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MRR Radio #1550 • 3/26/17

Berlin's Piss take over MRR Radio at the tail end of their North American tour. Intro song: SHITLICKERS - War System TERVEET KÄDET ...

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New Blood! MALA MENTE, LACE, PURITANS, HYÄNE, PETITE, ESSEX MURO, and BAD VIBES

“New Blood” is our weekly feature spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, ...

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NO FIGHT NO GET

MRR Radio #1549 • 3/19/17

Things can get kind of boring and repetitious over here at MRRHQ, so today Grace stick 'n pokes Matt while ...

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MRR Radio #1548 • 3/12/17

Mexico City's Cadenaxo dropped by the compound at the end of their west coast tour. CADENAXO - Cadenaxo (Los Tirios) DESOBEDIENCIA CIVIL ...

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New Blood! D-SAGAWA, TASHME, THE BOLOS, SLOPERS, and D-BOYS

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New Blood! BURP!, MATERIAL SUPPORT, THE VITAMENS, THE DRIPPIES, MIRROR, 86 GEMINI, WÄRFEAR, RARE FORM, and NOPES


August 25th, 2016 by

“New Blood” is our weekly feature spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, check out some killer new shit…

Band name:
BURP!

Date & location formed:
May 2015, Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Reason for forming:
We listened to a bunch of NWI punk music that was coming out at the time, Big Zit, Ooze, etc, and decided we wanted to make something in the same vein.

What are your lyrics about?
Mostly just being a curmudgeon, complaining about shit that everyone else complains about, but trying to do it in a catchy way. Our hometown, internet drama, weed-induced anxiety attacks, awful jobs, etc.

BURP! (photo by KT Kanazawich)

BURP! (photo by KT Kanazawich)

How would you describe your sound?
Most people have said we have a similar sound to old school KBD records bands… Just snotty punk stuff, lots of attitude followed by riffs that’ll get stuck in your head.

What’s in the future for this band?
We broke up in June 2016, our final show was the PUNKS FOR PAWS benefit gig in Philadelphia. Everyone in the band sort of branched off and are now doing their own things. Kody fronts Body Party and plays guitar in N.E.G., Matt plays drums in Bleeders, Corey produces house music, Noah has several new projects in the works.

Links and contact info:

itsburpbaby.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
MATERIAL SUPPORT

Date & location formed:
September 2015, Queens, NY.

Reason for forming:
The Filipino punk scene in NYC is really small. Gary from Kadena introduced all of us at Namatay Sa Ingay’s (AJ and Simon’s other band) first show at the Ding Dong Lounge in 2014. We hit it off and Miles and Jackie mentioned they wanted to play in a political punk band named after an anti-terrorism law. AJ and Simon were down. We jammed and it sounded alright, so we kept playing together.

Material Support (photo by Jjca Photography)

Material Support (photo by Jjca Photography)

What are your lyrics about?
Our members are recent law grads and/or in the Filipino diaspora. Lyrics are political, but not the typical “burn all the cop cars” stuff. We’ve got songs about cops, war, gentrification, and racism, but also third-world feminism and liberation. The songs also alternate from English to Tagalog and reflect the struggles of various communities that we represent and fight for.

How would you describe your sound?
This awesome dude at our label said we were D.C. post-punk meets L.A. proto-hardcore. But we didn’t really know what that meant. Jackie doesn’t really listen to punk, so our songs don’t fit typical molds because she has no reference to the music besides Bikini Kill and hardcore bands she hates. We’re into lots of different things including T.S.O.L., Chumbawumba, and Filipina Broadway star Lea Salonga (Les Miserables).

What’s in the future for this band?
Making more music, recording our full-length, playing more shows because Jackie and Miles just graduated and are unemployed. We want to build the Filipin@ punk scene in NYC and across the US with the help of our community and our label Aklasan Records.

Links and contact info:

bandcamp.com/materialsupport
facebook.com/materialsupport
aklasanrecords.bigcartel.com

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Band name:
THE VITAMENS, daddy!the vitamens band logo

Date & location formed:
February of 2016, mama!

