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MRR Radio #1515 • 7/24/16

Rob circle pits the world of punk playing lots of foreign classics and a new ...

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

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MRR Radio #1514 • 7/14/16

Guest DJ, Mimi rips through the punk slappers on her maiden MRR Radio show Intro song CATHOLIC ...

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Kriminal (photo by Per Thunell)


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

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MRR Radio #1513 • 7/10/16

On this week's MRR Radio, Greg drinks too much coffee, loses his marbles and plays ...

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Record of the Week: Gas Chamber

July 8th, 2015 by

GAS CHAMBER – “Stained Hands” EP
Though I must confess that I’ve personally slept on them for far too long, these progressive Buffalo punkers have been turning a lot of heads recently (pun intended) with their left-field take on hardcore, and this record makes it all too easy to see why. The titular track starts out as a meandering, sunbaked slice of anarcho-psych, taking its sweet time before cascading into a cacophonous whirl that is at once ripping and dreamy. The B-side is just a fierce, with desert vibes that would make the MEAT PUPPETS proud, and they even manage to pull off an instrumental track on a hardcore 7”! Getting more mileage out of a chorus pedal than just about any band in contemporary punk (R.I.P. LIFEFORM), I could see this getting filed under the ever-so-saturated banner of “melodic crust,” but this is simply too fuckin’ weird to squeeze into any generic microniche. Cheers to GAS CHAMBER and SPHC for another solid fuck off to hardcore conformity. (Will Blomquist)

Blast From the Past: Screaming Females

June 23rd, 2015 by

This originally ran in MRR #312, in May 2009, which you can pick up here

Screaming Females is unique in that they have figured out a way to bring incredible guitar work into punk without seeming gratuitous, cheesy, or forced. This is no easy feat. Guitar player, Marissa Paternoster’s spastic guitar bursts (often understated on record in comparison to their live show) manage to maintain remarkable cohesiveness with the music and come across as an extension of the vocals and not merely as a show of talent. Equally remarkable is that the rhythm section, made up of Jarrett Dougherty on drums and King Mike on bass, is not only able to keep up with the powerful guitar work but often able to best it. It’s rare to find three such uniquely talented musicians in any band, let alone in a punk band. In 2006/2007, the band self-released two full-lengths and a 7”. These were followed by two split 7”s in 2008. This year will see the long anticipated third full-length, Power Move, which will be released in April on hometown label, Don Giovanni.


MRR: How did you meet each other?

Marissa: Mike and I went to high school together, we met there. And I met Jarrett in college at a meeting for a club we were in.


MRR: What club were you in?

Marissa: Record label club! It was a really cool club.

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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 Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Mar Estrama

March 24th, 2015 by

This month’s MRR magazine is the Comics & Art Issue! Throughout March we are highlighting some of the participating artists right here on MRR.com. Today we hear from Mar Estrama from Barcelona.


What are the main things you’ve published, including comics, record covers, band shirts, anthologies, etc.?
I’ve mostly published covers for my bands (Crosta’s LP, Las Otras’ LP and EP, and Res’ tape). I’ve also released a couple of small zines with illustrations (Parets de Paper, Forats) and screen prints, and I made the covers for the Spanish edition of Mierda fanzine #11, that comes with an Absurdo flexi. I make drawings for show posters too.

Who are some of your influences as far as art and comics?
Like everyone, I have a lot of influences and some of them are super mainstream! Alison Bechdel, Phoebe Gloeckner, Marjane Satrapi, Nazario, Cesc, El Roto, Raymond Pettibon… I don’t think it’s that noticeable in my work but I also love the aesthetics of Spanish underground and radical press from the ’70s.

Music influences?
I find it very difficult to write band names in this kind of questions, but I’d say that even though I come from punk, all the music I listen to is not necessarily punk. These days I’m more into some more melodic, folk, accoustic or electronic stuff as long as it’s somehow raw or dark.

