Featured Posts

Blast From the Past: Thrillhouse Records

This ran in MRR #297  which came out in February 2008, you can grab it ...

Read More

Record of the Week: Black Time

Record of the Week: Black Time

BLACK TIME – “Aerial Gobs of Love” LP All hail BLACK TIME, architects of the brutal ...

Read More


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

Read More

Maximum Rocknroll #387 • Aug 2015

It’s time for Maximum Rocknroll #387, the August 2015 issue! Philadelphia's SHEER MAG discuss livin' in the city ...

Read More

Photo: Mark Murrmann

Blast From the Past: Hex Dispensers

This originally ran in MRR #318/Nov ‘09, which you can grab here I’ve been buying punk ...

Read More

Record of the Week: Black Time

July 1st, 2015 by

BLACK TIME – “Aerial Gobs of Love” LP
All hail BLACK TIME, architects of the brutal and arcane…Transporting the listener to the collapsing concrete shopping centers of London, in which girls and boys as informed as much by the Medway Sound as the Situationist ideal hack out a new / old existence in the ashes of commerce. What other group could summon thoughts of HUGGY BEAR, SWELL MAPS, early Michigan garage sounds, Musique Concrète, girls in bootleg Mary Quant / Bridget Riley get ups reading Sheila Delaney’s teenage works…BLACK TIME is the way and the truth. The sound of irate bedroom masterworks—when Lemmy Caution shouts he’s got no expectations you can feel that tool Jagger’s smug sprawl of expectations slowly eating away at the earth… Janey Too-bad’s voice on the title track makes me wanna grab a Silvertone and join the WHAT FOUR (or the MOD 4). Anyway this is a piercing, shambling, devastating view into two years of bedroom recordings by London’s only garage band (who no longer exist, but word on the street is the MIDNIGHT MINES is a new and related endeavor). Tascam truths for sped up troublemakers. (LG)

(Fobjudna Ljud)

Record of the Week: Slugga

June 17th, 2015 by

SLUGGA – “Parasite/Shaved Heads”
This record rules. Stupid, short and direct. “Parasite” is so fucking catchy and punk and perfect. I think my only complaint is their singer sounds a little like Lumpy (of the DUMPERS), but that’s not a big complaint. All that aside, the fucking song is an instant classic and I won’t be surprised when it’s featured on Killed By Death #125 in 2053. “Shaved Heads” slows down just barely and it’s the perfect song for an idiotic creepy crawl through a stupid fucking basement show. Sloppy, but not too sloppy, punk…the kind of shit you wanna hear first thing in the morning before you spend the day punching fuckheads in the face. (Greg Harvester)
(Total Punk)


Record of the Week: Aquarian Blood

June 9th, 2015 by

artworks-000109720744-f2slk4-t500x500AQUARIAN BLOOD – “Savage Mind” EP
Super sick falling apart lo-fi destruction! Punk as fuck doomed cult sounds for those looking for something new to devote their lives and wallets to…The title track is somewhat like POLY STYRENE fronting a frantic bargain basement SCREAMERS!! Tyrannical tunes!! Featuring humans who used to play/currently play in NOTS and EX-CULT so you know what you need to do. Apparently this is a 7-piece band! Or is it a duo? Either way this 45 is the soundtrack to the end of time. Buy or die! Someone send me the cassette(s). (LG)

Record of the Week: ABUSE OF SUBSTANCE Substance Abuse EP

June 2nd, 2015 by

AbuseOfSubstance_EPHoly fucking shit, this is like manna from heaven for dirt-dumb pogo punk fans. Edmonton’s ABUSE OF SUBSTANCE are ’90s drunk punk to the core, clearly influenced by Japanese masters like TOM & BOOT BOYS and DISCOCKS but closer in spirit and style to the Pogo Attack compilation bands. I’m talking the BRISTLES, I’m talking BANNER OF HOPE, and I’m definitely talking about the motherfucking CASUALTIES. The busy, melodic bass gives the sound a hint of early DEFIANCE as well. 1-2 drumming, 1-2 solos and great WRETCHED ONES gravel-and-whisky lead vocals round out the package. It’s not all for fun though — there is a definite edge to these dudes. Not sure if I’m entirely on board with their pro-violence “Punx Are Mean,” but hopefully that’s all bark and no bite, like the adorable bulldog featured in the back-cover band photo. I’d say “Don’t let the shitty pixelated cover fool you,” but that shitty pixelated cover is a pretty good indicator of the what’s contained herein. These punx don’t know about fuckin’ computers, they know about beer, shitty jobs and getting railed on whatever they can find and shove up their noses (plus, having a shitty pixelated cover is totally ’90s). If you have any, and I mean any kind of soft spot for ’90s street/drunk punk, you need this fucking record in your life.
(Obnoxio Drunk Punk)

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