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MRR Radio #1587 • 12/10/17

This week Matt pulls some rarities out of the vault to make the scums and punks drool. Intro song: STENGTE DØRER ...

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MRR Radio #1586 • 12/3/17

On this week's MRR Radio, Rob goes ballistic for late '70s and early '80s Bloodstains punk rock from around the ...

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Maximum Rocknroll #416 • Jan 2018

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"Who gives a fuck?"

MRR Radio #1585 • 11/26/17

“[...] Elvis gives them a short speech about the death pangs that humanity must go through in order to reach ...

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MRR Radio #1584 • 11/19/17

Another fuct up Rotten Ron and Horrrible Halitosis Punker Power Hour. Intro song: DRUGCHARGE - Husk Rotten Ron fucks it up so you ...

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July 31st, 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…

Band name:

aninoko logo

Date & location formed:
July 2014 in the San Francisco, Bay Area.

Reason for forming:
We formed out of friendship, the desire to play fast hardcore punk in our native languages and the lack of an outspoken, immigrant Filipino presence in the local scene.

What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrics are about Diaspora, misguided funds donated to Typhoon relief efforts, Filipino Martial Arts and the displacement of indigenous communities.

AninoKo pic

How would you describe your sound?
We play fast hardcore influenced by Los Crudos with a lil bit of What Happens Next and some mid era Dead Ends (80’s Philippine Hardcore band) with lyrics completely in Filipino dialects.

What’s in the future for this band?
We hope to put out a 7 inch split with another Pinoy punk band from the east coast, hopefully tour, write more and see where it goes from there.

Links and contact info:


Band name:

Date & location formed:
Early 2015, Brooklyn New York.



Reason for forming:
Smoking leaves and vaping…

What are your lyrics about?
Science, light, and vehicles

How would you describe your sound?
Savage, loud, and vicious.

What’s in the future for this band?
We are hopefully putting out our first proper demo tape this August of 2015, and playing our first out of town show on September 22nd in Western massachusetts with G.L.O.S.S. (not sure when this feature would be running but figure that was worth mentioning if its before that date.) other than that, playing lots of shows both in and out of New York, hopefully putting something else out not too long after the demo.

Links and contact info:


Band name:

Date & location formed:
Formed summer of 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.

Reason for forming:
We’re all involved in more serious bands and collectively decided to try something different.

What are your lyrics about?
The lyrics deal with feeling crazy, being lost, wanting more, and seeing people closest to us stuck in the gutter.

Spiked Collar (photo by Damien Dissonance)

Spiked Collar (photo by Damien Dissonance)

How would you describe your sound?
Our sound is real, raw, rabid, and free.

What’s in the future for this band?
Spiked Collar’s future will be cool. New songs, new shows, new ideas. Don’t miss it. Our next show is the CITIZEN record release 8/29 at Frankie’s in Toledo, Ohio

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 — 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.

Reissue of the Week: Broken Talent

July 30th, 2015 by

Fuckin’ sick! Most KBD fans I know have a real soft spot for Florida’s BROKEN TALENT, even tho their classic Blood Slut 7” EP came out in 1984, a full two years after the industry standard KBD cut-off of 1982. It’s gotta be one helluva classic to get KBD golems to pay more than $40 for a 7” EP from 1984 this side of the QUEERS. Imagine my shock to discover there’s a whole fuckin’ LP worth of BROKEN TALENT material. Well, I guess if I was a lil’ more in tune with my mid ’80s punk cassette game, I’d know the BROKEN TALENT “album” came out in 1985 on their own TPOS label. Oh well. This thing is sick, disaffected punk rock, just rough enough to keep the hardcores interested, with enough tuneful hooks to get stuck in the punks’ heads, in the same way that early RED CROSS (O.C.) was the best band that ever existed. Wish the cover art was a little less abstract, I’m worried some people who really need to hear this won’t! (Graham Booth)
(Florida’s Dead)

Record(s) of the Week: Violence Creeps

July 29th, 2015 by

VIOLENCE CREEPS – “I’m Broke/Gridlock” flexi
         “I’m Broke” is one of those songs that is so immediately catchy, punk and destroyed that I thought it was a cover song. The band lurches through two chords while their singer Amber screams her fucking head off about all the shit she can’t afford. The band ramps up their energy through the two paltry minutes of this ripper until it’s on the verge of falling apart. It has an instantly classic sound that feels pure and raw in all the best ways. Without a doubt, it’s easily one of top five favorite songs of the year. That’s a hard act to follow, but “Gridlock” is also a ripper about being stuck in traffic. VIOLENCE CREEPS is lurchy, slow, destructive, pissed-the-fuck-off and perfectly raw. The soundtrack to losing your goddamn mind. This flexi (the worst format, my only complaint) comes with issue #16 of Degenerate magazine. (Greg Harvester)

