Record of the Week on MRR: P.I.G.Z. Bloody Belgium EP

pigz_ep“Belgium is a mess. And that’s not half bad!” spits Yves Lafere before an anthemic guitar creeps in, finally breaking out into what can and should only be considered a Punk with a capital “P” classic! From the catchy riffing to the biting, emphasized vocals and jittery drums that seem to want to race ahead, “Bloody Belgium” is to P.I.G.Z. what “Blitzkrieg Bop” was to the RAMONES: an emblematic magnum opus epitomizing their sound and aesthetic. “Is this Democracy, or is this blindness?” he chastises and squeals, everything sounding charismatically shambolic but utterly electrified. On the flip, “Stooges” slams in with an attitude-filled riff, not unlike the way “God Save the Queen” does, and has a distinctly heavy tone akin to that of the STOOGES or MC5, with steel-hard chords and Lafere snarling, “Too many problems in my life, too many problems ’cause I wanna be me!” Closer “Shall I” is the snottiest of the lot, a short, severe, hand-clapping reaction to societal expectations and identity frustration—timeless teenage rampage! JW’s Records originally pressed these three crown jewels of Belgian punk to a 12″ after the band won first place in 1978’s First Belgian Punk Contest, and they were rereleased once again by German Payola Records that same year. Both are apparently rare as fuck, so Ugly Pop has done us all a massive favor and made these three perfectly p-u-n-k masterpieces available yet again; remastered and packaged beautifully, with pictures, reprints of newspaper clippings and an intro text framing this seminal, absolutely essential record.
(Ugly Pop)

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MRR Radio, Sept. 2014 with Kat and Grace

Lydiya invites shitworker Kat and new MRR coordinator Grace to play some of their favorite tunes in a lady-centric hour of punk.

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Chin Chin

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Record of the Week on MRR: Taulard

taulard_lpAfter my recent fascination with ’80s French Oi! and coldwave, here comes something equally interesting, one to add to my list of grande musique de France: keyboard-, drum- and bass-driven synthpunk right out of current day Grenoble! I love everything about this release: the mixed bag of influences (punk, post-punk, electro, hip hop, Renaissance music!) the subtle cinematic orchestration, the layout of the inner sleeve and silk screened Miró-esque cover. The almost church organ-like keyboard tunes steal the show, sounding like they’re coming from some busted up old ’60s synth, wafting and weaving through the tight, minimal yet animated drumming (kick, floor tom, snare and hi-hat), the soulful rhythms of the bass (that fullness of jazz, that spike of punk, that slight funk edge) and the attitude-filled vocals (with that poeticism that the French language inherently possesses). The backing vocal harmonies leave a ’60s psych garage aftertaste, but the keyboard and vocals really manage to set a multitude of tones and moods to real-life settings (suffocation, depression, drunken mirth, traveling, crushes, loss, sexual mistakes). There is a sense of humour (even mockery) to the performance, and the A-side almost sounds as if a bunch of punks got together in a brick basement (upon Roman ruins for all I know) to write a soundtrack to the urban comedy/drama they call life. Don’t let that playful attitude fool you though; the darker B-side ends the show on a morose tone, where disappointment and disillusion abound; a bad trip confession set to music. Bitter yet sweet, magical yet haunted, vintage yet moderne. Fucking brilliant! Get it!
(self-released)

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MRR Radio July 2014 with WARSONG

On the last day of their West Coast tour, WARSONG from Zaragoza swing by the MRR HQ for a late night radio show, joined by their US punk-docent Lena of No Nostalgia Recs (nonostalgiarecords@gmail.com). Beer and conversation flowed, in English and Spanish, while Tim Yo’s ghost fucked with our speeds! Salud! Viva Zaragoza punk!

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Zaragoza punks, Warsong

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Record of the Week on MRR: D.H.K. – Extinciön EP

dhk_extincionAh yes! One of the best bands to come out of Peru right now! After Odio los Discos and La Vida Es Un Mus, Hysteria Records carries the torch and releases yet another great slab of wax by these sonic-destructo punks! Raw, blown out, primal and heavy D-beat with Spanish stylings and lots of bellowing, distorted bass (I can almost hear the walls rumble!). Political lyrics and brash vocals command you to pay attention, with simple yet effective chunky riffs that fill out the racketing drums as they career and gallop around your head without cease. It’s funny how some bands try exceptionally hard to get this rough and gruff sound, and then others just ooze it naturally. I think it has more to do with the social and political circumstances that spawned DHK and their sound, and less to do with the actual style of music played, because there is something so genuine to be found here, it’s inspiring. “What future is we are waiting for?” There’s a level of meaning distilled, an ingrained authenticity and a connection to the grievances of life that other releases simply don’t have—or at least they’re not as legit as this. Stand out tracks are “Kasta Kuando” and “Por Ke Soy Punk” with a melancholic riff that makes my skin crawl. You could stick to your hyped, gimmick hardcore farce-bands, or you could listen to this and feel the force. Comes in an über-råpunk silk screened cover—highly recommended.
(Hysteria Records)

