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New Blood! ACRYLICS, WULFEN RAG and DÍA FINAL

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New Blood! ACRYLICS, WULFEN RAG and DÍA FINAL


February 26th, 2015 by

Formerly a section in MRR magazine, “New Blood” is now a regular feature here on maximumrocknroll.com spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, get to discovering some killer new bands…

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Band name:
ACRYLICS

Date & location formed:
June 21st 2014, in the Wine Country’s dirtiest barn.

Reason for forming:
We all have the same humor, and a wide variety of taste in music. We musically don’t fit in anywhere, it was only right to start making noise, together, like the weirdos we are.

What are your lyrics about?
Our songs are about sick thoughts, urges, anger, depression, stress, anxiety, ADHD, and all the fucked up shit that we all ignore on a daily basis.

How would you describe your sound?
Hardcore punk, grunge, noise, experimental, psychedelic…. We’re freak punk.

What’s in the future for this band?
We released a demo six months ago. We just released our 2nd tape. Now were working on a single track. The next step is a split with the band OVVN. After the split we are trying to come out with our EP. We are being booked for shows all over California right now, local shows as well.

Links and contact info:
acrylics.bandcamp.com

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Wulfen Sister II

Band name:
WULFEN RAG

Date & location formed:
December 2013 in Highland Park, CA.

Reason for forming:
We were all volunteering for Razorcake. Guitarist/singer John heard Ian MacKaye say that people should stop asking for a Minor Threat reunion and start their own bands. So we did.

What are your lyrics about?
Los Angeles: mental illness, drought, killer cops, car accidents and cockroaches.

How would you describe your sound?
Eric from Steppe People said one of our songs sounded like Motörhead. There is a good chance that we peaked musically in that moment and should have called it quits right there.

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What’s in the future for this band?
Just finished our first recordings and hope to put out a 7″ sometime around summer 2015. Also, chasing taco trucks and lots of H.P. house shows!

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

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Día final

(Diá Final logo by Ali Ripper)

 

Band name:
DÍA FINAL

Date & location formed:
June 2014, Mexico City.

Reason for forming:
To deal with this fucking city and its fucking people while we share the ways of DIY hardcore punk with our friends and people all over the world.

What are your lyrics about?
(Crazy) fucked up daily life, fire, doomsday, our enemies, the days ahead, and D-beat/raw punk.

How would you describe your sound?
Very distorted D-beat/raw punk total worship with the old Mexican hardcore flavor.

What’s in the future for this band?
Put some records out and play with every awesome hardcore punk band we can in this city or another, maybe yours.

Links and contact info:
diafinalrawpunk.bandcamp.com/releases

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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. Use our new online submission form or 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



New Blood! SLUGGA, HEAVY MAKEUP and SOFTLINES


February 19th, 2015 by

Formerly a section in MRR magazine, “New Blood” is now a regular feature here on maximumrocknroll.com spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, get to discovering some killer new bands…

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Band name:
SLUGGA

Date & location formed:
2014 in Atlanta.

Reason for forming:
In the past two years I had moved from Orlando to Austin to Gainesville to Atlanta. I kind of got married in Orlando aand definitely got not married in Austin. So I split and kept moving. I wrote a bunch of these songs in Austin and when I got to Atlanta I met Skip, our guitar player. He was a true freak and we hit it off. Wymyns Prysyn introduced me to Hatcher, our drummer. We talked about how cool Hickey was and decided to start playing. Skip said he’d play with us and we somehow convinced Louise to join in on bass.

What are your lyrics about?
Everything that doesn’t matter but still I manage to think about.

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How would you describe your sound?
Josh from State Laughter/Uniform/Wymyns Prysyn: “You sound like the singer from Blanks 77″

What’s in the future for this band?
7″ on Negative Jazz. “Parasite” single on Total Punk. East Coast tour once all the snow stops. We also wanna come out west but want someone to drive us. Any takers?

Links and contact info:
sluggaskum {at} gmail(.)com
slugga.bandcamp.com

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heavy makeup

Band name:
HEAVY MAKEUP

Date & location formed:
We formed in Gothenburg, Sweden, late in the summer of 2013.

