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Maximum Rocknroll #388 • Sept 2015

Maximum Rocknroll #388 • Sept 2015

MRR #388, the September Issue, features interviews with New Orleans mold breaking freak-punks MYSTIC INANE, ...

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Blast From the Past: Straightjacket Nation

July 10th, 2015 by

This originally ran in MRR #301/June ’08, which you can grab here

Interview By Tim Scott

missinglinkMRR: Where/when was Straightjacket Nation born? Listening to your music it becomes quite obvious that your mother was smoking a lot of meth during her pregnancy.

Emily: The band started in early 2004 as a project between me and Dave (guitarist) jamming in the warehouse we lived in called the Pink Palace. In our spare time between our other bands we listened to hardcore music, spread lies about the band to hype it up, wrote songs, and tried to think of people to get to play. We sent tapes of our songs to Dan (as he lived interstate); he wrote lyrics and we eventually found Al at a show fucked up on spray paint, pulled the plastic bag off his head, and asked him if he’d like to go to America in May/June 2008 to play bass in a band called Straightjacket Nation.


MRR: What kind of lies were you spreading? Were they about your musical prowess?

Daniel: We lied about everything. We tried to present the band as a bunch of glue-huffing 16-year-olds hipped onto Chaos UK records and Japanese hardcore, using pseudonyms stolen from Australian gangsters and corrupt police. Australia has a pretty interesting gangland history because police corruption is so taken for granted here. This band was intended as a deception.

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Blast From the Past: Kleenex

July 9th, 2015 by

This interview originally ran in MRR #324/May 2010, now sold out
There’s no sense in hiding the fact that Kleenex/LiLiPut (K/L) are my favorite girl punk band. There’s hardly even a reason to qualify them with “girl” and “punk”, as they made more amazing, wild songs than most bands ever will. In just a few short years during the late 1970s-early ‘80s, they shredded apart the rules for how punk was supposed to sound, and how feminists were supposed to look. And it was danceable. At that, K/L always seemed so free to me, existing in some alternate universe where all girls had instruments and record collections, and were determined to start bands. Their music is long out of print, save for Kill Rock Stars’ double-disc anthology from 2001. As their popularity and influence still grip new generations, KRS has once again unleashed Swiss vibrations across the globe. March brings a new CD, live footage, plus a DVD of their tour document, Roadmovie, and clips from Swiss television performances. Additionally, the original anthology will be available on wax for the first time as a 4-LP box set later in May. I hope summer will bloom new bands as a result! Founding member and bassist, Marlene Marder answered some questions for MRR from her home in Zürich.
Intro & Interview by Jess Scott

MRR: A while back I bought that Kleenex diary from you. It’s incredible! A little gift straight from the bins… as if your responsible aunt was saving each magazine clipping along the wild ride. A couple of things strike me about it: There’s a great mix of handwritten zine-type stuff, but also a fair amount of traditional, mainstream, and critic stuff. Did those two forms of documentation seem like different worlds at the time?
Marlene: No, there was this zine-scene and compared to the commercial music magazines, which followed the new music, maybe made it was more serious?

MRR: Can you clarify a bit? Were the commercial magazines serious, or..? Which did you like being featured in more?
Marlene: Difficult to say. It was great to see the magazines in stores; it made it kind of official. The zines were great too, and it felt more familiar, fan-made.
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Blast From the Past: Ratas Del Vaticano

July 8th, 2015 by

This originally ran in MRR #318/Nov 2009, which you can grab here

In the City of Monterrey, Mexico, there are four noisy rodents creating punk at the speed of light without crossing the dimension’s barrier of the good old rock ’n’ roll. They are Ratas del Vaticano, and after hunting for them like a stray cat by the roofs, I trapped them so they could answer a few questions. Here we go. Interview by Edwin.


Photo: Sarah Crews


Violeta Malverde (Bass)

Rafael Trenton (Drums)

Joaquin Cordero (Vocal and guitar)

David (Vocal and guitar)


MRR: What kind of punk rock has inspired you, I said punk rock eh!?

Violeta: The real one.

Rafael: I think cholopunk would be the best word for our sound.

Joaquin: If by punk rock you mean all those bands from the ’70s, then my favorite bands are the Sods, Anti Nowhere League, the Damned, the Boys, Dead Boys, the Kids, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, Iggy and the Stooges, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Ramones, Sex Pistols, Hubble Bubble…and the list goes on, you know.

David: The classic stuff and the Mexican old rock ’n’ roll like Three Souls in My Mind, Sindrome del Punk, Massacre 68, and of course good bands from all around the world like the Kids, Parálisis Permanente, Ultimo Resorte, Rudimentary Peni, etc.

