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Maximum Rocknroll, The Media, Your Options


May 22nd, 2015 by

The Media #57

The Media (capital M) is a roughly bi-weekly testament to the value of independent media (lowercase m). Forever ad-free, the online alt-weekly regularly touches on the politics of activism, music (punk, pop, and otherwise), and labor. Add it to your RSS feed, follow them on Twitter, do whatever it takes to get involved and stay informed. This week’s issue includes an interview with Gun Outfit, conducted by our own Viktor Vargyai. Originally intended for this magazine, we couldn’t make a compelling argument for printing it here. That perennial paradox: Carrie and Dylan are punks, but they don’t play punk music anymore. Their words are well worth reading, though, and MRR is thrilled to collaborate with another radical publication.

Every month here at Maximum, we review roughly a hundred records made by bands that still do play punk music. Every month since I arrived, someone has brought the presence of known abusers and assaulters on these records to my attention. Every month, without fail. I am certain that there are more who we are not aware of it. It makes me sick.

We are a music magazine. These records still get reviewed. They get their fair sonic shake. As coordinator, I do not send emails around to shitworkers that say, “The singer of this band groped my friend in the bathrooms of the club. The drummer is emotionally abusive to his girlfriend. The guitarist tried to choke a woman when she told him to leave her alone.” Punk is a global phenomenon but it is also a small place — word gets around on its own.

We are a music magazine, but we are also a political publication, and always have been. Most days it feels like it is impossible to keep track of the list of bad dudes. It is a frightening thought. In response, we choose to foreground bands, labels, and communities that inspire us, people who are actively working to dismantle structures of oppression with their music, art, and very existence — Downtown Boys, G.L.O.S.S., In School, the Black and Brown Collective, Imogen Binnie, and more, just to name a very recent few.

Your Options Are Limitless: A Polemic was written by two members of the Bay Area punk community, who are also contributors to Maximum Rocknroll. It was published in The Media today. It is a call to action, a condemnation of silence, and a stark reminder that, yes, there is something (many things) that you (all of us) can do about this violence. I believe in the transformative power of extrajudicial action, of the potential for members of communities to take matters into their own hands. I acknowledge that every situation is different, that individuals have limited and varied emotional capabilities, that all responses to the presence of a perpetrator in a punk community will not, and should not, look the same. A Polemic lays out some potential reactions. As a magazine that believes in the radical potential of subcultural communities and the possibility of social change through art, music, and their attendant social structures, we feel like it is our responsibility to share them with you.

Your options are limitless. You be the judge of which are appropriate for your situation.



New Blood! COLLAGEN, TEEF and SOOTHSAYER


May 21st, 2015 by

“New Blood” is our weekly feature spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, check out some killer new shit…

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Band name:
COLLAGEN

Date & location formed:
January 2015, Victoria, BC, Canada.

Reason for forming:
The victoria punk scene has been on a serious upswing over the past year and we were running out of local bands to have open gigs so we kind of threw this project together hoping that it might encourage people to start some new bands by showing them just how easy it can be to start up a punk band if you really want to do it. It’s also great because the four of us all come from somewhat different musical backgrounds (well grindcore and indie rock bands) so it’s nice to get to play some straightforward-as-fuck punk together.

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What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrics address a variation of issues we care about, some of these issues fall close to home and some that we are not entirely affected by. To generalize, our lyrics address issues relating to social justice, political concerns and badly behaved people.

How would you describe your sound?
Simple as fuck, chaotic hardcore punk made by four unsuspecting individuals.

What’s in the future for this band?
We have one self-released 5-song demo cassette available now and are writing to release another one within the coming months. Other than that, just keep writing and playing shows and see what happens. The band is only three months old so there’s a lot of time ahead of us, hopefully.

Links and contact info:
collagenpunk.bandcamp.com

1-778-676-PUNX

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Band name:
TEEF

Date & location formed:
November 2013, Brighton, UK.

Reason for forming:
We wanted to play fast, not enough fast bands around at the moment!