How would you describe your style of drawings?
I think my drawings are both disturbing and naive at the same time. At first sight they can even look cute, but there’s sharpness, inaccuracy and aggressiveness in them. They are normally inspired by daily situations but there’s always something out of place that helps create a tension. I focus on feelings and experiences that reflect my reality and that of the people who surround me. I try to address gender, identity or sexuality issues without being too pamphleteer or too obvious. I also want to reflect the life in this bricked up city that’s becoming more and more oppressive.

What other punk projects are you involved with (bands, venues, record labels, etc.)?
Right now I play bass in Las Otras and Res, a new project where I also sing. We’ve recently released a tape on Discos Enfermos. I’m also part of a collective called Sota Terra that puts on DIY shows and benefit activities.

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
I’d like to keep working and maybe be able to make more artwork for bands and this kind of thing. I’ve never drawn comics but I have some ideas in my mind that I’d like to bring to life in a comic format eventually. Who knows! Thanks a lot for including me. Love from Barcelona!

Check out more from Mar at marestrama.com and marestrama.tictail.com.

For links and more info about this artist and all of the artists in our Comics & Art Issue, check out the artist bios page.

MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Heather Benjamin

March 21st, 2015 by

This month’s MRR magazine is the Comics & Art Issue! Throughout March we are highlighting some of the participating artists right here on MRR.com. Today we hear from Heather Benjamin from Providence, Rhode Island.


What are your main publishing projects?
I’ve mostly put out my own zines, but have also made some shirts and prints of my own work as well as done a lot of flyer/poster and record/tape/t-shirt artwork for different bands. I guess the two main things I’ve had published are the Sad Sex book, put out by Desert Island in 2012, which is a paperback collection of the ten issues of my zine Sad Sex which I self-published for several years before the book came out, and Exorcise Book, a collection of about 70 of my drawings published by A Bolha, which is an imprint out of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Both those books are sold out now, but I think we might be printing a second edition of Exorcise Book this year.

What are some of your artistic influences?
I love the underground comix of the ’70s, things like Zap, Young Lust, and especially Wimmen’s Comix, pretty much anything put out by Last Gasp. Lately I’ve been really obsessed with the old sappy romance comics from the ’50s/’60s. I am totally obsessed with the artists Virgil Finlay and Leonor Fini. But, of course, probably some of the biggest influences on me in the last few years have been Japanese artists like Suehiro Maruo, Junji Ito, King Terry…I didn’t grow up looking at these artists, I’d never heard of them until just a few years ago, but discovering them after already having started to learn towards some sort of similar content/a similar aesthetic and getting to look into them more has been huge.

Musical influences?
I love old psychedelic Bollywood music, I think that’s been the majority of what I’ve been listening to lately…Soul music forever, X, Merle Haggard, Vom, the Catch A Wave comp…I can’t stop buying Mississippi Records tapes and I just got really heavy into Sheer Mag…

How would you describe your style of drawing?
That’s a tough one, I don’t know. I think they’re pretty self-explanatory. Personal, line-heavy, drippy…

What other punk projects are you involved with?
I’m not in any bands, but the house I live at in Providence now has shows in our basement, so I guess I’ve been sort of involved in that, and have made a couple flyers for the house and other shows in Providence since I’ve moved here…I recently did a shirt for Impalers, from Austin, collaborated with Alex Heir on the record design for Stoic Violence’s Chained release, and drew the tour poster for the Raw Distractions (Tokyo) east coast tour in April, as well as the artwork for the most recent cassette tape release by Virusse, a friend’s solo project here in Providence. But recently, I’ve been just focusing on working more on my own stuff, rather than picking up commission work for other people.

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
Right now I’m just working (really slowly) on a few different zine and book projects, as well as on images for a portfolio of color prints that’s being put out for me. I’m making work for shows, but that feels less important right now than trying to teach myself some new tricks and maybe move into different territory, so there hasn’t been a lot of instant gratification lately, but that’s okay. I also just learned how to animate last year and have only made one animation so far but totally love doing it, so I’m hoping to get some more of that done this year and think about ways of releasing that, maybe a VHS release or something.

Check out more from Heather at heather-benjamin.tumblr.com.

For links and more info about this artist and all of the artists in our Comics & Art Issue, check out the artist bios page.