Reason for forming:
Our guitarist Isse saw Pissed Jeans live that summer and the experience was so overwhelming that he had to create something to channel the inspiration it had given him.

What are your lyrics about?
Vanity and the ugliness hidden away within people is the biggest source of inspiration for the lyrics.

How would you describe your sound?
Minimal and dirty mid-tempo hardcore, stupid riffs and simple beats, no fills!

What’s in the future for this band?
We will record material for a 7″ this spring, hopefully someone will want to release it. If not we will release it ourselves.

Links and contact info:
heavymakeupinyourface {at} gmail(.)com
soundcloud.com/farsotrecords/sets/heavy-makeup-demo-2014

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Band name:
SOFTLINES

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Date & location formed:
Spring/summer 2014 in Buffalo, NY.

Reason for forming:
I played drums in a band called Mapmaker. Andy moved away to Ithaca in 2013. I had songs I wrote and wanted to keep playing with everyone else from that band, but play guitar instead. Andy moved to New Orleans a year later and other bands I was in stopped, making this project more of a priority. Guitar didn’t work out for me though, so I still play drums.

What are your lyrics about?
Introspective life garbage everyone probably deals with. Self doubt, anxiety etc. nothing new.

How would you describe your sound?
Jangly pop played with some urgency.

What’s in the future for this band?
Recording, weekends when possible. Maybe a longer tour if the stars align.

Links and contact info:
softlinesband.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. Use our new online submission form or 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



New Blood! COMMONERS, MALE PATTERNS, UNREAL THOUGHT and G.L.O.S.S.


February 14th, 2015 by

Formerly a section in MRR magazine, “New Blood” is now a regular feature here on maximumrocknroll.com spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, get to discovering some killer new bands…

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Band name:
COMMONERS

Date & location formed:
Early spring 2014. Ausin, TX.

Reason for forming:
We have to or life is unbearable. Create, or stagnate and rot.

What are your lyrics about?
Existential nihilism, anti-salvation, the politics of collective memory, slavery and the prison industrial complex. shitty relationships, addiction, friends that become nazis or cops, depression.

How would you describe your sound?
Deteriorating mental states, fringe hardcore punk.

COMMONERS

Photo by Will Mecca, 2014

What’s in the future for this band?
Tours and records, forming a cult, soft pretzels. 7″ by mid-spring.

Links and contact info:
commonersatx.bandcamp.com

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male patterns

Band name:
MALE PATTERNS

Date & location formed:
Albany, NY, 2014.

Reason for forming:
We started because Dan Barker (LIBYANS, NO SIR I WON’T) moved back to Albany and I (Mike) have always been buddies with Dan and always thought all of his Mass bands are rad. We asked Jamie (NUCLEAR FAMILY) to play bass and Brendan (NEUTRON RATS) to do vocals.

What are your lyrics about?
Getting old, being pissed, posers, etc.

How would you describe your sound?
Loud and angry.

What’s in the future for this band?
New 7-inch EP out January 9, 2015 on Shock to the System Records. Split 7 with SCUZZ out spring 2015 on Loud Punk Records. Some (not much) East Coast touring.

Links and contact info:
malepatterns.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
UNREAL THOUGHT

Date & location formed:
Formed in Dec. 2013 in a bedroom in Halifax, but actually started jamming as a band in 2014.

Reason for forming:
Cody and Dylan wrote a song one day in his bedroom with a drum machine and keyboard and decided to keep writing and asked our friend Ben to drum so we started jamming with him during the summer and recorded seven songs.

What are your lyrics about?
Isolation and our weather/climate/landscapes.

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How would you describe your sound?
Post punk, death/goth rock.

What’s in the future for this band?
Continue to play and record maybe do a couple weekends to other citys to play.

Links and contact info:
unrealthought.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
G.L.O.S.S. — GIRLS LIVING OUTSIDE SOCIETY’S SHIT

Date & location formed:
Fall 2014, Olympia, WA.

Reason for forming:
I think we were all tired of the totally substance-free white boy “slimy creep” thing — all these dudes whose identities are reflected everywhere but who see themselves as outcasts.  We’re tired of punk catering to white men, and excluding all others. We want to make jocks feel uncomfortable and targeted. We’re not trying to be weird, we are just actual outcasts of society — queers, trans women, women of color, gender queer femmes, feminists, etc., and we love hardcore and are sick of being sidelined and misrepresented, so we are representing ourselves.

