Maximum Rocknroll #357 • Feb 2013

2 01 2013

Kapow! There’s no stopping us, I tell you! Another exciting month here at the Maximum Rocknroll compound… A new issue is hot off the press and MRR #357, the February 2013 issue, is brimming with the best from hardcore and punk worldwide. In this issue, legends of Japanese hardcore FORWARD discuss Burning Spirits, touring, recording and everything in between; LUNATIC FRINGE look back and discuss their gritty, gruff days as early British punk pioneers in Bristol during the 1980s; while Bay Area locals KICKER ponder their journey and talk about what it means to them to be punk in 2013. Swedish D-beat ladies CONTORTURE tell us about their inspirations and why people shouldn’t be surprised anymore by all-girl hardcore bands; we get the inside scoop on Denmark’s prominent Detonate Records and check in with some of the bands on their roster, including EXITHIPPIES and the WANKYS; plus, we catch Berlin-based hardcore outfit NOTHING just before they head east on a Chinese tour. Pennsylvanian straightedge hardcore band HOUNDS OF HATE talk about their home-recording processes and share future plans; Ohio’s BEATNIK TERMITES discuss their long-running pop-punk calling and how the ride has been so far, and a Detroit scene report fills us in on all the Motor City punk rock action… the excitement never ends! Plus, Shitworker of the Month: Kat Smith, all your favorite columnists, news and the most extensive review section in punk print.

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January 2nd, 2013 by MRR


Maximum Rocknroll #355 • Dec 2012

2 11 2012

It’s the end of the world and we feel fine!

The new (and potentially last???) issue of your favorite punk rock magazine has hit the streets! The December issue, MRR #355, comes busting at the seams with the best punk from around the world — 100% by the punks for the punks!

This month we talk to our Doomsday cover artist Avi Spivak and we have a split interview with Portland-based punks, the RED DONS and the ESTRANGED. We catch up with Sweden’s crust megaliths AGRIMONIA, and Russia’s hardcore punx ANTIMELODIX tell us their story and and explain love of Finland. NAPOLNARIZ talk about what it’s like growing up punk in Puerto Rico and LA ARMADA examine their experience of coming to the US from the Dominican Republic. Peru’s anarchia punks DHK tell us about their scene in Lima, while BREATHING LIGHT from Chicago discuss race, culture and what it’s like to be a punk of color within the punk scene and beyond. The VICTIMS take us on a trip in the second part of their European tour diary, and our scene report from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada sheds some light onto this active part of the Great White North. This, plus all the columnists you love to hate (and hate to love!) and the most extensive record reviews in punk!

SORRY, THIS ISSUE OF MRR IS SOLD OUT.

November 2nd, 2012 by MRR


Maximum Rocknroll #354 • Nov 2012

2 10 2012

Oh yes, another issue of MRR is out and ready to take the world by storm! Check out the November issueMRR #354 — for the latest and greatest in punk and hardcore! Bay Area hardcore ragers REPLICA tell us their story so far and discuss what it’s like today for women in hardcore, Swedish hardcore punks the VICTIMS share part of their extensive European Tour Diary with us, Kevin from Girth Records discusses punks in academia and his label based out of Geneva, NY, and MÁXIMO VOLUMEN look back at punk a few decades ago, in light of their 1992 demo reissue. And there’s more….

We also have Massachusetts bands ANCIENT FILTH, who play back-to-basics hardcore discussing their recent tour and EP, and grind menaces BEARTRAP on how their multifaceted project works. We also have Canadian punks with an edgy twist OHMWAR, Bay Area post-punk enthusiasts SYNTHETIC ID; Finnish garage lady-rockers the SPLITS, and Brazil’s old-school USHC skaters O INIMIGO. Plus, of course, the most extensive reviews in punk and all the columnists you love to hate!

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October 2nd, 2012 by MRR


MRR archives: Maximum Rocknroll #8 • Sept 1983

19 09 2012

Huzzah! Our MRR Archives series chugs right along, celebrating the magazine’s 30 year anniversary. Here for your enjoyment is a complete download of Maximum Rocknroll issue #8 (see below for link). Our guest introduction for this issue comes from the one and only John Marr, who you may know from his own legendary zine Murder Can Be Fun. On a personal note, John is most near and dear to my heart for he is the person who first got me involved as a MRR shitworker some 29 years ago, and I can attest that his behind-the-scenes account of the OG MRR HQ is 100% true. Read and destroy! — Paul

Click image to download MRR #8!

The first thing to realize in looking back at these early issues of MRR is the unbelievable crude production methods we used. This was when the hot new Apple product was the IIe computer with dual 5¼” floppy drives and desktop publishing but a mad software engineer’s dream. We had no scanners, no computers, no laser printers. We did have an electric typewriter that could, in a jaw dropping display of 1983 technology, print out a justified column of copy. Tim had a friend with a graphic arts camera to make halftones of photos. And we had a full complement of steel rulers, Xacto knives, hand waxers, Letraset lettering, and layout tape. Early issues of MRR were handcrafted, albeit unlovingly.

The focus of our labors was Tim and Jeff’s nice little rented Arts & Crafts bungalow in the then affordable Temescal district of Oakland. (Real estate tip: buy near MRR house, wait 10 years.) During the week, a steady stream of volunteers pounded in every letter, every scene report, every interview into that damn typewriter. (And you wonder why there are so many typos! Spell-check too was on the to-be-invented list.) I did a little of the typing and copy editing; I recall one particularly pleasant hatchet job that turned one prominent punk’s 3,000 words of turgid bombast into a thousand words on how to have punk pen pals. But my main involvement was the big Sunday Afternoon Layout meeting.

