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The crowd at the Snaggletooth release party held at Pink Noize in Singapore, April 24,2015. (photo by Paul Santos)

Monday Photo Blog: Paul Santos

Paul Santos sent us some shots for the Monday Photo Blog of a recent show in Singapore. ...

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could the rumors be true?

MRR Radio #1454 • 5/24/15

Some new guy must have let Francesca into the radio show again and of course ...

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Maximum Rocknroll, The Media, Your Options

The Media (capital M) is a roughly bi-weekly testament to the value of independent media ...

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New Blood! COLLAGEN, TEEF and SOOTHSAYER

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

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Record of the Week: VLASTA POPIĆ Kvadrat CD

Bass-heavy noise/proper indie rock and punk from Croatia. There’s lots of disjointed guitars vocals in ...

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Monday Photo Blog: Paul Santos


May 25th, 2015 by

Paul Santos sent us some shots for the Monday Photo Blog of a recent show in Singapore. This was for the SNAGGLETOOTH record release show held at Pink Noize on April 24, 2015. For more from Paul, you can check out his Facebook page.

The crowd at the Snaggletooth release party held at Pink Noize in Singapore, April 24, 2015 (photo by Paul Santos)

Lifelock at the Snaggletooth release party held at Pink Noize in Singapore, April 24, 2015 (photo by Paul Santos)

Snaggletooth at their release party held at Pink Noize in Singapore, April 24, 2015 (photo by Paul Santos)

Send your tour photos, bands that have come through your town, the best of your local bands, etc. to: photoblog {at} maximumrocknroll(.)com. Include your name, a link to your website (or flickr, Facebook, or whatever), and the band (or subject), date and location of each photo. Just send your best photos — edit tightly. Three to seven photos is plenty, and it’s best to send pictures of different bands. Please do not send watermarked photos. Please make your photos 72 dpi and about 600–800 pixels at the longest side. Not everything sent in will be posted, and a response is not guaranteed, but we do appreciate all of your contributions. Feel free to submit more than once. Thanks!



MRR Radio #1454 • 5/24/15


May 25th, 2015 by

Some new guy must have let Francesca into the radio show again and of course she mucked it all up. Tuning in at work? Broadcast this around noon to drive everyone away and enjoy an early lunch break! Play it loud enough and you just might get sent home early!

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Intro song:
GLAXO BABIES – This Is Your Life

could the rumors be true?

Kicking Giant

Stuck in this hell!
CRAG – Voice Your Protest
HAGAR THE WOMB – Armchair Observer
KSMB – Sex Noll Två
THE KICK – Close Your Eyes
PINK SECTION – Wine World

Can’t change the channel!
FRANTIX – My Dad’s a Fuckin’ Alcoholic
SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS – Don’t Wanna Die
ICKY BOYFRIENDS – I Was…
LAFFING GAS – Dunce
SHEER MAG – What You Want

A malevolent force
KICKING GIANT – Alien I.D.
TWAT SAUCE – Psycho from Sligo
JULIE RUIN – A Place Called Won’t Be There
DAWN OF HUMANS – Babies

Exacting petty revenge
DIEHARD – Waiting
VATICAN DAGGER – Not to Be
TIMMY’S ORGANISM – Poor & Bored
VACANT LOT – Multinationals

Outro song:
ANDREAS DORAU & DIE MARINAS – Fred vom Jupiter

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!



Maximum Rocknroll, The Media, Your Options


May 22nd, 2015 by

The Media #57

The Media (capital M) is a roughly bi-weekly testament to the value of independent media (lowercase m). Forever ad-free, the online alt-weekly regularly touches on the politics of activism, music (punk, pop, and otherwise), and labor. Add it to your RSS feed, follow them on Twitter, do whatever it takes to get involved and stay informed. This week’s issue includes an interview with Gun Outfit, conducted by our own Viktor Vargyai. Originally intended for this magazine, we couldn’t make a compelling argument for printing it here. That perennial paradox: Carrie and Dylan are punks, but they don’t play punk music anymore. Their words are well worth reading, though, and MRR is thrilled to collaborate with another radical publication.

Every month here at Maximum, we review roughly a hundred records made by bands that still do play punk music. Every month since I arrived, someone has brought the presence of known abusers and assaulters on these records to my attention. Every month, without fail. I am certain that there are more who we are not aware of it. It makes me sick.

We are a music magazine. These records still get reviewed. They get their fair sonic shake. As coordinator, I do not send emails around to shitworkers that say, “The singer of this band groped my friend in the bathrooms of the club. The drummer is emotionally abusive to his girlfriend. The guitarist tried to choke a woman when she told him to leave her alone.” Punk is a global phenomenon but it is also a small place — word gets around on its own.

