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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

Another new year, another exciting issue of Maximum Rocknroll! MRR #416, our January 2018 issue, begins with a sad note as we ...

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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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Record of the Week: Negative Scanner

September 23rd, 2015 by


The brilliant promise of that first NEGATIVE SCANNER single was the way it oscillated between moody, off-kilter rhythmic trance and classic “Moon Over Marin”-style hookiness, and I guess they could have gone either way with their full-length. It seems like they mostly stuck with the latter, which was the one disappointment in my first go-around with this record. Maybe I’m just more rhythmically inclined, so don’t let my personal temperament steer you away. If anyone ever tells you that Chicago is a zero-tracks kind of town (everyone’s an expert since Martin moved away from the MRR compound), you can tune them in to “Would You Rather” (it’s incredible) or “Ivy League Asshole” after you name-check the EFFIGIES. Something about the way the guitarists play here is really forcing me to make my first WIPERS comparison in my career as an MRR reviewer (I was hoping to make it at least ten issues before this happened). Specifically it reminds of that eerie Youth of America-era open-chord type of sound, an under-tapped vein of inspiration. The beginning of “Forget It” has this incessant chime that gets cut through by an underlying guitar line that sounds like a cello or something. The winding and cresting surf guitar riff that opens up “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning” is just sick; it’s raw, it’s classic. One thing really ties it together here: Rebecca Valeriano-Flores is an utterly devastating lyricist with a powerfully understated delivery, a tuff singer. All you other so-called songsmiths out there: step it up. More and more uncanny details come up as I spend more time with these songs. This one is either a winter record dropped in the wrong time of year or a summer record for that point late at night in a hot city when you realize you can’t stand it outside any longer. Backed. (Eli Wald)

(Trouble in Mind)

Create to Destroy! Stuart Schrader

September 23rd, 2015 by

You may have heard the name Stuart Schrader before, as he did Game of the Arseholes zine. This was a highly respected zine in the “rawer” punk scene which you may have inferred from the title which references ANTI-CIMEX. He has done countless interviews, some of which have appeared in MRR such as MISSBRUKARNA and MELLAKKA. Oh, and don’t forget the ANTI-CIMEX archive! I am hoping for a re-issue of his zine, but for now here is an interview (by Amelia ANOK4U2):
How’d you discover punk?
First, thanks for the interview. I appreciate the Create to Destroy! feature because I think it is really important to recognize the blood, sweat, tears, and labor put into the punk scene that goes beyond just playing in bands. It would be incredible if we rewrote punk history not from the perspective of bands only but from a more holistic perspective of everyone who contributes, including those whose idea of “do it yourself” is to do nothing but just be a punk!

Anyway, I came to punk in a way that is almost unimaginable today: with great difficulty. I knew about punk years before I had ever heard it. I learned of the band names MINOR THREAT, BLACK FLAG, and DEAD KENNEDYS through mentions of them by guy named Glen Plake, who was an extreme skier with a giant mohawk who was semi-famous in the early 1990s. But it was before the internet and because I didn’t know any punks, I didn’t really know how to find the music. I discovered a DEAD KENNEDYS badge in a suburban CD shop, but they didn’t, as far as I could tell, have any of their CDs or cassettes. I was a pretty disaffected, angry, and lonely kid, and I was listening to mainstream metal and grunge at the time. Eventually, I met some punks, including one with whom I’m still friends: Nick Turner, who played guitar in COLD SWEAT and WALLS. He made some mixtapes for me, and it all began. Nowadays, one can use a search engine to discover so much, but it’s hard to imagine YouTube or downloaded mp3s being as precious to anyone today as those first mixtapes made by Nick and other friends were to me.

Yeah it used to be difficult to get into punk, I miss the hunt. Do you like ANTI-CIMEX?
I would say that I am obsessed with about three years of ANTI-CIMEX’s history. On most days, I think their second 7” is the finest hardcore record ever produced: just uncontrolled, sheer rage. I am also quite fond of their third 7”, as well as compilation and other tracks recorded circa 1983 and sung in Swedish. I do like their later output, but my life would not be diminished if I never heard it again. The 1983–1984 stuff, though, is essential.