Reason for forming:
Barrett (bass) was concerned about his mobility after receiving multiple botox injections inside his calves (to increase his ALREADY impressive height)- the rest just came naturally, baby!

What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrics are fucking stupid. Broken friendships, sex, addiction, and blatant aggression, honey!

How would you describe your sound?
Our sound? Not great, playing these songs sometimes makes my stomach hurt. :(

What’s in the future for this band?
We’re supposed to be putting out a single of new songs. We also have plans for a winter west coast tour with another Kansas City band, AGENT. Other than that 2 of our members will be living in Olympia so who knows!

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Links and contact info:
Call 816-591-4041 and ask for Barrett! You have a computer- google it, fuckers :P

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Band name:
THE DRIPPIES

Date & location formed:
October 2015 at the Bong House, KCMO.

Reason for forming:
we were all cross faded in our living room listening to KBD records and decided it would be cool to be a band.

What are your lyrics about?
Being a degenerate, people that we don’t like, crime, drugs, being a basket case, y’know. shit like that.

How would you describe your sound?
If Protex and the Stooges had a dumpster baby that did a lot of DMT when it got older.

What’s in the future for this band?
We just recorded a new 7 inch that should hopefully be out in a few months, hopefully another record and a west cost tour in 2017.

The Drippies (photo by JJ Sears)

The Drippies (photo by JJ Sears)

Links and contact info:
thedrippiespnr.bandcamp.com

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Mirror (photo by HDF)

Mirror (photo by HDF)

Band name:
MIRROR

Date & location formed:
April 2015 in Austin, TX, via Saturn.

Reason for forming:
To reflect society’s ills through the power of sensual glam rock.

What are your lyrics about?
Many topics including fragile egg men, canabalism, radiation, licking boots, and Comte de lautreamont.

How would you describe your sound?
Space ritual of the tupa-tupa.

What’s in the future for this band?
About to release a 7″ on erste theke tonträger and possibly tour Mexico/Midwest.

Links and contact info:
mirrortx.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
86 GEMINI

Date & location formed:
Early 2015, played our first show in August.

86 Gemini (photo by Maddie Rehayem)

86 Gemini (photo by Maddie Rehayem)

Reason for forming:
A need to create and move the body with friends.

What are your lyrics about?
Entropy, acceleration towards the void, seeing a darkness in the species, cycles of shame, indulgence, and repression, mass self-denial and destruction, the human wad, the collective consciousness, energy, movement, power, love, suffering, memories, and finding pleasure and beauty in all of the above.

How would you describe your sound?
Holing up in your room all winter eating acid listening to Bastard and GISM while you surf craigslist for pervert money.

What’s in the future for this band?
West coast tour in August. 7″ coming out eventually on High Fashion Industries (Frankl’s vision), a track on a Cretins of Distortion compilation, another tour hopefully with our Nebraskan soulmates through middle America, and some day a VHS-EP.

86 Gemini (photo by Will Mecca)

86 Gemini (photo by Will Mecca)

Links and contact info:

86gemini.bandcamp.com

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warfear band logo

Band name:
WÄRFEAR

Wärfear (photo by Nurmaisarah Mokhtar)

Wärfear (photo by Nurmaisarah Mokhtar)

Date & location formed:
Formed sometime in January 2016, Malacca, Malaysia.

Reason for forming:
It’s hard to say. We just think that we need to play something pure and honest. I personally love simple punk riffs with angry, driven vocals. That’s all.

What are your lyrics about?
Same old shit. War, corruption, state control, politics.

How would you describe your sound?
Crust punk.

What’s in the future for this band?
We have just released a demo tape last May 2016. Currently planning for some short tours interstate, then we’ll probably record some new shit for 7″.

Links and contact info:
warfear666.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
RARE FORM

Date & location formed:
December 2015, New Haven, Connecticut.

Reason for forming:
Me and our drummer’s old band had just broken up and we wanted to start a completely different band. I had always wanted to front a hardcore band, and my roommate had just started learning bass so that was a no brainer.

