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“New Blood” is our weekly feature spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info ...

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Reissue of the Week: MERCENÁRIAS Demo 1983 LP

Reissue of the Week: MERCENÁRIAS Demo 1983 LP

MERCENÁRIAS – “Demo 1983” EP There is probably no band like MERCENÁRIAS. This 3/4 femme Brazilian ...

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Record of the Week: DAN MELCHIOR’S BROKE REVIEW Lords Of The Manor EP

Record of the Week: DAN MELCHIOR’S BROKE REVIEW Lords Of The Manor EP

DAN MELCHIOR’S BROKE REVIEW – “Lords Of The Manor” LP The welcome return of DAN MELCHIOR’S ...

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Top Tens from MRR #389 • October 2015

By popular demand, we present our reviewers' Top Tens from the current issue of Maximum Rocknroll! Here are ...

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

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

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Monday Photo Blog: Andre Torrez at Gonerfest

October 5th, 2015 by

For this week’s Monday Photo Blog  we have a  glimpse into Andre Torrez’s vision of the mania that was GONERFEST!


Timmy’s Organism









Send your tour photos, bands that have come through your town, the best of your local bands, etc. to: mrr {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!

MRR Radio #1473 • 10/4/15

October 4th, 2015 by

On this week’s MRR Radio, Greg takes you on a chaotic journey through his mind…and the bins of MRR!!


Intro song:
THEE HEADCOATS – Wish I Knew What I Was Living For

BRIS Photo by Blaire Newhard

BRIS (photo by Blaire Newhard)

A small glimpse at the new stuff that beautiful punks send to us
RAW PONY – Shattered
BILLY SYNTH & THE TURN UPS – Young Kids on Drugs
HAG FACE – Witch Stomp

Greg gets an idea and gets all messed up by Mercury and coffee
ADD/C – Wallace
RAW WAR – No Title
YPÖ VIIS – Ujona Discossa
THE JERKS – Get Your Woofing Dog Off Me
AMOEBAS IN CHAOS – Have You Slugged Your Kid Today?
NEEDLES – Not Losing Faith
EARTH GIRLS – Someone I’d Like to Know

Extending a hearty “What’s Up??” to the South….and Ohio
HIDDEN SPOTS – American Parking Lot
LARRY BRRRDS – Rushville
BRIS – Music to Lose Weight To

Grace runs across the room to play some records that were sitting on her desk
SPEED – Speed
NEGAZIONE – Maschere
VULPESS – Me Gusta Ser Una Zorra

Outro song:
VEXX – Walking in the Rain

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 DJs 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!


October 1st, 2015 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:

Date & location formed:
We had our first practice on New Years Eve at the end of 2012 in Baltimore City.

Reason for forming:
We formed out of necessity. I think all of us needed this creative outlet in our lives- the opportunity to be as loud, lewd, and aggressive as we want to be, but in a controlled and specific way.

What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrical content is diverse and very personal. We write about the social pressures to conform to gender roles, the oppression of capitalism and working in the service industry, walking home alone at night in Baltimore, bad relationships, the thought process involved in getting an abortion, and so much more. We are unapologetically expressing our thoughts and feelings about the turmoil and experiences that many women in our demographic also share. Hopefully this narrative can provide an outlet for people who don’t have the opportunity to be so out front and aggressive.


How would you describe your sound?
We play heavy surf punk. The low end is extensive because we have two bass players.

What’s in the future for this band?
I don’t know what the future holds. We are very motivated and driven to keep writing and releasing material. We have toured extensively in the eastern USA, so we’d like to branch out and go farther West. After our 12″, “Not Sorry” comes out we will being working on booking a European tour which has been a long term goal for us.

Links and contact info:
wetwetbrain {at} gmail(.)com


Band name:

Date & location formed:
Early 2014 in my dorm room in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Reason for forming:
Only thing that made sense at the time.

Sneaks (photo by Walter Wlodarczyk)

Sneaks (photo by Walter Wlodarczyk)

What are your lyrics about?
Family feuds.

How would you describe your sound?
Cult rock.

What’s in the future for this band?
Releasing new songs on new tape new new soon.

Links and contact info:
www.eva.m {at} gmail(.)com


Band name:

Date & location formed:
2014 November, Budapest.

Reason for forming:
We wanted to spread some emo terror with a little spoon of twee in it.

What are your lyrics about?
Most of them are political: against patriarchy or basically the system, about how stupid they think we are. But sometimes its just about atmosphere.

How would you describe your sound?
90s dissonance, present noise melodies. Though my favourite description is by MRR columnist Viktor Vargyai: Pinhead Gunpowder memorial / early Cat Power and late Die Kreuzen copyband.