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What are your lyrics about?
Self-loathing and hatred towards humanity!

How would you describe your sound?
Fast negative hardcore punk rock from the South Coast of England.

What’s in the future for this band?
Records/gigs/tours/spite

Links and contact info:
teefpunx.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/TEEFHC
headlessgururecords.bigcartel.com

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(artwork by Rose Abigail)

Band name:
SOOTHSAYER

Date & location formed:
2014, Pittsburgh, PA.

Reason for forming:
Formed in 2014 by ex members of Kakistocracy/Rat Storm/Auryn. Rye and Jared initially started this band out of the ashes of other fruitless and frustrating projects with the intention of making emotionally charged music. Caleb joined on drums, Elliot on Bass and MJ on vocals.

What are your lyrics about?
Songs about dealing with mental health issues, racism, queer issues, gender identity and anarchism.

How would you describe your sound?
Post-crust w/cleans and screams.

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Soothsayer (photo by Shannon O’Toole)

What’s in the future for this band?
June 2015 tour. Three shows with Hysterese (Germany). Heading into the Braddock Hit Factory to record six songs with Dave Rosenstrauss for a tour tape and future 7″

Links and contact info:
soothsayerpgh.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/soothsayerpgh

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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 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:

*By “new band” we mean a band that formed within the past year or year and a half.



Record of the Week: VLASTA POPIĆ Kvadrat CD


May 19th, 2015 by

VLASTA_POPIC_Kvadrat_CDBass-heavy noise/proper indie rock and punk from Croatia. There’s lots of disjointed guitars vocals in Croatian which, like other Slavic languages, is a really great language for music. Loads of push-pull tempos, sharp guitar tones, and big strums the way it outta be — no snoozy Pitchfork-approved/trendy fest moves here — imagine a faster SHELLAC and maybe a less-spastic and way more interesting RODAN. On the other hand, VLASTA POPIĆ does some excellent straight up punker tunes like on “Slijepa Nasa [Mrznja],” as well as a sort of SONIC YOUTH-y style on “Mastanje.” The rest of the album gets slower for a few songs (but still captivating) and plays around with different vocals and structures. And lest I forget — the incredible “O vodi” gives off a real SCRAWL (Ohio) style. Very recommended!
(Moonlee Records)

—Justin Davisson



MRR Radio #1453 • 5/18/15


May 18th, 2015 by

THIS WEEK: Pete’s in jail in Massachusetts for misrepresenting his age to play in the D.F. Wallace Under-18 National Tennis Invitational, so Langford roams the streets until he runs into a friend of his who’s willing to come and co-host this mess with him. So welcome back Zoe.

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You'll be free to rock again soon, man.

You’ll be free to rock again soon, man.

An international outpouring of support for our captive brother.
SLEAFORD MODS – Liveable Shit

It’s like Live Aid for assholes.
COLORFUL Z-BRA – This Is Sparta!
TRASHKIT – Boredom
HOT & COLD – City Walls
WEED – Meet Me With Ease

We all weep for your freedom.
PLASTIC DOLLS – The End
SUBURBAN LAWNS – Unable
GLAXO BABIES – Stay Awake
TUXEDOMOON – 7 Years

I will shatter the barriers of time to break your chains.
VOLCANO SUNS – White Elephant
THE GORDONS – Coalminer’s Song
PUBLIC EYE – Public Eye
DEATH TO PIGS – SS Slave
NO – Reculeo

Our tears will break their dams and burst the banks of their rivers.
RUBELLA BALLET – Tangled Web
THE FRANTIC ELEVATORS – Every Day I Die

You! Will! Be! Released!!!
PERE UBU – Final Solution

Maximum Rocknroll Radio is a weekly radio show and podcast featuring DIY punk, garage rock, hardcore, and more from around the world. Our rotating cast of DJs picks the best of the best from MRR magazine’s astounding, ever-growing vinyl archive. You can find MRR Radio archives, specials, and more at radio.maximumrocknroll.com. Thanks for listening!



