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MRR Radio #1453 • 5/18/15

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Top Tens from MRR #385 • June 2015

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The Young Person’s Guide to Loud! Fast! Philly! by Stacey Finney


May 14th, 2015 by

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As punks, we’ve got to take documenting our histories into our own hands. In MRR #385, Joseph Gervasi discusses his oral history project Loud! Fast! Philly! Gervasi and Stacey Finney have built a significant resource about the history of Philadelphia punk, right up to the present, told in the participants’ own words. I’ve spent hours delving into the audio interviews online — here, Stacey shares some highlights.

Being a part of the Loud! Fast! Philly! project has given me a deeper appreciation for the Philly punk scene in a way that allows me to transcend age, time, and space, seeing it finally as a whole. Joseph is correct in that I have listened to every interview. Some even more than once! Some of the stories are so rich that I wanted to absorb every tidbit and had to go back to listen again.

The Philly punk scene has historically been a divided scene, much akin to the history of the city itself. Many “factions” of punks arose out of this small town, each having a voice and impacting its growth (and sometimes its fall). It was always interesting to me that punk was considered a safe haven for alternative thinking, since even within this sub-group of a counter culture, there were microscopic sub-groups that disagreed. Whether it was politics, fashion, or music, there remained a vast divide. Yet, it was still the music and core punk values that I believe allowed for this coexistence, even if it was, at some points, volatile.

Stacey Finney (photo by Karen Kirchhoff)

Stacey Finney (photo by Karen Kirchhoff)

The interviews serve as a personal narrative of each individual’s experience in the punk scene and the footprint they created in our fine city. There are those who think that once you’ve heard one story, you’ve heard them all, so why listen to over 80 hours of different people saying the same thing? Thus we see some documentaries that pop up giving a very limited snippet into a colorfully thriving community, especially during the “early” years. For me, each story lends a unique perspective, a unique story and a unique involvement. It is the individual’s personal experience that allows one to truly connect. This connection extends beyond the individual, bridging a visual picture of history as it melds and blends together.

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Jo-Ann Rogan (photo by Stacey Finney)

Conducting some of these interviews has been a wonderful experience. I am most appreciative of Joseph and all the amazing people who have been willing to sit down and chat with me. I value that deeply. Some of the folks I spoke with I have known for a quarter century or more! Others are new to me. I feel especially lucky to have the opportunity to see the world through their lens and not just by what I knew of them back when. Each story builds and compliments what has been a punk culture lasting over thirty years. To me, that is mind blowing. These interviewees are a part of our history and integral to the punk movement as a whole.

Choosing just five interviews was a difficult task. There was such sweetness to each person and I love them all. Each story is as unique as the individual. The first on my list is Jo-Ann Rogan of Thorazine. Her interview was great fun. We had never met prior to the interview. Her stories of traveling around Europe and her involvement with Thorazine were hilarious. Her down to earth, candid nature was heartwarming and I adored her from the moment we met. I also enjoyed talking about her growth as a young woman and her perspective on touring around with a bunch of sweaty, smelly dudes. Jo-Ann is charming and lovable and well worth the listen. Girl power rules. Listen to the interview.

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Chuck Treece (photo by Karen Kirchhoff)

Next on my list was Chuck Treece. Chuck was the original drummer of McRad. Chuck was a teenage skate rat when he rolled into the punk scene. He’s been around since the very early days. He has continued to play music and has quite an impressive resume. (I think he can play just about any instrument.) Additionally, I am fascinated by the history of race in Philadelphia. Chuck speaks eloquently of being a young black man in the punk scene and his experiences during these times. (Dallas Cantland also gives some interesting insights on this during his interview.) He intertwines the experiences of being a young black man and being a punk. Some of his stories are sad, yet funny — and very, very true. Listen to the interview.

Chuck Meehan (photo by Karen Kirchhoff)

Chuck Meehan (photo by Karen Kirchhoff)

The other Chuck, of the Meehan variety, is another not to miss. Chuck Meehan is the encyclopedia of all this hardcore/punk in Philly. Not only is his memory impeccable (which few of us can actually claim), but the amount of detail he imparts to the different shows he attended and/or promoted is astonishing. From the Starlight Ballroom, to Minor Threat at Buff Hall in Camden, Chuck has shared some memorable moments. Additionally, he played bass in the well known Philly hardcore band YDI. He was also a show promoter. Chuck worked with many bands that played the Philly area and he was integral in developing the Philly music scene. Chuck tells it all. Wikipedia should hire him. Listen to the interview.

