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Headsticks - Interrobang? - Slice of Life - Eastfield - Nottingham - 20 April 2019

SLICE OF LIFE, INTERROBANG? AND Headsticks share rotating ‘top billing’ over three dates this April, with gigs in Leeds (18 April), Newcastle-under-Lyme (19 April) and Nottingham (20 April) in a mini-tour organised by Both Eyes Open.

Ticket for all three shows can be bought in advance online from Gigantic.com. Anyone purchasing tickets to all three days will be given a limited edition gift upon presentation of all three ticket stubs at The Maze gig in Nottingham.

Interrobang / Slice of Life / Headsticks
18 April 2019

Brudenell Social Club
Leeds LS6 1NY

Slice of Life / Headsticks / Interrobang?
19 April 2019
The Rigger
Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 1BT

Headsticks / Interrobang? / Slice of Life / Jessie from Eastfield
20 April 2019
The Maze
Nottingham NG1 3FT

 Slice of Life - Headsticks - Interrobang? - Newcastle Under Lyme - 19 April 2019

 Slice of Life - - Interrobang? - Slice of Life - Headsticks - Leeds - 18 April 2019

Slice of Life - Interrobang - Headsticks

A-Heads - Ash to the Soil album - Mad Butcher Records

THE A-HEADS album Ash to the Soil secures a limited edition vinyl re-release later this month, courtesy of the German Mad Butcher Records label.

The twelve-track album was originally a DIY vinyl and CD release and was first issued in 2009. A total of 250 copies of the album will be re-pressed by Mad Butcher Records.

A-Heads
Ash to the Soil
2009
http://commerce.madbutcher.de/

No One's Little Girl - Grow Your Own Records

RELEASED TODAY (8 MARCH 2019) TO mark International Women’s Day, No One’s Little Girls is a compilation offering “an eclectic mix of 16 songs from hardcore punk to melodic poppy punk and acoustic tracks by female-fronted and/or female musicians.”

Release by Grow Your Own Records and available in digital download, CD and vinyl formats, No One’s Little Girls features tracks by Hagar the Womb, Bratakus, Dogshite, Louise Challice, The Menstrual Cramps and many others.

No One’s Little Girls

A compilation to celebrate the explosion of talented women in bands for International Women’s Day 2019, with all profits going to grassroots women’s charities. Contains an eclectic mix of 16 songs from hardcore punk to melodic poppy punk and acoustic tracks by female-fronted and/or female musicians.

BENEFIT COMPILATION FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY VARIOUS ARTISTS ALL PROFITS AFTER COST WILL GO TO VARIOUS GRASSROOTS ORGANISATIONS

Released March 8, 2019

KISS ME KILLER/THE MENSTRUAL CRAMPS/HAGAR THE WOMB/THE BLACK DEATH/WERECATS/CALICO/BRATAKUS/ALEX FRANCIS/DOGSHITE/COMBAT SHOCK/SHITSICK/MINDFRAME/LOUISE CHALLICE/THE FLEAS/PUNK CON FUSION/PUSSY LIQUOR

Crass - Uncut magazine - 2019
 
THE MARCH 2019 issue of Uncut magazine includes a new feature on Crass in which the “DIY punk politicos tell their amazing story”.

An online promotional preview for the issue includes the commentary:

Not many bands are involved in front page exposés over episodes of international espionage, but not many bands were like Crass. The band were the product of a unique confluence of people, place and time, punks who lived like hippies and wrote aggressive songs about politics. They recorded five albums between 1978 and 1983 as well as a related body of films, publications and artworks and at times were less a band than “an information bureau”, says Steve Ignorant. “Everything serious or heavy that went on, we felt we had to be saying something about it.”

Crass - Uncut - March 2019

Maximum Rocknroll - Volume 1 - Issue 1 - cover
 
SAN FRANCISCO BASED punk magazine Maximum Rocknroll has announced that the publication will cease print publication after 37 years once the final three issues have rolled off the presses.

After starting life as a radio show, the first print issues of MRR appeared in 1982. The new fanzine developed its growing readership through a focus on DIY, independent punk rock and an interest in punk cultures across the globe. MRR became a landmark (and a stalwart) publication within the scene, notable for its lenghty band interviews, extensive scene reports and huge reviews section.

Unsurprisingly, over time the magazine was embroiled in a number of controversies and subject to some sustained criticism from within the scene and without. But despite the emergence of rival titles (which adopted different perspectives on the question of what the global punk scene was about), MRR retained its focus on “anti-corporate ideals, avowedly leftist politics, and relentless enthusiasm for DIY punk and hardcore bands and scenes from every inhabited continent of the globe” across more than 400 issues.