Top Tens from MRR #385 • June 2015


May 18th, 2015 by

By popular demand, we present our reviewers’ Top Tens from the current issue of Maximum Rocknroll! Here are our picks from the June 2015 issue, MRR #385.
Buy it now!!


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Grace Ambrose

Grace Ambrose
LIME CRUSH – Graveyard EP
TRASH KIT – Confidence LP
SOBERANÍA PERSONAL – Benditos Sean Muñecos Que Pegan LP
PLASTIX – Ich Bin Modern! LP
SACRED PAWS – Six Songs 12” / TOŽIBABE – Dežuje EP
DETERGENTS – No Salvation EP
SILVER SHADOWS – 12”
FA BONX – “49 Stick/Tramps Jamble” 7″
OUTCASTS – Frustration LP
TEENGENERATE – Live at Shelter LP

Matt Badenhop

Matt Badenhop

Matt Badenhop
VASTUSTA – demo
STEEL CHAINS – demo
PARASYTES – demo
ABSOLUT – Hells Highest Power Promo cassette
SOBERANÍA PERSONAL – Benditos Sean Muñecos Que Pegan LP
PLASTIX – Ich Bin Modern! LP
SUICIDAS/TRANCE – split EP
NO///SE – Lower Berth LP
TOŽIBABE – Dežuje EP
DATA CONTROL/SNAKE – split cassette

Will Blomquist

Will Blomquist
SIX BREW BANTHA – Intravenously Commodified LP
IN DISGUST/SFN – split EP
SOBERANÍA PERSONAL – Benditos Sean Muñecos Que Pegan LP
SUICIDAS/TRANCE – split EP
SILVER SHADOWS – 12”
SACRED PAWS – Six Songs 12”
THE INSTIGATORS – LP / THE OUTCASTS – LP
LIME CRUSH – Graveyard EP
VIOLENT PARTY/BLAZING EYE – live
BROKEN WATER/DEFACE MAN – live

Mitch Cardwell

Mitch Cardwell
TEENGENERATE – Live at Shelter LP
LAST SONS OF KRYPTON – Teenage Trash LP
BLIND SHAKE – Fly Right LP
TRASH KIT – Confidence LP
MAD VIRGINS – “I Am a Computer/F… and Suck” 7″
CHAINSAW – See-Saw EP
PLASTIX – Ich Bin Modern! LP
USELESS EATERS – Singles: 2011-2014 LP
CUNTZ – “Cooked/Cheen” 7″
MISSING MONUMENTS – Too Many People… EP

Layla G

Layla Gibbon
SHEER MAG – live
LIME CRUSH – Graveyard EP
SACRED PAWS – Six Songs 12”
TRASH KIT – Confidence LP
SILVER SHADOWS – 12”
TOŽIBABE – Dežuje EP
SOBERANÍA PERSONAL – Benditos Sean Muñecos Que Pegan LP
UNIFORM CHOICE – 1982 Orange Peel Sessions EP
PLASTIX – Ich Bin Modern! LP
OUTCASTS – Frustration LP

Dan Goetz

Dan Goetz – live
KROMOSOM – live
SICK FIX – live
CAREER SUICIDE – live
FREAK VIBE – live
PERSPEX FLESH – live
MYSTIC INANE – live
SUICIDAS – live
VAASKA – live
NANDAS – live
SEM HASTRO – live

Greg Harvester

Greg Harvester
NATURE BOYS – “Pissy Wind/Coast to Coast” 7″
V/A – Destroy Poserton LP
BAZZ – Destroy Destroy cassette
TENEMENT – Bruised Music Volume One LP
SUICIDAS/TRANCE – split EP
MISSING MONUMENTS – Too Many People… EP
LINE TRAPS – LP
SILVER SHADOWS – 12”
TOŽIBABE – Dežuje EP
ANIMAL LOVER – live

