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Amyl And The Sniffers Interview Podcast by Todd Taylor

Amyl And The Sniffers—live or on record—are like getting struck by lightning. You may not know what just happened, you may lose a shoe from the impact, but you won’t soon forget them.

A stark and brilliant contrast, a little bit out of nowhere, Melbourne’s Amyl And The Sniffers play the type of punk that’s primitive, sharp, and uncomplicated but incredibly effective. If you want difficult literature set to music, or music that needs to be explained, look elsewhere. If you crave live wire, chew toy-simple contemporary punk and want to sing along to songs about stolen bicycles, lost love, munchies, and self-empowerment, their songs will make your ears glow blue and your eyes to spring out of their sockets.

Due to their Australian pedigree, I hear a through-line of Cosmic Psychos, Bits Of Shit, Ooga Boogas, and early Eddy Current Suppression Ring with one important difference. This band-gang is fronted and led by a woman, Amy. There are more than just common punk weather patterns when Amy sings, “I’m not a loser.” As the backups kick in, The Sniffers form a united front and refrain, “She’s not a loser!” It’s 2019 and it sucks that Australia’s history of wonderful punk music has largely been bereft of strong female musicians. (Thankfully, this is changing.) What you hear and see of Amyl And The Sniffers is directly from their brains and fingers out into the world without the capitalism-calculated gloss and predatory slime of the music industry. Self-representation makes all the difference in the world.

Turning gutters into butter and lightning into electrifying music, say hello to Amyl And The Sniffers. They’re folks you can trust.

-Todd Taylor

Songs:

“I’m Not a Loser”
“Balaclava Lover Boogie,” both from the EP Big Attraction

Razorcake 108, featuring Amyl And The Sniffers, Steve Ignorant of Crass, No Love, and One Punk’s Guide to Free Jazz

Razorcake 108

Cover design by Eric Baskauskas
Cover photo by Dan Monick


Amyl And The Sniffers: Interview by Todd Taylor

Amyl And The Sniffers—live or on record—are like getting struck by lightning. You may not know what just happened, you may lose a shoe from the impact, but you won’t soon forget them.

A stark and brilliant contrast, a little bit out of nowhere, Melbourne’s Amyl And The Sniffers play the type of punk that’s primitive, sharp, and uncomplicated but incredibly effective. If you want difficult literature set to music, or music that needs to be explained, look elsewhere. If you crave live wire, chew toy-simple contemporary punk and want to sing along to songs about stolen bicycles, lost love, munchies, and self-empowerment, their songs will make your ears glow blue and your eyes to spring out of their sockets.

Due to their Australian pedigree, I hear a through-line of Cosmic Psychos, Bits Of Shit, Ooga Boogas, and early Eddy Current Suppression Ring with one important difference. This band-gang is fronted and led by a woman, Amy. There are more than just common punk weather patterns when Amy sings, “I’m not a loser.” As the backups kick in, The Sniffers form a united front and refrain, “She’s not a loser!” It’s 2019 and it sucks that Australia’s history of wonderful punk music has largely been bereft of strong female musicians. (Thankfully, this is changing.) What you hear and see of Amyl And The Sniffers is directly from their brains and fingers out into the world without the capitalism-calculated gloss and predatory slime of the music industry. Self-representation makes all the difference in the world.

Turning gutters into butter and lightning into electrifying music, say hello to Amyl And The Sniffers. They’re folks you can trust. –Todd Taylor

Steve Ignorant: Interview by Nardwuar the Human Serviette

Crass. What a band and the quintessential anarcho punk music collective. Over forty years after their formation and they still elicit strong reactions, ranging from unfettered and well-deserved fandom (gauged by the number of tattoos and butt flaps worldwide and my worn-out copy of Penis Envy), to the entire spectrum of critical appreciation as one of England’s most important bands and on down to outright dismissal as “unlistenable noise.” In comparison, their musicianship made the Sex Pistols sound like ELO and, to me, that’s a thing of absolute beauty.

There’s something to be said of a band that, for a time, sold more records than AC/DC, was being monitored by Margaret Thatcher (previously classified documents were released in 2014), and bypassed roadies in favor of giving out homemade sandwiches and tea to folks who helped lug their gear at shows. Crass lived their slogans of anti-capitalism by attempting to control the price of their records on their own record label by putting “Pay no more than…” on the cover, opted to play community halls and non-conventional places instead of established clubs, and paid fanzines out of their earnings while shunning—and deliberately fucking with—the national media.

