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Lydia jams some of her 2015 obsessions and then some

MRR Radio #1481 • 11/29/15

Lydia goes solo, has a nervous breakdown revelation and decides to flee the country. ...

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MRR's first fest in almost a decade! Still Not Quiet on the Western Front fest ...

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MRR Radio #1480 • 11/22/15

Amelia, Amanda & John Khan bring you the very best in punk with the jingle ...

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Mollot (photo by Mackenzie Burgess)


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

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RIP Dickie Hammond (with HDQ)

MRR Radio #1479 • 11/15/15

This week Matt and Lena play mostly new stuff they're digging, as well as a ...

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Reissue of the Week: HEX Poison In The System: The Demos LP

November 13th, 2015 by

HEX – “Poison In The System: The Demos” CD
If you liked your punk, the UK in the early to mid ’80s was a good place to be. Not only were all kinds of genres flourishing within said rubric, but there was a significant community of like-minded souls, putting on gigs, writing (and distributing) fanzines, (cassette) tape labels, and whatnot. It meant that bands could (and did!) release demos, on cassette, and distribute them far and wide. The anarcho-punk “scene,” spawned by the likes of CRASS and their progeny (SUBHUMANS, CONFLICT, FLUX OF PINK INDIANS, MOB, et al.) were the inspiration and incubator for HEX. Hailing from the Northeast of England, they were part and parcel of the legendary (well, to us folks, anyways) Sunderland Bunker, a venue, and musicians collective. Herein you’ll find four demos tapes (fourteen tracks in all), recorded in 1986 and 1987. A variety of musical styles, evocative of KILLING JOKE, ANTISECT, and the FAMOUS IMPOSTERS grace the demos. It all features the music gifts of Dickie Hammond and Dave Lainey, better known for playing in HDQ and later LEATHERFACE. Really great stuff all round, and some excellent liner notes do a superb job of capturing the sense of community, and possibility that was nurtured by the scene. (Ramsey Kanaan)
(Boss Tuneage)


Record of the Week: G.L.O.S.S. Girls Living Outside Society’s Shit EP

November 13th, 2015 by

G.L.O.S.S. – “Girls Living Outside Society’s Shit” EP
This exists perfectly as a solid hardcore record, nothing necessarily freaky or weird just excellently solid but a thing that makes it stand out (other than the context it exists in) is that you can hear all of the lyrics. No reading along with lyric sheets necessary—somehow, at breakneck speed Sadie manages to enunciate every word. A thing that is always rough to me about hardcore is all the vocals garbled and barked until I kind of just feel like some angry man is yelling at me. And what Sadie is singing about is so integral and important it’s just really fucking cool to just hear every lyric. This record delves into politics in a way that avoids being exclusionary or preachy but instead is filled with rage and love and an overall we’re-in-this-togetherness. It also comes with an excellent zine that furthers the aesthetic and message.
(Nervous Nelly / Total Negativity)

—Marissa Magic


November 12th, 2015 by

“New Blood” is our weekly feature spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, check out some killer new shit…

Band name:

Date & location formed:
Summer 2015. New Orleans, LA.

Reason for forming:
A friendship fortified in Buffalo met with geographical coincidence in New Orleans. We’ve each spent a lot of time playing in a lot of bands. We live a few blocks from each other. What else are we gonna do? Sometimes we write songs. Sometimes we listen to records and have beers. Sometimes we make food and hang with animals. We still have to wake up everyday. It’s better than trying to meet new people.


What are your lyrics about?
Stream of consciousness absurdity. Alcohol, anxiety, and embarrassment. Jokes that no one else gets. Being smart enough to know how stupid you are. Being in your 30s and almost kinda having your shit together, but actually not really.

How would you describe your sound?
We like Swell Maps, but don’t really sound like that. The demo has acoustic guitar and singing saw, but we don’t really sound like that. One of us has played in hardcore bands, but we don’t really sound like that. One of us has played in pop punk bands, but we don’t really sound like that. We record with two mics and a 4 track in a living room, we do kinda sound like that. We like distorted vocals. We forgot to have any bass guitar or bass drum on the demo. The other day we stayed up really late and went to see Spray Paint, and we thought they were great. You get the idea.

What’s in the future for this band?
A 2nd tape is almost done. It has bass guitar and bass drum. It would be cool to do a record. Pretty soon we’ll probably be living in New Hampshire, or Buffalo, or the bottom of the ocean. I think we’ll keep playing one way or another for a while though.

Links and contact info:
turnuptuneout {at} hotmail(.)com


Band name:


Date & location formed:
Montreal, QC – November 2014

Reason for forming:
Three out of four of us had just moved to Montreal and were eager to start playing shows here.

What are your lyrics about?
Shitty people and angry animals.

