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MRR Radio #1549 • 3/19/17

Things can get kind of boring and repetitious over here at MRRHQ, so today Grace stick 'n pokes Matt while ...

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MRR Radio #1548 • 3/12/17

Mexico City's Cadenaxo dropped by the compound at the end of their west coast tour. CADENAXO - Cadenaxo (Los Tirios) DESOBEDIENCIA CIVIL ...

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New Blood! D-SAGAWA, TASHME, THE BOLOS, SLOPERS, and D-BOYS

“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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Maximum Rocknroll #407 • April 2017

It’s time for Maximum Rocknroll #407, the April 2017 issue — can you handle it? We talk to Brazil’s FUTURO, ...

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MRR Radio #1547 • 3/5/17

AMBER ALERT: Pete's run away from home and we can't find him no matter how hard we look! Maybe a favorite ...

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Create to Destroy! Damaged City Fest


March 3rd, 2017 by

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I interviewed Chris Moore about Washington DC’s 5th annual Damaged City fest. This year’s fest is happening April 6th–9th. It’s coming up soon so get your tickets now, punkers! You may know Chris from one of his many killer bands such as COKE BUST, REPULSION, DOC, SICK FIX, GUILT PARADE, and THE REMEMBERABLES. So you know he’s a man of good taste, but I’m sure you can tell that already by this year’s lineup!

(flyer by Alex DiMattesa)

Is Damaged City a nickname for DC? Is this a dumb question?
Much like coming up with dumb names for punk bands we came up with this. Haha.

What’s up with the DC scene? It always seemed dominated by straightedge hardcore, am I wrong? What’s it like there now?
There was a decent amount of straightedge hc over the last 10–15 years but in the last five or so its been pretty mixed. I think DC being filled with straightedge bands is a common misconception. I’d say it’s more dominated by younger kids which is amazing. We have some really great punk, HC, and metal bands these days, such as KOMBAT, PROTESTER, RASHOMON, GUILT PARADE, PURE DISGUST, RED DEATH, PRIESTS, FLASHER, MISLED YOUTH, IRON CAGES, PINK FILM, HOMOSUPERIOR, SICK FIX, PSYCHIC SUBCREATURES, BAD MOVES, WITCHTRIAL, GAUCHE, BRAINPAN, UNKNOWN THREAT, COKE BUST, GENOCIDE PACT, and D.O.C., just to name a few!

Any cool local bands playing this fest?
Yeah, a bunch! KOMBAT, RASHOMON, IRON CAGES, PROTESTER, WITCHTRIAL, RED DEATH, GUILT PARADE, BATTERY, STAND OFF, and more.

Is this fest all ages? What are your venues like?
Yup, always all ages. That’s a must for Damaged City and all shows that I organize. The main shows are usually at St. Stephens Church, which has been hosting punk shows in DC since the ’80s. It’s a cool spot with a medium sized stage and good vibes. The after shows are at this bar down the street called the pinch where the shows get a little more wild. The last show will be at this club called the Black Cat where I also work doing sound. It’s one of DC’s oldest clubs, started by Dante from GRAY MATTER and IRON CROSS. I’ve been going to shows there since I was 13 and it’s an amazing place. The place is run by mostly punks and assorted rockers. It’s got a great vibe, people who work there are super friendly, and the food is great.

S.H.I.T. (photo by Angela Owens)

I love that your shows are all ages. All ages shows support a punk future. Maybe that’s why you also have a bunch of young punkers running around your DC scene. So, on another good note, you got the MARKED MEN to headline, which is really exciting!
Yeah! I seriously can’t wait. I fucking love them. I’ve been trying to get them to play DC for the last six or so years! Stoked!

What international bands are playing?
FUTURO from Brazil, ANARQUÍA VERTICAL from Spain, and HERO DISHONEST from Finland.