We would show up around 2:00 p.m. Tim would distribute the copy and halftones and we would get to work, waxing the copy and photos and madly cropping both to make everything fit. More than one mohawk went down before our Xacto knives! There was generally much hilarity in the air as we went about our layouts, rehashing who punched who at last night’s show or competing in the never ending contest to coin the most generic hardcore band name, some outrageous combination of youth, red, black, flag, and army. The battle raged on. And then those three-letter acronym bands—what did they stand for? More importantly, what should they stand for? I always thought it was sad that so little of this lightness and wit wound up on the printed page. People who bitched about MRR’s dourness would have been absolutely shocked.

This particular issue came out at an interesting time: when the more violent segments of the punk audience were getting identical haircuts and starting the American skinhead “scene.” The letters column was starting to fill with people whining about who-punched-who at the last CBGB matinee.  Perhaps the highlight of the issue is Tim’s interview (on the radio?) with SF Skin-to-be Bob Noxious, singer of the then notorious SF band THE FUCK-UPS. He’s an amazingly unselfconscious subject, almost a unwitting work of folk art with a title like “American Numbskull.” You gotta love an interviewee who says things like “I don’t even wear spikes hardly no more” and who rationalizes knocking out 45 GRAVE’s Dinah Cancer with “she didn’t really take offense to it.” The only thing missing is the interview ending with Bob taking a swing at Tim.

Most of the scene reports are forgettable for all save record collectors. Tim picked them for content. Literary or artistic merit were never considerations. If you could throw together a few hundred words that included plenty of band names and contact addresses and toss in a few photos to be shrunken down beyond recognition, you were in. The Boston report, however, does stick out for being penned by mogul-to-be Gerard Cosloy and as a fine example of “The Promoter’s Lament.” And I do believe I detect my own inept hand in the layout of the Philly scene report—the uneven corners and poor overall graphic sense are dead giveaways.

The band interviews, either you love ‘em or hate ‘em. I hate ‘em; I prefer to hear musicians, not read them. The special report on the then new “skate punk” thing is pretty good, especially the Jaks interview. Don’t feel bad about not grasping the concept of “Absolute music” unless you too just did a head plant off your skateboard after drinking a shoplifted 6-pack of generic beer.

As for the big gab fest between Dave (MDC), Vic (AOF), and Ian (MINOR THREAT), I am so overwhelmed by a sense of sorrow for the poor shitworker who had to transcribe and type the damn thing that I can’t bear to read it. I’m betting, though, that they all come out as unalterably opposed to Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Pushead’s self-interview is best viewed on the bottom of a 12-year-old’s skateboard, preferably at speed. The Mykel Board piece is kinda fun, although it is but a shadow of the column he would soon being to write. And can you believe an issue of MRR with only two columnists?

A few fun details for the keen eyed: buried in the UK scene report is a picture of GBH captioned “Great Big Haircuts? Or Go Back Home?” The shitworkers have their (very small) say! Buried in the record reviews are early works by GG ALLIN (“idiotic and poorly recorded”), the LYRES (“Now this is more like it!”) and FAITH NO MAN, soon to be re-christened FAITH NO MORE. Even if you don’t read the Dave/Vic/Ian piece, look at the pictures! Tim Y. is plainly visible in the front row of one (Hint: he’s the one that looks like a greasy little vampire.) But if you really want to flaunt your MRR old school credentials, spot (and explain!) the “Annie” on the front cover!

— John Marr, 2012

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September 19th, 2012 by MRR


Maximum Rocknroll #352 • Sept 2012

1 08 2012

Summer feels like it hasn’t really arrived yet here in SF, but things are hot nonetheless! After two special issues — the Photo Issue and our 30th Anniversary Issue — with good feedback from you all, we are back on “normal” track; that’s no synonym for boredom though here at MRR — far from it! We’ve been busy going to speakeasy punk swaps, seeing cool shows around the Bay and punk documentaries at the Roxie, and we still have time to bring all you fine dorks a fresh issue of MRR!

In this issue  — MRR #352, September 2012 — Hafiz of Singaporean punkers VAARALLINEN talks to us about punk life and projects in Southeast Asia, Jaaka from punk band and family LUTA ARMADA discusses São Paulo punk and their rendition of raw punk, and we have the second part of the Noise-Core Roundtable Japanese punk symposium, featuring members of CONTROL, PEOPLE and STAGNATION, followed by an extensive current interview with Japanese noise-core punks STAGNATION.

Next, we catch up with Minneapolis pop punkers FROZEN TEENS, the DIPERS from NYC discuss the Yankees, among other things, and Bay Area queer punks ALABASTER CHOAD chat about their weirdo noisy perv punk. We find out what Chicago punks GRITOS DE RESISTENCIA have to say about punk and politics, and we talk to NYC’s newest old school ’80s hardcore band BRAIN SLUG, Swedish D-beat ragers KVOTERINGEN, and Seattle melodic crust punx KOHOSH.

We’ve also got a feature on the Support New York collective and a special piece on the crossover/thrash metal book Murder in the Front Row; never forgetting your usual array of favorite columnists, zine reviews and the most extensive punk record review section in the world!

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August 1st, 2012 by MRR