Here comes Maximum Rocknroll #394, the March 2016 issue! This issue features a massive bilingual interview with Korea’s noizepunks SCUMRAID in advance of their sure-to-be devastating visit to the US this Spring. Former MRR coordinator Golnar Nikpour got a chance to sit down with Hannah Lew of San Francisco’s COLD BEAT to discuss their new record, Hannah’s label Crime on the Moon, and how to navigate nostalgia and capitalism as a band on the fringes of punk and pop. Scotland’s CLOCKED OUT talk about their influences in Clevo HC and the current state of Glaswegian hardcore, and the LANDLORDS (“true hardcore weirdos” of mid-80s Charlottesville, Virginia) discuss their history and their long-lost second LP.
Also: CONSTANT INSULT offer up a Minneapolis punk basement tour and a Minnesota punk ethnography; Helsinki hardcore band DARFUR talk about Finnish DIY projects; a trip down the psych-punk wormhole with Buffalo’s UTAH JAZZ; a scene report from the United Arab Emirates; and a photo spread from January’s This Is Austin, Not That Great fest. Of course this all comes with a massive reviews section and all your favorite columnists—in this issue, Not Normal Tapes impresario (and singer in Chicago HC outfit The Bug) Ralph Rivera contributes a brand new music column to the MRR “PC Hate Vision.” This issue also introduces new content co-coordinator Brendan Wells, who just moved in from Minneapolis to help run the very magazine you hold in your hands each and every month. What a time to be alive.