Kenny Kaos
PLASTIC PINKS – “Fun/Kelly” 7″
FASHIONISM – Smash the State EP
THE DECLINE – “Radio Revolution/Loser Machine” 7″
VICTIM PARTY – “Had Drugs/Soft Drinks” 7″
STOP WORRYING & LOVE THE BOMB – Noun LP
DETERGENTS – No Salvation EP
CHRISTI – “Cry/Get You Off My Mind” 7″
ACTIVATIONS – Radio On/Attack EP
CUNTZ – “Cooked/Cheen” 7″
TEENGENERATE – Live at Shelter LP

Carolyn Keddy

Carolyn Keddy

Carolyn Keddy
PLASTIX – Ich Bin Modern! LP
CUNTZ – “Cooked/Cheen” / SEX SNOBS – Lonely LP
FA BONX – “49 Stick/Tramps Jamble” 7″
SOFT SHOULDER – all EPs / THE ZOLTARS – LP
TOŽIBABE – Dežuje EP
OUTCASTS – Frustration (Best of 1977-1985) LP
TEENGENERATE – Live at Shelter LP
CHAINSAW – 7″ / MAD VIRGINS – 7″ / X-PULSION – 7″ / STREETS – 7″
V/A – Four on Fur EP / DETERGENTS – No Salvation EP
NED RIFLE/WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS – films

Ray Lujan
CYANIDE PILLS – Government EP
IRISH HANDCUFFS – Hits Close to Home CD
THE JONES – Gravity Blues CD
MAD PARADE – The Fool EP
MISSING MONUMENTS – Too Many People… EP
SUCCESS – Radio Recovery CD
THIRTY SIX STRATEGIES – Strategy Three CD
VICTIM PARTY – Getting to Know the Victim Party LP
MAKTHAVERSKAN – live / STRUNG OUT – live
MR. T EXPERIENCE – live

Lydiya!

Lydiya!

Lydiya
STREETS/X-PULSION – split EP
SOBERANÍA PERSONAL – Benditos Sean Muñecos Que Pegan LP
TOŽIBABE – Dežuje EP
NEU-RONZ – You’re Calling Me EP
MAD VIRGINS – “I Am a Computer/F… and Suck” 7″
PLASTIX – Ich Bin Modern! LP
VLASTA POPIĆ – Kvadrat CD
XAXAXA – Sami Mazi I Zeni CD
BOOM BOOM KID – Armagedon flexi
IMAGINARY DICTIONARY – James Brown Is Not Dead EP

Fred Schrunk

Fred Schrunk
TOŽIBABE – Dežuje EP
LIME CRUSH – “Graveyard” EP
NATURE BOYS – “Pissy Wind/Coast to Coast” 7″
PLASTIX – Ich Bin Modern! LP
SILVER SHADOWS – 12”
SOBERANÍA PERSONAL – Benditos Sean Muñecos Que Pegan LP
TENEMENT – Bruised Music Volume One LP
ENDLESS COLUMN – Summer EP
FUN PEOPLE – Desarme EP
SACRED PAWS – Six Songs 12”

Lena

Lena

Lena
SOBERANÍA PERSONAL – Benditos Sean Muñecos Que Pegan LP
DETERGENTS – No Salvation EP & live
VLASTA POPIĆ – Kvadrat CD
BIOFEEDBACK – Karamihan Nao Ay Pu EP
SILVER SHADOWS – 12”
TOŽIBABE – Dežuje EP
SUICIDAS/TRANCE – split EP
OUTCASTS – Frustration LP
YOUTH AVOIDERS – live
SHEER MAG – live

Eli Wald

Eli Wald

Eli Wald
LIME CRUSH – “Graveyard” EP
TRASH KIT – Confidence LP
SILVER SHADOWS – 12”
V/A – Hardcore, Gimme Some More EP
SACRED PAWS – Six Songs 12”
DETERGENTS – No Salvation EP
CUNTZ – “Cooked/Cheen” 7″
SOFT SHOULDER – Stair EP
GAY KISS – Preservation Measures LP
SHEER MAG – live

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Top Ten Zines
Artcore #33
Asswipe #7
Basura #2
Mend My Dress #13
Portland Underground #1
Punk
Spare Change #30
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Words Upon Words #1 & #2