What are your lyrics about?
My experiences as a woman in the world and in the hardcore scene mostly, but also other subjects such as losing friends, politics, etc.

Rare Form (photo by Dan Patrick)

Rare Form (photo by Dan Patrick)

How would you describe your sound?
Energetic punk you can mosh to. we all listen to a wide variety of bands so it’s kind of a mix of all our favorite subgenres. we just play what we think sounds cool.

What’s in the future for this band?
We just put out our demo, we’re gonna get some tapes made of that. we’re hoping to do a weekend tour sometime soon, I would love to do a longer tour with another cool band. we’ve already been working on some new songs! hoping to play lots of shows next year, maybe a fest or something. hit us up!

Links and contact info:
rareformhc.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
NOPES

Date & location formed:
Late 2014/ early 2015.

Reason for forming:
We all have shitty day jobs, from which needed some release. We all really wanted to play something noisy, fast, and loud that people would either hate or (hopefully) love.

What are your lyrics about?
Shitty day jobs, scraping by in the city, banh mi’s and death.

How would you describe your sound?
Herky jerky fringe arena punk.

What’s in the future for this band?
We have a US tour 10/5-10/25 and our debut LP “Never Heard of It” out that same month on Magnetic Eye Records.

Tour Dates:
10/05 (Wed): Chico, CA
10/06 (Thurs): Eugene, OR
10/07 (Fri): Portland, OR
10/08 (Sat): Seattle, WA *2 shows – early and late
10/09 (Sun) Olympia, WA
10/12 (Wed) Boise, ID
10/13 (Thurs) Logan, Utah
10/14 (Fri) Grand Junction, CO
10/15 (Sat) Denver, CO
10/16 (Sun) Albuquerque, NM
10/17 (Mon) Day off?
10/18 (Tues) Austin, TX
10/19 (Wed) San Antonio, TX
10/20 (Thurs) El Paso, TX
10/21 (Fri) Phoenix, AZ
10/22 (Sat) San Diego, CA
10/23 (Sun) Fullerton, CA
10/24 (Mon) San Luis Obispo, CA
10/30 (Sun) San Francisco, CA (LP Release Show)

nopes band photo

Links and contact info:

hellanaw.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/nopesband

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New Blood! MALA LECHE, LADRÓN, MEMORY LOSS, PROGRAM, VIRUELA, AND STUCKO


July 28th, 2016 by

“New Blood” is our weekly feature spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, check out some killer new shit…

Band name:
MALA LECHE

Date & location formed:
El 25 de Julio del 2015 en un almacen lleno de hippies cubiertos en cuero tapados con esparragos.

Reason for forming:
Me Aburro…

What are your lyrics about?
Ansiedad paralizante, nada, frustraciones sexuales, nada.

How would you describe your sound?
Una sonrisa en la guata.

What’s in the future for this band?
nada siempre se viene.

Links and contact info:

malaleche69.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
ladron band logo
LADRÓN

Date & location formed:
The idea for this band was floating around since summer of 2015, but it wasn’t until October that year that we actually wrote out songs and solidified the lineup that we have today. We are from South Florida.

Reason for forming:
We wanted to make a Latino presence larger in our scene. We love Los Crudos and they have a huge impact on us, but I wouldn’t say they influence us musically. People constantly throw around the words “white boy hardcore” when they talk about hardcore in South Florida and it’s really not that way at all.

Ladrón (photo by Meline Gharibyan)

Ladrón (photo by Meline Gharibyan)

What are your lyrics about?
Most of the lyrics are about US imperialism, racism, and people rising up to face their oppressors.

How would you describe your sound?
Catchy Oi! and UK82 influenced hardcore punk. Lyrics in Spanish being shouted over melodic riffs combined with hard stomping drumming and pogo beats.

