Create to Destroy! Robin Wiberg

21 08 2014

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You may know Robin Wiberg as the drummer for DISFEAR, or from his Instagram account where he regularly posts his punk art. His drawings are stylistically very raw, which is fitting as he hails from Scandinavia, which is the birth place of “raw punk.” Here is an interview with Robin for Create to Destroy!

 

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What was growing up like for you?
Well, I was born and raised in a small town called Nyköping, Sweden. My childhood was good, I guess, with secure surroundings and supportive working class parents. But when I got into my teens I outgrew my small town…having long hair, wearing studs, ripped jeans and Doc Martens was not very popular among the older raggare (greasers) and skins who beat me and my friends up on a regular basis and tried to cut our hair. I sang in my first punk band called REVOLT when I was 12, and later began playing drums in various punk and hardcore bands until I finally ended up in a band called DISFEAR. We started to tour Europe on a regular basis and we had a blast! During this time (1997) I met my wife-to-be, Linda, at a party with mutual friends (Jallo from NO SECURITY/DISCHARGE and his girlfriend). We moved to Gothenburg, then a few years later to Stockholm. Now we live in a house with our 6-year-old daughter and we are pretty satisfied with our lives.

Did you grow up listening to Swedish punk?
Yes, I did! The first punk band I heard was SEX PISTOLS, when I was around 11 years old. Before that I only listened to bands like KISS, Iron Maiden, Wasp, Accept and Mötley Crüe. I was totally blown away by the simple structures and the roughness in the Pistols and wanted to explore what punk was. Some older friends introduced me to bands like ASTA KASK and THE EXPLOITED. Then I discovered DISCHARGE (we called it thrashpunk at the time) and I couldn’t believe my ears! I was amazed over how fast they played and how raw as fuck and bleak the production on the Why 12″ was. After that everything came natural, and bands like ANTI CIMEX, TOTALITÄR and MOB 47 became my gods. I was going to gigs as often as I could, and I lived and breathed punk and hardcore.

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When did you start drawing?
I started to draw at a very early age and drew very often as a kid, but when I was was around 14 years old I completely lost interest. It wasn’t until maybe a year ago when I rediscovered drawing and started to think that it was fun again.

What’s it like being a punk dad?
Well, it has its ups and downs for sure but it’s pretty awesome! I’m trying to introduce her to the scene and sometimes she likes the music I play and wants to “dance,” but mostly she’s like, “Why are you always listening to that angry music!?” Haha!

Does your kid draw?
Yeah, she draws more than me and she’s really good! I really enjoy the times when we sit down and draw together.

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When did your art start mixing with punk?
In the 6th grade I think…I always drew punks and crusters whenever I got a hold of a pencil.

When did your art start getting recognized internationally?
Maybe a year or two ago when I started to publish my drawings on Instagram and the response was very positive. I work with mentally challenged adults that like crafts and to draw. So I am very lucky to be able to sit at work and draw at a daily basis.

What punk artist has influenced you the most?
I have to say Pushead. He’s art is close to perfect if you ask me. But I try to do my own thing!

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Where was your art first used on a record release?
I think the first person who wanted to use my art was a guy called Martin (HERÄTYS, INSTITUTION). He wanted me to draw a picture for his hardcore/käng band named MISÄR-83. That release is not out yet though, due to his many other projects. The first band that actually released anything with my art on must have been WARVICTIMS. I have also collaborated with a couple of record labels who wanted my art for flyers/webpages/t-shirts and upcoming releases.

Where was your art last used?
The last commission was for a T-shirt design for the American band CHAIN SHOT.

What inspires your style?
The struggles in everyday life — the system, injustice, war, music and so on.

What are you currently working on?
I just finished a gig poster for the club Dead Rhythm with such bands as: DISTRESS from Russia, FREDAG DEN TRETTONDE, MYTERI AND UTANFÖRSKAPET. I have more stuff in the making but it’s to early to mention at the moment.

How can we best stay up to date with you?
If you need anything done for your band or label, you can email me at: final.agony {at} gmail(.)com
Check out my stuff on my Instagram account at username: fear_my_nerves

Any last words, punk?
This past year has been overwhelming with a lot of assignments from bands and labels who want to use my art for their releases. I really enjoy doing this, so don’t hesitate to contact me for whatever reason. Thank you for the interview, Amelia!