What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrics are about reclaiming femininity from cis women, trans-girl issues, fighting back against men, boring punk boys, bad girls doing Bad Girl Shit, all the double standards that women, particularly marginalized women like trans women and women of color, face.

How would you describe your sound?
Hardcore punk by people who have historically depended on hardcore punk for survival. Fucked up and from the heart.

What’s in the future for this band?
A cassette of our demo (which is currently online) via Not Normal Tapes, and a 7″ of that same demo on Nervous Nelly and Total Negativity (Sabotage is handling a European pressing). We’re working on songs for a second 7″ to keep the ball rolling. Touring the West Coast at the end of February…Seattle, PDX, SF, Oakland, San Jose, and Oly, and hopefully bigger tours to come.

Links and contact info:
girlslivingoutsidesocietysshit.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. Use our new online submission form or 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



New Blood! MYSTERIOUS SKIN, VHS, YOUTH SUCKS and WATCHER’S WOODS


February 5th, 2015 by

Formerly a section in MRR magazine, “New Blood” is now a regular feature here on maximumrocknroll.com spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, get to discovering some killer new bands…

Band name:
MYSTERIOUS SKIN

Date & location formed:
Seattle, WA, in October 2013.

Mysterious Skin (photo by Kentaro Murai)

Mysterious Skin (photo by Kentaro Murai)

Reason for forming:
First bass player/everyone’s best friend Ian had moved to Olympia from Boise, so we started that punk band we had always talked about. Keith, Tyler, and I didn’t really know each other when we first jammed, but from the Golden Girls portrait taped to Tyler’s bass drum, I knew we were going to be best friends. Eventually Ian couldn’t continue to make the drive, and started playing in Vexx. Shortly after, we met Mikey, who had played bass in Porcelain God with Tyler.

What are your lyrics about?
Love and professional wrestling; Not giving a shit, while at the same time, always giving a shit; Managing anxiety and anger through agressive confrontation. It’s weird being alive today, but when has it ever been comfortable to be alive? I’m never comfortable.

How would you describe your sound?
Fast punk.

What’s in the future for this band?
Going on a West Coast tour the day after Christmas; down to L.A. and back with a new tape. The dream for us this year is definitely to tour down to Mexico and put out a 7″.

Links and contact info:
mysteriousskin.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
VHS… Chose something generic and easy to say. Sometimes if  we’re feeling real punk we tell people it stands for the Violent Human System.

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Date & location formed:
Born in the basements of Reno, Nevada, as a sometimes solo, sometimes collaborative recording experiment. Currently materializing as a live entity, in Seattle, Washington.

Reason for forming:
An excuse to fuck around with an old 8-track, a shitty keyboard, and cheap pedals, and see what kind of garbage sounds came out of that.

What are your lyrics about?
Sometimes animals, sometimes people. Paranoia, dreamscapes and living in the cultural death sigh of basic human needs…

How would you describe your sound?
Depends…The songs are typically written in batches with the intention of capturing an overall cohesive feel, or exploring certain ideas and sounds, so things can get really diverse, but maintain a pretty punk approach to heavily effected guitar hooks and catchy vocal lines with a lot of shitty rocknroll under currents, and occasional keyboard damage…. if throwing out some band names makes that statement a little easier, I guess I’d say maybe Devo/DeadMoon, or the Adverts and Wipers???…but nothings really off limits. We do what we want…

What’s in the future for this band?
We have a 6-song tape called Vultures and Hungry Spirits, out now on our own imprint, Casino Trash Records, and another tape called Art Decay/Everything Looks Boring currently being pressed. Also recording a 3-song 7-inch in late January for a label called Carbonated Sounds in Reno, NV, that should be out in the spring of 2015. Some Northwest shows in the winter and maybe a short tour in the spring. Hopefully two LPs before the year is up.

Links and contact info:
casinotrashrecords.bigcartel.com
violenthumansystem.bandcamp.com
violenthumansystem {at} gmail(.)com

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YOUTHSUCK

Band name:
YOUTH SUCKS

Date & location formed:
Summer of 2014, Budapest

Reason for forming:
Do another meaningful things beside skateboarding.

