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


Monday Photo Blog: Dusko Damjanovic

21 01 2013

I’m always interested in what’s happening in scenes that are a little bit off the beaten path of the usual punk coverage. Such as Serbia. Recently, Dusko Damjanovic submitted some stuff for the Monday Photo Blog. I personally cannot recall hearing any bands from Serbia, or have even a pedestrian knowledge of the their punk scene, so these photos definitely piqued my interest. Bands and crowds are of equal importance in getting documented here. So, take a bit of the day and check these out and then go hit Dusko up on the old facebook, and check Get On The Stage webzine.

Concrete Worms at Zemun in Serbia. January 2013. (Photo by Dusko Damjanovic)

Through These Eyes, in Belgrade, Serbia May 2012. (Photo by Dusko Damjanovic)

See You In Hell, in Belgrade, Serbia November 2006, (Photo by Dusko Damjanovic)

Kalo in Zemun, Serbia sometime during January 2012. (Photo by Dusko Damjanovic)

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!

January 21st, 2013 by Matt Average


Record of the Week: ABERGAZ ­ Minimalizam Megalomanije

24 10 2012

Our Record of the Week this time is actually a tape/download available from the band’s website at abergaz.bandcamp.com.

Man, this tape is a huge breath of fresh air, after reviewing so many predictable, stock, privileged bands — many of which are good, but simply lack the honesty, wit, intelligence, and passion that ABERGAZ demonstrates with this tape. On a first blind listen, the music is slickly recorded melodic hardcore punk with dramatically howled vocals and some weird parts. The closest comparison I can make would be Slovakian hardcore punk veterans DAVOVA PSYCHOZA — but I think many people looking for something familiar would struggle relating to this. (Am I being unfair to and judgmental about you, punks?) Anyways, ABERGAZ is from Zagreb, Croatia, and they are very expressive about what it means to be different (i.e., a punk) in a part of the world that has been divided into different countries by war, causing folks to be born with hostile mentalities toward neighboring regions. The four-panel fold-out tape insert translates and explains in English the meanings of all 17 of their songs. I keep trying to choose some of the great topics they sing about to give you an idea, but it’s so hard to pick just a few, and I just can’t type ‘em all here, so I really urge you to track this down and fucking get into it and connect with it. Don’t just download it, fucking write them and connect with them and get the whole package the way it was meant to be, and interact with it. Support genuine punks who put three years of effort and all of their energy and money into releasing this. This is the kind of shit that gets me pumped about reviewing new, unknown punk music. Or hell, just pumped to engage in an international punk network where we can share our stories and ideas, support, relate to, and learn from each other. Okay, I think I’ve made myself clear here — ­ put away your INFERNÖH or HOAX record for a minute and spend a little time on ABERGAZ.

Contact: abergazpunk {at} gmail(.)com
or write to:
Davor Njec Hranjec
Josipa Hatzea 41
10110 Zagreb
Croatia

October 24th, 2012 by Matt Badenhop