I don’t know what to tell you. Yesterday I woke up, ate a shitty fucking West Coast bagel (masochism rears its ugly head), sat down at this computer and didn’t stand up except to piss and refill my coffee for thirteen or so hours. This music is the soundtrack to that. Today I went to my low-paying job and my boss bought me lunch at the organic taqueria that is probably owned by white people and there was some sort of Instagram photoshoot going on involving fish tacos and a hot pink longboard and this was the soundtrack to that. Tomorrow I have to get up at 5:00 a.m. and get on a plane to Minneapolis to see my family which will be nice but we will probably get in a fight over my new finger tattoo and someone will get too drunk at dinner and we’ll all feel terrible about it but it will also be kind of funny and this will be the soundtrack to that. Last night I had an unending stream of maddening interactions with a series of punishers and this was literally the soundtrack to that. It was the record release show for this fine platter in the basement of a completely mystifying club and if you live in the Bay Area and you weren’t in attendance, you’re a poseur and a loser and an idiot. Too strong? I don’t care. Fuck you. This is the best band in the Bay Area. They make me wanna flip over tables and punch people in the face, but they also make me laugh like a maniac and wanna hang out and make weird art with my friends. It’s funny, it’s intelligent, it’s infectious and instantly classic. Watch the music video for “On My Turf.” You’ll get it, if you’ve got eyes and ears and a semi-functioning brain. Watch it. Now. Do you get it? Who needs John Brannon when you have Amber? There’s acoustic guitar and sax freakout and bass skronk and slow FLIPPER-esque sludge but also good old fashioned ’core and hooks for days. (“Drop Out,” you’re moshing!) This is a band that is getting better with every release and this record finds them at the peak of their powers, powers that don’t look quite like anything else out there. For fans of the “catchy-but-weird” hardcore du jour:if you like it tougher, meaner, smarter, catchier, more depraved—you’re a punk, right? So the answer is yes, right?—get this. Wake up, sheeple. (Grace Ambrose)

Create to Destroy! Red Light Legal

July 29th, 2015 by


Irochka Pechalochka organized a benefit for Red Light Legal that is occurring this weekend in Oakland, California.  Red Light Legal is a clinic that is a resource for those who work in the sex industry.   I thought it was important to interview her regarding booking this benefit for two reasons.  First- it’s important that punks book benefits and that we use our shows to help our communities.  Second- I also wanted to raise awareness about sex workers within the punk community aka your community in order to bring compassion and acceptance.  Here is Irochka Pechalochka on the Red Light Legal benefit shows and sex work within the punk community:

What is Red Light Legal and what services do they provide?

Red Light Legal is a sex worker-led legal clinic based in Oakland, California. The organization was founded by executive director Kristina Dolgin and staff attorney Matt Kellegrew. They advocate to reduce stigma, violence and discrimination associated with the sex industry, particularly for those who face intersectional oppressions due to racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia and classism. Red Light legal provides direct legal services, public policy advocacy, community education and litigation services to sex workers in all corners of the industry.

Why is it important that an organization like this provide sex workers with resources?  

Sex workers are a highly vulnerable population. They are stigmatized and often criminalized within the legal system. Because of this, many sex workers are less likely to access legal services when it would otherwise be to their benefit. Red Light Legal responds to this gap in services by providing low-no barrier legal support from the perspective of current and former sex workers to anyone working anywhere in the sex industry.

Sex workers are often the targets of discriminatory policing. Making things worse, the common myths about sex work cause actual, real life sex workers to be drastically misunderstood. This lack of understanding combined with repressive stigma creates counterproductive, harmful laws and policies. The Anti-prostitution pledge for example, denies government funding to anti-trafficking and harm reduction NGO’s if they provide services such as STD testing and condoms to prostitutes.

The term “human trafficking” is also used alarming flexibly to describe people in a spectrum of circumstances ranging from those engaged in consensual voluntary sex work to people who have been the victims of serious, terrifying crimes. This ambiguity has caused law enforcement to prioritize the “low hanging fruit” or the most visible sex workers, leaving those who have truly been victimized to either fend for themselves or risk arrest and incarceration by coming forward. The result is less safety for everyone.

NRS.201.300 is another example of over broad public policy. Under this law, the children, family and friends of sex workers can be prosecuted as “panderers” or pimps if the sex worker supports them financially in any way. This puts not only sex workers, but their families and support networks at risk.

If public policy is ever going to change to become less harmful to sex workers, then it is going to be a result of advocacy by sex workers themselves. Red Light Legal aims to provide a safe, respectful space for sex workers that supports their individual needs while also working to shift public policy.

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Maximum Rocknroll #388 • Sept 2015


MRR #388, the September Issue, features interviews with New Orleans mold breaking freak-punks MYSTIC INANE, vitriolic Texas snot-punk cult VIDEO, and Memphis’s Goner “groove masters” EX-CULT. We’ve also got conversations with PURE DISGUST (at the forefront of the NWODCHC), Terry Hammer (Toxic Reasons’ manager and a first wave San Francisco punker), Canada’s HIRED GOONS (oi! oi!) and Greece’s GUTTER. Plus, an in-depth tour diary from PERMANENT RUIN‘s recent European run and a back-n-forth with 1859 Records. Plus all the reviews and columns that you love!

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