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Record(s) of the Week: Violence Creeps

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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: The UV Race

June 22nd, 2015 by

This originally ran in MRR 329, Oct 2010, which is now sold out.

The UV Race is a punk band from Melbourne, Australia. This September they are going to the United States of America to play some shows, including Goner Fest in Memphis, Tennessee with a shitload of other bands like fellow Melbournians Super Wild Horses and Total Control. If you like going to punk shows, dancing, partying, and having fun, I guarantee you will dig UV Race. If you like going to punk shows and standing around the merch table and then spending all night taking photos of the band on your iPhone, I guarantee you are a fucking loser.

I spoke to DX, Snake and Alex Microwave next to a swamp in a park where the mighty Pisschrist were playing their last ever show. It was freezing cold and I hadn’t prepared any questions. The band ganged up and nearly threw me in the swamp, but you couldn’t really blame them.

Interview by Tim Scott


MRR: Alex, you are an interview virgin so I will start with you. Is the UV Race the best band you have ever played in?

Alex: Yep.


MRR: What is the second best band?

Alex: The Penetrating Stares (the only other one).


MRR: And why is UV better than Penetrating Stare?

Alex: Because that Johnny from Extortion is not in it.


MRR: Do people in the US know Extortion?

Snake: Yeah they’re popular there.


MRR: More popular than UV Race?

Snake: You’d hope so. They hope so.

Alex: We don’t wanna hope so.

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Blast From the Past: Red Dons

June 17th, 2015 by

This originally ran in MRR #301, June 2008 which you can pick up here

Interview by Paco La Vida en Mus
MRR: Red Dons is the continuation of The Observers. Doug wrote most songs for The Observers and now does in Red Dons. Can you explain how The Observers came to an end and how Red Dons got together?

Douglas: All I can decipher about the demise of The Observers is that our friendships simply fell apart and so the band quickly followed. Sadly, I don’t know all the specific events that lead to the end of the band because I was never included in discussions about breaking up the group. A few days after the guys quit, I asked if they would record two final songs that Kashani and I wrote together. They voted not to and that made it difficult for me to find closure with the project.

It put me in a unique and unfortunate situation. Being the main songwriter and lead singer of the group, I was encouraged by a large number of people to find new members and continue on with the band. The Observers were my life, and I was caught off guard by the others leaving, so I seriously considered reforming the group. I just wasn’t ready for the band to end.

Hajji and I started practicing Observers songs with our first drummer, and Justin came along later after we had worked a little with other guitarists like Adam Becker of Autistic Youth and Defect Defect. Ultimately, we changed the name because after practicing together and discussing ideas for future recordings, we realized the group had taken on an identity of its own. Coming to that point was a yearlong process where we endured defamation and were ostracized in the punk scene. It wasn’t a fun time.

What’s interesting is that the Red Dons are a project that in theory predates The Observers. Hajji and I had been discussing and planning this ever since 2000 when we lived together in college housing. Back then, the Red Dons were intended to be a side project that would only release 7″s. Each 7″ would feature different musicians from various backgrounds making each record diverse in sound and style. We even had a power pop 7″ written and ready to go. For example, in 2002, after I moved back to Portland from Germany and Hajji from Jordan, we started working on Escaping Amman. The design of the record, its artwork, and the song “West Bank” are all products of that time period before The Observers even formed.

With that said, however, the Red Dons identity has changed because of The Observers. Now, the Red Dons aren’t a conceptual side project because they do act as a continuation of The Observers. Some of the original ideas we had for the project have remained, though. One of our main objectives is that the band acts as a sort of collective much like Crass did. With people free to come and go as they please, the band can still collaborate with musicians we admire as well as play whatever we’d like to. It is a way to destroy the rules of punk and frees us up to do many different things.

