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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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6) What’s in the future for this band?
7) Links and contact info:

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New Blood! SLUGBUGS, STEEL CHAINS and ON POINT


April 23rd, 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:
SLUGBUGS

Date & location formed:
November 2014? At the Stasi and the Holidays show at the Legion Of Doom in Columbus, Ohio.

Reason for forming:
We really wanted you to need two hands to count every punk band in Columbus. We also wanted to learn new instruments and play shows in cities we’ve never been to.

What are your lyrics about?
The lyrical content portrays life in all its agonizing pain and its nonsense.

How would you describe your sound?
I like to describe the music as the Swankys covering the Screamers because those are two of my favorite bands. We have a lot of fuzz and a keyboard player so it’s probably somewhat true. Our goals in sound is to push our very limited abilities into something we find interesting and exciting.

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What’s in the future for this band?
Fuck a future! We have a tape, were working on a VHS tape with My Kind of Town fanzine. A split tape with Cool Life? In June we are playing Dumb Fest in Springfield, IL, then heading out east for a week or two. Hopefully lots of weekend tours to lots of small towns! Fat pocket punks, put out a record for us!

Links and contact info:
listen—> slugbugs.bandcamp.com
buy——>bugcartel.storenvy.com
chat—->emmyeatsbutts {at} gmail(.)com
trade—>2656 Dayton Ave, Columbus, OH 43202

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STEELCHAINS

Steel Chains (photo by Rita Gons)

 

Band name:
STEEL CHAINS

Date & location formed:
August 2014, Portland, OR.

Reason for forming:
To have fun and play music and connect with other soft hearted weirdo punks.

What are your lyrics about?
Standing alone in the abyss knowing the ones you love will return. An ode to our young lost friends. Blindly pursuing new truths with passionate abandon.

How would you describe your sound?
Melodic punk.

What’s in the future for this band?
We just self released a 6-song demo. Crapoulet Records, based in France, is putting out a release of our demo as well. We’ll tour, hopefully, as we work on new material.

Links and contact info:
steelchains.bandcamp.com
steelchainspdx {at} gmail(.)com

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Band name:
ON POINT

Date & location formed:
June 2014, Buffalo, NY.

Reason for forming:
Ty (bass) and Alex (drums) were looking to create a new project with Jimmy (guitar). Khari (vocals) randomly responded to a flyer posted at the rehearsal space and ended up being a solid fit. We just wanted to play straight-ahead hardcore that wasn’t by the books.

OnPoint

What are your lyrics about?
Searching for and maintaining one’s PMA. Pushing back against racism, sexism and social oppression of all forms. Keeping the torch burning for hardcore music.

How would you describe your sound?
Firmly rooted in the tradition of NYHC bands like Madball, with thrashy passages a la DRI. There’s splashes of Oi! and funk tossed around, but at the end of the day it’s just hardcore punk. Fast and in your face.

What’s in the future for this band?
Playing more shows. Recording more songs. Just putting our nose to the grindstone and making it happen.

Links and contact info:
onpointhc.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/onpointbuffny

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New Blood! VOIDED SOCIAL CONTRACT, LICKER, THE LOSING KIND and BEROSSZULÁS


April 16th, 2015 by

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Voided Social Contract

Band name:
VOIDED SOCIAL CONTRACT

Date & location formed:
August 2014, San Francisco Bay Area.

Reason for forming:
We grew up together in Redwood City playing in various punk/grind/noise groups. Some of the bands that we’ve been associated with are Jacob Ham, Agents of Satan, Go Like This, Translators, and the Feldmans. We formed this group because we felt like there was a lack of bands in the area doing this style of music, which we love so much. Well…I suppose that’s only coincidental, the truth is when you play music it’s hard to stop playing music…so we’re playing music because we have to…like junkies. We are junkies.

What are your lyrics about?
Nearly everything we write about revolves around rational and/or irrational fear — e.g., The Government wants to take your minigun and kill you with vaccines “click here to find out why!”

How would you describe your sound?
If you like Redd Kross, the Crowd, Circle Jerks, the Nuns, Ramones, 999, Eater, Descendents, Black Flag, Posh Boy Records stuff, etc., then you’ll probably like VSC.

What’s in the future for this band?
We have a 7” that we are putting out ourselves under the Ape Law Records banner (being pressed as I write this), we have a shows coming up at the Hemlock on April 30th with Hard Left (record release!) and Bad Daddies. (If you have yet to see these two groups, get to this show because it will melt yer fucking face off!)

