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Strace and Strayla vote MITCH CARDWELL for President of Punk.  Intro song: AQUARIUM - Human Current Sounds from the New Bins MR. WRONG - ...

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MRR Radio #1578 • 10/8/17

Matt is joined by Ben and Claudia for just another hour of the best new punk and hardcore worldwide! Intro ...

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Maximum Rocknroll #414 • Nov 2017

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MRR Radio #1577 • 10/1/17

Phillip Greenlief spent an afternoon in the stacks. This is what he came up with. BAD RELIGION - You Are the ...

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Jackal (photo by Zack Rogers)

New Blood! ESCØRT, WITCHTRIAL, JACKAL, VANTA, and UNIVERSAL PEACE

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

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Blast From the Past: Coke Bust


September 15th, 2015 by

This originally ran in MRR #314/July ’09. which is now out of print

Coke Bust is a Washington DC hardcore band whose music draws primarily from mid-’80s European thrash, a la Heresy and Ripcord, as well as the better corners of the youth crew genre, creating a sound that brings bands such as Scholastic Deth or Betercore to mind. As an open-minded yet firmly identified straightedge band at a time when having such ethos (or having any ethos, really) is at its most uncool, they dig deeper than the usual slogans and trappings of “straightedge hardcore,” writing songs that take on topics such as the less obvious outcomes of drug and alcohol culture, as well as the lesser-known implications of the “war on drugs,” including the US-backed aerial spraying of coca crops in South America. Their output so far includes their demo 7″ that they’d rather you pass over in favor of their Fuck Bar Culture 7″, and they are also releasing an LP titled Lines in the Sand, which will be out by the time that you read this. They’ve also planned a six-week US tour in July. Nick does vocals, Jeremy plays guitar, Jubert plays bass, and Chris spreads himself pretty thin but never slacks on his drum duties.

Interview by Dan Goetz.

MRR: How exactly did the band get together? Nick and Chris, I know you two were in Griptape a few years earlier…did Coke Bust form so you two could play in a band together again?

Chris: Nick and I did play in a band called Griptape when we were in high school. After that band broke up Nick started another band called Bail Out!, and they played for a little while but me and Nick always liked playing music together, so it was inevitable that we’d start another band.

Nick: For a time, Parsons, Chris, and I were jamming and we couldn’t find someone to play guitar, so Parsons suggested Jeremy. He was this older guy in the scene who had already been in a bunch of bands. We didn’t know him that well, but we knew that he was a nice guy and liked good music, so we asked him on a whim, and it turned out to work out great.

Jeremy: Parsons came up to me at my previous band’s last show and said that he was jamming with Nicktape and that it was going to be short, fast hardcore punk and asked if I wanted to do it. I had nothing going on so I said, “Yes, let me know when you guys want to try to get something together.” A couple of months later Parsons called me, so I showed up and we wrote three songs in one day!

MRR: How’d you find the new guy?

Nick: Well, our old bass player, Parsons, wasn’t able to play in the band anymore due to the fact that he was living in Richmond, Virginia [two hours south of DC] and I think he had a lot on his plate. So I was at a show that Jubert [the new guy] was at and he was like, “Hey man, you should let me play bass,” and he came and jammed with us. He rules. He’s still in high school, too!

Jeremy: It wasn’t working out with him, and it was pretty mutual. He wasn’t making the commute and contributing as much as he used to, so we just kind of all decided separately that it’d be best to part ways, so we found ourselves without a bass player, and someone mentioned Jubert’s name and that he was a good bass player.

Nick: And he’s straightedge too.

Jeremy: Yes, he fit the criteria.

MRR: What are some of your influences, including some of your less obvious ones? How do you go about writing songs? The first 7″ alternates between youth crew and Heresy-sounding stuff, and I can catch hints of Bail Out! and Magrudergrind, while the second 7″ has a more cohesive, fused-together sound that always struck me as a more youth crew Scholastic Deth.

Chris: I think that from the beginning, we had a general idea of what we wanted the band to sound like. We all kind of came to practice and were like, “We all like Heresy; we want to start a really fast hardcore band,” and I don’t think it was really a coincidence that the band was straightedge. I think it was all in the back of our minds when we were getting together, and I think we actively sought out other people who were straightedge to be in a band. DC has a long history of straightedge, and there really aren’t that many straightedge kids in DC, or at least when we started the band, and there’s not a “straightedge” scene in this area.

Nick: We just wanted to play fast, and we wanted to have a youth crew edge, because we all dig that shit too. Jeremy?

Jeremy: I would say from the beginning, it was in the back of everyone’s mind that we wanted to play fast. I can speak for myself with all the riffs, ideas, and songs I brought in that I think we were just kind of feeling each other out, so I don’t feel that the first record had a terribly cohesive sound, whereas I know on Fuck Bar Culture we kind of knew what we wanted to do. We’d already done a tour or two together, so we were more comfortable playing and it just came out that way. It needed to be a little more pissed sounding than the last record, so we just upped the ante on ourselves.

Chris: Can I also note that our first 7″ was supposed to stay a demo. We made like 100 CD-Rs with crappy folded inserts for our first few shows, and we made some tapes, and it was supposed to stay like that, but Bobby Egger from Headcount Records insisted that the demo go on 7″. I think that was the stupidest idea ever. [laughter] But we still love you Bobby!

Nick: Those demos we made for our first show were some straight-up Crayola-lookin’ joints.

MRR: That makes sense. I’ve noticed in listening to the Cycle of Violence songs [that would eventually be for the LP], it almost seems like you’re expanding on both parts, like it’s split apart again, but the songwriting is definitely improved in both the youth crew parts and the thrashier parts.