We are a music magazine, but we are also a political publication, and always have been. Most days it feels like it is impossible to keep track of the list of bad dudes. It is a frightening thought. In response, we choose to foreground bands, labels, and communities that inspire us, people who are actively working to dismantle structures of oppression with their music, art, and very existence — Downtown Boys, G.L.O.S.S., In School, the Black and Brown Collective, Imogen Binnie, and more, just to name a very recent few.

Your Options Are Limitless: A Polemic was written by two members of the Bay Area punk community, who are also contributors to Maximum Rocknroll. It was published in The Media today. It is a call to action, a condemnation of silence, and a stark reminder that, yes, there is something (many things) that you (all of us) can do about this violence. I believe in the transformative power of extrajudicial action, of the potential for members of communities to take matters into their own hands. I acknowledge that every situation is different, that individuals have limited and varied emotional capabilities, that all responses to the presence of a perpetrator in a punk community will not, and should not, look the same. A Polemic lays out some potential reactions. As a magazine that believes in the radical potential of subcultural communities and the possibility of social change through art, music, and their attendant social structures, we feel like it is our responsibility to share them with you.

Your options are limitless. You be the judge of which are appropriate for your situation.



New Blood! COLLAGEN, TEEF and SOOTHSAYER


May 21st, 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…

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Band name:
COLLAGEN

Date & location formed:
January 2015, Victoria, BC, Canada.

Reason for forming:
The victoria punk scene has been on a serious upswing over the past year and we were running out of local bands to have open gigs so we kind of threw this project together hoping that it might encourage people to start some new bands by showing them just how easy it can be to start up a punk band if you really want to do it. It’s also great because the four of us all come from somewhat different musical backgrounds (well grindcore and indie rock bands) so it’s nice to get to play some straightforward-as-fuck punk together.

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What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrics address a variation of issues we care about, some of these issues fall close to home and some that we are not entirely affected by. To generalize, our lyrics address issues relating to social justice, political concerns and badly behaved people.

How would you describe your sound?
Simple as fuck, chaotic hardcore punk made by four unsuspecting individuals.

What’s in the future for this band?
We have one self-released 5-song demo cassette available now and are writing to release another one within the coming months. Other than that, just keep writing and playing shows and see what happens. The band is only three months old so there’s a lot of time ahead of us, hopefully.

Links and contact info:
collagenpunk.bandcamp.com
tytyakis {at} hotmail(.)com
1-778-676-PUNX

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Band name:
TEEF

Date & location formed:
November 2013, Brighton, UK.

Reason for forming:
We wanted to play fast, not enough fast bands around at the moment!

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What are your lyrics about?
Self-loathing and hatred towards humanity!

How would you describe your sound?
Fast negative hardcore punk rock from the South Coast of England.

What’s in the future for this band?
Records/gigs/tours/spite

Links and contact info:
teefpunx.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/TEEFHC
headlessgururecords.bigcartel.com

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(artwork by Rose Abigail)

Band name:
SOOTHSAYER

Date & location formed:
2014, Pittsburgh, PA.

Reason for forming:
Formed in 2014 by ex members of Kakistocracy/Rat Storm/Auryn. Rye and Jared initially started this band out of the ashes of other fruitless and frustrating projects with the intention of making emotionally charged music. Caleb joined on drums, Elliot on Bass and MJ on vocals.

What are your lyrics about?
Songs about dealing with mental health issues, racism, queer issues, gender identity and anarchism.

How would you describe your sound?
Post-crust w/cleans and screams.

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Soothsayer (photo by Shannon O’Toole)

What’s in the future for this band?
June 2015 tour. Three shows with Hysterese (Germany). Heading into the Braddock Hit Factory to record six songs with Dave Rosenstrauss for a tour tape and future 7″

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

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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.



Record of the Week: VLASTA POPIĆ Kvadrat CD


May 19th, 2015 by

VLASTA_POPIC_Kvadrat_CDBass-heavy noise/proper indie rock and punk from Croatia. There’s lots of disjointed guitars vocals in Croatian which, like other Slavic languages, is a really great language for music. Loads of push-pull tempos, sharp guitar tones, and big strums the way it outta be — no snoozy Pitchfork-approved/trendy fest moves here — imagine a faster SHELLAC and maybe a less-spastic and way more interesting RODAN. On the other hand, VLASTA POPIĆ does some excellent straight up punker tunes like on “Slijepa Nasa [Mrznja],” as well as a sort of SONIC YOUTH-y style on “Mastanje.” The rest of the album gets slower for a few songs (but still captivating) and plays around with different vocals and structures. And lest I forget — the incredible “O vodi” gives off a real SCRAWL (Ohio) style. Very recommended!
(Moonlee Records)

—Justin Davisson