What are your lyrics about?
Most of our lyrics are about the problems of our generation. Some of them are only about simple stories that happened around us.

How would you describe your sound?
Our sound is like when you finish shitting and it makes you satisfied even if what you put out is only shit.

What’s in the future for this band?
Avoid to be fired from our rehersal room, and continue what we’ve started

Links and contact info:
youthsucks.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
WATCHER’S WOODS

Date & location formed:
Summer 2014. Milwaukee, WI.

Reason for forming:
Bands we were in, Crowdpleaser and Crotch Honey, had just broken up. And all the more posi punks had left for the weekend to go to Plan-It-X Fest.

What are your lyrics about?
The end of industrial/western civilization, hunt sabotage, taking psychadelics in the forest.

Watcher's Woods (photo by Gina Gila)

Watcher’s Woods (photo by Gina Gila)

How would you describe your sound?
Early 80s post-punk or goth. On the poppier side of darkwave. Chorus pedals, reverb, and drum machines.

What’s in the future for this band?
We’re going to be touring to the east coast and back this April. We’ve been taking our time on new songs because the last batch felt a little rushed. We got a song that’s going to be out on this comp by Chain ov Command in January and there’s a potential split in the works.

Links and contact info:
watcherswoods.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/watcherswoodsband

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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. Use our new online submission form or 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



New Blood! ISOTOPE, SILENCE and DISSLATE


January 15th, 2015 by

MRR magazine’s “New Blood” section is now a regular feature here on MRR.com! See below for info on how to submit. Now, get to discovering some killer new bands…

isotope

Band name:
ISOTOPE

Date & location formed:
West Oakland, Neo-Bristol. July/August 2014

Reason for forming:
Having a say, play gigs until slowly disintegrating into the banality of hardcore history. To annihilate ourselves, and hopefully a few others along the way

What are your lyrics about?
The milieu of taboo punk themes. Warfare, animal exploitation, sex and self inflicted violence, frustration with corporate fascism, alienation, the earth being ravaged by mad sick butchers. Angry songs and bitter words, yet they still ignore!

How would you describe your sound?
Like the crumbling of the all-seeing eye collapsing in on itself with the magnitude of 5 nuclear bombs, the massive sound of silence that will be accompanied after the final bomb drop, and the challenge of the survivors living in the now apocalypse

What’s in the future for this band?
Bad life choices, recording, touring, gigging, and midnight madness

Links and contact info:
isotopehardcore {at} gmail(.)com

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Band name:
SILENCE

Date & location formed:
Autumn 2013, Pittsburgh, PA.

Reason for forming:
We wanted to create a band that blended the more nuanced and darker sounds of post-punk with the politics of the anarcho/crust bands we’ve all been fans of for years. Silence set out to be a band that stood for something and could potentially reach beyond the typical crusty audience with our message.

Silence

What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrics feature a mix of topical subjects — such as NSA and corporate surveillance, animal rights, and race and gender issues — alongside more personal themes of the alienation, anger, and sadness that arise from living in a culture that treats both humans and animals as disposable commodities, cheaply sacrificed in the name of profits and power.

How would you describe your sound?
We draw from a wide range of influences, but the core of our sound is a blend of late seventies/early eighties post-punk with peace punk. The vocals are mostly melodic, while the guitar sound is pretty cold and often angular.

What’s in the future for this band?
We hope to release and LP of the first batch of songs we’ve been working on in the near future. Beyond that, we’ve been invited to play Skumfest in the UK this summer, so we’re hopefully going to do that, and we’re also working on a batch of songs for a 7” based on gender issues.

Links and contact info:
silencepgh.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
DISSLATE

Date & location formed:
Winter of 2012; Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.

Reason for forming:
To play hardcore with and for friends.

What are your lyrics about?
Personal experiences, folk stories that capture our imagination and the love for punk records.

Disslate (art by Pagès Botifarra)

Disslate (art by Pagès Botifarra)

How would you describe your sound?
1980’s hardcore punk with a modern twist.

What’s in the future for this band?
Record records(Tapes and Vinil, Fuck Cds!) and, ocasionally, play them live.

Links and contact info:
disslate.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 send 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