¡En español! Una entrevista a DHK en la Maximum Rocknroll #355

Read the Spanish version of our 2012 interview with DHK from Maximum Rocknroll #355

Guest on Dumpster Arson, Radio Valencia, with DJ Space Man Cam

My good mate Cameron aka Dumpster Arson occasionally does a radio show on Radio Valencia. He was awesome and one day invited me to host a radio show with him! It was a boiling hot, sunny day in San Francisco and I remember melting in the studio in tight black jeans! But, we drank some beers and shot the shit on air, and I played and spoke a bit about a bunch of Greek punk tracks I like. I also spoke a bit about the Greek punk scene and what some of the resources there are, and danced around as the PANX ROMANA riff filled the little studio and did cry just a bit because the PANDIMIA (RIP) song is just bloody moving and superb! I finished it off with some killer NWOBHM.

You may not hear my voice shaking, but I was super nervous! Also, listening to this two years later, I feel terrible that I never ended up curating that tape for Hector and Frutos… Never too late to start working on that!

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Jamming some tracks with DJ Space Man Cam, on Dumpster Arson radio at Radio Valencia, SF

Track List:

Part 1

ANTI… – Κόντρα

ΓΕΝΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΧΑΟΥΣ / CHAOS GENERATION – Κοινωνικά Υποπροϊόντα

STRESS – Άγχος

EX-HUMANS – Ανώφελη Επιβίωση

ΧΑΟΤΙΚΗ ΔΙΑΣΤΑΣΗ / HAOTIKI DIASTASI – Κομματικά Εξαρτημένοι

 

Part 2

ΟΡΕΞΗ ΓΙΑ ΤΙΠΟΤΑ / OREXI GIA TIPOTA – Κορίτσι Βιάζει Αγόρι

ΠΙΣΣΑ ΚΑΙ ΠΟΥΠΟΥΛΑ / PISSA KAI POUPOULA – Ξυπνάτε, Πεθαίνω

ΓΚΟΥΛΑΓΚ / GULAG – Απολογία

STRESS – Χαφιές

ΧΑΟΤΙΚΗ ΔΙΑΣΤΑΣΗ / HAOTIKI DIASTASI- Τρέξε

 

Playing in the background:

EX-HUMANS – Εκλογικές Αυταπάτες

 

Part 3

PANX ROMANA – Kράτος Κλειστόν

ΟΡΕΞΗ ΓΙΑ ΤΙΠΟΤΑ / OREXI GIA TIPOTA- Γνήσιος Έλληνας του 2000

FREE YOURSELF – Εθισμός (ΓΚΟΥΛΑΓΚ cover)

ΠΑΝΔΗΜΙΑ / PANDIMIA – Προπαγάνδα

PANX ROMANA – Συνάγερμος

 

Part 4

GUTTER – No Chances, No Choices

ANTIMOB – Αγανάκτηση και Υποταγή

CONSPIRACY OF DENIAL – Insurrection

ΧΕΙΜΕΡΙΑ ΝΑΡΚΗ / HIBERNATION – Γυάλινη Μητρόπολη

ΝΑΥΤΙΑ / NAUSEA – Χρυσή Νεολαία

ΠΥΡΗΝΙΚΟΣ ΧΕΙΜΩΝΑΣ / NUCLEAR WINTER – Καινούργια Αρχή

ΠΑΝΔΗΜΙΑ / PANDIMIA – Βασίλειο της Παρακμής

 

Playing in the background:

Rich Kids on LSD

IKARA COLT – Your Vain Attempts

 

Part 5

CORRUPTED PEASANT FARMERS – Invasion of the Snails

RAD

 

Part 6

THE RATTLER PROXY – Mr. Sham (Timothy Fairplay remix)

YUSSUF JERUSALEM – Gilles de Rais

VULTURE – Ride the Night

SATAN – Trial by Fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Punk Comics with Leah Wishnia

We found out about Leah Wishnia via the impressive exhibition Fear of Punk//Fear of Art, held in Ontario last year. We got in touch with Leah to ask if she would like to do a cover for MRR, as her characteristic punk-meets-comics style won us over. While we were at it we picked her brain about a couple of things… Interview by Kyle Canyon and Lydia.

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