Kapow! There’s no stopping us, I tell you! Another exciting month here at the Maximum Rocknroll compound… A new issue is hot off the press and MRR #357, the February 2013 issue, is brimming with the best from hardcore and punk worldwide. In this issue, legends of Japanese hardcore FORWARD discuss Burning Spirits, touring, recording and everything in between; LUNATIC FRINGE look back and discuss their gritty, gruff days as early British punk pioneers in Bristol during the 1980s; while Bay Area locals KICKER ponder their journey and talk about what it means to them to be punk in 2013. Swedish D-beat ladies CONTORTURE tell us about their inspirations and why people shouldn’t be surprised anymore by all-girl hardcore bands; we get the inside scoop on Denmark’s prominent Detonate Records and check in with some of the bands on their roster, including EXITHIPPIES and the WANKYS; plus, we catch Berlin-based hardcore outfit NOTHING just before they head east on a Chinese tour. Pennsylvanian straightedge hardcore band HOUNDS OF HATE talk about their home-recording processes and share future plans; Ohio’s BEATNIK TERMITES discuss their long-running pop-punk calling and how the ride has been so far, and a Detroit scene report fills us in on all the Motor City punk rock action… the excitement never ends! Plus, Shitworker of the Month: Kat Smith, all your favorite columnists, news and the most extensive review section in punk print.
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