August 21st, 2014 by Amelia


Top Tens from MRR #375 • August 2014

20 08 2014

Each month we post our reviewers’ monthly top tens from the previous issue of Maximum Rocknroll. These are from MRR #375, the August 2014 issue.

Matt Badenhop

Matt Badenhop

Matt Badenhop NEW TOP TENNER!
SLÖA KNIVAR/KNÆGT-split EP
THE STASI-flexi
FAILED STATES-demo
S.O.R.-Sistem Oragnizirane Regresije-LP
VALSE TRISTE-Sininen Hetki-EP
MAAILMANLOPPU/KUUDES SILMÄ-split EP
NERVOUS SYSTEM-Slabor Life-EP
EXTERNAL MENACE-Coalition Blues-LP
RADIOACTIVITY-live
POLISKITZO-live

Will Blomquist

Will Blomquist
CHARLES DE GOAL-Algorythmes-LP
THE DISHRAGS-Three-LP
COLD INSTITUTION-EP / SCREAMING SNEAKERS-EP
LOW LIFE-Dogging-LP
REBARKER-12” / CRUEL FRIENDS-EP
AUTUUS?/DARFÜR-split EP
MAAILMANLOPPU/KUUDES SILMÄ-split EP
WHITEHORSE/SAVAGE REPUBLIC/FOSTER BODY-live
RHYTHM OF CRUELTY/EXTINCTION OF MANKIND-live
INTERNAL ROT/FORCED INTO FEMININITY-live

Mitch Cardwell

Mitch Cardwell
NO BAILS-Epyx Shredder-LP
TERRORISTS-Crazy Life/Crazy Life (live)-EP
PINPRICK PUNISHMENT-A Tall Baby-EP
SCREAMING SNEAKERS-Marching Orders-EP
DIE RÖTZZ-LP / UNHOLY TWO-LP
BLACK PANTIES-Mississippi-flexi
AR-KAICS-Sick and Tired/Cut Me Down-45
MORDECAI-Neil’s Generation-LP
HOBOCOP-Half Man Half Cop-10″
WOUNDED LION-live

Robert Collins

Robert Collins
DASHER-EP / DEKODER-12″
JARNEAD FERTILIZER/PURGE-split EP
STERILIZED-EP / DISGUSTI-EP
MISSIONARY-EP / NOMADS-EP
LIFES/SHORT WALK-split EP
SLÖA KNIVAR/KNÆGT-split EP
GRMMSK/MÜLLTÜTE-split EP
KOHTI TUHOA-EP / BAD PARTY-EP
FEMACOFFIN-EP / SEX SCHEME-Thruster-cassette
TRAITOR CRUCIFIX-demo / STRANGER-demo

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Justin Davisson

Justin Davisson NEW TOP TENNER!
ZIG-ZAGS-LP
UNHOLY TWO-Talk About Hardcore-LP
FUCK YOU PAY ME-LP
NIGHT BIRDS-Monster Surf-EP
VERBAL ABUSE-Just an American Band-LP
ELEGY-live
QUAALUDES-live & cassette
BUTANNA-live
THROWING ROCKS-live & cassette
NO BUNNY/CYCLOPS-live

Layla G

Layla Gibbon
LOW LIFE-Dogging-LP
BIKINI KILL-Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah-LP
DIE KREUZEN-Cows and Beer-EP
THE DISHRAGS-Three-LP
FARANG-12”
CHARLES DE GOAL-Algorythmes-LP
ABORTICIDIO-EP
THE STASI-flexi
SCHOOL SHOOTINGS-LP
SCREAMING SNEAKERS-EP

Dan Goetz

Dan Goetz
DIE KREUZEN-Cows and Beer-EP
BIKINI KILL-Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah-LP
BLOTTER-Under Armour ’77-EP
VERBAL ABUSE-Just an American Band-LP
STERILIZED-Zero Sum Game-EP
BLACK PANTIES-Mississippi-flexi
PROXY-Fine Wine/Undone-45
PITY-The Struggle-EP
RÜZ-Drug Cult-flexi / MISSIONARY-American Strike-EP
DEKODER-LP / THE STASI-flexi

