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November 20th, 2014 by

MRR magazine’s new-band section “New Blood” is now a regular feature here on maximumrocknroll.com! See below for info on how to submit. Now, get to discovering some killer new shit…

Gongfermour logo

Band name:

Date & location formed:
We formed in Omaha, NE, in May 2011 with Dinghaas on guitar/vocals and Dave Diction on synths/vocals. Currently in addition to the founding members we have Sean on bass and Rat Think on drums.

Reason for forming:
We wanted to start a punk rock band with synths, who we felt were lacking in our local scene as well as in the global punk rock world. We felt we were on the same page in musical influences and needed a catharsis for our angst.

What are your lyrics about?
Sexual frustration, the dehumanizing working world, struggling to resist conformity as you hit your 30s and confronting stupidity

How would you describe your sound?
A nice mix of DEVO, the Dickies, Sparks, Big Black, Killing Joke and the Lords of the New Church. Some songs are angry and aggressive while others are more quirky and upbeat.


Gongfermour (photo by Jason Husak)

What’s in the future for this band?
We’re currently on hiatus until the new year when Rat Think adjusts to being a father. We plan on releasing a split EP with our friend/shared member band Buggy Lewis and the Rabbit Grenades in March. Hopefully more out of town shows and a small tour of the Midwest will be in the works.

Links and contact info:
Gongfermour Facebook page


Band name:

Date & location formed:
September 2013. Boise, Idaho.

Reason for forming:
Longtime friends that rip.

Deep Creeps (photo by Ellen Rumel)

Deep Creeps (photo by Ellen Rumel)

What are your lyrics about?
Our drummer is a garlic farmer and our lyrical content is about issues related to community-based farming.

How would you describe your sound?
Weirdo Punk. Mutant Hardcore.

What’s in the future for this band?
We’re getting some studio time this winter, and planning a Northwest US tour in late March 2015.

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



Band name:

Date & location formed:
March of 2014 in Philadelphia, PA.

Reason for forming:
Jeff wrote some songs shortly after moving to Philly, and Ian wanted to do something hard and blown out.

What are your lyrics about?
Mostly my conflict with being an irresponsible piece of shit, mixed in with some other unimportant punk nonsense

How would you describe your sound?
80s Boston hardcore mixed with some slimy mid-tempo rock riffs. Plenty of stomp, plenty of spirit.

What’s in the future for this band?
Write more songs, record some of them. do some weekend trips and keep playing cool shows in cool Philadelphia. Life Is Cool.

Links and contact info:


pretty hurts cover art

Band name:

Date & location formed:
End of 2013 in Berlin, Germany.

Reason for forming:
Having a band that plays dark and intense punk music.

What are your lyrics about?
Disappointment, irritability, alienation, teen-angst, nightmares involving spiders and hypnagogic hallucinations, creating some sort of movement… everyday stuff.

How would you describe your sound?
Dark and intense punk music.

What’s in the future for this band?
Consistently putting out music and touring. Maybe creating some sort of movement. We’ll see.

Links and contact info:
prettyhurts {at} mail(.)de


Do you have or know of an awesome new band? It’s easy to submit to be in MRR’s New Blood feature. Just send 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?

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

Carolyn’s MRR #380 top ten preview!

November 19th, 2014 by

Carolyn Keddy

Hi. This is Carolyn Keddy, film reviewer, record reviewer, top tenner with some highlights of things I am working on for the next issue — MRR #380, out in early December.

AUSMUTEANTS – Order of Operation LP (Goner) and “Fed Through a Tube”45 (Total Punk)
In the post-EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING Australian music scene there seems to be an endless supply of the “next best band out of Australia” coming across the Pacific Ocean. Sure, some of them are good, but there are some that aren’t. Most simply don’t fall into the “Best” category, no matter how many people tell me they do. Then there’s AUSMUTEANTS who just exceed all expectations. It helps that I got to see them live twice. When a band is amazing live it always enhances my record listening experience.

My current favorite song (it will probably change tomorrow) is “1982.” I like when the synths take the lead in AUSMUTEANTS songs. Decipher the lyrics for yourself:

Listen to the entire LP at ausmuteants.bandcamp.com

The Total Punk single:


GINO AND THE GOONS – Shake It! LP (Black Gladiator)
Being a radio DJ my number one problem is that I hook onto one song and I play it over and over until everyone in the universe is sick of hearing it. Then I play it one more time. I justify my obsessiveness because I can only play one song per band per show, so it may as well be the best one, right? That song for me right now is GINO AND THE GOONS “Got the Skinny.” It’s such a catchy garage punk tune, with the great chorus of “Oh well, I’m a-going to hell.” The other songs on this LP are equally worth listening to, but it’s that one that I’m stuck on right now.