What’s in the future for this band?
The future is yet to be written – Ulrike Meinhof

Links and contact info:
neverlivetosee {at} gmail(.)com
Listen to them on Youtube

Camp Koala (photo by Tamás Bernáth)

Camp Koala (photo by Tamás Bernáth)


Do you have or know of an awesome new band*? It’s easy to submit to be in MRR’s New Blood feature — just email us the following info, and keep keeping’ it real…

1) Band name:
2) Date & location formed:
3) Reason for forming:
4) What are your lyrics about?
5) How would you describe your sound?
6) What’s in the future for this band?
7) Links and contact info:

Along with the answers please send a band photo at least 600px on the longest side (with photo credits), and a logo if you have one, to: mrrnewblood {at} gmail(.)com

*By “new band” we mean a band that formed within the past year or year and a half.

Maximum Rocknroll #390 • Nov 2015

mrr_390_cvrIt’s time for Maximum Rocknroll #390, the November 2015 issue! On our cover: AS MERCENÁRIAS, DIY post-punk legends from Brazil whose revelatory 1983 demo was just reissued on Nada Nada Discos. This issue also includes two conversations spanning the punk festival circuit: Not Dead Yet organizer Greg Benedetto sheds light on the motivations behind punk promotion, the ethical challenges of a growing fest, and a perfect day in Toronto; further south, organizers and performers alike pitch in on a brief oral history of Chattanooga’s Do Ya Hear We fest. Even more interviews in these pages, direct from the source: famously prolific MPC-augmented Ohio punks OBNOX; revolutionary Oakland noise voyagers SBSM; the dark and entrancing STRANGLED out of Edmonton; severe and austere Chicago post-punkers POPULATION; the raw noisy hardcore pandrogynous agenda of Portland’s EMASCULATOR; and last but not least, our first-ever interview with PARASITES in their nearly 30-year history spanning New Jersey and the Bay Area. As if that weren’t enough for you, we’ve also packed in photo spreads from the opening weekend of DIY Space for London and, from the dead center of the midwestern freak beat underground, Springfield, IL’s Dumb Fest 3D. All of this, the columns you love to loathe, and the most extensive reviews section in the wide world of punk print.

Buy this issue of MRR

You can also order this issue by mail by sending $4.99 in the US, $7 Canada, $9 Mexico, or $11 worldwide to: MRR • PO Box 460760 • San Francisco, CA 94146 • USA …or just SUBSCRIBE!

Still available: MRR #389 • October 2015 issue…

MRR #389

Baltimore’s teen hatethrob SICK THOUGHTS, an East Asian tour diary from CONQUEST FOR DEATH, Portland’s VIVID SEKT and the STOPS, the Bay Area’s own SWIFTUMZ, RATS BLOOD from Ireland, Danish dark punks MOTH, Croatia’s MODERN DELUSION, and Oakland’s RAGANA.


You can now download MRR #389 for only $3.99!!

Reissue of the Week: Disclose

September 30th, 2015 by

DISCLOSE – “Yesterday’s Fairytale, Tomorrow’s Nightmare” LP
This is a monumental record, even without considering its place as the final DISCLOSE LP released before Kawakami’s passing in 2007. His death casts an enduring pall, particularly evident here in the new liner notes from Stuart Schrader. While Schrader primarily writes about the ill-fated DISCLOSE / FRAMTID tour, it is a far more insightful, nuanced and touching read than that might seem. Neither romantic nor cynical, the tone is simply reflective and personal: here are his perceptions of Kawakami’s experience in the US, not a verdict but a single opinion. The epilogue of the story, over a decade later, remains ambivalent. Kawakami, despite his legacy, was still a human being irreducible to the mythos that lives on after him. The continued care and commitment shown by those that knew him and called him “friend” are a welcome palliative, showing a more grounded context to the DISCLOSE legend. In that respect, the royalties from this reissue are going to Kawakami’s mother. Of course, for the vast majority of listeners, as Schrader is mindful to point out, the context is far less immediately relevant than the record itself. For those who ignore or simplify DISCLOSE as just some DISCHARGE-worship: you are missing the forest for the trees because these trees look like some other damn trees you saw in a different fucking forest. It’s just not that simple, and especially not with this record. Schrader’s track-by-track notes are much more compelling and attentive than anything I can comparably muster, so I won’t attempt too much here. Yesterday’s Fairytale is the pinnacle of “Disbones”-era DISCLOSE: fuzzed-out D-beat with increasingly more metallic influence in the guitar riffs. Without forsaking any of the raw energy, this style set loose the true hypnotic potential of the unrelenting beat that found its logical conclusion in the closing track “Wardead,” a nearly ten-minute opus of swirling chaos and perpetual solos; a psychedelic disengagement with time, a sonic inertial assault that is simultaneously as stupefying as it is doggedly transcendent. Noise, not music. Best listened to with a foggy brain. RIP Kawakami, Kawakami forever. (Shit Zoo)
(La Vida Es Un Mus)