A young Nardwuar first discovered Crass while listening to the Flex Your Head punk show on CiTR in Vancouver years ago. Crass made him smile. They had short songs. The seed was planted. Thanks go out to Melanie Kaye for connecting the dots between Crass singer Steve Ignorant and Nardwuar and getting them in touch. Since Steve has never been to Vancouver, he called into Nardwuar’s radio show and patiently answered over an hour’s worth of questions.

I think Nardwuar puts it best when considering the band: “Everything has been done before, but there will never be another Crass.” –Todd Taylor




No Love
: Interview by Vincent Chung

For the past two decades, the punk windfall in Raleigh, N.C. catalyzed a hotbed of activity: house shows everywhere, an explosion of punker imports, and lots and lots of bands. A few of those acts garnered recognition outside this cluster of sleepy college basketball towns: Double Negative, Whatever Brains, ISS, and Davidians.

No Love is a story about five divergent personalities and a cat. All of the band’s players have lingered around this prolific punk scene for awhile, enough to warrant some veteran hype upon No Love’s advent. Singer Elizabeth Lynch cut her teeth promoting events and DJing at local clubs. Guitarist Daniel Lupton founded and operates Sorry State Records—a punk-minded record store and label that is a central hub of the scene’s infrastructure. Guitarist and Elizabeth’s husband, Seth Beard, was in Logic Problem and works at the aforementioned Sorry State. Chris is in the local staple indie-noise duo Naked Naps. Osamu was in Antibubbles. Tobio is the muse.

Hype isn’t always a blessing. No Love took time to find its voice, and, for a while, carried the stigma of the perpetual opener for all the good punk shows. Once traction started sticking, the band immediately took off—its five brains firing on all pistons. Five years later, all this culminates on their debut LP, Choke On It, a relentlessly potent jolt of hardcore that careens manically without wasting riffs. With a glut of ideas, the band takes lots of chances, but never loses a sense of fury. –Vincent Chung


One Punk’s Guide to Free Jazz
by Mike Faloon

Emerging at the dawn of twentieth century, no one knows exactly who started jazz or precisely when it started. But all paths lead to African-Americans, specifically black Creoles, living in Jim Crow New Orleans. Using rhythms and melodies from Africa and the Caribbean, they drew on ragtime, blues, marches, work songs, spirituals, and waltzes.

As with any great leap forward, particularly one emanating within an oppressed and ostracized community, jazz met with resistance from the outset. Opponents spewed racist and classist arguments, decrying the music’s “bad taste” and claiming this African-American art form posed a threat to “middle class” (nay, white) values. Meanwhile, a number of white musicians formed their own bands, co-opting the sounds of their African-American contemporaries. Some went a step further and had the audacity to claim credit for creating jazz.

But as we’d later see with rock’n’roll, punk, and hip hop, the gatekeepers didn’t wield all the power. Jazz spread rapidly: Chicago, New York, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and countless cities in between. Across the decades, attempts to denigrate jazz and its creators persisted (and persist), but over time a jazz cannon emerged. Jelly Roll Morton. Louis Armstrong. Duke Ellington. Billie Holiday. Charlie Parker. Miles Davis. John Coltrane. These iconic figures and many others faced countless obstacles as they defined and refined America’s greatest artistic contribution to world culture.

And they’re just the start of the story. Jazz has evolved in many directions since. I would argue the most compelling of these subgenres is free jazz. Most renderings of jazz history give short shrift, if any consideration at all, to free jazz. Most read like a history of punk that skips from the Sex Pistols to Nirvana and ends with Green Day. Much of the best punk exists beyond the common narrative. The same holds true for jazz. –Mike Faloon

Donna Ramone samples the roasted goat. (instagram)

Jim Ruland knows that if our guts have shit for brains, then our brains can have shit tons of guts. (instagram, website, twitter)

Kiyoshi Nakazawa ain’t willing to pay extra. (instagram, website)

Ben Snakepit is still big in the funny pages. (instagram, website)

MariNaomi will have whatever you’re having. (instagram, website)

Rev. Nørb and the pee marinated bell-bottoms. (website)

Designated Dale reflects on the finest films of 1979 and doesn’t smash a single pumpkin.

Art Fuentes resists the orange nightmare. (instagram)

Bianca dusts off her cargo shorts and remembers what friends are for.

