November 27th, 2013 by Amelia
Tony is a poorly behaved man who sends inappropriate mail to the MRR HQ. His zine was a labor of love encapsulating the pure sounds of deafness until the movement collapsed, leaving us tired with a shadow of incessant ringing in our ears. More Noize is no longer printed for mass consumption, but a mere memory of punk times past. I thought I would take a walk down memory lane with Tony for your reading pleasure…
More Noize, how did it start?
The first issue of More Noize was in 2008.
What is it?
It’s a punk fanzine. Or it was a punk fanzine. I did twelve zines under the name More Noize. The last was number 13 — number 11 is an unfinished zine that may or may not come out sometime in 2013.
How do you feel about the word zine?
I like both the longer word “fanzine” and the short version. There is nothing wrong with being a fan of punk music, the problem starts when you talk about being a fan of a person. We are all equals.
Did you do zines before this?
What genre of music does More Noize focus on?
Punk. There are no other genres worth writing about in my opinion.
What’s the difference between “noise” and “noize”?
There’s a “z” in the word “noize” — the way Taf from DISORDARGHH wrote it on posters and on records.
Does noize annoy?
When I started the zine the intention was to listen to every punk band in the world, and write about them, which I did with varying degrees of success, but a side effect was tinnitus. Tinnitus is annoying, not to mention permanent.
Why did you kill More Noize?
Because the zine helped spawn a generation of shit bands—with the exception of THE LOWEST FORM. Also the zine Cuntz here in the UK started a sort of hate or bullying campaign against me personally, not that I am buckling in to intimidation but in the end I kind of felt like the zine should be laid to rest.
What do you want for the future of punk?
I want current bands to record punk music that will be as considered classics in 30 years. On a personal level, I would not cry if people stopped supporting the likes of Cuntz fanzine in the otherwise positive and inclusive DIY punk scene.
Do you have a back catalogue for us to order?
No. But some More Noize back issues may still be bought from Feel It Records in the US, Record Shop Base in Japan and Blinddead in Sweden, as well as some others.
How can we stay up to date on your thoughts and creations?
The zine does have a lingering online presence of sorts but I will probably delete all of it soon enough. Therefore the best way to keep up with More Noize-related interests will be to purchase Maximumrocknroll magazine for the regular More Noize “Hardcore Charade” column and for regular interviews I do with bands that are typically of the interests of readers of More Noize zine.
Any last words?
Up the punx or punks?
If punx refers to the likes of Cuntz magazine, then I much rather be a hippie.