Is it a gamble to get international bands into the US?
Always, yeah. Depending on the members’ prior luck getting into the country, their criminal record, the mood of the border guard, immigration officer, and so on. So yeah, they could be turned away. We have all seen people being turned away with more frequency these days. Now with Trump in office, who knows what the future holds?

Triage (photo by Farrah Skeiky)

Who organized this thing? I’m sure a lot of hands are on deck to keep this running.
Myself and Nick, who sings for COKE BUST, came up with the idea for Damaged City on an overnight drive while COKE BUST was on tour in Europe. We just wanted to put together a big event to showcase all the cool shit coming out of DC and bring bands to DC that don’t normally come here. Nick stepped away from doing the fest this year. He lives in Brazil and it was just too much to deal with, especially form over there. I’ll miss our frantic late night Skype calls — haha! This year Robin from PURE DISGUST will be doing the fest with me. He has been an integral part of it from the beginning. Love that guy. It’s a huge community effort though. I couldn’t imagine it being pulled off or go nearly as smoothly as it does without the help from our friends.

How many years have you been doing this?
This will be the 5th year.

So, why do you keep doing this? Booking fests is a pain in the ass!
Haha, true. I don’t know. I love punk, I love DC, and I love the joy and positivity it brings to some people. I feel like it’s sparked an energy into DC a little bit. If people don’t get pumped on it anymore we will stop.

Dame (photo by Farrah Skeiky)

Love of punk will lead one to do all sorts of crazy things. Do you really have a Damaged City Twitter?
Haha, yeah — @damagedcity. It’s sad to say but most people find out about shows through the internet these days. Might as well utilize everything we can to punish people about it, right?

Yeah, I guess so. I’d rather have someone stick a flyer in my hand but I’m sure you’re being a good punk and flyering. I’m just a grouchy old school lady who refuses to change and like the last person not on Facebook. I hate the internet. I even still have a landline. The future scares me. Getting off my high horse now, how else can we stay up to date on the the lineup and show happenings?
We have a website — www.damaged-city.com. You can also sign up for a mailing list there. We are on Facebook and all that shit as well.

Are you going to announce any more bands?
For sure. Probably about 10 more bands.

Pre-shows and after shows?
Yup! April 6th will be the pre-show and on the 7th and 8th we will have after shows.

Where should out of town Punkers stay?  
If you are on Facebook I always recommend posting on the event page. People have had really good luck finding couches and floors there. There are cheap hotels if you get them early enough.

Sheer Mag (photo by Angela Owens)

Any packing advice?
It’ll be spring in DC so the weather should be perfect. Might rain.

Punks with charged hair, bring umbrellas. So, what’s fun to do in DC right now besides burn American flags?
Cherry blossoms will be out around Damaged City. Honestly my favorite time of year. The city is so beautiful. I would check those out, walk through rock creek park, find the old Capitol ruins, the arboretum, Congressional Cemetery, Exorcist steps, aqueduct, walk around the monuments at night, swim in the Potomac, and so on.

Good record stores?
Smash Records, Joint Custody Records, and Som Records, to name a few.

Any good places for vegans to check out?
Nu Vegan (formerly Everlasting Life/Woodlands), Sunrise, Sticky Fingers, Farewell, Daikaya, DC Meat and Food, Thai X-ing, Hong Kong Chinese, Amsterdam Falafel, Duccinis Pizza, and a crap-ton of other spots.

Why should we go to your fest?  
The bands rip, it’s fun, the vibe is awesome, might meet some good people, and DC is cool?

(photo by Angela Owens)

I’m sold. Why should we support DIY punk?
Well, corporate America has no intention of putting out the new BLAZING EYE 7″ anytime soon. Being in control, putting in the work from the ground up, actually seeing the fruits of your labor, and growing with your community is why we should support DIY punk. Punk was a catalyst for me to get out of a really dark place in my life. It helped me get sober, get a job, and start taking care of my mom. It helped me become a decent and mostly responsible human —haha! Nothing compares to the feeling I get from playing music with the people I love. I’ve met some of the most amazing people, established lifelong friendships, and have had the privilege of being able to travel all over the world. It can be a truly cathartic force.

