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STREET EATERS (Berkeley, US) at Golya in Budapest, Hungary (photo by Tamas Bernath)

Touring Europe with Berkeley, CA's STREET EATERS... part 2!

Tour report and photos by Megan March and John No. In the fall of 2014, STREET EATERS went ...

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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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MRR Radio #1454 • 5/24/15

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Maximum Rocknroll, The Media, Your Options

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New Blood! COLLAGEN, TEEF and SOOTHSAYER

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Records of the Week: VATICAN DAGGER 7″ & RIXE 7″


April 21st, 2015 by

VaticanDagger_singleVATICAN DAGGER – “Not to Be/The Mess” 7″
Kudos to VATICAN DAGGER for foisting their hate on us this early in the year. Birthed from Louisiana shit and boasting the always deadly Gary Wrong on guitar, VATICAN DAGGER take classic neg-vibe aggression and make it an earworm. It’s great to hear punk rock this dark and ugly imbed a hook in the listener… It just makes the pop camp look like bigger idiots. The first great punk record of 2015, I’d say.
(Total Punk)

— Mitch Cardwell

RIXE_EP

RIXE – “Coups et Blessures” EP
Fuck me. Everyone kept saying, “This record is great, this record is great I love this record, oooooooohhhhhh this record is the best thing since I learned how to go potty in the toilet not all over my leg,” So, of course, I’m all, like, “Eat my fukk, punks, the shit ain’t that good.” And here I am, eating my own fukk, muttering to myself in disbelief, “It really is that good, it really is that good, it really is that good.” All of you monkeys who think that simple Oi! punk shits are cool now and want to join in the fun by writing some dumbass generic two-chord punk, need to listen to this right the fukk now. Because nothing here is hard—but everything here is good. Filthy sounding and brutally straightforward punk rocks with riffs to last you the rest of the year (with the action on “Larmes de Crocodile,” I’m good through summer at least) and, ugh, those vocals are just fukkn perfect!! I know everyone is gonna compare them to CRIMINAL DAMAGE, and they are surely going to fill that void for a lot of punks, but Paris rockers RIXE are dirtier, and dare I say punker? Seriously, this is so fukkn good.
(La Vida Es Un Mus)

— Robert Collins



Record of the Week: KRONOFOGDEN Arbete och/eller Fritid LP


April 14th, 2015 by

KRONOFOGDEN_LPThe second full-length from Hudiksvall, Sweden’s KRONOFOGDEN (“Enforcement Officer”) shares some obvious DNA with the legendary bands from their hometown (members of MISSBRUKARNA even do guest a chorus on one track), but charges harder on a ramshackle USHC bent, with vocals quickly spat out over fourteen straightforward hardcore bursts. Sturdy, linear drumming propels the fuzzed-out gnarl of guitar distortion, as the angry vocals and shouted choruses in Swedish scrape the volume peaks of their slightly distorted recording. With enough elements stewing, this sturdy engine here stirs things up enough to keep it on edge like a noisier, more raw take on the best moments of DS-13 and ETA, and the second side has a few more crunchy downbeat moments that shadow some TOTALITÄR poundings. The title (which translates to “Work and/or Leisure”) reveals a good portion of the lyrics’ meanings, with English translations explaining how they questioning the Swedish relationship to work and employment, the cost of public transportation in traditionally poorer areas of their city, the closing of youth centers, and other local issues. Cover artwork is pen-and-ink scribble, somewhere between MAGGOT SANDWICH and MUNICIPAL WASTE, with assembly lines, robot cops, zombies and more. Also comes with a 16-page comic. Killer!
(Blindead Productions)



Record of the Week: SOLUTIONS Life of Joy 12″


April 7th, 2015 by

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Absolutely relentless in approach, the SOLUTIONS record is fast, diverse and flawlessly executed. The music is textured with an unreal degree of precision and skill. With a foot firmly planted on the gas SOLUTIONS delivers an elite caliber of songwriting and musicianship that falls somewhere between the traditional rage of powerviolence and the mind-melting vision of progressive, melodic hardcore. Not unlike Buffalo’s GAS CHAMBER, with whom they share two members, the SOLUTIONS collection is a myriad of sounds pushing and playing off of each other only to combine for a galloping dive into a unified force of strength and rhythm, effectively rendering comparisons and genre assignments useless. Upping the ante rendered by the likes of the DEAD LANGUAGE or the crippling works of IRON LUNG, these boundary-pushing and genre-defining efforts have new company. Truly an impressive effort on this tragically short and criminally scarce release. Buy this record, tape this record, steal download codes, whatever it takes…hear this, because you haven’t heard it before.
(Iron Lung Records)

— Ryan Murphy



Record of the Week: BARCELONA Extremo Nihilismo 12″


March 31st, 2015 by

Several things set BARCELONABARCELONA_ExtremoNihilismoLP apart from any prospective peers. First and foremost, the powerful vocals from the singer of FIRMEZA 10, with some of the most biting, bilious and determined lyrics in recent memory. Meanwhile the drums circle around conventional hardcore, never quite settling into anything comfortable, coming across more often as a struggle than a direct assault. “Bomba,” for instance, plays for about fifteen seconds of a short and vicious song before sliding into a solid minute of despair. It might only be sixty seconds long, but in this context it acts as a lengthy statement: hypnotic, plodding rhythms undergird a wailing guitar expounding confused exasperation. This whole record feels like the cover artwork. Anxiety looms over each song (no subtlety or surprise as the album opens with “Ansiedad”), but so does anger—as esoteric as it is savage. Extremo Nihilismo is the defiant sum of its parts and its history: there is no mistaking this record as anything but the culmination of the best and most intriguing aspects of recent Spanish punk and hardcore. All in barely eleven minutes.
(La Vida Es Un Mus)

—review by Shit Zoo, from MRR #384



Record of the Week: DAVIDIANS Night Terrors/Gimme All Yo Dope 45


March 24th, 2015 by

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These are some freaky-ass tracks right here. From the label that brought you WHATEVER BRAINS and BRAIN FLANNEL (and a host of other outta this galaxy shit) comes the DAVIDIANS single. When the needle dropped and those groovy, angular bass licks kicked in I was mesmerized. Straight up, a sound that would make GANG OF FOUR blush (then curse for not doin’ it in ’79). The vocalist is the epitome of the snotty frontman. Dude is all nasal. Sounds like he hasn’t blown his nose in a month. And while this dude is screamin’, the guitar is pretty much doin’ its own thing. At points they meet up and play together but really, I feel like both stringed instruments are reading off entirely different music sheets. I feel like these folks get some of their cues from the more angular post punk acts like PIL or the freakier WIRE tracks, but with way more of a focus on speed and obnoxious delivery. I had to listen to this record a couple of times to get some sort of hold on it, and I’m not sure I even got it. I just know this record is great. Very stoked to listen and re-listen. Buy buy buy! For fans of: Staring directly into the sun, adventures in abandoned mine shafts, and skipping prom.
(Sorry State)

— Max Wickham