Records of the Week: Chaos in Morocco LP & Suriname Punks Meet Guyana Punks EP

10 09 2013

This month our Record of the Week feature will focus on seven new releases from the amazing Tian An Men 89 Records label. For decades now, Luk Haas has traveled the most unreachable corners of the globe seeking out punk and underground rock scenes, and releasing music on Tian An Men 89 that the rest of the world would never otherwise get a chance to hear. The man is a true hero!

Go to tam89records.com for more info on these releases, and check out Maximum Rocknroll‘s October issue for all of these reviews and many, many more!

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Chaos in Morocco compilation LP
Short review: Tian An Men 89 is the most important record label in the world for punks seeking international and (truly) underground punk bands, and you should seek out everything they release—period. As for this release specifically? Five Moroccan bands ranging from all out fist-pounding hardcore to commercial ska-punk. HOBA HOBA SPIRIT is perhaps the most interesting band: proto NWOBHM clashing with anthemic, folksy punk—a combination that I enjoy far more than the description might suggest. ZLAQ WELLA MOUT is perfect Hellcat Records fodder, perfectly executed anthemic street punk—the ska emphasis on the first track is tempered with the searing metallic vibe of “Ma Tssibch Ki Dir.” The PROTESTERS are in a similar vein; a future classic if there was any justice in the world, “I Wanna Protest” is the perfect political punk starter song. But the two bands that really kick my teeth in are W.O.R.M. (churning dual-vocal hardcore that just screams for a circle pit) and RIOT STONES (rough, primal street punk proving perfection in simplicity, their two songs alone would make for an indispensable 45). You might think that punk is whatever little bubble of cool that you find yourself in, but punk is so much bigger. So. Much. Bigger.

—Robert Collins

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Suriname Punks Meet Guyana Punks compilation EP
From the new batch of TAM89 releases (you bet your ass I already mail-ordered all seven of them) come three bands from two neighboring countries on the northern coast of South America (I actually didn’t know, had to look them up). DE ROTTE APPELS from Suriname kick it off with a very ’77 UK punk sounding jam with an anthemic chorus and an overall poppy feel to it. Country-mates ADHD are doing a similar style but with a looser approach and some seemingly more modern influences. On the flip you get KEEP YOUR DAY JOB from Guyana doing some solid, polished melodic punk with a very epic feel. They employ a mesmerizing guitar lead topped off with over-articulate English lyrics, kinda like PROPAGHANDI. A very cool peek into some obscure punk. The overall recording production is quite a bit more slick and digital than past TAM89 releases—a true sign of the times that technology is connecting punks from all corners of the globe, while digital recording programs are apparently easily accessible almost everywhere.

—Matt Badenhop

September 10th, 2013 by MRR


Monday Photo Blog: DOOM by Ricky Adam!

19 08 2013

The prolific Ricky Adam drops in for this edition of the  Monday Photo Blog with a couple photos of DOOM playing a small show in Sowerby Bridge. Just like the music of Doom, this post is short and to the point. For more of Ricky’s work, check out his site, rickyadamphoto.com and also be on the lookout for the second edition (and expanded) edition of his book, Destroying Everything… Seems Like The Only Option.

Doom at Sowerby Bridge, UK, August 2013 (photo by Ricky Adam)

Doom at Sowerby Bridge, UK, August 2013 (photo by Ricky Adam)

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!

August 19th, 2013 by Matt Average


Record of the Week: AMDI PETERSENS ARMÉ LP

24 07 2013

Maximumrocknroll.com’s Record of the Week is back! Here’s one that’s on everyone’s top ten this month, reviewed by shitworker extraordinaire Dan Goetz. This review along with a zillion more can found in this month’s MRR!

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AMDI PETERSENS ARMÉ put out the first and third best EPs of the early 2000s hardcore wave, which I think is up there with early ’80s hardcore as one of the best waves. Now that everyone who went gaga over them at the time is too grown up and listens to ICEAGE or whoever, I still blast both 7”s all the time and the APA symbol adorns my ankle in stick-and-poke form. Nostalgia is bittersweet, because I look at the photos and flyers in the booklet that came with this LP and realize that it’s been years since there have been bands/shows of this caliber on a regular basis. But I’m glad that the ephemera has been preserved, and despite the fact that their second EP is still available (both from Havoc and in dollar bins), this band is more than discography worthy. For anyone unfamiliar, AMDI PETERSENS ARMÉ played early-’80s-style hardcore that got many comparisons to early MINOR THREAT, though they were always a bit more complex than that, and certainly transcended the harDCore comparisons by the time of their second EP.