Nick: Yeah, that shit is cool.

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Monday Photo Blog: Alex Kress


September 14th, 2015 by

On this week’s Monday Photo Blog we have some sick evidence of a summer well spent from Alex Kress. You can check out more of her work on her Flickr here.

La Misma (New York City)  at S.H.I.B.G.B.'s Toronto, ON, Canada, July 30

La Misma (New York City) at S.H.I.B.G.B.’s Toronto, ON, Canada, July 30

 

Sheer Mag (Philadelphia, PA) at Silver Dollar Room in Toronto, ON, Canada, August 21

Sheer Mag (Philadelphia, PA) at Silver Dollar Room in Toronto, ON, Canada, August 21

 

No Problem (Edmonton, AB) at Brixx in Edmonton, AB, Canada, July 4

No Problem (Edmonton, AB) at Brixx in Edmonton, AB, Canada, July 4

 

Royal Headache (Sydney, AU) at Silver Dollar Room in Toronto, ON, Canada, August 21

Royal Headache (Sydney, AU) at Silver Dollar Room in Toronto, ON, Canada, August 21

 

Strangled (Edmonton, AB) at Brixx in Edmonton, AB, Canada, July 4

Strangled (Edmonton, AB) at Brixx in Edmonton, AB, Canada, July 4

 

La Misma

La Misma

 

Sheer Mag

Sheer Mag

 

No Problem

No Problem

 

RHMRR1

Royal Headache

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MRR Radio #1470 • 9/13/15


September 13th, 2015 by

PISS TEST and SLOPPY KISSES stop by the MRR compound on their West Coast tour!

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Intro song:
PISS TEST – Macy’s

Piss Test, photo by Rita Gonsalves

Samantha
ARCTIC FLOWERS – Slouching Towards Bethlehem
SCREAMING SNEAKERS – Violent Days
THE STOPS – Repulsive

Jeremy
EYES – TAQN
PLUGZ – Satisfied Die
BAGS – We Don’t Need the English

Zach
THE NERVOUS – This Isn’t Over
BUM KON – Giving In
FRANTIX – My Dad’s a Fucking Alcoholic

Rose
TELEVISION – Guiding Life
WIRE – Fragile
VOIDOIDS – I’m Your Man

Chris
HÜSKER DÜ – In a Free Land
TRAGEDY – The Ending Fight
NO TREND – Fun of It All

Rodrigo
MALIGNUS YOUTH – Family
MALIGNUS YOUTH – Crazy
SHARK PANTS – Canyonero

Jason
SADO NATION – Johnny Paranoid
STAINS – John Wayne Was a Nazi
DOGS – John Rock

Outro song:
SLOPPY KISSES – New Pompeii

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!



MRR Radio #1469.5 • 9/10/15


September 10th, 2015 by

New Orleans punks MYSTIC INANE drop in for a visit to the MRR compound between stops at Saigon Sandwich and the famous 9th Avenue pin store. See what follows for sick selections from the Maximum archive and visions of the future from the tape freak underground.

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Intro:
UROCHROMES – Ugly

Mystic Inane strike a pose with a fellow traveller

Mystic Inane strike a pose with a fellow traveller.

DJ Candice takes command
THE PETTICOATS – Normal
MIND GAMES – Sorry About That Chief
BITOUSHA – Giseisha
MÉTAL URBAIN – Paris Marquis
YPÖ-VIIS – Hyvästi Masentava Maanantai

Nathan (a.k.a. DJ Crimewave) rules the radio
BIG BOYS – Prison
THE NIXE – Happens
MYDOLLS – Exorcism
TOXIN III – Numb
WASP WOMEN – Kill Me/I Don’t Need Your Attitude

Hand the aux cable to Perry (a.k.a. DJ Perry Ubu [a.k.a. DJ Perry Farrell])
HONEY BANE – Girl on the Run
METAL VIRGINS – Animal People
STICK MEN WITH RAY GUNS – Christian Rat Attack
UPSIDEDOWN CROSS – Upsidedown Cross

Winding down with Jonah (a.k.a. DJ Klaus Blowme)
THE SIMPLETONES – Kirsty Q
YDI – Out for Blood
DOGMATIC ELEMENTS – Just Friends
THE PLUGS – Berserk Town
CHAIN REACTION – No Way Out

Outro:
MYSTIC INANE – Josephine the Singer
PATSY – Tuley Tude High

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!



Reissue of the Week: Happy


September 10th, 2015 by

HAPPY? – “Anger” EP
This felt vaguely familiar upon first listen. That feeling turned into deja vu and I had no idea why. The previous day I had been thinking about leaving San Francisco after more than a quarter of a century and was going over all the wonderful Bay Area bands I had seen over the years and thinking back to the early days of powerviolence. Ah ha! Got it! This 7” was familiar because I had heard the vocalist many times before. HAPPY? was a Redwood City, CA band that I don’t remember ever releasing anything or playing out much. These tracks were recorded back in 1993 and the band contains members that went on to play in bands such as SPAZZ, FUNERAL SHOCK, BUG PEDALS, CANDY MUSCLE, and POWER PELLUT along with a few others. What you get is raw hardcore that is full of energy. It sounds like it was recorded live in a garage and the songs are sort of intentionally sloppy. These tracks were originally available on a cassette. “Biggot” is a bit faster and tighter and I love the vocals. This is a great historical release if you’re interested in some fast hardcore with vague sounds of the things to come from Redwood City. Think of it as a precursor to powerviolence. (Mike Howes)
(Flinch Lumin)