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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

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



New Blood! SQUALOR, ZRADA, DESTRUYE Y DESTRUYE and MEATBAG


March 19th, 2015 by

“New Blood” is our weekly feature here spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, check out some killer new shit…

Squalor shirt

Band name:
SQUALOR

Date & location formed:
Early 2014 in Portland, OR.

Reason for forming:
We’re all from different parts of the United States and we go together to form the most pissed off band in Portland.

What are your lyrics about?
Being pissed off, Personal issues, etc.

How would you describe your sound?
Noisey, feed-backy, angry, hardcore punk

What’s in the future for this band?
A couple EPs and and a full-length that we are currently working on. Quite possibly some tours too.

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

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Band name:
ZRADA

Date & location formed:
We were formed in Kharkiv, Ukraine, at the end of 2013 – beginning 2014.

Reason for forming:
We used to be in different bands which sound pretty differently and with this new band we wanted to play hardcore, the way we understand it. Angrier, shorter, with interweaving threads of punk.

ZRADA

What are your lyrics about?
Lyrics is about feelings and emotions which often replace and complement each other. Good and bad. Trust and betrayal, expectations and frustration, aggression and anger control, pain and hope, despair and self-confidence.

How would you describe your sound?
We call it Kharkiv Hardcore. It’s based on old-school hardcore with maybe a bit of NYHC and spiced up with punk rock.

What’s in the future for this band?
We finally got our first 7″ out after unbearable long wait. And now we are working on our first European appearance which is planned for April, mainly in Poland. And second European tour some time in July-August where we’re planning not only to play shows but also to speak up about events in Ukraine — the war unleashed by Russian imperialism. Thanks to some stupid Stalinists in the scene and other sick folks with USSR-nostalgia many European left-wing people support anti-Ukrainian sentiments. Such pro-Kremlin lobbyists promote the idea that whole Ukraine is a fascist state and only true antifascists are those terrorists and Russian mercenaries and regular army forces of Russia, which annexed the Crimea and invaded some parts of Eastern Ukraine. We as antifascists want to convey our point of view and explain that those Russian-backed “freedom fighters” on the East of Ukraine have nothing to do with antifascism but strictly with Russian imperial conquest.

Links and contact info:
facebook.com/zradahc
zrada.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
DESTRUYE Y DESTRUYE

Date & location formed:
Quito, Peru, January 2015.

Reason for forming:
We were talking about media projects, and decided make some raw noisey band, with the premise of being a three-member band which can plug the guitar into an amplifier and make 15 minutes of sound in any shitty place.

What are your lyrics about?
About a lot of circumstances of surviving in South America.

DESTRUYE Y DESTRUYE

How would you describe your sound?
Raw crust punk, pizza in blender.

What’s in the future for this band?
Make noise till somebody like Rafael Correa puts a bullet in his head, record our first album on Pluteras Records, tour through South America.

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

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Band name:
MEATBAG

Date & location formed:
Summer of ’14, Tony Office, Massachusetts.

Reason for forming:
Two of us were living together and wanted to play as much as possible and there was no reason not to. Meatbag was a byproduct of a few other existing projects that ended up working out.

Meatbag

What are your lyrics about?
Mostly vanity in punk, and survival as a low form. Night people. Comets.

How would you describe your sound?
Catchy, gross noise punk from space.

What’s in the future for this band?
A flexi and another tape coming in a month or so.

Links and contact info:
meatbag.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! ALIENATION, 1971, SPLIT-VEINS and MARILA VOE


March 12th, 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…

ALIENATION_logo

Band name:
ALIENATION

Date & location formed:
Formed July 2014 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Reason for forming:
There’s nothing to do in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

What are your lyrics about?
Sex, Stephen Harper, liquor prices, death, misery, other people, metro transit.

How would you describe your sound?
Manic punk with a heavy ’80s hardcore influence.

ALIENATION

What’s in the future for this band?
Just released our second demo, compiling that and our first demo onto one tape that’ll be out in the next couple months. Lots of shows, more recordings, hopefully getting the fuck out of the frozen wasteland that is the Maritimes.

Links and contact info:
alienation902.bandcamp.com
stevenearle1992 {at} gmail(.)com

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Band name:
1971

Date & location formed:
Formed in 2011, Kenora, Ontario, Canada.

Reason for forming:
Jory was leaving the band he was playing in and each of us had been jamming with each other separately on different occasions. Pretty sure it was the night Jory and Garrett watched American Hardcore together that they decided to finally start this band. It was a pretty inevitable coming-together in hindsight.

1971

What are your lyrics about?
The snake eating its own tail.

How would you describe your sound?
Misanthropy disguised by a soulful affectation white boys put on. We’ve been told it’s like a mix of ’70s stoner hard rock, ’80s hardcore and ’90s rock. Whatever that means.

What’s in the future for this band?
We’re putting out our s/t on vinyl for June, accompanied by an Eastern Canadian tour and hopefully moving again come fall. Trying to be road dogs. Really looking forward to the near future!