How would you describe your sound?
I think the one line description we got for our first show was “Negative Approach trying to sound like Slayer”.

What’s in the future for this band?
We’re aiming to get the newest tape out as a 7″, write some new slappers, and play as much as we can here and elsewhere.

Links and contact info:



Band name:
Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 9.45.07 AMDate & location formed:
Olympia, WA in Feb 2014.

Reason for forming:
Myself (max the guitar player/also in Bone Sickness), Mitch (vocalist also in Bone Sickness), and Jeff (drummer, also of gag) wanted to take NWHC in a much more abrasive direction and channel the likes aggressive HC acts such as Poison Idea, Voorhees, and Out Cold… and sort of mix it with an 80s NYHC vibe. At least that was the initial idea. Mitch, playing in Bone Sickness for as long as 5 years gave him an urge to try something new, and was nice enough to invite me along the way.

What are your lyrics about?
Lyrics veer away from politics and ideology and focus primarily on personal outlook and gruesome interests. For example, our track 213 is about the mind of Jeffrey Dahmer.

How would you describe your sound?
We strive to touch on all styles of HC and channel the likes of aforementioned influences, but Painkiller Records’ Cooch, who released our tape for us wrote “There’s almost an early-’80s Swedish element to the guitar playing, but shoved through the classic USHC blender, and then pumped full of the kind of performance-enhancing drugs that get you banned from professional competition.”

What’s in the future for this band?
We are releasing a 7″ some time in 2016 and have flirted with the idea of an east coast run of shows with our friends (who I won’t jump the gun on saying who just yet), but in any case, there will be some touring.

Links and contact info:
coldwalls213 {at} gmail(.)com



Do you have or know of an awesome new band*? It’s easy to submit to be in MRR’s New Blood feature — just email us the following info, and keep keeping’ it real…

1) Band name:
2) Date & location formed:
3) Reason for forming:
4) What are your lyrics about?
5) How would you describe your sound?
6) What’s in the future for this band?
7) Links and contact info:

Along with the answers please send a band photo at least 600px on the longest side (with photo credits), and a logo if you have one, to: mrrnewblood {at} gmail(.)com

*By “new band” we mean a band that formed within the past year or year and a half.

MRR Radio #1478 • 11/8/15

November 9th, 2015 by

Brendan visits from the Twin Cities, green tapes a fuck-ton of records and records a radio show with Grace.


Intro song:
NERV – Inside Out

Uranium Club (courtesy of Radio K)

Uranium Club (courtesy of Radio K)

New for You
VACANT LIFE – Clairvoyant
EUTANASIA – No Más Palabras
EFIALTIS – Thanatos

Twin Cities Core
CONDOMINIUM – Eating the Universe
WILD CHILD – Viral Load
THE RETAINERS – Teenage Regrets
THE SLEAZE – Smokin’ Fucking Cigs

Wild Hair
BEEF JERK – Reissue
SODS – Television Sect

Socially Foolish
DEVO – Social Fools
TYVEK – Sidewalk
HYGIENE – Hygiene
KLEENEX – Hitchhike

Outro song:
URANIUM CLUB – Operation

Maximum Rocknroll Radio is a weekly radio show and podcast featuring DIY punk, garage rock, hardcore, and more from around the world. Our rotating cast of DJs picks the best of the best from MRR magazine’s astounding, ever-growing vinyl archive. You can find MRR Radio archives, specials, and more at radio.maximumrocknroll.com. Thanks for listening!

Reissue of the Week: The Hunches

November 6th, 2015 by

HUNCHES – “You’ll Never Get Away With My Heart / Like I Could Die”
The HUNCHES, if you are unfamiliar, were a Portland punk rock band that’s been dead, dead, dead, for over five years now. They used to do that to their audiences you know, knock ‘em dead. They had this front guy, Chris Gunn, who could make a show feel dangerous in a fulfilling way, like you risked acquiring a truly noble scar encountering a genuinely memorable musical experience. During their existence they were generally categorized as playing “garage punk,” which was how most people used to qualify punk rock that wasn’t a straight carbon copy of 1984 thrash: “garage,” whatever the hell that meant. People are a lot better situated now, it’s come full circle back to a mindset in opposition to hardcore-dogma-adherence, thanks to bands like the HUNCHES getting their retroactive cred. This 7” is their 2001 demo, predating any of their LPs on In The Red. It’s a loud, punishing, art-blues inflected punk rock record with Gunn’s tortured vocals at the front of the mix, and it would sit in your 7” pile of early ’00s-era singles the same way that a FLESHEATERS record parks comfortably with Dangerhouse titles. ’Cause they’re all flying at you from Planet Shit. They may talk different, but they are all talking shit. Buy this or rot in fetid ignorance. (Ryan Wells)
(Almost Ready)