Any last words, punk?
Thanks for asking me to do this! Tickets are on sale now!



New Blood! MALA RACHA, HWY!, ZIPTIE, DEVIL MASTER, RAPTURE, and TROUBLE BOYS


March 2nd, 2017 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:
MALA RACHA

Date & location formed:
September 2016 in Olympia/Seattle.

Reason for forming:
Representation is really important and I wanted to have a band by people of color for people of color that people could relate to and identify with, not only because of how things are right now, but because of how they’ve always been for marginalized groups.

What are your lyrics about?
My lyrics are about mistreatment and oppression of people of color, racism, and police brutality. Well, it’s about being sick of all that shit.

How would you describe your sound?
We’ve heard “Hard, Fast, and Stompy”, I guess that’s pretty accurate.

What’s in the future for this band?
We are playing Book Your Own Fest, a fest centering the voices of Womxn and Trans/Queer people in punk and hardcore on April 29th and 30th. Other than that, we just put out our demo and will have tapes soon!!

Mala Racha at the Seattle Benefit show for Susan Jeffries, with Guard Dog, Lower Species, and Odd Man Out (photo by Dan Gonyea)

Links and contact info:
email us at
malarachahc.bandcamp.com
You can contact me (Sen/ia/) on Facebook under No Chin Gues.

 

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Band name:
HWY! (pronounced Highway!)

Date & location formed:
SUNSTAR STUDIOS California January 1, 2017.

Reason for forming:
For better or worse a new era has begun. These energies, flowing thru us all, have been forged thru our earthly vessels into the sonic switch blade which we call HWY! We are not sure where this road will take us but one thing is certain: There is only one true HWY!

What are your lyrics about?
Organized crime and alternate realities.

How would you describe your sound?
Every Philip K. Dick novel read aloud simultaneously through semi functioning peavey amps.

What’s in the future for this band?
For 2017, Tour west coast in august and 7″ out soon. Hopefully this time next year we will be touring the Midwest. A lot of great music going on out there and all over the US right now! Cheers!

HWY! (photo by Shane Campbell)

Links and contact info:
hwyone.bandcamp.com

714-501-3669

 

 

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Band name:

ZIPTIE

Date & location formed:
Seattle, around May of 2016.

Reason for forming:
Two founding members moved to Seattle from Boise and wanted to started a punk band with Spencer and I, so we did.

What are your lyrics about?
Self-loathing, having a rock and roll fun time, mental health, and love.

How would you describe your sound?
“Slimeball punk freaks,” driving rhythm section, piercing guitars, scratchy vocals. Punk 4 the punks, windmillers get out.

What’s in the future for this band?
Hopefully we’ll re-record some old songs, write and record some new ones, and put out a tape or something.

Links and contact info:
ziptie.bandcamp.com
425-289-8638

 

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Band name:

DEVIL MASTER

Date & location formed:
Halloween Philly 2015.

Reason for forming:
Devil is Master.

What are your lyrics about?
Devil is Master.

How would you describe your sound?
Cobwebs, dungeons, torment, etc.

What’s in the future for this band?
SATAN SPITS ON CHILDREN OF LIGHT.

Links and contact info:
devilmaster.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:

RAPTURE

Date & location formed:
September, 2016. Leeds, England.

Reason for forming:
We were all very eager to start a new band last summer and living close to each other made it easy to do so.

What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrics are about current political and social issues and trying to raise awareness of these issues.

How would you describe your sound?
Hardcore punk in a nutshell.

What’s in the future for this band?
We will be touring Europe this summer and recording a 7″ in April.

Links and contact info:
raptureleeds.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
TROUBLE BOYS

Date & location formed:
Austin, Tx 2016.

Reason for forming:
We are bored and miserable with all the terrible bands in town, so we started a bad ass Rock N Roll band to destroy them all.