Puro Pinche Poetry: Gritos Del Barrio (Edited by Ever Velasquez (instagram) and Eugenia Nicole (instagram)
A selection from:
Untitled

“I live in a BROWN NEIGHBORHOOD
Where I don’t wake up to an alarm like most… instead it’s the sweet call of TAMALES!! CHAMPURRADO!! any day of the week. Uno elote por favor! Con crema y queso fresco. Breakfast a la mano.”
Ever a.k.a. the girl about town

Rhythm Chicken rocks out in his basement. (facebook)

Ollie Mikse
isn’t even with The Evens. (instagram)

Sam Grinberg gives philosophical one-liners. (instagram)

And photos from the lovely and talented:
Dan Monick (instagram, website, twitter)

Chris Boarts Larson (instagram, facebook, website)

Rachel Murray Framingheddu
(instagram, website)

This issue is dedicated to the memories of Pete Shelley and Kat Arthur

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Top 5s from Razorcake 103 featuring: Future Virgins, Total Control, Canadian Rifle, Mind Spiders, Color TV, Amyl And The Sniffers, Biznaga

Top 5s from Razorcake 103

Top 5s from Razorcake 103

Illustration by Shane Milner: IG @meta_mop

Adam Perry
• Hot Water Music, Dead To Me, Racquet Club at Slim’s, San Francisco
• Chuck Ragan and Dave Hause at Goldfield Trading Post, Sacramento
• Propagandhi, Victory Lap
• Lemuria, Recreational Hate
• Everyone’s friend Brandy Nichole Haile (1980-2018), who always reminded those she loved to “Please Believe!”

Alicia Armijo
• “‘M’ is for Morphine” by World/Inferno Friendship Society
• “Freedom Is a Wilderness” by World/Inferno Friendship Society
• “Rise” by Twin Scars
• “Rodan” by Stampede Mesa
• “Guacamole Party” by The Guacamole Police

Aphid Peewit
• MDC, Mein Trumpf CD
• Lumpy And The Dumpers, Those Pickled Fuckers LP
• United Teachers Of Music, Dreams of Beasts Must Die LP
• Dead Ending, Shoot the Messenger LP
The New York Hardcore Chronicles DVD

Art Ettinger
• Future Virgins, Doomsday Raga LP
• The Last Gang, Keep Them Counting LP
• Various Artists, American Oi! Texas Edition LP
• Various Artists, 14 Soda Punx LP
• 45 Adapters, They Call It Justice 7”

Bill Pinkel
• Future Virgins, Doomsday Raga LP
• Quicksand, Interiors LP
• Total Control, Laughing at the System LP
• Mind Spiders, Furies LP
• The Lillingtons live at the Viper Room!

Billy Kostka
• Cruel Ties, No Prisoner
• Total Control, Laughing at the System
• Mordecai, Live 2017
• Marbled Eye, EP2
• Beta Boys, Brick Walls

Candace Hansen
Top Five Distillers Songs I Hope They Play at the Reunion. (“City of Angels” doesn’t count of course they’re gonna play it.)
1. “Blackest Years”
2. “Sick of It All”
3. “Hall of Mirrors”
4. “World Comes Tumblin Down”
5. “Gypsy Rose Lee”

Chris Mason
1. Mind Spiders, Furies LP
2. Canadian Rifle, Peaceful Death LP
3. Bugg, Self-titled LP
4. The Number Ones, Another Side of The Number Ones 7”
5. girlSperm, Self-titled 12”

Chris Terry
• Songs For Snakes / If It Kills You, Split 7”
• The Fall, assorted Peel Sessions on YouTube
• Bat Fangs, Self-titled LP
• Danzy Senna, New People (novel)
• M.P. Johnson, Nails (novella)

Craven Rock
1. Launch of our cuck podcast, Two Paychecks
2. Ceschi Ramos, Sammus, hERON, cars and trains at Subspace
3. Shredders, Astronautalis at Chop Suey
4. Everything Is Terrible: The Great Satan at Central Cinema
5. Serpents in the Garden: Liaisons with Culture & Sex, by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair

Cynthia Pinedo
Five Bands I’ve Had on Repeat Lately
1. The Groans: This queer punk band hails from the Inland Empire. These QTs are so talented and so great live! Everything for Everyone is so good, and “BEBO Song” is a tribute to dogs that is always stuck in my head (in a good way).
2. Bad Cop/Bad Cop: OC/LA band Bad Cop have been killing it. Their album Warriors came out last year, and is full of jams. “Womanarchist” is such a powerful song; so important right now.
3. Weird Night: OC band Weird Night (formerly White Night) is lo-fi pop punk goodness, and I’ve had their self-titled album playing so much. “Al” and “Seis Seis Seis” are some of my favorite tracks.
4. Jawbreaker: So excited for their three nights at The Palladium.
5. The Bananas: Love them, and have probably listened to them more than any other band this year so far.