Greg Harvester

Greg Harvester
RÜZ-Drug Cult-flexi
BLACK PANTIES-Mississippi-flexi
GRMMSK/MÜLLTÜTE-EP
FUTURE VIRGINS-Late Republic/Centre-45
INSTITUTE-Demo-12″
SICK THOUGHTS-I Got Hands/I’m Tired of You-45
FARANG-12″
VACATION CLUB-Heaven Is Too High-LP
HOBOCOP-Half Man Half Cop-10″
LIFES/SHORT WALK-split EP

Kenny Kaos
NO COAST-Don’t Be a Gramps/Kick Out the Gramps-45
FRIENDS OF CESAR ROMERO-45
PRIMA DONNA-Living in Sin/Rubbish-45
AR-KAICS-Sick and Tired/Cut Me Down-45
FUTURE VIRGINS-Late Republic/Centre-45
LOS PEPES-Tonight-EP
RIVALS-Future Rights/Flowers-45
PNEUMONIACS-Still Lurkin’-10″
EUREKA CALIFORNIA-Crunch-LP
THE DISHRAGS-Three-LP

Carolyn Keddy
LOS PEPES-Tonight-EP
TERRORISTS-Crazy Life/Crazy Life (live)-EP
V/A-Hamburger Saignant-LP
AR-KAICS-Sick and Tired/Cut Me Down-45
STALINS OF SOUND-Tank Tracks-LP
SICK THOUGHTS-I Got Hands/I’m Tired of You-45
HOBOCOP-Half Man Half Cop-10”
DERBY DOLLS-Stinke Frau-EP
THE DISHRAGS-Three-LP / CHARLES DE GOAL-LP
We Are The Best-film

Ray Lujan
BANNER PILOT-Souvenir-CD
DEKOTER-Flowers to Blossom-LP
EUREKA CALIFORNIA-Crunch-LP
FUTURE VIRGINS-Late Republic/Centre-45
LOS PEPES-Tonight-EP
NIGHT BIRDS-Monster Surf-EP
NO PROBLEM-Already Dead-LP
SONGS FOR SNAKES-Year of the Snake-LP
VACATION CLUB-Heaven Is Too High-LP
THE DAMNED-live / BUZZCOCKS-live / BIG EYES-live

Lydiya!

Lydiya!

Lydiya
LOW LIFE-Dogging-LP
CHARLES DE GOAL-Algorythmes-LP
DISGUSTI-EP
SNØB-Exploit Me-EP
BLOTTER-Under Armour ’77-EP
THE DISHRAGS-Three-LP
RÜZ-Drug Cult-flexi
PROXY-Fine Wine/Undone-45
RIVALS-Future Rights/Flowers-45
FLESH WORLD-live / WARSONG/GAG-live

Fred Schrunk

Fred Schrunk
SCREAMING SNEAKERS-EP
CHARLES DE GOAL-Algorythmes-LP
CROOKED BANGS/SECRET PROSTITUTES-split EP
FUTURE VIRGINS-Late Republic/Centre-45
BLACK PANTIES-flexi
THE DISHRAGS-Three-LP
LOW LIFE-Dogging-LP
EUREKA CALIFORNIA-Crunch-LP
DEKODER-LP
PROXY-Fine Wine/Undone-45

Martin Sorrondeguy(!)

Martin Sorrondeguy
THE STASI-flexi
BLOTTER-Under Armour ’77-EP
RÜZ-Drug Cult-flexi
MISSIONARY-American Strike-EP
SNØB-Exploit Me-EP
BLACK PANTIES-Mississippi-flexi
DISGUSTI-EP
STERILIZED-Zero Sum Game-EP
CROOKED BANGS/SECRET PROSTITUTES-split EP
GOOSEBUMPS-Scared to See a Doctor-EP

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Diana Vashti

Diana Vashti
LOW LIFE-Dogging-LP
THE DISHRAGS-Three-LP
BIKINI KILL-Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah-LP
EUREKA CALIFORNIA-Crunch-LP
CHARLES DE GOAL-Algorythmes-LP
DEKOTER-Flowers to Blossom-LP
PRIESTS-live
LIMP WRIST-live
QUAALUDES-live
FLESH WORLD-live

