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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

Some new guy must have let Francesca into the radio show again and of course ...

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Maximum Rocknroll, The Media, Your Options

The Media (capital M) is a roughly bi-weekly testament to the value of independent media ...

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New Blood! COLLAGEN, TEEF and SOOTHSAYER

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

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Record of the Week: VLASTA POPIĆ Kvadrat CD


May 19th, 2015 by

VLASTA_POPIC_Kvadrat_CDBass-heavy noise/proper indie rock and punk from Croatia. There’s lots of disjointed guitars vocals in Croatian which, like other Slavic languages, is a really great language for music. Loads of push-pull tempos, sharp guitar tones, and big strums the way it outta be — no snoozy Pitchfork-approved/trendy fest moves here — imagine a faster SHELLAC and maybe a less-spastic and way more interesting RODAN. On the other hand, VLASTA POPIĆ does some excellent straight up punker tunes like on “Slijepa Nasa [Mrznja],” as well as a sort of SONIC YOUTH-y style on “Mastanje.” The rest of the album gets slower for a few songs (but still captivating) and plays around with different vocals and structures. And lest I forget — the incredible “O vodi” gives off a real SCRAWL (Ohio) style. Very recommended!
(Moonlee Records)

—Justin Davisson



Record of the Week: LAST SONS OF KRYPTON Teenage Trash LP


May 12th, 2015 by

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This band has managed to ride a glowing Tim Yo record review from nearly 20 years ago into the realm of near-legend. Surprisingly, that debut 7” is one I still count amongst my faves of the era, worthy of being mentioned alongside REATARDS, LOLI AND THE CHONES and EPILEPTIX when it comes to primitive, shitty-teenager punk rock. And Wisconsin’s LAST SONS OF KRYPTON may be the shittiest teenagers of them all—at least that’s the case this long-overdue LP is making. Every one of the twenty tunes collected here represents a life’s work for some true teenage fuck-ups, and the quality of the racket is generally higher than it has any real right to be. Their sensitivities and “worldview” couldn’t be any lower though, offering up some kind of perverse balance that keeps them punk boneheads until death. Whatever. A gang of insufferable, bratty and delinquent assholes making a racket outta sheer frustration and hatred of their lives and surroundings is always gonna be punker than shit, and LAST SONS OF KRYPTON fit that bill perfectly. True teenage assholery on display…waste no time in acquiring a copy of your own!
(Certified PR)



Record of the Week: GAY KISS Preservation Measures LP


May 5th, 2015 by

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Filling out a hardcore full-length — at 33 rpm, no less—is one of the harder tasks in the challenging world of music, but after a 12” EP and a couple of 7”s GAY KISS have measured themselves up to the task. It helps if you’re a band that knows how to use the extra space, and GAY KISS are experts at twisting negative space in and out of time and tempo. The first track starts strong, rides out what sounds like a fade out of distant kick drum thump, then snaps back into a bedroom mosh-worthy breakdown. “Preservation Measures” is full of whiplash-inducing unpredictability and feverish guitar work, totally restless playing all over the frequency spectrum. Sometimes it sounds like the guitarist threw his instrument away in favor of a power drill or a dial-up modem hooked up to a Rat pedal. The strongest tracks here stretch out and use the empty space to let a riff unravel and implode before taking it somewhere else. “Relent,” for instance, lets a SACCHARINE TRUST-style riff collapse, cave in on itself and get back on its feet over and over again over a shifting set of fills. Fans of freaky hardcore bands in the game such as NASA SPACE UNIVERSE, the LOWEST FORM, and WHITE WARDS will find a lot to like here. Complete with some great cover artwork, another tremendously sick package from Sorry State.
(Sorry State)

—Eli Wald



Record of the Week: NATURE BOYS “Pissy Wind/Coast to Coast” 7″


April 29th, 2015 by

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… NATURE BOYS are a band that people are not paying enough attention to now, but will miss when they’re gone. They combine equal parts of punk, hardcore, living on the fringes, hard living, DEAD MOON and their own inimitable style to make something that is their own. “Pissy Wind” is perfect. It’s a fast fucking song about the toxicity of surrounding yourself with people who are consumed by bad fucking vibes…or that’s what I took from it, at least. Two genders on the mic at all times. “Coast to Coast” on the flip side slows down (barely), a mid-tempo ode to dead friends (maybe???). It’s there to help you relive the pain of life or the inevitable return of something we’ve all felt, but have rarely given name to…sometimes known colloquially as “The Great Terribleness.” The bumbling of our stupid selves as we rocket through space on a dumb piece of rock. After releasing two LPs and one EP, NATURE BOYS have added new drummer Alex Moss on this record, which has tightened their whole mess up considerably. The whole band sounds more focused…concise even…and these two songs just aren’t enough for me, but I’ll wait patiently for the next few songs to trickle out of their dilapidated Kansas City homes.
(Replay)

— Greg Harvester



Reissue of the Week: SOBERANÍA PERSONAL Benditos Sean Muñecos Que Pegan LP


April 27th, 2015 by

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This impressive slice of underground music history was released on 200 tapes in Buenos Aires in 1988, never having enjoyed the vinyl format until now. I must say, definitely better late than never. Playing an early hardcore style that hasn’t forgotten its punk roots, SOBERANÍA PERSONAL is like the convergence of GRB and the BAGS. “En Verdad es una Gran Verdad,” on the other hand, is a haunting and slow punk-metal sermon with the reverb cranked up. The powerful and dynamic female vocals are really incredible on this record. At times the riffs recall DISCHARGE infused with enticing bass melodies such as in my favorite track so far, “Maskavidrio.” The influence of the irreverent snark of LA POLLA RECORDS is also well played and detectable through their cover of “Socios a la Fuerza” and their band name, which is derived from one of the legendary Spanish punk group’s verses. From the insert it’s evident that this band also ran in the same circles as their friends ATTAQUE 77. In fact, my second favorite song on the record, “Falsas Esperanzas,” is a cover of ATTAQUE 77’s parallel hardcore project DEFENSA Y JUSTICIA, which was already defunct at the time of recording this tape. The intelligent lyrics delve deep into the frustration, anger, and disenchantment that coming of age during the bloody Argentine military dictatorship would entail, paired with a searing indictment of machismo in “Supermacho.” Props to the Metadona label who also pressed the QLOAQA LETAL tape onto wax last year, saving both bands from the dustbin of punk history. So recommended!
(Metadona)

— Lena