What are your lyrics about?
Pretty much talking shit on everything and everyone I hate.

How would you describe your sound?
Vicious.

What’s in the future for this band?
Just dropped our first single and have another one on the way. We are touring the Midwest/ East Coast in September and then putting out a full length LP in the fall.

Links and contact info:
troubleboys.bandcamp.com

 

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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.



MRR Radio #1546 • 2/26/17


February 26th, 2017 by

Fuckin’ DRUMPF Pisses Us All OFF!

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Fukt Up Drumpf!

Intro song:
K9-67 – Sick

Rotten Ron is “sick” as sick as Sick!
FOLLETO – Ann
AUSENCIA – Cuantas Vidas
KARBONITE – Denial
PATSY – Nazis Are So Plain
SSYNDROM – History Hysteria/Death Shadow

Horrible Hal sez FUCK CANCER!
TRIGGERS – Let’s Mutate
ROTTEN LOVE – My Baby Is a Coeliac
THEE EVIL TWIN – Back in the Alley
GENUINE PARTS – Never Slow Down
GUIDA – Tartan Pants
BOATS! – Watch You

Rotten Ron destroys another 15 minutes of your time!
KRIEGSHOG – Feather
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS – Held Hostage
RED DEATH – Deterrence
LEMONADE – Forced Sterilization
TENEMENT RATS – Free to Make Jail

Hapless Hal… DOI!
ANTI-FACES – Respirar
NIGHT BIRDS – (I’m) Wired
DANGUS TARKUS – Amerika
LOVE SONGS – D
WET BRAIN – Don’t Worry About That Right Now
YOUTH AVOIDERS – Cruising Machine

Rotten Ron wastes a few more minutes
NUKE CULT – Stress Relief

Outro song:
D.O.A. – Fucked Up Donald

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!



New Blood! LACKER, NO DICE, CELL ROT, DUMSPELL, MENTALITY, HEADSPLITTERS, and DOGGERY


February 23rd, 2017 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:
LACKER

Date & location formed:
Early 2016 / Oakland, CA.

Reason for forming:
We do what we want. neither of us knew how to play and were tired of seeing technically skilled bands make music that didn’t hold a resonance with us.

What are your lyrics about?
Intimacy, sex, love, race, class, trauma, lies.

How would you describe your sound?
Maybe like no trend meets hole but minus dudes and guitars.

What’s in the future for this band?
More shows with queer femmes of color, more new material, maybe tapes.

Links and contact info:
l-a-c-k-e-r.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:

NO DICE

Date & location formed:
Late July 2016, at a show in Seattle.

Reason for forming:
Reason for forming: We were at some show yelling about how much we like Madball, and we decided we should start a band. Turns out two of us were kidding about
liking Madball. We also do not sound like them.

What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrics are about things that matter to our singer: what’s going on in the world, feelings, friendship, unity.

 

How would you describe your sound?
Several people have said we remind them of Outburst, without actually sounding like Outburst. Someone said we reminded them of Freedom, but they were wrong.

What’s in the future for this band?
Our demo just came out on tape. We have some shows planned, most notably a quick tour to the Bay Area with Rare Form from Philly/MA in April and Book Your Own Fest in Olympia, also in April. We have a few new songs we’ll hopefully record soonish.

Links and contact info:

nodicehc.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
CELL ROT

Date & location formed:
Spring 2016.

Reason for forming:
A former band called Exhaaust fell apart after members moved away. There were some unfinished songs and the remaining members wanted to keep on crushing.

What are your lyrics about?
Death, decay, violence and global destruction.

How would you describe your sound?
Brutal and Heaaaavvvvvyyyy.

What’s in the future for this band?
Booking a west coast tour for April and hopefully recording some new songs for a release TBD.