Daryl Gussin
• Mind Spiders, Furies LP, tie with Total Control, Laughing at the System LP
• La Tuya CD
• Biznaga, Sentido del Espectaculo LP
• Color TV, Paroxeteens 7”
• Swingin’ Utters, Drowing in the Sea, Rising with the Sun 2 x LP

Designated Dale
1. Nightmare Boyzzz playing again! New material hopefully in the works?
2. Molotov rocking and ruling the La Tocada Music Festival. Mexico City’s own never, ever disappoints.
3. The Sriracha-Chas debut full-length. Quote the late, great Cyrus: “Can you dig it?!”
4. La Tuya record release party at Cafe NELA, with extra special thanks to those clocking the extra miles to be there.
5. Razorcake celebrating its seventeenth year (!) by the time you read this. You’re fucking welcome!

Eric Baskauskas
Top 5 Band Names That Everyone Else in My New Hardcore Band Hated. You Can Use Them.
1. Earth O.D.
2. Clear Distaste
3. Big Bro
4. Anticene
5. Steamed

Joe Dana
Top 5 Things about Razorcake <3s Drinking Beer and Listening to Records First Annual Chili Cook Off
5. We had a nice ratio of vegan/veggie to meat chilis
4. We had trophies, great music, and our great venue, Footsies!
3. Luci Acosta won the People’s Choice Medal
2. Matt of Madison Bloodbath won second place and Amanda Jones won the first place trophy
1. There’ll be a Second Annual Chili Cook Off. Second Saturday of January 2019. Make plans to compete now!

Jim Woster
5 Movies from the Early ‘80s That Would Be Better-Known Had They Come Out in the ‘70s
Absence of Malice
Frances
Modern Romance
Prince of the City
Taps

Iggy Nicklbottum
Top 5 Best Moments at Curating Resistance: Punk as Archival Method Conference at UCLA
1. A collection of the best in women punk and rock of the ‘90s reminiscing on their best and worst moments in their careers, as well as giving their advice to young punks.
2. Lobotomy Mag panel was nothing but laughs. Every little party and moment was told in great detail, at the delight of the entire panel.
3. The tour of the archival collection of punk. Many small and interesting artifacts are being saved for future generations.
4. It was reunion of a lot of local older “classic” punks who were ecstatic to see one another. I was the youngest one.
5. It was student-run and they had plenty of free croissants.

Juan Espinosa
• Mind Spiders, Furies LP
• Neanderthal, A History of Violence 12”
• Intensive Care, Everything Has Its Price 7”
• Mortician, Darkest Day of Horror LP (reissue)
• Bugg, Self-titled LP

Genesis Bautista
Bands I’ve Recently Seen
• Gauze
• Framtid
• Unskilled Lab
• The Geros
• Cremalleras

Kayla Greet
1. Seattle Pop Punk Fest (especially Sicko, Listen Lady, Ramona, Dead Bars, and Choke The Pope) at The Highline
2. Mind Spiders, Furies
3. Ex Friends, Rules for Making Up Words
4. Canadian Rifle, Peaceful Death
5. The Drop Target Omnibus, by Jon Chad and Alec Longstreth (Liz Prince and I are published here!)

Kevin Dunn
1. Pink Collar Jobs, Anthology
2. Mind Spiders, Furies
3. Choke The Pope, Emotional Material
4. Black Paw, Self-titled EP
5. Lemuria, Recreational Hate

Kurt Morris
1. White American Youth by Christian Picciolini (book)
2. Smoke City by Keith Rosson (book)
3. I Feel Weird #1 & #2 (zines)
4. Converge, The Dusk in Us
5. Drive Like Jehu, Yank Crime

MariNaomi
Some Great Comics I Just Read
1. Carrie McNinch’s You Don’t Get There from Here diary comics are still going strong!
2. The Complete Strange Growths by Jenny Zervakis
3. Melody by Sylvie Rancourt
4. Southwest Roadtrip zine by Hellen Jo and Ines Estrada
5. Trains by Mandy Ord