The first EP (on side A of this LP) is stripped down hardcore that has the perfect solid state guitar tone, precise, closed hi-hat drumbeat, and simple but catchy riffs, with a feeling that’s fierce, fun, cathartic, and youthful all at the same time, and to this day makes me want nothing more than to live in a punk house, give myself a stupid haircut, and skate all day for the rest of my life. But the second EP, Blod Ser Mere Virkeligt Ud På Film (on side B of this LP), is the real masterpiece, and is fit for stage-diving, listening closely and taking in its intricacies, contemplating the shittyness of life, or some combination thereof. If we must stick with comparisons, I’d say the playing and feeling evoke the darker FAITH songs (specifically the second half of the VOID split), some combination of S.O.A. and MINOR THREAT (mostly in the vocals), CIRCLE JERKS, and maybe the BAGS, for starters. But it has a sound that’s all its own, and while the first EP has a more fun sound, Blod has a bleakness that is well articulated by the various twists and turns the songs take, adding to their power and aggression, and yet many of the riffs are downright toe-tappers. “Hardcore Del II” is one of the most perfect punk instrumentals ever, and has enough swing and swagger that it could play over the opening scene of a teen insurrection film.

I can’t say a lot more that would do these songs justice, so if you haven’t heard them, get on it. This discography complies both EPs plus comp tracks, their demo, and some unreleased songs (that they were smart to leave off their records, as they’re more-or-less duds). For those of us who already know both records by heart, this discography includes a great booklet, chock full of photos and flyers in chronological order (including what looks like the majority of the flyers from their US tour in 2002), as well as an intro from DX and a back cover piece from Dave Hyde, who drove them on their US tour and recollects various tour stories. Needless to say, this band is a modern classic. People with taste haven’t forgotten, and people who know what’s up will be seeking out these songs for years to come.
(Hjernespind Records)

July 24th, 2013 by Dan


MRR Radio presents: Losing the Human Form — A South American punk special

26 04 2013
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Here is a special MRR Radio episode which features over an hour of classic punk rock, hardcore and new wave South American bands from the ’80s. Songs from classic albums and compilation to demo versions and live performances. Some photographs, videos, fanzines and posters produced for these groups were shown at an exhibition called Perder la forma humana: Una imagen sísmica de los años ochenta en América Latina (Losing the Human Form: A Seismic Image of the 1980s in Latin America — scroll down to see a video about the exhibit), at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, Spain. Losing the Human Form was curated by a group of Latin American researches called Red Conceptualismos del Sur. Here is their special contribution for MRR Radio!

O Começo do Fim do Mundo (The beginning of the end of world). São Paulo, November of 1982. (Photo by Vitão. Ariel Invasor Archive.)

Huge thanks to Andre and Red Conceptualismos del Sur for putting this special podcast together for us! We owe them a big apology for taking so long to finally get this posted. Please note there are no DJ breaks in this episode — just 100% punk rock! And we’re giving it to you at a higher bit-rate than usual to keep that killer 30-year-old cassette tape sound quality intact.

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Brazil
CÓLERA – Hhei!
OLHO SECO – Desespero
PSYKÓZE – Buracos Suburbanos
RATOS DE PORÃO – Periferia
LIXOMANIA – O Punk Rock Não Morreu
FOGO CRUZADO – Desemprego
RESTOS DE NADA – Desequilíbrio
INOCENTES – Apenas Conto o Que Eu Vi (O Que Senti)

Argentina
TODOS TUS MUERTOS – Gente Que No
LOS VIOLADORES – Represión
ALERTA ROJA – Juventud Perdida
LOS LAXANTES – Crisis Mundial
CADAVERES – Tragédia
SUMO – Mejor No Hablar de Ciertas Cosas
LOS BARAJA – Operacion Ser Humano
SENTIMIENTO INCONTROLABLE – Les Divierte Asesinar

Peru
LEUSEMIA – Un Lugar
DESCONCIERTO – Desertare
NARCOSIS – Destruir
DELIRIOS KRONIKOS – No Me Gusta
EXODO – Depresión
EUTANASIA – Sangre Punk
GUERRILLA URBANA – Eres una Pose
LUXURIA – No Lo Hare

Chile
PINOCHET BOYS – Pinochet Boys
DADÁ – Yo Odio Los Políticos
LOS JOROBADOS – Estados de Tensión
OCHO BOLAS – Al servicio
KAOS – De Que Nos Sirve
FISKALES AD HOK – Estúpidos policías
CESANTÍA – Falsa Democracia
KK URBANA – Pánico

April 26th, 2013 by MRR Radio


Monday Photo Blog: Amelia Merrick

11 02 2013

Amelia Merrick sent us photos of the New Orleans band Crackbox for this Monday Photo Blog. These are from their New Year’s Eve show at Siberia in, where else? New Orleans! Maybe you’ve heard their song, “Grandma Was a Revolutionary”? For more of Amelia’s work you can check out her flickr page here.

Crackbox at Siberia, New Year’s Eve in New Orleans (photo by Amelia Merrick)

Crackbox at Siberia, New Year’s Eve in New Orleans (photo by Amelia Merrick)

Crackbox at Siberia on New Year’s Day in New Orleans (photo by Amelia Merrick)

Crackbox at Siberia on New Year’s Day in New Orleans (photo by Amelia Merrick)

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!

February 11th, 2013 by Matt Average