Links and contact info:
1971canada.bandcamp.com
www.1971canada.com
Facebook page

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Band name:
SPLIT-VEINS

Date & location formed:
Formed December 2014. London, UK.

Reason for forming:
We wanted to play some hardcore that was not really popular in the Big Smoke but at the same time we were so keen on…reminiscent of the early ’80s Japanese scene as well as tons of other bands we love to listen to…we ain’t much good at anything but straight forward hardcore punk, so it was just a matter of adding bits and pieces like some delay on the vocals and some weird beats and off we went.

What are your lyrics about?
My lyrics are a bunch of detached pieces of thought about mainly negative visions of a distorted society and human struggle to make sense of it all.

How would you describe your sound?
I would describe our sound as noisy delay-laden hardcore punk.

Split-Veins

What’s in the future for this band?
We have just released a cassette demo and we our brand new drummer we intend to playing more gigs and try to release a 7″ EP as soon as we can. Go around Europe playing some summer festival would be in the cards too.

Links and contact info:
kzotty {at} yahoo(.)com

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MARILA VOE_logo

Band name:
MARILA VOE

Date & location formed:
San Antonio, TX, in January 2014.

Reason for forming:
The band was formed through the idea of writing music that we wanted to hear in our local scene and sharing it with everybody else.

What are your lyrics about?
The ability to adapt the idea, those disappointed with the way things are, that their grief is generally based on the way you look at things. Everyday life.

How would you describe your sound?
Disagreeing with the current popular demand of music/catharsis.

MARILA VOE

What’s in the future for this band?
Release an EP, West Coast tour, tour, meet new people, and finish a full-length by the end of the year.

Links and contact info:
facebook.com/MarilaVoeBand
marilavoe.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



New Blood! INDONESIAN JUNK, BLUNT FORCE and THE JOYKILLS


March 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…

IndonesianJunkLogo

Band name:
INDONESIAN JUNK

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

Reason for forming:
I (Daniel) had a bunch of songs amassed over a couple of years, and didn’t really have an outlet for them. I eventually taught myself how to play drums and just recorded demos of the songs myself and threw them on Bandcamp. The tunes attracted Johnny and David and within a couple months we had a real band.

What are your lyrics about?
Nothing too heavy. I did go through a wicked divorce while writing these songs, so there’s a lot of cheesy emo stuff about broken hearts and blah blah blah. Then there’s songs about space monsters and drinking Robitussin and normal hangin’ out stuff.

How would you describe your sound?
Big dumb hooks and big dumb riffs. The two bands we most get compared to are Testors and ZZ Top. I guess that makes sense somehow, but I’m way more into Testors than I am ZZ Top. Most of our influences come from ’70s punk, power pop, NWOBHM and glam rock.

Indonesian Junk (photo by Mike Rasmusson)

Indonesian Junk (photo by Mike Rasmusson)

What’s in the future for this band?
Lots of Midwest shows. We have a 7″ coming out soon on Lost Cat and Some Weird Sin Records. Then we want to hit up the East Coast for a couple weeks (and anywhere else that will have us). We also have most of a full length recorded and hope to have that out by the end of 2015.

Links and contact info:
indonesianjunkpunk.com
indonesianjunk.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
BLUNT FORCE

Date & location formed:
Spring 2014 in central New Jersey.

Reason for forming:
I’d had some songs written for a while, and had some false starts with getting a new band going. I figured calling on some friends who I had played with in previous bands (Wormeaters and Phibes) would work out best. I was also itching to sing in a band again.

What are your lyrics about?
I try to address social and political issues, but overall just people I don’t like.

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How would you describe your sound?
We are heavily influenced by early ’80s Boston HC/Punk (Slapshot, SSD, DYS) mixed with UK82 oi and punk (Combat 84, Discharge).

What’s in the future for this band?
Playing shows when we can, and working on new songs

Links and contact info:
bleedingedgeslabel.bandcamp.com/album/be-14-2014-demo
bleedingXedges {at} gmail(.)com

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Band name:
THE JOYKILLS

Date & location formed:
December 2011, Atlanta, GA, at a storage unit that shared space with both a death metal band and a mariachi troupe.

Reason for forming:
It’s been a dream come true to play the loudest, greatest music ever. They also give free beer to musicians.

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What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrics are often satirical: highly loaded, maybe even spiritual. Oftentimes, they’re devoid of anything meaningful because I said so. I’m frequented with bouts of manic behavior and frustration. At first, the lyrics can be a real bitch. Then, I might be sitting at traffic light or taking a bubble bath and have flashes of something resembling an epiphany, steering me towards a terrifying, serene moment.

How would you describe your sound?
A nightmare since 1983. It’s aggressive and dissonant. We appreciate No Wave and post-punk styles, but our songwriting is borderline accessible. As much as I love to scare children, I’m a sucker for a hook and melody.

What’s in the future for this band?
We live in the moment. The future is yet to be written. However, we have a new album set to debut early spring on our label, Blood Drunk Records. As well as a West Coast national tour that’s shaping up to be a doozy! Come play with me!

Links and contact info:
www.thejoykills.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! 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

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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