Links and contact info:
www.voidedsocialcontract.com
facebook.com/voidedsocialcontract
seantmcdonnell {at} gmail(.)com

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Band name:
LICKER

Date & location formed:
fall of 2014 , montrose, hou$ton, tx

Reason for forming:
boredom, wanted to start a band that sounded Like a mix of Gai, Mexican Norteno music and the intro to your favorite Saturday morning cartoons.

Licker

What are your lyrics about?
Whatever herber goes on in Herbers brain(transsexual porn, nazism, Stalinism, doin drugs in your attic, punks policing other punks, satanism, punk, punk, punk, and Japanese manga) usually a song is written in 5-10 minutes thanks to the magical powers of cocaine and cocaine accessories.

How would you describe your sound?
Chopped n skrewed Kyushu noiseGospel delivered by the sexiest bags of gelatinous stupidity in the H. Basically Like someone leaving a tv on a static-y channel while oasis and the partisans are being played on at the same time on your beat up record player and tape player while beating off to a city being destroyed by a pisses off lizard with baby hands.

What’s in the future for this band?
Doing a split with the greatest noise pop band in history(aborticidio) as well as touring and other hood ass shit.

Links and contact info:
herberquattro {at} gmail(.)com
licker1.bandcamp.com/album/i-kill

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Band name:
THE LOSING KIND

Date & location formed:
September 2013, Vacaville, CA.

Reason for forming:
To offer old school punk rock ‘n’ roll to the masses.

What are your lyrics about?
A variety of subjects from politics and social issues to just having fun and rock and rollin’.

The Losing Kind

How would you describe your sound?
The Losing Kind is bare bones rock ‘n’ roll with razor blade guitar, sonic boom drums, and freight train Bass. Yes, all that from a three-piece band.

What’s in the future for this band?
The future for The Losing Kind holds nothing but promise. As hard as they work in the studio, they work even harder on stage. The Losing Kind is hard at work completing their soon to be released recording “I Can’t Exist in a World Like This.” They are also booking a West Coast tour and looking for festivals to join.

Links and contact info:
facebook.com/thelosingkind
soundcloud.com/thelosingkind

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Band name:
BEROSSZULÁS

Date & location formed:
Autumn of 2014. Budapest, Hungary.

BEROSSZULAS

Reason for forming:
All of us missed a band from the scene that communicates that level of frustration when you don’t even want to say words but yell as loud as you can. We wanted to make the essential soundtrack of feeling shitty in Hungary with as simple and stressed and negative punk music as possible. And we are really good friends who were hanging out in the practice room all the time anyway.

What are your lyrics about?
Being young in Budapest, drug abusing, general disgust towards people and our country’s rulers and the cops and people on night buses and almost everything else.

How would you describe your sound?
Dizziness, gagging, headache, bitter spit, shaking limbs, that’s what the word BEROSSZULÁS means. We’re trying to sound as simple as knocking on a table.

What’s in the future for this band?
More records, more hangovers, more puking.

Links and contact info:
berosszulas.bandcamp.com
revolution.bummer {at} gmail(.)com

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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:

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New Blood! NOTHING OF MERIT, WAIL OF SIRENS and PISSING MATCH


April 2nd, 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:
NOTHING OF MERIT

Date & location formed:
May 2013, Houston, TX.

Reason for forming:
No one was playing political fast hardcore in our area — I mean like no one … there were some bands that called themselves punk but it was more in that fat wreck vein stuff that I don’t really consider punk.

What are your lyrics about?
Progressive solutions to problems where we can effect change, some left-wing politics … I studied economics in grad school so there is some of that. Also many personal songs about stuggle and how the world is seen through my eyes in general.

How would you describe your sound?
Old school punk rock. I am older and grew up in the days of the Big Boys and Articles of Faith and Naked Raygun, sort of skate-rock like. I guess we try not to pigeon hole the sound too much sometimes it just pours out in blasts of agression.

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What’s in the future for this band?
We have a record coming out soon called American Blast. We just got the test pressings from it and it sounds really good. We have been playing both house and club shows — we have more material recorded but can only afford to put out one record at a time so that will come later.

Links and contact info:
nothingofmerit.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
WAIL OF SIRENS

Date & location formed:
July 2014, Västerås, Sweden.

Reason for forming:
Both Gustav and Hans played in other bands. But we had talked about forming a fast, relentless d-beat crustcoreband cause we were into a lot of the same music. So we exchanged some riffs and started rehearsing in the summer of 2014.

What are your lyrics about?
Everything that is wrong with the society we live in, and the people who rule it.

How would you describe your sound?
Relentless d-beat crustcore.

What’s in the future for this band?
Our EP “Final demands” will be released on cassette in april. We will continue to record our songs and are planning a split-7″ with the band “King of Pigs”. We’re also looking for shows!