MANATEEES – Sit n Spin LP (Pelican Pow Wow)
The front cover of this album is rather unappealing. I don’t even want to think about what is coming out of that mouth. The back cover photo of the “Fuck You” banner hanging behind the band on stage with their hair all drooped over their eyes makes me smile. That is more of the image of MANATEEES that I have when I listen to this album. It’s got a noisy, dark, ominous feel, but with a bit of playfulness and a who-gives-a-fuck attitude. Singer Abe’s vocals remind me of David Nudelman on a few songs, which makes me very happy too.


GHB – Dope EP (Die Slaughterhaus)
With GHB standing for GET HIGH BOYS, the first song being called “Dope,” and the band having a slight bro feel, I am amazed at how much I like this. Four fast songs of bratty punk attitude blasting out of the speakers. I keep turning it up louder and louder. The bands features Mike Koechlin, who seems to also be in/have been in every other Atlanta band.

Here’s a video for a song on their cassette, but not on this EP. I wish it was:


THE SEX RAYS “Midnight Caller/Where’s the Tambourine?” 45 (Piñata)
Usually I predictably play a record A-side first, followed by the B-side. Sometimes I pick up a record and have the desire to play the B-side first. When I saw a song called “Where’s the Tambourine?” I went with that first. It is a nice, groovy ’60s-style garage instrumental. It’s really catchy and just plain fun. “Midnight Caller” starts out in a similar style and although the vocals are pretty good I am wishing it too was an instrumental.


WHITE ASS – LP (Frantic City)
Probably not the best choice of a band name. CUL BLANC might have been subtler for our English speaking ears. I have been enjoying the bands coming out on Frantic City Records for a while now. WHITE ASS is no exception. Their music is a fuzzy blend of ‘60s garage rock with some surfy-ness and some pop stylings. As usual I really like the faster ones like “Fox Around.” WHITE ASS hail from Paris and feature current or ex-members of Teenage Moonlight Borderliners, Viscous Brothers, Crash Normal, Pierre et Bastien, T.I.T.S. and Feeling of Love. With a pedigree like that it’s hard to go wrong.


ANIMALS & MEN “Don’t Misbehave in the New Age/Machines” 45 (Danger)
The reissue of the incredible 1979 debut 7” from English post-punkers ANIMALS & MEN. Two minimalist and cold sounding songs that are so throughly great. Danger does an excellent job with all of their reissues. The sound is excellent and the covers look great.


Because I am The MRR Film Reviewer I have to tell you about a film you need to see. It’s Jean-Luc Godard‘s latest film, Goodbye to Language, which happens to be in 3-D. An arty French film in 3-D is intriguing enough, but as great as it is; the problem is there aren’t many theaters who can or will show this in 3-D. Bay Area people will have to trek up to San Rafael, CA’s Rafael Film Center tout de suite (ends November 20), but it is also playing in Ohio, Indianana, South Carolina, Florida and other states across the US, and in Toronto, Cananda. Get out and see it. 3-D isn’t the same on DVD.


Watch the trailer at goodbyetolanguage3d.com

Reissue of the Week: X Aspirations LP

November 19th, 2014 by

X_AspirationsRecorded in 1979, utilizing just a few hours of remnant studio time, X forever scarred the tough-as-all-hell history of Aussie rock ’n’ roll with Aspirations. Boasting ROSE TATTOO’s Ian Rilen and the roaring, he-man punk legend Steve Lucas up front, the LP begins with the classic pummeling of “Suck Suck” and only gets more severe from there. “Good On Ya Baby” out-struts a band like THE SAINTS — no easy feat. “Batman” is steroid-bolstered art punk that has rarely, if ever, been equaled. “I Don’t Wanna Go Out” is completely past-it and genius. Fourteen vicious, out-for-blood punk tunes, all of which are steeped in some supremely heavy, dark and daring shit. It’s a legit classic and one of the best punk rock albums ever made. Should any doubt linger in your mind, or if for some reason you have no clue what the fuck this LP is, there’s not a single record in these pages [MRR #379] more deserving of your immediate attention.
(Ugly Pop)