Through the eighties, nineties and beyond, MRR covered countless anarcho-punk bands in its pages, and included a well-remembered series of articles on the 1980s’ UK anarcho-punk scene authored by the sadly-missed Lance Hahn; each of them an early draft of a chapter for his unfinished manuscript for the book Let the Tribe Increase.

An open public meeting (being held today) will discuss MRR‘s future plans, including online, digital and on-air outlets for news and reviews.

In the spring of last year, MRR announced plans to launch (what would, over time, grow into) a comprehensive free-to-access and fully-indexed online archive of the magazine, following two years of fundraising. The project hit a major early stumbling block in September 2018, when the company chosen to generate metadata-tagged PDFs from the first batch of print originals went out of business without warning. Work on the project has continued, but the setback has left the team unable to provide a launch date for the new service.

Clarification on the impact (if any) that the end of print publication will have on the MRR archive project is expected shortly.

The statement from the editors explaining the reasons for the print closedown is reprinted below:

Maximum Rocknroll banner
 
It is with heavy hearts that we are announcing the end of Maximum Rocknroll as a monthly print fanzine. There will be three more issues of the fanzine in its current format; later in 2019 we will begin publishing record reviews online alongside our weekly radio show. Readers can look forward to more online content, updates regarding the archive project initiated in 2016, and other yet-to-be-announced MRR projects, as well as new ways for punks around the world to get involved. We will be having a public meeting at 2:00pm on Sunday, January 20 at the MRR compound to discuss the future — please write mrr@maximumrocknroll.com for details.

Maximum Rocknroll began as a radio show in 1977. For the founders of Maximum Rocknroll, the driving impulse behind the radio show was simple: an unabashed, uncompromising love of punk rock. In 1982, buoyed by burgeoning DIY punk and hardcore scenes all over the world, the founders of the show — Tim Yohannan & the gang — launched Maximum Rocknroll as a print fanzine. That first issue drew a line in the sand between the so-called punks who mimicked society’s worst attributes — the “apolitical, anti-historical, and anti-intellectual,” the ignorant, racist, and violent — and MRR’s principled dedication to promoting a true alternative to the doldrums of the mainstream. That dedication included anti-corporate ideals, avowedly leftist politics, and relentless enthusiasm for DIY punk and hardcore bands and scenes from every inhabited continent of the globe. Over the next several decades, what started as a do-it-yourself labor of love among a handful of friends and fellow travelers has extended to include literally thousands of volunteers and hundreds of thousands of readers. Today, forty-two years after that first radio show, there have been well over 1600 episodes of MRR radio and 400 issues of Maximum Rocknroll fanzine — not to mention some show spaces, record stores, and distros started along the way — all capturing the mood and sound of international DIY punk rock: wild, ebullient, irreverent, and oppositional.

Needless to say, the landscape of the punk underground has shifted over the years, as has the world of print media. Many of the names and faces behind Maximum Rocknroll have changed too. Yet with every such shift, MRR has continued to remind readers that punk rock isn’t any one person, one band, or even one fanzine. It is an idea, an ethos, a fuck you to the status quo, a belief that a different kind of world and a different kind of sound is ours for the making.

These changes do not mean that Maximum Rocknroll is coming to an end. We are still the place to turn if you care about Swedish girl bands or Brazilian thrash or Italian anarchist publications or Filipino teenagers making anti-state pogo punk, if you are interested in media made by punks for punks, if you still believe in the power and potential of autonomously produced and underground culture. We certainly still do, and look forward to the surprises, challenges, and joys that this next chapter will bring. Long live Maximum Rocknroll.

Poison Girls feature - MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL - #379 - December 2014
Poison Girls feature – Maximum Rocknroll – #379 – December 2014

Slice of Life - S.A.D
 
SLICE OF LIFE have released a new official video for new song S.A.D.

Annoucing the news on the Louder than War site, Carole Hodges explained: “S.A.D is a song very close to Steve’s heart. Written with a definite nod towards its Seasonal Affective Disorder namesake, the lyrics plead with the listener for “some kind of love”, always indecisive as to whether such a gesture will be accepted or rejected by the sufferer.”

The black-and-white video was shot at Union Mills in Bolton, and was filmed and produced by RKidMedia.

Slice of Life are currently working on a new album, with a released date penciled in for this summer.

 

Penny Rimbaud - Crack magazine

PENNY RIMBAUD IS interviewed in the online edition of Crack magazine.

Dave Reed travelled to Dial House to talk with Rimbaud about his life history, the work of Crass, and Rimbaud’s views on aspects of the current political and cultural scenes (with the latter subject eliciting some predictably provocative responses).

 
Davy Reed. 2019. ‘Penny Rimbaud: Freedom Fighting’, Crack, 12 January. https://crackmagazine.net/article/long-reads/penny-rimbaud-freedom-fighting/

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