.)?
I play in a ton of bands around Cleveland, probably the most active ones right now are Cruelster and Perverts Again. Cruelster is constantly releasing shit and we tour when we can, and Perverts Again have a LP coming out in a few months. I do door at Now That’s Class sometimes and I book shows there occasionally. My friends (who all play in my bands) and I have a label called Turbine Piss Records where we release all our own shit. I just put out a Cleveland-based music/comic zine called PUS that has some Electric Eels/X___X interviews in it. That’s available to buy on the internet somewhere.

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
The next issue of PUS comes out in sync with “Not” Horrible Fest in May, and the next issue of Fun-O-Planet will be out in the fall. I’m gonna keep making comics and releasing them myself until, hopefully, a publishing company that I feel has a similar ethos to mine, wants to release ’em for me. I have a multiple-story anthology-type comic coming out late summer that I think I’ll continue doing for a long ass time. I like actual comic books so I don’t know that I’ll ever do a graphic novel, but we’ll see. I’ll work on comix and a flyer/record cover here and there in between tours, releasing records, and work probably forever.

Check out more from Nathan at nwardcomics.net.
For links and more info about this artist and all of the artists in our Comics & Art Issue, check out the artist bios page.



MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Mar Estrama


March 24th, 2015 by

This month’s MRR magazine is the Comics & Art Issue! Throughout March we are highlighting some of the participating artists right here on MRR.com. Today we hear from Mar Estrama from Barcelona.

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What are the main things you’ve published, including comics, record covers, band shirts, anthologies, etc.?
I’ve mostly published covers for my bands (Crosta’s LP, Las Otras’ LP and EP, and Res’ tape). I’ve also released a couple of small zines with illustrations (Parets de Paper, Forats) and screen prints, and I made the covers for the Spanish edition of Mierda fanzine #11, that comes with an Absurdo flexi. I make drawings for show posters too.

Who are some of your influences as far as art and comics?
Like everyone, I have a lot of influences and some of them are super mainstream! Alison Bechdel, Phoebe Gloeckner, Marjane Satrapi, Nazario, Cesc, El Roto, Raymond Pettibon… I don’t think it’s that noticeable in my work but I also love the aesthetics of Spanish underground and radical press from the ’70s.

Music influences?
I find it very difficult to write band names in this kind of questions, but I’d say that even though I come from punk, all the music I listen to is not necessarily punk. These days I’m more into some more melodic, folk, accoustic or electronic stuff as long as it’s somehow raw or dark.

How would you describe your style of drawings?
I think my drawings are both disturbing and naive at the same time. At first sight they can even look cute, but there’s sharpness, inaccuracy and aggressiveness in them. They are normally inspired by daily situations but there’s always something out of place that helps create a tension. I focus on feelings and experiences that reflect my reality and that of the people who surround me. I try to address gender, identity or sexuality issues without being too pamphleteer or too obvious. I also want to reflect the life in this bricked up city that’s becoming more and more oppressive.

What other punk projects are you involved with (bands, venues, record labels, etc.)?
Right now I play bass in Las Otras and Res, a new project where I also sing. We’ve recently released a tape on Discos Enfermos. I’m also part of a collective called Sota Terra that puts on DIY shows and benefit activities.

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
I’d like to keep working and maybe be able to make more artwork for bands and this kind of thing. I’ve never drawn comics but I have some ideas in my mind that I’d like to bring to life in a comic format eventually. Who knows! Thanks a lot for including me. Love from Barcelona!

Check out more from Mar at marestrama.com and marestrama.tictail.com.

For links and more info about this artist and all of the artists in our Comics & Art Issue, check out the artist bios page.