New Blood! MOON HAG and ERMA


September 25th, 2014 by

MRR magazine’s popular “New Blood” section is now a regular feature here on maximumrocknroll.com! See below for info on how to submit. Now, get to discovering some killer new shit…

Band name:
MOON HAG

Date & location formed:
October 2013 in London, Ontario, Canada.

Reason for forming:
We’ve been friends since highschool and after moving away and going through some life shit we both ended up back in our hometown at the same time so we were like, fuck it, let’s start a band.

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Moon Hag (photo by Lia Lepre)

What are your lyrics about?
Paranoia, anxiety, acid trips, snakes, magic, the end of the world, etc.

How would you describe your sound?
Sabbath worshipping psychedelic headbangers that are total weirdos make punk songs.

What is the future for this band?
We are going to tour California in December and record something with someone somewhere before that.

Links and contact info:
moonhag.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
ERMA
Greek: Ερμα, meaning (figuratively) principles or incentives that drive the behavior or action of a person.

Date & location formed:
Winter 2012 in Arta, Greece.

Reason for forming:
We live in a very small Greek town and we needed to do something to kill time, combined with the political and economic situation in Greece.

What are your lyrics about?
The problems of Greek society these days.

How would you describe your sound?
Punk rock with some hardcore elements.

What is the future for this band?
We have played some live sets in our town and now we are writing some new material.

Links and contact info:
You can take a taste of our music at our official website ermaband.wix.com/official or download it for free from here. Ou Facebook page is here.

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Do you have or know of an awesome new band? It’s easy to submit to be in MRR’s New Blood feature. Just send 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 is the future for this band?

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



Create to Destroy! Vespera’s Falafel


September 24th, 2014 by

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Eiji is an old friend from the Japanese punk band DSB. He currently plays in VESPERA and STEALWING. He had a vegan falafel food stall, but now he has a vegan restaurant in Tokyo called Vespera’s Falafel. He did it all in the name of punk and DIY. Radical (vegan) punks never die!

What is it like being vegan in Japan?
You can be a good chef or farmer soon. DIY is the best way to survive with being a vegan here.

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Are there a lot Japanese punks vegan?
Absolutely no.

Why did you become vegan?
To be honest, without reason. Just imitate the style of my friends who visited me in Tokyo 2003. Then I found reasoning in it. I’m not a vegan perfectly, trying to be though.

One does not have to be perfect to make a difference. What advice do you have to other punks who want to become vegan?
Have fun. Don’t think too much!

How hard was it to open a restaurant?
It was not enough, even though I worked for it from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. I wished I could’ve had 48 hours a day. I played the rolls of a cleaner, a painter, a plasterer, a carpenter, a carrier, a buyer, a designer, a manager and finally a chef….while keeping up with two bands!

What are your most popular dishes?
Falafel hamburger and teriyaki soy chicken brown rice mixed with YAMAIMO potato mouse.

Why did you open a restaurant?
Punk rock is leading me.

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Where did the name “Vespera” come from?
Esperanto language. I’m serving borderless hybrid world cuisine. Esperanto language name is match with that style. Starting with “V” came from the film V For Vendetta, also “veganism.”

Does Tokyo have other vegan restaurants?
Yes! More than it used to.

What bands are you in now?
VESPERA, which started before the restaurant Vespera, and STEALWING, with members from DSB, KRIEGSHOG, CROW and ABIGAIL.

Any good new bands in Tokyo?
STEALWING.

How can we get in touch with you?
vegvespera.wordpress.comVESPERA’s Falafel is on Twitter (@KalaHenji) and Facebook. German language can be understood well.

If you want more on this restaurant, a recent Australian visitor did a neat piece on his blog here.

Arigato, Eiji!
ARIGATO.



Record of the Week: FRAU Punk Is My Boyfriend EP


September 23rd, 2014 by

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FRAU write songs like the inside of your brain — fragmented, wild spurts of genius and disgust, an embodiment of the freedom that punk could be but rarely ever is. Frantic and charged, like the first NURSE flexi meets “Girl on the Run” but with a TEENAGE JESUS AND THE JERKS “fuck you” swagger. In short, yes, this band is the first, last, and best — the only punk band. They’re totally falling apart, but so fucking together at the same time, you could dance to this or collapse to it. It’s got this earth shattering quality, the feeling of a million ideas, but also a sneering nihilism… London really does have the coolest bands right now. I think every member of FRAU is in at least three other bands I love, and yet they still make this essential.
(Static Shock Records)



Monday Photo Blog: The return of Ben Trogdon


September 22nd, 2014 by

Ben Trogdon has sent us some flix of p-rock depravity that has occured on the East Coast during the past couple months for the Monday Photo Blog. Naked people with trash bags around their waist, someone licking the stage, a skinhead type ogling someone in their underwear who’s watching the singer from Nudes doing yoga exercises. Where does it end? For more from Ben, check out his tumblr thing.

Fast Eddies playing in their hometown of Rochester, New York (photo by Ben Trogdon)

Dawn of Humans, in Brooklyn, NY (photo by Ben Trogdon)

Nudes (Seattle) in Brooklyn (photo by Ben Trogdon)

Nandas, from Brooklyn, hanging out in front of a donut shop in Western Mass. (photo by Ben Trogdon)

Send your tour photos, bands that have come through your town, the best of your local bands, etc. to: photoblog {at} maximumrocknroll(.)com. Include your name, a link to your website (or flickr, Facebook, or whatever), and the band (or subject), date and location of each photo. Just send your best photos — edit tightly. Three to seven photos is plenty, and it’s best to send pictures of different bands. Please do not send watermarked photos. Please make your photos 72 dpi and about 600–800 pixels at the longest side. Not everything sent in will be posted, and a response is not guaranteed, but we do appreciate all of your contributions. Feel free to submit more than once. Thanks!



MRR Radio #1419 • 9/21/14


September 21st, 2014 by

Rotten Ron and Halitosis celebrate the Folsom Street Fair!

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Intro song:
VENOM – Red Light Fever

Social Deviants

Social Deviants

Rotten Ron’s Crisco Coated Fist
PIG DNA – Leather Man
TERCER MUNDO – Caidos
COLORED BALLS – Heavy Metal Kid
TOREROS AFTER OLÉ – Chicos de la Calle
THE DEVIANTS – I’m Coming Home

Halitosis for Everyone!
DWARVES – Trailer Trash
THE PNEUMONIAS – Plastic Educator
SHOCK TROOPERS – Shady Acres
NO PROBLEM – Deprogram Me
NERVOUS SYSTEM – Ruined Life

Rotten Ron Has So Much Clit He Don’t Need No Balls
BABES IN TOYLAND – Dust Cake Boy
SEVEN YEAR BITCH – Knot
L7 – Fast
LUNACHICKS – Shit Finger Dick (FDS)
GIRLSCHOOL – Tonight

Haters Hate Halitosis
RAD PAYOFF – It’s Pronounced Mogue
DANCER -Looking for Whatever
JOHNNY TERRIEN AND THE BAD LIEUTENANTS – Back to the Beach
LOS PEPES – Too Late Too Late

Outro song:
TURBONEGRO – I Got Erection

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!