Links and contact info:

cellrothc.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
DUMSPELL

Date & location formed:
October 2015 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Reason for forming:
Bradley and Olesya wanted to start a band together, so they got Cody to play guitar, PJ learned how to play bass, and Mary decided to try vocals. We were excited about starting a band with people who had never played before. Then PJ moved away so we enrolled the infamous Hampton ‘Freddie Madball’ Martin.

What are your lyrics about?
Shitty people, shitty ~feelings~

How would you describe your sound?
Angular punk?

What’s in the future for this band?
Everything Is Not OK in March, hopefully another tour soon, and a full-length record coming sooner than later.

Links and contact info:
dumspell.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
MENTALITY

Date & location formed:
February 2016, San Jose, CA.

Reason for forming:
We came from a heavier side of the hardcore scene and couldn’t help but notice the lack of unity and the unnecessary violence, and we were sick of it. We formed Mentality to help be a part of the positive and more unified side of California hardcore, and hardcore as a whole.

What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrics revolve around themes of scene unity, world issues, and personal turmoil.

How would you describe your sound?
Our sound is a punchy, aggro youth crew with influences from traditional bands like Breakdown, Raw Deal, and Outburst, as well as more modern bands like The Flex, Lower Species, and Freedom.

What’s in the future for this band?
We’ve been taking things slow but with a few micro tours under our belts we plan on going on our first longer tour later this summer, as well as putting out another demo possibly early in the summer.

Links and contact info:
mentalityhc.bandcamp.com
twitter.com/MENTALITYXXX

 

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Band name:

HEADSPLITTERS

Date & location formed:
Brooklyn, NY 2016.

Reason for forming:
The end is nigh!

What are your lyrics about?
Realities of war, and the inherent hypocrisy of the system. A reminder of the possibility of life outside governing rule.

How would you describe your sound?
We started playing some motorpunk shit, and we played the riffs too fast… people started comparing us to Puke. So we fully embraced that Scandinavian raw punk sound. writing riffs that channel those influences started flowing naturally and we ran with it.

What’s in the future for this band?
7 inch on Brain Solvent Propaganda, Varning in September, and hitting the road as much as possible.

Links and contact info:

headsplitters.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
DOGGERY

Date & location formed:
December 2015, Kryvyy Rih/Ukraine.

Reason for forming:
To make some noise for our dogs.

What are your lyrics about?
Violence, chaos, crime, hatred of everything that surrounds us. Y’all can go fuck yourselves.

How would you describe your sound?
Gangsta hardcore punk.

What’s in the future for this band?
Fortunately RIP.

Doggery (photo by Alexander Goncharov)

Links and contact info:
doggery.bandcamp.com

 

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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.



MRR Radio #1545 • 2/19/17


February 19th, 2017 by

This week’s MRR Radio brings you punk from Syria, a Crass Records highlight and a strong anti-nazi message! Tune in!

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Intro song:
PROPAGANDHI – Fuck The Border

AUS ROTTEN (photo by Chris Boarts Larson)



No nazis, no way, no how!

DEAD KENNEDYS – Nazi Punks Fuck Off
KIDNAP – No SS
THE OPPRESSED – Nazi Skinhead
AUS ROTTEN – Fuck Nazi Sympathy
DOA – Nazi Training Camp
CROSSING CHAOS – Fuck Nazi
DOOM – Nazi Die
UNSEEN – Fuck the KKK
TOTAL CHAOS – Kill a Nazi
THE DICKS – Anti Klan
REAGAN YOUTH – New Aryans
GORILLA BISCUITS – Degradation
PROPAGANDHI – The Only Good Fascist Is a Dead Fascist

Crass Records!
ANTHRAX – Capitalism Is Cannibalism
FLUX OF PINK INDIANS – Neu Smell
CRASS = Big A Little A
RUDIMENTARY PENI – Sacrifice
CONFLICT – Conflict
HONEY BANE – You Can Be You
DIRT – Hiroshima
ZOUNDS – War
LACK OF KNOWLEDGE – We’re Looking For People

Outro song:
MAZHOTT – Mazhott (Syria)

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!