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“New Blood” is our weekly feature spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info ...

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Reissue of the Week: MERCENÁRIAS Demo 1983 LP

Reissue of the Week: MERCENÁRIAS Demo 1983 LP

MERCENÁRIAS – “Demo 1983” EP There is probably no band like MERCENÁRIAS. This 3/4 femme Brazilian ...

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Record of the Week: DAN MELCHIOR’S BROKE REVIEW Lords Of The Manor EP

Record of the Week: DAN MELCHIOR’S BROKE REVIEW Lords Of The Manor EP

DAN MELCHIOR’S BROKE REVIEW – “Lords Of The Manor” LP The welcome return of DAN MELCHIOR’S ...

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Top Tens from MRR #389 • October 2015

By popular demand, we present our reviewers' Top Tens from the current issue of Maximum Rocknroll! Here are ...

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Threat by Example. An interview with Martin Sprouse by Martin Sorrondeguy.

This originally ran in MRR #291/Aug ’07. The 25th Anniversary Issue which you can order ...

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Reissue of the Week: Reatards

September 17th, 2015 by

REATARDS – “Grown Up, Fucked Up” LP
When this record was originally issued by Empty Records back in 1999, it felt like the REATARDS had already been around for a decade, at least (their first single is from ’97). The band seemed to jump into existence already in “mature phase,” which is the benefit of having a true maniac creative like Jay crafting your songs. It’s great to now slide back into the shitty, shitty, shitty, shitty, shitty, shitty pile of emotional bile that the best REATARDS tracks evoke, and realize the ability it confers, upon first needle drop, to discern fake punk from the real thing. It’s always going to be present on this record, the best full-length Jay Reatard ever pulled off. So, it still holds up as one of the ten best punk LPs of the decade, and the best ’90s party bummer LP I own outside of the BAD TIMES LP, and hey! Look who’s all over that fucker too. (Ryan Wells)

Reissue of the Week: Happy

September 10th, 2015 by

HAPPY? – “Anger” EP
This felt vaguely familiar upon first listen. That feeling turned into deja vu and I had no idea why. The previous day I had been thinking about leaving San Francisco after more than a quarter of a century and was going over all the wonderful Bay Area bands I had seen over the years and thinking back to the early days of powerviolence. Ah ha! Got it! This 7” was familiar because I had heard the vocalist many times before. HAPPY? was a Redwood City, CA band that I don’t remember ever releasing anything or playing out much. These tracks were recorded back in 1993 and the band contains members that went on to play in bands such as SPAZZ, FUNERAL SHOCK, BUG PEDALS, CANDY MUSCLE, and POWER PELLUT along with a few others. What you get is raw hardcore that is full of energy. It sounds like it was recorded live in a garage and the songs are sort of intentionally sloppy. These tracks were originally available on a cassette. “Biggot” is a bit faster and tighter and I love the vocals. This is a great historical release if you’re interested in some fast hardcore with vague sounds of the things to come from Redwood City. Think of it as a precursor to powerviolence. (Mike Howes)
(Flinch Lumin)

Record of the Week: Nervosas

September 9th, 2015 by

Oh my fucking god, I wish this record had a lyric sheet! NERVOSAS returns with the always-dreaded second LP and manages to not blow it. You can chalk this success up to solid songwriting, over the top musicianship from every member and a truckload of energy in every song. They do that dark punk / chorus pedal / WIPERS-influenced thing super well…but don’t call it goth! They manage to make every song interesting and memorable. I’ve always thought that this band was excellent live, but left something to be desired when it came to their recordings, but this LP has me changing my tune. If you’re feeling fatigued from the current onslaught of dark punk that might as well be lumped in with JOY DIVISION and wanna just get back to losing your mind to sick ass punk bands, you’ll wanna track down this LP. No weak moments. All tracks. Plus, their drummer used to play in GAUNT sometimes and he’s probably one of the best drummers in punk today. (Greg Harvester)

Record of the Week: Basement Benders

September 1st, 2015 by

BASEMENT BENDERS – “Native Tongues” EP
Sometimes when you hear that a handful of your favorite music-makers are joining hands and starting a new band it turns into exactly what you wanted to hear and it’s fucking fantastic. Sometimes, as we all know, it’s embarrassing and unspeakably bad. This record is great! Sorry for the scare. This has members of SEXY, HIDDEN SPOTS, THIS BIKE IS A PIPE BOMB, TULSA, FUTURE VIRGINS and (as you probably guessed) about a thousand other amazing bands from Chattanooga and Asheville. For the abundant haters of region rock around here, I think this is a good spot to try to get your head out of your ass. For the lovers of the genre, well, you probably ordered this EP long ago. I heard about this band and I checked out the demo on that little internet thing that everyone is doing. To be honest, I just didn’t get the hype. I thought maybe I was biased and maybe butt-hurt and bitter, but these re-workings are really fucking great. Angry, pretty, rough, tight, and well thought-out. The first song might be my favorite song I’ve ever heard Ashley play, and I already thought he was embarrassingly good. Get it! (DZ)
(Drunken Sailor)

Record of the Week: C.C.T.V

August 25th, 2015 by

C.C.T.V – “Quiet” EP
The coolest record of the year so far at least to these ears, total nervous frantic post-punk created in the furtive fertile NW Indiana scenery…The songs are tightly wound fraught invocations of the indignities of modern life, anxiety and paranoia, everything sounds like it was recorded on a boombox at the wrong speed adding to the strange feeling of otherworldliness, like walking through a dead mall full of fake plants and broken ideas. It’s perfectly retro, really sounds like a recently excavated secret basement from the 1979 New Wave/punk collision, but it’s from now, and is fresh yet eternal. The sputtering drums and stumbling bass with that sick dollar store guitar sound, while the coolest vocalist lists her demands and concerns. It’s just so fuckin rad, like SU TISSUE fronting DEVO at their most hardcore…I think it sold out, but a repress is on the way. (Layla Gibbon)