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WOW what a show: Epicenter reunion…this weekend!

WOW what a show: Epicenter reunion...this weekend!

Epicenter Zone "I was there..." The Epicenter Zone was a "punk project" on the east side of ...

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Blast From the Past: Thrillhouse Records

This ran in MRR #297  which came out in February 2008, you can grab it ...

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Record of the Week: Black Time

Record of the Week: Black Time

BLACK TIME – “Aerial Gobs of Love” LP All hail BLACK TIME, architects of the brutal ...

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New Blood! ESPECIE FALLIDA, CRIMINAL WAVE, and DEFIANT TEEN

“New Blood” is our weekly feature spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info ...

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Maximum Rocknroll #387 • Aug 2015

It’s time for Maximum Rocknroll #387, the August 2015 issue! Philadelphia's SHEER MAG discuss livin' in the city ...

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Maximum Rocknroll #387 • Aug 2015

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It’s time for Maximum Rocknroll #387, the August 2015 issue! Philadelphia’s SHEER MAG discuss livin’ in the city and their new record, CADAVER EM TRANSE (featuring a member of RAKTA) talk about life in the concrete jungle of São Paolo, and JUANITA Y LOS FEOS give us a taste of life in Madrid. The mind behind BUCK BILOXI AND THE FUCKS and GIORGIO MURDERER provides a window into his madness through a two-part interview with Eric Oblivian and Layla Gibbon. The NO-TALENTS prepare for their upcoming reunion tour, Stockholm’s DATA CONTROL still love HÜSKER DÜ, and Bob Suren and the VICTIM PARTY reflect on growing older in punk. And Aklasan Records talks Filipino hardcore distribution and promotion in the United States! Plus, a photo spread from Boston’s Smash It Dead fest by Angela Owens and a cover by Cretins of Distortion creator and MRR columnist Emmy Ramone. And, as always, all the columnists you love to hate and the most extensive record, book, zine, demo and film review sections in punk print!

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Still available: MRR #386 • July 2015 issue…

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FLESH WORLD from San Francisco, Portland’s PISS TEST, Philly’s YDI, Reno’s WRECKS, Here to Be Heard: The Story of the Slits documentary, PDX rockers BITCH SCHOOL, Russian post-punkers SIERPIEN, Australia’s Homeless Records, photos from our worldwide MRR Presents shows in May 2015, and London scene report.

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WOW what a show: Epicenter reunion…this weekend!


July 2nd, 2015 by

Epicenter Zone
“I was there…”

The Epicenter Zone was a “punk project” on the east side of Valencia just north of 16th Street in the 1990s. It was a meeting space, record and zine shop, and resource center all rolled into one.

photo of Tim Yohannon at Epicenter by Helge Schreiber



Blast From the Past: Thrillhouse Records


July 1st, 2015 by

This ran in MRR #297  which came out in February 2008, you can grab it here

At the very beginning, I’ll admit to having just the slightest amount of skepticism towards Thrillhouse Records’ survival prospects, especially when at their pre-opening day meeting it seemed like no one knew exactly how much to charge for sales tax. But time has proven the space to be an overwhelming success. The committed collection of punx involved with building and running Thrillhouse have managed to carve virtually from scratch a small but incredibly significant niche of thriving DIY punk culture into the landscape of San Francisco—no mean feat by any stardards. By the time this issue comes out, Thrillhouse Records will have celebrated their one-year anniversary. I sat down with nearly a dozen volunteers in November to talk with them about the store’s brief history.
Interview by Chris Hubbard

MRR: Let’s begin by talking about how the record store got started. Whose idea was it and how did you take it from an idea to a reality?
Fred: Starting a record store and show space was something I’d been talking about and wanting to do for quite a long time. For a long time we had Mission Records here, which was a really great place. I have really great memories from there. It closed down a few years ago, and all of a sudden the city didn’t have a punk rock record store or a good all-age show space. Both of these things are super important, and you really felt the hole that that Mission Records left. I assumed that some one would take it upon them selves to fill that hole and open up something similar, but years later still no one had. I daydreamed about dong it myself, but never really felt like it was very realistic. About a year and a half ago, I was going to school at the time, and I remember there was this one show I went to. It was a One Reason show and there was an intro to one song and they said something like: “What’s the point of going to school when you’re just going to do stuff like this? You’re just going to go to shows. What’s the point of spending thousand of dollars on school when you’re just going to do this? Learn from books or your friends.” I was like yeah! I’m spending thousands of dollars on school and this is stupid; I really just want to be doing stuff like this!

Garrett: One Reason started the record store!