What’s in the future for this band?
More touring, more music. We’re about to tour with Klout, who you just did a feature on, to the northeast to play Latino Punk Fest in New York. We have a tape with two new songs for that. Also, in December we’re touring to Texas and Mexico with Kombat from DC. We’re hoping to put out a 7″ sometime this year also. Here are the dates/event page for the Klout tour!

8/1 – MIAMI, FL @ The Granary w/ Antifaces, No Dice, Booger, and Go! Racer
8/2 – GAINESVILLE, FL @ The Nest w/ Rubbish, Vägra, TV Set, and Flower Child
8/3 – RICHMOND, VA @ Thunderdome w/ Regulator
8/5 – PHILADELPHIA, PA @ Time Cube w/ Blackout and Horse Girls
8/6 – NEW HAVEN, CT @ Thee House w/ Big Man and Sick Head
8/7 – BROOKLYN, NY @ Aviv LATINO PUNK FEST 2016 (no Klout)
8/8 – WASHINGTON D.C. @ Smash! Records w/ Mad Existence and Pink Film
8/9 – GREENSBORO, NC @ ??? w/ Substance and Bad Eric

Links and contact info:
The tour’s facebook event page
Bandcamp:
ladron.bandcamp.com
Updates, Pics, Other shit:
notforyourecordings.tumblr.com
Merch:
notforyourecordings.com

 

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Band name:
MEMORY LOSS

Date & location formed:
Richmond, Virginia. Lurch, Wilbo, and Leo started playing together in October 2015. Rachel joined in January, we played our a first show a few weeks later during a blizzard.

Reason for forming:
Seemed right/stop drinking alone/pass the winter months.

What are your lyrics about?
The lyrics mostly deal with depression, feeling disconnected emotionally, alienation and frustration.. the usual.

How would you describe your sound?
Noisy hardcore punk? Maybe “harsh” or “dark” should be in there somewhere. Loud.

What’s in the future for this band?
Continue to play out of town, trying to have a 7″ out by winter.

Memory Loss (photo by Jake Cunningham)

Memory Loss (photo by Jake Cunningham)

Links and contact info:

memorylossrva.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
PROGRAM

Date & location formed:
February 2015, McAllen, TEXAS.

Reason for forming:
We found like-minded, solid people, with the direction of bringing a different sound into our Rio Grande Valley’s punk community. That resulted in PROGRAM’s assembly with pillars, and amongst the ruins of local dissolved punk bands which helped consolidate our friendships, sound and the band’s foundation.

What are your lyrics about?
The lyrics talk about the things we experience and family’s circumstances like depression, addiction and poverty and their effects on me, on us, our friends and the people we love. Also about our community problems that prevail, but are not limited to the place where we live in the US/MEXICO border, for example: girls getting raped and slaughtered and people thrown into mass graves, the drug-war’s death toll, destruction and corruption; the unequal displacement of money. They also talk about broader spectrums that affect entire countries like war devastation, and the weapons used by systems to create and fight all these events.

Program (photo by Alicia Flores)

Program (photo by Alicia Flores)

How would you describe your sound?
Scandinavian-Dbeat-riffage influenced hardcore punk.

What’s in the future for this band?
Play some more in Texas, finish releasing the 7″, work on an LP and then tour in the US when and to where people invite us.

Links and contact info:

(demo cs in Europe)
(demo in US) 
programtx.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
VIRUELA

Date & location formed:
Summer 2016, México city.

Reason for forming:
We aren’t from CDMX, Lisa is from Canada and Patricio and I are from the north of the country. We became close friends, and wanted to play and do something together before we left the city. We jokingly called this whole deal “the suicidal punk mission” since we practiced, played shows, and recorded in just one month.

What are your lyrics about?
They’re about mental illness, being sick of the city you live in, sexual harassment, feeling like you don’t fit in anywhere, fighting against shit that wants to fuck you up, disdain for control freaks… pretty much how we feel about the things we hate and are against.

Viruela (photo by Víctor Arellano)

Viruela (photo by Víctor Arellano)

How would you describe your sound?
Scrappy, loud, dual-vocals, crusty punk with an Angry Samoans kind of vibe.