Nancy Petriello Barile

Nancy Petriello Barile

Next on my list is Nancy Petriello Barile. I loved Nancy’s interview. While there may not have been enough time to get everything in in the time allotted, Nancy is one of the early Punk divas. She was involved with the Better Youth Organization (BYO) movement and worked as a show promoter very early on. Nancy was more than just the girlfriend of Brian from Sadistic Exploits. She was a forerunner in female involvement in the scene and she was no bystander. She carried a great deal of influence and was revered as punk royalty. Her historical knowledge of the bands that came through town and shows she attended mixed with punk politics add to the local flavor of this trip back in time. Listen to the interview.

Cordy Swope (photo by Karen Kirchhoff)

Cordy Swope (photo by Karen Kirchhoff)

Choosing a final fave is difficult. It is so unfair to do so, but if I must, I must. There is something special to me about each subject. Since I am given these confinements, my final pick is Cordy Swope, bass player of the highly influential band Ruin. (Truly, all of the Ruin band member interviews should be heard.) Cordy talks about the formation of Ruin, the Buddhist influence, and how that seeped into the Philly scene. His interview rounds out the scope and diversity of the Philly punk scene. Ruin truly exemplifies the division and brotherhood of the Philly hardcore tribe: two contradictory themes juxtaposing and complimenting in the same breath. This, ironically, is exactly what defines Ruin. Ruin is one of the most beloved bands in the history of Philly. Listen to the interview.

Take the time and listen to the interviews. Each and every one. You’ll be glad you did.



Create to Destroy! Radstorm Collective


May 13th, 2015 by

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The Radstorm Collective is doing solid DIY punk stuff in Halifax, Nova Scotia, so I interviewed them just for you…

What is Radstorm?
Radstorm is an amalgamation of two collectives that operate in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Radstorm is a dry all-ages venue/jam space/screen printing studio. It is membership based and if you are under the age of 19 you get into shows for free. The “Rad” comes from the first attempt at having an all ages venue/jam space which was called Sadrad (the venue was above a radiator shop). The “Storm” comes from Inkstorm, which is a screen-printing collective. So Radstrom is made up of a group of dedicated punks/weirdos who share a common goal of creating an inclusive and posi space.

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How many people are involved? What do you mean by “collective”?
The number of people involved varies but there is a core group that goes to the meetings, takes on tasks and makes shit happen. Collective means a group of people that share a mutual goal of creating an alternative space that is inclusive and accessible.

Why is DIY and all ages an important aspect of a punk space?
DIY is important because it gives you the power to take control of your own life through direct action. Don’t have an art degree fuck it draw your own album art. You arenít a classically trained guitarist fuck it start a punk band etc. etc. DIY is the reason why Radstorm is a reality. We didn’t have a space that the community needed so we took the initiative and did it ourselves. All ages is important to me because in my experience without the youth punk scenes just dry up and get stale with the same voices and opinions. It can be tough for younger kids to become involved in punk because in some instances punk is no different than other social circles. There is a hierarchy of the old guard of established punks who criticized the less experienced kids. It’s like they forget that they once rocked a patch that they today would not get caught dead wearing.

Are there a lot of bar shows in Halifax?
Halifax has more bars per capita than any other city in Canada or even North America. So there are of course many bar shows. One of my motivations for getting involved in this collective is to try and steer away from having the majority of shows at bars. Bars are not conducive with what I consider to be punk which include DIY ethics and all ages shows.

Do you have young punks?
What has been inspiring for me is the shows that Radstorm has put on so far have brought out a younger crowd of kids. My hope is that we are able to promote more and more shows that the younger kids want to be involved with. More all ages shows obviously will cultivate younger punks. We recently had a show that was all high school kids so it was nice to see that younger crowd.

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Do punks age in place in Halifax or fade away?
It is easy for punks to get fed up or tired of the scene out here. Halifax is really far away and it takes effort to get bands out here and it takes effort to make it to festivals in other cities. So older punks may tend to leave the city.

What “scene” supports Radstorm? Crusty? Raw? Bike punks? PC? D-beat? A mix?
Radstorm is inclusive to all except for the fascist, transphobic, racist, etc. The support comes from people of all walks of life, punk or not. Since it is a dry space a lot of the drunk punks donít come around.

What’s the practice space like?
The practice space is a small room off the main room and has been sound proofed so jamming can happen for a wider range of times. It is stocked with the basics that are needed such as a full drum kit, guitars and amps. We also have recording equipment available.

What bands use your space?
So far bands that jam here have close ties with the space. Members with bands, close friends, etc. Mostly bands that would fly the punk flag.