Record of the Week: LA FLINGUE/
ORNITORRINCOS Punk to Cross Borders split EP

November 18th, 2014 by


What a nice surprise! The two Oliviers. A record put out by Olivier Crapoulet featuring a new band by Olivier Gasoil (HATEPINKS, IRRITONES, etc.). Two fine-twisted gentlemen and two of my favorite Urinepeeins. LA FLINGUE starts out like POW! with feedback and French obscenities (I think?). It’s the usual amphetamine, hate-filled punk rock with tight melodies you’d expect from this crew of degenerates. Excellent. I’m not familiar with Brazil’s ORNITORRINCOS but they start out with a GERMS sample? They play some really tight, melodic, SoCal inspired punk. There’s some hints of Oi! in there and they deliberately (I think) steal some famous guitar riffs for their songs. Good stuff.

Relatos sobre la Escena Subterránea Peruana: Parte III

November 17th, 2014 by


Here is the Spanish-language version of part three of our three-part history “Notes on the Peruvian Underground.” This originally appeared in English in MRR #359. You can read part one in English in MRR #353 (parte uno en español aquí) and part two in English in MRR #356 (parte tres en español aquí).

Autor: shane g.g.
Traducción: Julio “el chibolo” Durán con aportes de P.J. Lucas

…Y luego viene un culo de otras huevadas

Hay tantas huevadas con las que podría seguir jodiéndolos que esto podría convertirse en una malacostumbre de ir contando historias sin parar y sin saber cuándo callarme. Sigo con ganas de empezar este último grupo de historias sobre la escena subterránea punk del Perú remarcando algo así como las diferencias esenciales entre las décadas de los 80, 90 y 2000, estableciendo una especie de división cronológica rigurosa entre un momento histórico y el siguiente, dibujar una línea clara en la arena temporal. ¡Los 80 fueron punk y hardcore y políticos! ¡Con los 90 llegó el grunge y esto llevó a un punk despolitizado! ¡A partir del 2000 hasta el presente surgen bandas indies y de fusión con mercados nicho para cada consumidor imaginable!

¿Pero saben qué? No es tan simple. No en Perú. Probablemente no lo sea en ninguna parte. La temporalidad es un asunto problemático. Y, de todos modos, las décadas y años y fechas son marcadores arbitrarios para señalar una diferencia histórica.

El noise y el grind y el crust core en Lima, por lo general, se asocian principalmente con los 90. Era una mancha de chiquillos (Leo Bacteria, Richard Nossar, Oscar Reátegui, José Morón) la que ayudó a formar estas mini-escenas. Pero lo hicieron solamente después de entrar en el “rock subterráneo” a fines de los 80 cuando ya había degenerado en facciones porosas de hardcore, punk, metal-crossover, y, por supuesto, de cholos, misios y pitucos. El resultado fueron varios proyectos noise: Atrofia Cerebral, MDA, Insumisión y Dios Hastío. Este último está aún activo y dejando sorda a la gente en mugrientos locales del centro de Lima. También hubo otras bandas más nuevas que surgieron con una combinación de influencias hardcore, punk y rock garage. Aeropajitas, Pateando tu Kara, Héroe Inocente y Manganzoides se impusieron como algunas de las favoritas en Lima en distintos puntos de los años 90. Todos ellos aún participan en tocadas de vez en cuando.


¿Eso significa que todas las bandas de los 80 están muertas? Pues casi. Algunas resistieron por un tiempo o hicieron retornos inesperados. G3 agregó un segundo guitarrista e hizo un giro evidente al grunge en los 90 básicamente hasta que se separaron en 2000, y luego Gabriel y Gonzalo empezaron Inyectores. Leusemia reapareció en 1995 con un nuevo álbum y ha seguido tocando desde entonces con distintos miembros. Los únicos miembros originales que han durado son Raúl Montañez y Daniel F., siendo este último uno de los pocos subtes de la generación más antigua que ha podido ganarse la vida tocando rock’n’roll sin tener que tener un trabajo formal (y uno de los resultados es que se ha hecho unos cuantos enemigos). Voz Propia debe ser una de las bandas activas con mayor continuidad que surgieron de la escena del rock subterráneo a mediados de los 80–acaban de lanzar su décimo larga duración, “The Game is Over” en 2011. Read the rest of this entry »