What’s in the future for this band?
We just released our EP. We’re talking about making tour dates all over the country next year, when Lisa comes back to Mexico. And of course we’re making cassettes. We’re really excited for all this!!!

Links and contact info:
doomsdayrecords.bandcamp.com/album/viruela

 

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Band name:
STUCKO

Date & location formed:
October 5th 2015, at 3:18 PM in our room talking through the window into the backyard.

Reason for forming:
What else are we gonna do, we dunno, next question.

What are your lyrics about?
Everything our age knows, but is too chicken to talk about.

How would you describe your sound?
If you took a bowling ball, and rolled it into punk, the seven ten split is Stucko.

What’s in the future for this band?
Play shows, meet people, Rolling Stone magazine.

Stucko (photo by Gobe)

Stucko (photo by Gobe)

Links and contact info:

discontinuousinnovationinc.bandcamp.com

 

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Friday Photo Blog: Simon Marsham


February 19th, 2016 by

Simon Marsham sent us some killer photos from the Defensem Transformadors solidarity gig for this weeks Monday Photo Blog  (Appearing on a Friday in an attempt to disrupt the workweek) A raging time featuring Una Bestia Incontrolable, Chroma, Vértigo, Nueva Fuerza, Piñen, Barcelona, Arrest and Maquina Muerta at CSOA Transformadors on 30th December 2015… You can check out more of Simon’s work here

Transformadors

Transformadors

Una Bestia Incontrolable

Una Bestia Incontrolable

Barcelona_03

Barcelona

Chroma

Chroma

Maquina Muerta

Maquina Muerta

Pinen

Piñen

Una Bestia Incontrolable

Una Bestia Incontrolable

Barcelona

Barcelona

MaquinaMuerta

Maquina Muerta

 

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Barcelona

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Send your tour photos, bands that have come through your town, the best of your local bands, etc. to: . 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! SIRENA VICTIMA, DREAM WHIP, and ULTRA


February 11th, 2016 by

“New Blood” is our weekly feature spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, check out some killer new shit…

Band name:image
SIRENA VICTIMA

Date & location formed:
December 2014, San Francisco

Reason for forming:
Our three separate bands played at elbo room on the night the Giants won the 2014 World Series and we all saw how awesome the other was. We hung out and realized we could all be in one band together.

What are your lyrics about?
The lyrics vary from women’s issues, language barriers, romantic trouble, people in San Francisco, and random funny stuff.

How would you describe your sound?
San Francisco fog rock with a little grage pop.

What’s in the future for this band?
We just finished recording our second album and can’t wait to put it out on tape, it is going to sound really good.

Links and contact info:
sirenavictima.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/Sirena-Victima

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Band name:
DREAM WHIP

Date & location formed:
December 2014 / Calgary, AB

Reason for forming:
We were all really inspired by various girl groups, ranging from the 60s to now and wanted to do something of our own. It’s really been about creating our own opportunities to have fun, say what we want to say, and support each other to make the music we like.

What are your lyrics about?
Eating chips, romance, misogyny, going to the beach, being lazy, hating the music your boyfriend likes, breking all your teeth.

How would you describe your sound?
We have a lot of different influences, but when we get together, what comes out is something between pop, punk, and power pop.

What’s in the future for this band?
We’re releasing a music video and album this spring (2016), playing shows and house parties, and probably a mini tour this summer.

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Links and contact info:

dreamwhip.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/dreamwhipp

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Band name:
ULTRA

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Date & location formed:
Born on the edge of a lightening bolt in the Bay Area Babylon tech reign era.

Reason for forming:
Magic Lord and The Bovver Boys exists. War on the terraces of Mission Park (dropbox stomp).

What are your lyrics about?
Sinead O’Connor, The Proto-Working class // from slavery to empire.

How would you describe your sound?
Kind of a cross between Soul Train and the Old Testament. JK. Actually, musically – like ANDREW WK meets STARS AND STRIPES.

What’s in the future for this band?
Lifting weights, eating protein, and hot tubs w/ cigars… i.e. the struggle.