On the Anti-Cimex Archive, I have collected a lot of information and ephemera about ANTI-CIMEX and SKITSLICKERS. I have tried to make the postings interesting and compendious, but it is difficult to be totally accurate, especially because there are lots of competing stories to be found and because I don’t speak Swedish. There is another cool blog in a similar spirit by a Swedish dude that fans should check called Victims of a Bombraid. Members of ANTI-CIMEX are on Facebook, and more ephemera is appearing online. Still, I am proud that I have put a lot of unique material online for free and easy access, stuff that is nearly impossible to find elsewhere. My favorite posts are one with complete info on the eight SKITSLICKERS sleeve variations and one on a few pre-CIMEX bands. I do have a lot more material that I would like to put online someday. It’s a slow process.

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MRR Radio #1471 • 9/20/15

September 20th, 2015 by

Special guest Travis joins Matt with an unforgettable hour of amateurish and blaring punk fun!


Intro song:



Travis shares his current obsessions
VX GAS ATTACK – Fool’s Belief
SOLUTIONS – Destroy Potential
BLACK BALL – Bone to Pick
AUSENCIA – Me Opongo

Some of Matt’s favorite recent acquisitions
BLITZKRIEG – Abuse of Power
CHARGE – Fashion
RABATZ – Trabantenstadt
INSERTS – Rent Raiser
THE NOSEBLEEDS – Ain’t Been to No Music School

Japanese hardcore: the influential and influenced, played side by side
BASTARD – Misery
DEATHREAT – Since Day One
NIGHTMARE – Self Defense Power

New demo tapes, plus one old one
ARCANE – Parched
CHAOS DISORDER AND PANIC – If You’re Not Pissed Off You Probably Weren’t Paying Attention

Outro song:
AMEBIX – Progress

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!


September 17th, 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:

Parasytes robin logo (1)

Date & location formed:
July 2014

Reason for forming:
We wanted to play some punk as fuck music together.

What are your lyrics about?
Mental alienation and facts of life we’re pissed about!

Parasytes Roma logo with bug (1)

How would you describe your sound?
Punk UK 82 (Varukers/Discharge) mixed with some finnish influenced and some Japanese dbeat.

What’s in the future for this band?
We just recorded a EP it’s gonna come out hopefully in November on Distort/Reality records. A west Coast (U.S.A.) tour and hopefully a Mexican tour as well for spring of 2016.

Links and contact info:



paranoid state logoBand name:

Date & location formed:
March 2014, Utrecht/Amsterdam, Holland.

Reason for forming:
A friend who plays drums asked me if would like to start a band in a Rites of Spring vein. I jumped on the occasion because I had some musical ideas which didn’t fit my other band, Tense Reaction.

What are your lyrics about?
Personal stuff, social issues, life, death.

How would you describe your sound?
We are heavily influenced by bands like
early Hüsker Dü, Articles of Faith, GI etc.
We don’t want to ape these bands, but this
is the kind of hardcore that made an
everlasting impression on me when I was kid.

Paranoid State (photo by Karen Vennik)

Paranoid State (photo by Karen Vennik)

What’s in the future for this band?
Our full length LP on will be out on Gummopunx Records an Darcy Trash Records this year. In november we will do some shows in the UK.

Links and contact info:


Band name:

Date & location formed:
Lima, 2014

Los Mierdas

Los Mierdas

Reason for forming:
Acer bulla/ Make noise.

What are your lyrics about?
Hablan de varios temas: drogas, la calle, la situación, los estados de ánimo, cosas que vemos( que nos gustan y disgustan)/drugs, Street, the situation we live

Day by Day, our mood, shit.

How would you describe your sound?
Es como si le dieras un micrófono a un pedazo de excrement y lo pudieras escuchar/

Its like giving a piece of shit a microphone and listening to what it has to say.

What’s in the future for this band?
No se sable / Unkown.

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: Reatards

September 17th, 2015 by

REATARDS – “Grown Up, Fucked Up” LP
When this record was originally issued by Empty Records back in 1999, it felt like the REATARDS had already been around for a decade, at least (their first single is from ’97). The band seemed to jump into existence already in “mature phase,” which is the benefit of having a true maniac creative like Jay crafting your songs. It’s great to now slide back into the shitty, shitty, shitty, shitty, shitty, shitty pile of emotional bile that the best REATARDS tracks evoke, and realize the ability it confers, upon first needle drop, to discern fake punk from the real thing. It’s always going to be present on this record, the best full-length Jay Reatard ever pulled off. So, it still holds up as one of the ten best punk LPs of the decade, and the best ’90s party bummer LP I own outside of the BAD TIMES LP, and hey! Look who’s all over that fucker too. (Ryan Wells)