DEZERTER — Samobójcza Determinacja

9 05 2014

For our Polish-speaking readers, here is the original version of our interview with the great and legendary DEZERTER from the February issue of MRR, which you can order from our back issues page HERE

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Czy przesadzę mówiąc, że Dezerter jest najważniejszym zespołem w historii polskiego punk rocka? Bo raz: ma za sobą tę legendarną „jarocińską” prehistorię lat 80-tych, byli prekursorami punk rocka sensu stricte w Polsce, pierwsi wydali punkrockową płytę w tym kraju (epkę w 1983 roku). Dwa: na przełomie lat 80/90-tych byli jedną z głównych inspiracji sceny niezależnej hardcore/punk, choćby dlatego, że to oni już w 1985 roku sami próbowali wydawać swoje kasety i mieli mesydż który dokładnie odpowiadał „scenowemu” mesydżowi lat 90-tych. Trzy: zarówno w latach 90-tych, jak i w XXI wieku, jak żaden (ŻADEN) inny z tych „legendarnych zespołów lat 80-tych” w Polsce, regularnie wydawali nowe udane, ciekawe, inspirujące PUNKOWE płyty i grali znakomite, energetyczne koncerty. I do dzisiaj to robią.

Dla czytelników MRR rozmawiam z Krzyśkiem (perkusja, teksty) i Robertem (wokal, gitara, muzyka) – duetem od początku prowadzącym ten okręt. (Bezkoc / Pasażer)

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MRR: Polsce rzeczywistość lat ’80-tych oprócz całej swojej uciążliwości, miała pewien plus, wymuszała mianowicie na punkowych zespołach oryginalność. Z racji izolacji od Zachodu było mało wzorów do kopiowania. Czy wy mieliście jakieś punkty odniesienia? Czy zaczynając grać myśleliście „chcemy grać jak UK Subs, jak Blitz, albo jak Crass?

Krzyśkiem: Absolutnie nie. Właśnie z tej przyczyny, że nie było dostępu do zbyt wielu materiałów i nie było komunikacji między zespołami, więc każdy zespół w Polsce rozwijał się zupełnie sam – indywidualnie. I to akurat było super.

Robertem: Oczywiście pewne płyty do nas docierały. Znaliśmy Crass, Blitz, Sex Pistols, Clash, ale zupełnie nie było nastawienia żeby któryś z tych zespołów kopiować. Zresztą płyt z Zachodu było w naszych rękach tak mało że traktowaliśmy je jako ogólną inspirację. One nam pokazywały, że może być zupełnie inna muzyka niż ta znana z polskiego radia. Read the rest of this entry »

May 9th, 2014 by MRR


Monday Photo Blog: Camilo Ara

24 02 2014

Cut the shit and start the pit! For this edition of the Monday Photo Blog we sit safely on the sidelines via the lens of Camilo Ara. These crowd shots are from the Día del Ruido in Bogotá, Colombia. Bands on the bill were Secta Suicida, Salidos de la Cripta, R.A.T.A.S.,  Triple X, Carroña, Lupus, Sin Pudor, Paniko Sataniko, and Ministerio de Vagancia. When I first saw these I had to take a few moments to wrap my mind around them. One, there is a definitely surreal quality about these images. The tonality of them look like pencil drawings, and then you have the sheer numbers of people in the crowd. Plus, a panning shot of a mohican punk in the pit. Whoa!

For more from Camilo, check out the flickr thingy on them interwebs. 

Crowd at the Dia del Ruidoa en Bogota. (photo by Camilo Ara)

Crowd at the Dia del Ruidoa en Bogota. (photo by Camilo Ara)

Crowd at the Dia del Ruidoa en Bogota. (photo by Camilo Ara)

Crowd at the Dia del Ruidoa en Bogota. (photo by Camilo Ara)

Crowd at the Dia del Ruidoa en Bogota. (photo by Camilo Ara)

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 24th, 2014 by Matt Average


Monday Photo Blog: William Mecca

30 09 2013

All the way from scenic Denton, TX, home of ANS, comes William Mecca, making his debut to the  Monday Photo Blog with three photos of bands that have played around his town, and surroundings this past year. For more from William, go check out his web page here.

Coke Bust at Sons of Herman Hall in Denton, TX on June 23, 2013 (photo by William Mecca)

Wiccans at Taqueria El Picante in Denton, TX at the end of April 2013 (photo by William Mecca)

Sin Motivo in Ft. Worth, TX on July 26, 2013 (photo by William Mecca)

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!

September 30th, 2013 by Matt Average


Monday Photo Blog: Lauren Hamilton

23 09 2013

Lauren Hamilton drops in to the  Monday Photo Blog with a few photos of bands like Dai Kaiju, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, and Mr. Clit and the Pink Cigarettes (I wonder what their t-shirt sales are like). If  you would like to see more of Lauren’s photos, well, as the younger generation says, “Ask a punk.”

Dai Kaiju at Red Door Records in Valdosta, GA, July 4, 2012 (photo by Lauren Hamilton)

Mr. Clit and the Pink Cigarettes at Red Door Records in Valdosta, GA, July 27, 2012
(photo by Lauren Hamilton)

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat at Mars Pub in Gainesville, FL, July 31, 2013
(photo by Lauren Hamilton)

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!

September 23rd, 2013 by Matt Average


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