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New Blood! ANINOKO, SLAV, and SPIKED COLLAR

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Reissue of the Week: Broken Talent

BROKEN TALENT – “Rules No One” LP Fuckin’ sick! Most KBD fans I know have a ...

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Record(s) of the Week: Violence Creeps

Record(s) of the Week: Violence Creeps

VIOLENCE CREEPS – “I’m Broke/Gridlock” flexi          “I’m Broke” is one of those songs that is ...

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Maximum Rocknroll #388 • Sept 2015

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Reissue of the Week: Broken Talent


July 30th, 2015 by

BROKEN TALENT – “Rules No One” LP
Fuckin’ sick! Most KBD fans I know have a real soft spot for Florida’s BROKEN TALENT, even tho their classic Blood Slut 7” EP came out in 1984, a full two years after the industry standard KBD cut-off of 1982. It’s gotta be one helluva classic to get KBD golems to pay more than $40 for a 7” EP from 1984 this side of the QUEERS. Imagine my shock to discover there’s a whole fuckin’ LP worth of BROKEN TALENT material. Well, I guess if I was a lil’ more in tune with my mid ’80s punk cassette game, I’d know the BROKEN TALENT “album” came out in 1985 on their own TPOS label. Oh well. This thing is sick, disaffected punk rock, just rough enough to keep the hardcores interested, with enough tuneful hooks to get stuck in the punks’ heads, in the same way that early RED CROSS (O.C.) was the best band that ever existed. Wish the cover art was a little less abstract, I’m worried some people who really need to hear this won’t! (Graham Booth)
(Florida’s Dead)



Record(s) of the Week: Violence Creeps


July 29th, 2015 by


VIOLENCE CREEPS – “I’m Broke/Gridlock” flexi
         “I’m Broke” is one of those songs that is so immediately catchy, punk and destroyed that I thought it was a cover song. The band lurches through two chords while their singer Amber screams her fucking head off about all the shit she can’t afford. The band ramps up their energy through the two paltry minutes of this ripper until it’s on the verge of falling apart. It has an instantly classic sound that feels pure and raw in all the best ways. Without a doubt, it’s easily one of top five favorite songs of the year. That’s a hard act to follow, but “Gridlock” is also a ripper about being stuck in traffic. VIOLENCE CREEPS is lurchy, slow, destructive, pissed-the-fuck-off and perfectly raw. The soundtrack to losing your goddamn mind. This flexi (the worst format, my only complaint) comes with issue #16 of Degenerate magazine. (Greg Harvester)
(Degenerate)

VIOLENCE CREEPS – “On My Turf” EP
I don’t know what to tell you. Yesterday I woke up, ate a shitty fucking West Coast bagel (masochism rears its ugly head), sat down at this computer and didn’t stand up except to piss and refill my coffee for thirteen or so hours. This music is the soundtrack to that. Today I went to my low-paying job and my boss bought me lunch at the organic taqueria that is probably owned by white people and there was some sort of Instagram photoshoot going on involving fish tacos and a hot pink longboard and this was the soundtrack to that. Tomorrow I have to get up at 5:00 a.m. and get on a plane to Minneapolis to see my family which will be nice but we will probably get in a fight over my new finger tattoo and someone will get too drunk at dinner and we’ll all feel terrible about it but it will also be kind of funny and this will be the soundtrack to that. Last night I had an unending stream of maddening interactions with a series of punishers and this was literally the soundtrack to that. It was the record release show for this fine platter in the basement of a completely mystifying club and if you live in the Bay Area and you weren’t in attendance, you’re a poseur and a loser and an idiot. Too strong? I don’t care. Fuck you. This is the best band in the Bay Area. They make me wanna flip over tables and punch people in the face, but they also make me laugh like a maniac and wanna hang out and make weird art with my friends. It’s funny, it’s intelligent, it’s infectious and instantly classic. Watch the music video for “On My Turf.” You’ll get it, if you’ve got eyes and ears and a semi-functioning brain. Watch it. Now. Do you get it? Who needs John Brannon when you have Amber? There’s acoustic guitar and sax freakout and bass skronk and slow FLIPPER-esque sludge but also good old fashioned ’core and hooks for days. (“Drop Out,” you’re moshing!) This is a band that is getting better with every release and this record finds them at the peak of their powers, powers that don’t look quite like anything else out there. For fans of the “catchy-but-weird” hardcore du jour:if you like it tougher, meaner, smarter, catchier, more depraved—you’re a punk, right? So the answer is yes, right?—get this. Wake up, sheeple. (Grace Ambrose)
(self-released)



Record of the Week: NO


July 22nd, 2015 by

NO – “Treating People Like They Don’t Exist” MLP
These Londoners have really outdone themselves this time. While I whole-heartedly enjoyed the self-titled 12” on Static Shock, this record is definitely the next level. The recording here is much akin to “the lunatic ravings of a one-off man-mental!” Somehow the guitar has this brittle clean tone clarity while still being completely overdriven. The bass and drums are heavier than an anvil dropped onto a baby grand and still retain precision and punchiness. On top of all that is this completely feral, animalistic, snarling vocal. All of this alone would make a good record, but it is the totally inventive songwriting that makes this a great record. One more reason UK hardcore is back on the map…with a vengeance. Do yourself and your neighbors a favor. (Jon Kortland)

(La Vida Es Un Mus)



Reissue of the Week: DVA MINUTA MRŽNE


July 16th, 2015 by

DVA MINUTA MRŽNE – “Došao Je Kraj” EP
Cream of the crop Serbian punk from 1984 with a strong Oi! influence. No Plan records has done us a fine service here, as this EP was originally released in an unsatisfactory amount of 100 copies back in ’95, and most online sellers seemingly wouldn’t let a copy go for less than a couple hundred bucks (trust me, I’ve been after a copy for years!) These four cuts are full-sounding, burly, and gruff punk with huge infectious choruses and melodic guitar leads. Imagine classics like BLITZ and CAMERA SILENS but with that unmistakable Balkan flair. Timeless material, perfect for dancing, singing along, and will easily stand out from the pack on your next mixtape. I seriously can’t recommend this (and their other EP on No Plan) enough! (Matt Badenhop)
(No Plan)

 



Record of the Week: Downtown Boys


July 15th, 2015 by

DOWNTOWN BOYS – “Full Communism” LP
This is a seamless melding of so many punk touchstones. It’s X-RAY SPEX raised on hardcore and these saxophones (double fucking saxophones!) sound so LORA LOGIC and the rage in every moment is palpable and focused. It’s cathartic and faces the worst a capitalist, racist, sexist, classist (and so on) society can shit onto the world and finds joy in the action of confrontation and discussion and standing up for shit. The world is bleak and the subject matter of these songs is bleak but this record definitely isn’t bleak. This manages to be triumphant without being anthemic and heavily opinionated without being preachy. The lyrics fluctuate between Spanish and English, there are moments that speed up to breakneck paces and then moments that have enough space to dance in, cherry-picking the best sounds of punk and blending them into something purely exciting. This record is incredibly fucking good, an undeniably perfect punk record. (Marissa Magic)
(Don Giovanni)