Tell us about your screen printing set up.
The screen-printing set up has been refurbished since moving into the new space. We recently acquired a new washout booth to clean screens. We have a separate room that has our light table and dark box. Over all I think most people are happy with the set up.

Is your space modeled after another space?
Not so much modeled after another space, we just work with the space and materials that we have. That being said, if someone comes into the space and has some ideas on how to improve the set up then we will gladly hear them out.

Are there any other spaces like this in Halifax?
As far as other spaces that offer up the ability to put on shows, rent out a jam space, do screen-printing and have other workshops I think Radstorm is unique in Halifax.

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What was your first show?
The first show was made up of all local bands and of people that make up a good portion of the members of the collectives. The lineup was 4 LOM, who has one of the founding members of the original Sadrad venue George on guitar (shout-outs to George) —4 LOM plays a fast and pissed style that has influences of powerviolence and anarcho punk. Also on the bill was Half Read, a band that got started from a band lottery that was put on at a Sadrad show. A bunch of people had put their names into a draw then bands were started by randomly pulling names. I think Half Read might be the only band that persevered out of that and is still active. Lastly was Eekum Seekum, a local queercore band and the longest-running band on the bill.

What was your show?
Most every show is my show and everybody’s show because I try and support by being there to work the door, go early to set up, stay late to clean up or if I can’t make it I still pay the cover just to help support. I have yet to promote my own show but I very much plan on doing so. If I could have a dream show the bands on the bill would be: Confuse, Defector, Frigora, the Partisans, Disorder and Chaos UK. Or bands like Wretched, Lip Cream, Gauze and Appendix. Current bands that I would like to put on a show for would be: Reconsideration, Beer Belly, the Wankys, Sex Dwarf, Exithippies and Chaos Channel.

Any fests coming up in Halifax?
No fests scheduled as of yet, but in the past Elly has organized and put on Harbour Water Fest so I am hoping now with the new space we will be blessed with another installment of that wonderful event. Bands that have played that in the past have been mostly local/Canadian bands.

Any issues with neighbors, landlord or cops?
Yup just like most and or all venues we have had issues. Radstrom is located in a commercial building that has multiple other units. There is a recording studio downstairs and they have complained about some of the noise which I guess has been disrupting their ability to function.

What are your plans for the future?
Plans for the future are making Radstorm as fucking rad as possible. Getting more touring bands to come through, acquiring more members to the collective and just trying to make the scene here in Halifax as good as possible.

Any last words?
Yeah, the Sadrad collective is going to be putting out a comp tape in the next few months. It will contain material from bands that jam or have played shows at Radstorm. Thanks to MRR for all the shit they have done over the years and thanks to all the Radstorm peps.

How can we help? How can we stay up to date?
You can help by getting out here to play some shows and supporting the Halifax scene.
You can stay up to date by checking the website (as long as it stays up to date — thanks Elly):
diyhalifax.ca
sufferdamage {at} gmail(.)com



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!
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Monday Photo Blog: Graham Meldrum


May 11th, 2015 by

Graham Meldrum sent us some photos for the Monday Photo Blog. Here are a couple. These were taken at the 13th Note, which I believe I  was at back in the year of 2000, at the recommendation of MRR staffer and roving Canadian Allan MacNaughton. From what I remember the place is a resturant as well as music venue. Glad to see it is still around. If you go, be sure to get the vegan bangers and mash.

Harda Tider (Sweden) at the 13th Note, Glagow, Scotland (photo by Graham Meldrum)

Damaged Head (Sweden) at the 13th Note, Glagow, Scotland (photo by Graham Meldrum)

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MRR Radio #1452 • 5/10/15


May 10th, 2015 by

Rob throws the devil horns with an all female-fronted metal band show this time. Time to get that headbanging going!!!

Play

Intro song:
JURASSIC JADE – Go to the Dogs

Jurassic Jade!

Jurassic Jade!

Start
VOLKANA – Descent to Hell
MALIBU BARBI – When Lightening Strikes
CARRIE – The Assassin
BLACKLACE – Call of the Wild
CATALEPSY – Obituary Fear

The

BATTLEFIELD – Nuclear Death
RHIANNON TOMOS A’I GRWP – Cer A Hi (l’r Eithaf Un)
METAL LADY – Kegyetlen Hajsza
ZNOWHITE – Live for the Weekend
GIRLSCHOOL – Race With the Devil

Pit
HARI KARI – The Blade
5X – Midnight Train
LUNAR SEX – All the Kids
MARI HAMADA – Noah
LOCHNESS – Zduo Pero Kuo
AIRRAID – Armed Children

Outro song:
PMS – On the Run

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!