Fred: Yeah, kind of. That’s when I really started talking about seriously doing it. I ended up dropping out of school the next semester with the intention putting my energy and time into opening up a Mission Records kind of place. I talked with a bunch of people about it and there was a crapload of people really into it, and a crapload of people that thought I was full of shit. But it really made a difference, the people that were really into it like Jesska, Zoe and Sarah T. We’d go on bike rides through niegborhoods we wanted to have the space in, just looking for “for rent” signs in the window. And that’s how we found this place.

Jessica: I remember talking to Fred about it. We had just met at the Kung Fu USA show. We met sharing the mic with Shell and afterwards we were like… “It was really nice rocking out with you. We should do that again sometime.” We hung out at a party a week later, and Fred was talking about wanting to start a record shop and I was talking about missing having a place to put on shows, and we talked about how cool it would be if we could put those two things together. Fred said, “I’m going to go ahead and drop out of school.” I was going to go on a trip with some friends a few months later and whenever I got back from that we were going to start looking for places. But Fred was looking while I was gone. And I’m from the Midwest and I love the basement situation and there aren’t any basements here. I got home and him and Sarah T. had been looking at places and we found this one and it was totally perfect. We moved in a few days later and started tearing up the floor and started building.


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Record of the Week: Black Time


July 1st, 2015 by

BLACK TIME – “Aerial Gobs of Love” LP
All hail BLACK TIME, architects of the brutal and arcane…Transporting the listener to the collapsing concrete shopping centers of London, in which girls and boys as informed as much by the Medway Sound as the Situationist ideal hack out a new / old existence in the ashes of commerce. What other group could summon thoughts of HUGGY BEAR, SWELL MAPS, early Michigan garage sounds, Musique Concrète, girls in bootleg Mary Quant / Bridget Riley get ups reading Sheila Delaney’s teenage works…BLACK TIME is the way and the truth. The sound of irate bedroom masterworks—when Lemmy Caution shouts he’s got no expectations you can feel that tool Jagger’s smug sprawl of expectations slowly eating away at the earth… Janey Too-bad’s voice on the title track makes me wanna grab a Silvertone and join the WHAT FOUR (or the MOD 4). Anyway this is a piercing, shambling, devastating view into two years of bedroom recordings by London’s only garage band (who no longer exist, but word on the street is the MIDNIGHT MINES is a new and related endeavor). Tascam truths for sped up troublemakers. (LG)

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New Blood! ESPECIE FALLIDA, CRIMINAL WAVE, and DEFIANT TEEN


June 30th, 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:
ESPECIE FALLIDAEFcortonegro

Date & location formed:
June 2014 / Mexico City

Reason for forming:
Trying to save another band cause the vocalist had to leave, Michelle replaced him but then the drummer left too so Benja came in and we all decided to start a new band.

What are your lyrics about?
About human race being a failure, thats also why we choose our name, failed species.

How would you describe your sound?
Pat Benatar with more blastbeats.

What’s in the future for this band?
We are working on new songs for a new recording and we would like to tour more!

Especie Fallida (photo by Chihiro Yoshikawa)

Especie Fallida (photo by Chihiro Yoshikawa)

Links and contact info:
especiefallida.bandcamp.com
grabacionespincheengendro.bandcamp.com
especiefallida {at} gmail(.)com

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Band name:
CRIMINAL WAVE

Date & location formed:
2013 in Chico, CA.

Reason for forming:
My friend Tommy and I (miles) both moved to Chico CA around the same time, so Tommy asked me if I’d be down to form an 80’s sounding LA hardcore band with him. He asked his other friends Sawyer and Bryan to join too and everything glued together quickly after that. What at first started as just a fun band on the side of our other bands has quickly turned into a very serious project.

Criminal Wave (photo by Mikey Guzman)

Criminal Wave (photo by Mikey Guzman)

What are your lyrics about?
Anxiety, skateboarding, paranoia, rage, escaping dead ends, and the Lost Boys.

How would you describe your sound?
80’s LA hardcore punk in the vein of TSOL and the Adolescents

What’s in the future for this band?
We plan to tour the southwest this winter, and we are also working on getting our new album “Rural Savages” pressed on LP. Anyone interested? :)

Links and contact info:
facebook.com/pages/Criminal-Wave
criminalwavehc.bandcamp.com

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Defiant Teen

Defiant Teen

Band name:
DEFIANT TEEN

Date & location formed:
Sometime 2014. Long Island.

Reason for forming:
Got bored of sports.

What are your lyrics about?
IDK.

How would you describe your sound?
Noisy. Falling apart/taped together.

What’s in the future for this band?
Shows. More songs.

Links and contact info:
defiantteen.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/defiantteen

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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: mrrnewblood {at} gmail(.)com

*By “new band” we mean a band that formed within the past year or year and a half.