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Blast From the Past: Thrillhouse Records

July 1st, 2015 by

This ran in MRR #297  which came out in February 2008, you can grab it here

At the very beginning, I’ll admit to having just the slightest amount of skepticism towards Thrillhouse Records’ survival prospects, especially when at their pre-opening day meeting it seemed like no one knew exactly how much to charge for sales tax. But time has proven the space to be an overwhelming success. The committed collection of punx involved with building and running Thrillhouse have managed to carve virtually from scratch a small but incredibly significant niche of thriving DIY punk culture into the landscape of San Francisco—no mean feat by any stardards. By the time this issue comes out, Thrillhouse Records will have celebrated their one-year anniversary. I sat down with nearly a dozen volunteers in November to talk with them about the store’s brief history.
Interview by Chris Hubbard

MRR: Let’s begin by talking about how the record store got started. Whose idea was it and how did you take it from an idea to a reality?
Fred: Starting a record store and show space was something I’d been talking about and wanting to do for quite a long time. For a long time we had Mission Records here, which was a really great place. I have really great memories from there. It closed down a few years ago, and all of a sudden the city didn’t have a punk rock record store or a good all-age show space. Both of these things are super important, and you really felt the hole that that Mission Records left. I assumed that some one would take it upon them selves to fill that hole and open up something similar, but years later still no one had. I daydreamed about dong it myself, but never really felt like it was very realistic. About a year and a half ago, I was going to school at the time, and I remember there was this one show I went to. It was a One Reason show and there was an intro to one song and they said something like: “What’s the point of going to school when you’re just going to do stuff like this? You’re just going to go to shows. What’s the point of spending thousand of dollars on school when you’re just going to do this? Learn from books or your friends.” I was like yeah! I’m spending thousands of dollars on school and this is stupid; I really just want to be doing stuff like this!

Garrett: One Reason started the record store!

Fred: Yeah, kind of. That’s when I really started talking about seriously doing it. I ended up dropping out of school the next semester with the intention putting my energy and time into opening up a Mission Records kind of place. I talked with a bunch of people about it and there was a crapload of people really into it, and a crapload of people that thought I was full of shit. But it really made a difference, the people that were really into it like Jesska, Zoe and Sarah T. We’d go on bike rides through niegborhoods we wanted to have the space in, just looking for “for rent” signs in the window. And that’s how we found this place.

Jessica: I remember talking to Fred about it. We had just met at the Kung Fu USA show. We met sharing the mic with Shell and afterwards we were like… “It was really nice rocking out with you. We should do that again sometime.” We hung out at a party a week later, and Fred was talking about wanting to start a record shop and I was talking about missing having a place to put on shows, and we talked about how cool it would be if we could put those two things together. Fred said, “I’m going to go ahead and drop out of school.” I was going to go on a trip with some friends a few months later and whenever I got back from that we were going to start looking for places. But Fred was looking while I was gone. And I’m from the Midwest and I love the basement situation and there aren’t any basements here. I got home and him and Sarah T. had been looking at places and we found this one and it was totally perfect. We moved in a few days later and started tearing up the floor and started building.

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Blast From the Past: Hex Dispensers

June 29th, 2015 by

This originally ran in MRR #318/Nov ‘09, which you can grab here

I’ve been buying punk records for 25 years. I’ve heard a lot of good shit. There’s only a couple of bands that are so good that they stand head and shoulders above anything thtas come before. The Hex Dispensers are one of them. Their new LP has been on my turntable almost every day since it came out. I wouldn’t be lying if I told you I’ve listened to a hundred times. The band defy genre…. They have the hooks of the Ramones, darkness of the Wipers with some fucking Danzig/Elvis shit going on. They are the sum of four parts; Alyse’s super tight tribal drumming, Tom’s guitar backbone, Dave’s rolling basslines and slick stage moves topped off with Alex’s crazy blues slides and unique vocals. I’m not even going to go into the ‘ex bands’ bullshit…. They have of course done a ton of good shit previous – how else would they be this good? On top of being a great band they are real fucking people. Along with the Marked Men this band would play my wedding or my funeral.

Interview by Logan Worrell


MRR: What do each of you do in the band?
Tom: I play guitar.
Dave: Bass.
Alex: I sing and play guitar.
Alyse: Drums.
Alex: Dave sings too, sometimes.
Alyse: I sing backup
Alex: Alyse sings also.
Dave: Badly.


MRR: Why’d you guys decide to start a band with each other?
Tom: We were already in a band together and it seemed like a great idea at that point.
Alex: Alyse, Tom, and I were in a band called This Damn Town, and it was winding down. We decided that we weren’t going to do it anymore because we just hit a wall with it, but we decided that we wanted to keep playing together.
Alyse: Because it worked great
Alex: Yeah, because we have a good rapport. I mean Alyse and I better have a good rapport, we’re married. But we like Tom, kind of, and we thought we wanted to keep playing with him. So we started another band to see how it would go and we liked where it was going,
Dave: You just wanted Tom’s brisket to be within arms reach.
Alex: Basically, yeah.
Tom: Brisket is going to come up in every interview.
Dave: That’s kind of a huge part.


Photo: Canderson

Photo: Canderson

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