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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.

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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.



MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Abraham Díaz


March 9th, 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 the creator of this issue’s cover artwork, Mexico City’s Abraham Díaz!

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What are your main publishing projects?
I publish a comic book called Zona Marginal, and I put out a few months ago another zine, published in France by Alex Ratcharge called Inborn Medicority—a definitive anthology of my previously published art and comics, containing art and comics published in anthologies and publications of that sort. Have done artwork for Pura Manía, Fracaso, Treatment, MøRbø, No Patience Records, and some flyers for Pizza Punks in California, Criaturas and Gas Rag gigs in Mexico City.

What are some of your artistic influences?
Robert Crumb and cartoonists from the US from all times… from Boody Rogers to Daniel Clowes, Fletcher Hanks to Jack Davis or Wally Wood to Tim Hensley. Political cartoons from all times, of all sorts, I love those cartoons and “cartooning” as a serious occupation.

Musical influences?
I like Spanish punk bands the most, I can say Sudor is my favorite band ever (Hector is also a great cartoonist). I also like spooky music in general, like Jacula when I want to draw something “dark.” I also play a lot of Contropotere, Blood Axis, Coil, Red Temple Spirits when drawing… Lately I’ve been obsessed with Último Gobierno’s drums…

How would you describe your style of drawing?
I would describe my drawing style as “stupid.”

What other punk projects are you involved with?
I can play the drums a little, but no one wants to start a band with me, so all I can do is draw and help my friends of Cintas Pepe with the layout of their records.

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
My future as a cartoonist here is to starve to death.

Check out more from Abraham at awfulgraphics.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.



Monday Photo Blog: Frank Ramírez


February 16th, 2015 by

Frank Ramírez, from Lima, joins us at the  Monday Photo Blog with some local action, and one of a touring band from Portland, or PDX, if you think in shorthand. UK’82, Riot City studs and spikes is a world wide thing that just keeps on going and going and going. If you want to see more from Frank, ask a punk, or get on a plane and go to Lima. Let us know how it goes if you do.

Local punks at a gig in a football field somewhere in Lima, Peru. (photo Frank Ramírez)

DHK vocals at a football field in Lima, Peru, 2014. (photo Frank Ramírez)

Terokal (Portland) at El Local Miraflores. (photo Frank Ramírez)

Ratas Rabiosas at San Juan de Lurigancho, 2014. (photo Frank Ramírez)

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!



New Blood! RIDE OR DIE, WET HEAVE and NAMATAY SA INGAY


December 6th, 2014 by

Formerly a section of MRR magazine, New Blood is now a weekly web feature to spotlight new, up-and-coming bands. See below for info on how to submit your band. Now, get to discovering some killer new shit…

Band name:
RIDE OR DIE

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Date & location formed:
Youngstown, Ohio, April 2014.

Reason for forming:
We were all sick of not being in bands and Lucy had never been in a band before. They were humming while we were kicking some ass playing corn hole. I asked if they would start a band with me and Rayne (Human Petting Zoo) offered to play drums. We practiced the next day and had a show in our friend’s garage the next week.

What are your lyrics about?
Queer issues, women’s rights, animal rights, personal issues, skateboarding, bike riding, being femme as fuck.

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How would you describe your sound?
Fast and in your face. Occasionally dark and dreary. Skate punx.

What’s in the future for this band?
Make tapes for our split with BA’AD TRIP, record a split with The Bijous, keep writing songs and booking shows with awesome bands that want to pass by our area, tour, then take over the world.

Links and contact info:
ride-or-die.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/rideordie.ytown
rayneblakeman {at} yahoo(.)com

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Band name:
WET HEAVE

Date & location formed:
November 2013, Bloomington, IN.

Reason for forming:
To cure boredom and write songs that reflect our way of life, soda pop dreams and pizza delivery service.

Wet Heave (photo by Mikey Medlicott)

Wet Heave (photo by Mikey Medlicott)

What are your lyrics about?
Usually about the people we loath, the moments we hate and the time we eat.

How would you describe your sound?
Lo-fi garage punk.

What’s in the future for this band?
A long road of raw riffs, strings broken and faces melted.

Links and contact info:
wetheave.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
NAMATAY SA INGAY

Date & location formed:
January 2014 in Queens, New York.

Reason for forming:
It’s a dream to form a punk band in New York City. That’s the plan when we all met. One day Rupert Estanislao of Aklasan Records told us he would help us release our demo. We immediately grabbed the opportunity. Friends back home [the Philippines] also encouraged us. We started out as drinking buddies just hanging out, the rest is history.

What are your lyrics about?
Our songs are mainly about the third world struggle, poverty and oppression. We have songs against discrimination, racism, homophobia and other shit. We write songs about the people we love and the people we hate, mostly based on real life experiences that we feel we should share to others, no limits. Some of the songs are in Tagalog and Bisaya (Filipino languages).

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How would you describe your sound?
Our sound is a product of the Philippine hardcore punk scene in the 1980s. Our influences include bands like Dead Ends, GI and the Idiots, Intoxication of Violence, Betrayed and Urban Bandits.

What’s in the future for this band?
We will be touring the West Coast next year for Aklasan Fest and play with other Pinoy punk bands based here in the US. A 7″ is also a possibility.

Links and contact info:
namataysaingay.bandcamp.com

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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’s in 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



Monday Photo Blog: James Rau


October 20th, 2014 by

This Monday Photo Blog is sort of like an archaeological dig into punk’s buried past. These photos come from James Rau, and I believe these photos exist as prints only, as the negatives are long gone. Four awesome crowd shots, plus one of San Jose’s great Ribzy, taken in Palo Alto, CA, in 1986.

Kid being launched onto the stage, New Varsity Theater, Palo Alto, CA, 1986 (photo by James Rau)

Too happy to be punk. Jason Drummond of Ribzy, New Varsity Theater, Palo Alto, CA, 1986 (photo by James Rau)

Slam dancing in Palo Alto, CA, 1986 (photo by James Rau)

Stage diver at New Varsity Theater, Palo Alto, CA, 1986 (photo by James Rau)

Crowd at New Varsity Theater in Palo Alto, CA, 1986 (photo by James Rau)

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!