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Blast From the Past: Ooga Boogas

June 9th, 2015 by

It would be too easy to compare the simple yet melodic rock of the Ooga Boogas to that of a blunt blow of a Caveman’s club—or its modern day equivalent—a meth-head’s steering wheel lock, but the truth is their steady drum snare and guitar does eek out a loose primal feel. With a rich pedigree in the Melbourne garage rock scene—The Sailors, The Onyas, and current knockouts, Eddy Current Suppression Ring—The Oogas aren’t here to win you over with new sounds. They describe their debut album Romance and Adventure, released on their own Aarght! label, as a “rollicking concept album filled to the brim with tales of gash and hijinks.”
It’s true. The album is good, especially accompanied by a few Aldi beers, but like watching Farm Aid on DVD you miss out on the realness of the heartland and what the Ooga Boogas are all about unless you are front and center at one of their live shows singing along to, “I’m an Ooga Booga and my cocks made of wood and though it drags on the ground it still tastes good.” Old school Mellencamp type stuff. Having just taken the heartland back to its heart—the USA—on a tour that included their return to Memphis’ Gonerfest, a four-day rock brouhaha now into its fifth year.
This interview was conducted in two parts. The first over pizza in the Tote band room, the second next to a cigarette machine in the poolroom of what was once Melbourne’s notorious Nazi punk haunt, the Birmingham Hotel.
Interview by Tim Scott
MRR: OK, the beginning?
Richard: I was sitting at Per’s house, listening to records, and mentioned that I wanted to start a new band. At the time, I didn’t even know that he played drums, but we talked about it for a couple of weeks, then at an Eddy Current Suppression gig, he suggested that we ask Mikey to play. I thought it would sound too much like Eddy Current, but we ended up asking him anyway, and he said he wanted to be in the band if it didn’t sound like Eddy Current.

MRR: So, Mikey is like your…
Richard: If Mikey wasn’t in the band you wouldn’t even be here.

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Maximum Rocknroll #386 • July 2015


It’s time for Maximum Rocknroll #386, the July 2015 issue! FLESH WORLD dish on their new record, out now on Iron Lung, and clue us into the secrets to surviving in a rapidly changing San Francisco. PISS TEST reflects on their hometown of Portland and talks some shit in advance of their upcoming West Coast tour. We’ve got two blasts from the past: Philadelphia’s YDI talk about their recently reissued records and THE WRECKS (featured on Not So Quiet on the Western Front!) give us a window into Reno’s early punk scene and the role of women within it. The producer and director of Here To Be Heard: The Story of the Slits clue us into the progress of the documentary, which was spearheaded by Ari Up just before her death. We’ve also got conversations with PDX rockers BITCH SCHOOL, Russian post-punkers SIERPIEN, Australia’s Homeless Records, and a massive London, UK scene report! Plus, a photo spread documenting many of the worldwide MRR Presents shows that happened on May 16th, 2015, new regular columns from Erika Elizabeth (of Dynamite Hemorrhage fanzine and Expressway To Yr Skull radio) and Sadie Switchblade (of G.L.O.S.S. and PEEPLE WATCHIN’), and all the record, zine, book, film and demo reviews that are fit to print. Cover art by Roz Adams!
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Maximum Rocknroll #385 • June 2015


It’s time for Maximum Rocknroll #385, the June 2015 issue! Victoria and Joey from Providence’s DOWNTOWN BOYS discuss their new record Full Communism and how their politics intersect with their brand of sax-punk and their electrifying live shows, UK anarcho legends PART 1 discuss the reissue of their long out-of-print catalogue and their return to performing, and Germany’s HYSTERESE clue us into the band dynamics in advance of their US tour. Plus, Toronto’s COLUMN OF HEAVEN‘s bassist Andrew Nolan provides a window into the changing landscape of Toronto, the team behind BAD DADDIES interviews Nottingham, UK’s SLEAFORD MODS, Russia’s MINEFIELD talk making music in the shadow of a famous arms factory, and the deep friendship that Olympia, WA’s SHARKPACT is built on is made abundantly clear. We’ve also got a reflection on the Loud! Fast! Philly! oral history project—dozens of interviews with Philly punks of all ages and stripes, and growing—accompanied by amazing portraits from Karen Kirchhoff. Farrah Skeiky takes our cover photo and documented DC’s Damaged City Fest for a photo spread, while Ochi Reyes brings us a photographic dispatch from London’s Bentfest. And, of course, we’ve got all the columns you’ve come to expect—including guest columns from Darryl Andrew Reid of Montreal and Sadie Switchblade of G.L.O.S.S. about their experiences as trans women in punk—and the largest record reviews section in punk print. Pick up your copy today!

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