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

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PissingMatch

Pissing Match (photo by Jessika Marvin)

 

Band name:
PISSING MATCH

Date & location formed:
March 2014 in Buffalo, NY, USA.

Reason for forming:
Our guitarist, Aaron, recorded a 10-song demo by himself in October of 2013 and our singer, Jay, convinced him to make it a full-time band.

What are your lyrics about?
Shit that pisses us off: whether it be the inconsiderate behavior of certain people in the community at large, or the behavior of certain people involved in the punk community. Nothing is sacred.

How would you describe your sound?
Extremely short, fast, weird, and pissed songs.

What’s in the future for this band?
An upcoming 16 song 7″ entitled Break the Seal which will be a split release between us and Feral Kid Records due out this summer. More shows. More fun.

Links and contact info:
pissingmatch.bandcamp.com

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New Blood! OTHERIZED, SIEVEHEAD, CONVICT and SUPER-X


March 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…

Otherized

Band name:
OTHERIZED

Date & location formed:
October 2014, Santa Ana, CA.

Reason for forming:
Heaven and Stephanie talked for a long time about starting a band, but that was as far as the concept went. Stephanie and I started practicing on our own and wrote a song Called “Struggle of Your Life,” but she didn’t feel confident about her singing abilities. She had the idea to finally see if Heaven would be willing to join us and sing it, and after a few brief practices, we all decided to write songs together and see if we could make something happen collectively. Unbeknownst to our friends, we practiced on the down low for an entire year before coming out in October to our friends and releasing a demo we had secretly recorded. The name “Otherized” comes from critical theory, where “the Other” signifies something marginalized and foreign to the self; when the familiar becomes the unfamiliar, it becomes Otherized and consequently becomes terrifying to the normal/static.

What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrics are based on relatable themes, we keep the content pretty simple and straightforward. Our songs talk about punk elitism, marginalization, rumors and negativity in the scene, feminism, questioning social norms, etc.

How would you describe your sound?
It’s a weird mix of d-beat, hardcore, with melodic fast tendencies like the Germs.

What’s in the future for this band?
We’re writing more songs and increasing our catalog. In the midst of this, we’re just aiming to play more shows and have a good time doing it.

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

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SIEVEHEAD

Band name:
SIEVEHEAD

Date & location formed:
Spring 2014 in Sheffield, UK.

Reason for forming:
We’re three old friends who all ended up living in Sheffield. We’ve all got roots in the DIY Community here and we all share an open minded view on punk and rock and roll, so we decided to start sievehead with no real agenda or specific sound we wanted to create.

What are your lyrics about?
Personal politics, surroundings, dreams, nightmares and imagination.

How would you describe your sound?
People have compared our sound to Northwest American bands like the Estranged/Wipers or 80’s UK stuff like Killing Joke/Joy Division. But like I said, we never aimed to sound like anything in particular, it just came out that way!

What’s in the future for this band?
Our first 7” just came out through the DIY space we’re involved in’s own label (Kids of the Lughole) Which you can order from the Bandcamp link. We’ve just started recording for an 8 track 12” which should be out in the summer through Milk Run Records and Evil Hoodoo Records. We’ll be playing gigs all over the shops throughout the year.

Links and contact info:
kidsofthelughole.bandcamp.com
sieveheadband {at} gmail(.)com

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Band name:
CONVICT

Date & location formed:
October 2014 in El Monte, California.

Reason for forming:
we all stopped playing in our old bands Disapproval & New Brigade a few months prior to forming.We wanted to play hardcore punk the way we werent able to with our old bands so we got together and whipped up a demo in a month or two.

Convict

Convict (photo by Irving Martinez)

 

What are your lyrics about?
The impending police state and constant police brutality that surrounds us. Isolation and being an outsider to the world around us. the mentality and feelings of growing up in a dog eat dog working class wasteland.

How would you describe your sound?
Hardcore Punk influenced by Oi, early NYHC ala the abused and agnostic front and LA punk ala X, The Gun Club.

What’s in the future for this band?
we just released a demo tape in December, which is being released on 7″ by Six Feet Under Records soon. We want to play as much as possible and hopefully do a couple weeks this year and record/release a proper 7″ by the end of the year.

Links and contact info:
convicthc.bandcamp.com
convictpunx {at} gmail(.)com

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Band name:
SUPER-X

Date & location formed:
On and off since 2013, Melbourne, Australia.

Reason for forming:
Channeling the former ghosts of teen angst.

What are your lyrics about?
So many highs, so many lows!

SUPER-X

How would you describe your sound?
Elements of proto-punk/rock and roll/garage/punk.

What’s in the future for this band?
Recording recording recording, and lots of shows on the horizon!

Links and contact info:
super-x-1.tumblr.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