Links and contact info:

livelifeultra.bandcamp.com

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Threat by Example. An interview with Martin Sprouse by Martin Sorrondeguy.


October 6th, 2015 by

This originally ran in MRR #291/Aug ’07. The 25th Anniversary Issue which you can order here

All photos courtesy of Martin Sprouse.

OK, Martin, why don’t you start off by talking a little about yourself—tell me who you are and how you first got into punk.

My very first exposure to punk was in 1977. My next-door neighbor was an art student, and he became punk overnight—like crazy Sid Vicious punk—overnight. I had just seen something about punk on the news, and all of a sudden one day he shows up—he’s got a punk rock girlfriend, a Sid Vicious look head-to-toe, messy hair and spiked jacket and harnesses and boots—the whole Vivenne Westwood type of thing. They looked amazing, like the most outrageous thing in the world. He played some music for me; I didn’t understand it at all. I was just a skater kid, and I was just thinking, “That is the most fucked up thing I’ve ever seen.” But it was also cool, because he was the nicest guy in the world. This had to be ’77. So that was my first exposure, and I had a positive impression of it, but I didn’t understand it at all. It was just too crazy. And I was probably just a little too young to get into it, you know? Later on, when hardcore came out in the early ’80s, it all made sense. It was kind of connected through skateboarding. Punk and hardcore kind of fused for me, being young and in Southern California where everything was happening. It was like, “This is it!”

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Where did you grow up?

San Diego.

You got into hardcore when hardcore pretty much started, so what was your first show? What was that experience like?

It was a local San Diego show, just San Diego punk bands.

Do you remember who played?

No. I remember seeing Black Flag early on, and that was life-changing. It was crazy. Southern California was really violent at the time, but we were young, so it all kind of made sense, but at the same time it was really sketched-out, you know? So it had this crazy energy, really exciting, really underground, really small, really young, youthful, violent. Rebellious in all the right ways. You know, when you get older, you over-think everything, everything’s theory and process. This was full-on energy, Southern California hardcore punk rock. It was scary too, but in a good way. It just defined you immediately. Everyone that you were friends with didn’t like you anymore, you know, because you were a “punk rock faggot.” I think that was my name for most of the rest of high school.

1984 Leading Edge crew

1984 Leading Edge crew

When did you start Leading Edge zine—how did that come about?

A couple of us who grew up together, we all got into punk and hardcore about the same time. It just sort of happened; it was very spontaneous. We weren’t really the fucked-up kinda kids, we were all skater kids. We didn’t really become the stereotypical early-’80s punk rock asshole guys. We immediately became friends with people that put on the shows, we started reading the little underground xeroxed fanzines, we became friends with the bands. It became a natural extension for us to do something. We’d go to LA and get these fanzines from all over the place and that’s how you’d learn about everything. So immediately, it was like, “We should do it,” once we started going to LA. We started Leading Edge in like ’82 or ’83. It was a while after we’d seen some shows. The first issue must have come out the summer of ’83.

Why did you do it?

Just to do our own thing. It was obvious to us…’cause San Diego had the military there, so a lot of punk guys were in the military, it had the violence, a lot of drugs, a lot of fuck-ups, y’know? It just had a bad reputation. There were a lot of fights in LA, but there were twice as many fights in San Diego. It just sucked. Out natural extinct was not to be a part of that. We didn’t want to be the stereotypical SD “Self-Destruct,” “Slow Death,” fight-starting, maybe shaved-head, junkie thug, beating everybody up. None of that had anything to do with us—but we liked the energy of the hardcore scene. There were also a lot of young hardcore bands that weren’t part of that; younger bands that weren’t doing stupid shit, but still playing really fucking great hardcore. They kind of identified with us and vice versa, and we started a fanzine that would represent that, while at the same time respect all the other stuff that was going on. I wasn’t just focused on skate punk or straight edge punk or positive punk, we were covering bands from all over.

84 interviewing Tim for L.I

84 interviewing Tim for L.I

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