MaximumTremoloZineNo2

Top Ten Zines
Mental Beat #1
Even Noisy Sparrows #6
Maximum Tremolo #2
Punk in My Soup #1
Stitches in My Head #6
Toinen Vaihtoehto #249-250
Distort #44
Razorcake #80
Something for Nothing #69
The Student Insurgent Vol. 25 #3

August 20th, 2014 by MRR


Record of the Week: CONTORTURE/AHNA split EP

19 08 2014

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Handle with care, this is fuggin’ deadly. Göteborg’s CONTORTURE goes straight for the jugular with their raging feminist käng, expertly toeing the raw/melodic line that has come to define Swedish crust in the last decade. Lyrics revisit familiar themes of autonomy, rape culture, and watching those around you age out of punk, but with a personalistic approach, and the lead vocals remind me of Kate from SCHIFOSI in all the best ways. On the flip, leading Canadian powerviolence freex AHNA lays out two more doses of their noisey blackened filth, sounding yet again like they’ve managed to record in one of the lesser pits of hell. This is actually a lot less blast-centric than their older material, with crusty rhythms offsetting the murky metalloid gloom, and the opening sludge of “Living in Fear” channels the headbanging glory of BOLT THROWER to perfection. Already a serious contender for my favorite split of 2014, this is nothing short of mandatory for all you metalpunx.
(Active Rebellion / Into the Abyss / Neanderthal Stench / What Is Making Us Sick)

—Will Blomquist

August 19th, 2014 by MRR


Monday Photo Blog: Beau Patrick Coulon

18 08 2014

Up and down the coast of California, and one out in Texas for this Monday Photo Blog. Beau Patrick Coulon brings us shots from the likes of Extinction of Mankind, Framtid, Negative Approach and some other band. For more from Patrick, check out beaupatrickcoulon.com or beaupatrick.tumblr.com.

Extinction of Mankind at Eli’s Mile High, Oakland, May 20, 2014 (photo by Beau Patrick Coulon)

Framtid at Chaos in Tejas, May 31, 2013 (photo by Beau Patrick Coulon)

Negative Approach at Los Globos in Los Angeles, November 9, 2013 (photo by Beau PatrickCoulon)

Los Crudos at E. 7th Street Warehouse, Los Angeles, May 30, 2014 (photo by Beau Patrick Coulon)

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!

August 18th, 2014 by Matt Average


MRR Radio #1414 • 8/17/14

17 08 2014

I’m not sure what they told you, but I’d only believe about half of it, or maybe two thirds. Although, that depends on who you ask. So to be safe, don’t believe a word. —Thom from My-Space

Play

Intro song:
CRAYON – The Snap-Tight Wars

tri-corner hats

tri-corner hats

Pete goes through the C-section, and was one.
CALIFORNIA LIGHTENING – Penitentiary
CORAL – Filling a Hole
COUCH – Styx Bridge Toll
THE CROWNHATE RUIN – Visit from Mars
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH – The Sad Magician Pt. 1 & 2

“It’s either raining or it’s not”; Langford forgot about that one.
REPLICA – You Can’t Stop the Weather
LILIPUT – Eisger Wind
CRINGER – Rain
MORDECAI – Cold Rain & Snow
CROM – Hot Summerian Nights
HOT SNAKES – Light Up the Stars

Gnu records. They come out every day. It’s cool.
THE EARLY STAGES – Summer in Vermont
YI – The Bus
EVEN HAND – Glacial Blue
BEACH SLANG – Filthy Luck

Outro songs:
CORDURY – Sump’n Good
CAP’N JAZZ – 90210

Maximum Rocknroll Radio is a weekly radio show and podcast featuring DIY punk, garage rock, hardcore, and more from around the world. Our rotating cast of DJ’s picks the best of the best from MRR magazine’s astounding, ever-growing vinyl archive. You can find MRR Radio archives, specials, and more at radio.maximumrocknroll.com. Thanks for listening!

August 17th, 2014 by Langford