Mark Twistworthy
• Feature, Banishing Ritual LP
• The Stroppies, Self-titled LP
• Superchunk, What a Time to Be Alive LP
• High Rise, II LP reissue
• Mean Jeans, Jingles Collection LP

Megan Razzetti
Top 5 Songs That I Really Like Right Now
• “Onion of My Eye” by Fleshies
• “Crumble” by Dinosaur Jr.
• “My Beautiful Ruin” by Sundowner
• “Sour Candy” by Bleached
• “Cut Yr Teeth” by Kississippi

Michael T. Fournier
• Keith Rosson, Smoke City (book)
• Mind Spiders, Furies
• Sriracha-chas, Self-titled debut
• Rules, Pronouns
• The World, First World Record

Michelle Kirk
Top 5 “Summer in February” List
1. “Gone for the Summer,” Telephone Lovers
2. “Sunsetz,” Cigarettes After Sex
3. “They Put a Body in the Bayou,” The Orwells
4. Worship the Sun, The Allah-Las
5. King of the Beach, Wavves

Mike Faloon
1. Johanna Crane, Scrambling for Africa (book)
2. Guided By Voices, August by Cake LP
3. Mind Mgmt: The Immortals, Matt Kindt (graphic novel)
4. Little Milton, His Greatest Sides LP
5. Safes, Tasty Waves LP

Mike Frame
1. Amyl And The Sniffers, entire catalog
2. Doug Sahm, entire catalog
3. Razor Boys, Self-titled LP
4. The Crack, In Search Of LP
5. Godless / Ozark series, Hostiles (movie)

DJ Naked Rob
Radio Valencia 87.9FM, SFCA
1. Neighborhood Brats, Night Shift 7”
2. Centuries, The Lights of This Earth Are Blinding LP
3. Nomos 751, Self-titled LP
4. Easy Prey, Teeth CS
5. The Devils, Iron Butt LP

Paul Silver
1. Canadian Rifle, Peaceful Death LP
2. Horror Squad, Turkish Techno, DFMK, Secondaries, Tracy Soto at Characters, Pomona, Calif.
3. Miss New Buddha, Dark Black, Lanterns at Blonde Bar, San Diego
4. Horror Squad, Death Posi LP
5. La Escalera New Year’s Eve at Til-Two San Diego, with Heartless Folk, International Dipshit, The Dodges, Ash Williams, Bossfight, Se Vende, Gentlemen Prefer Blood, Rayner, Western Settings, and Problem Daughter

Rene Navarro
1. My wife got me a ticket to see Jawbreaker.
2. Roy Orbison, Mystery Girl CD
3. No Statik, Unity & Fragmentation CD
4. The Kinks, Misfits LP
5. Hüsker Dü, Metal Circus LP

Rev. Nørb
• Razz, Time Frames 12” 45
• New Rocket Union, Self-titled CDEP
• The Jam, 1977 box set
• Rik & The Pigs, Blue Jean Queen 45
• Sweet Knives, “Burnt Sienna Blues” b/w “I Don’t Wanna See” 45

Rich Cocksedge
• Newport County 1 Spurs 1 – F.A. Cup 4th Round (and the subsequent replay at Wembley Stadium, despite losing 0-2)
• La Tuya, debut CD from L.A. punks (“Fuck the Cheeto king!”)
• Drug Victim, Worry 7”
• Timeshares, On Life Support EP, tie with The Mendozaz, Two Days to Retirement LP
• Death Pedals, Self-titled, tie with A Vulture Wake, The Appropriate Level of Outrage

Ryan Nichols
1. Bored Dudes
2. Human Leather, Lazy Karaoke LP
3. The Story of Crass by George Berger (book)
4. Caifanes at The Observatory in Santa Ana, Calif.
5. Shame, Songs of Praise LP

Sal Lucci
1. Terminal Mind, Recordings LP
2. Lumpy And The Dumpers, Those Pickled Fuckers LP
3. Cowboys, 3rd LP LP
4. Joe Meek, Hits from Holloway Road LP
5. Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares LP

Sean Arenas
• MACHINEkit, DYSAPPEARENCER LP
• Boys Order, Do the Wild Cat LP
• Hummingbird Of Death, Forbidden Techniques LP
• The Fadeaways, “Sick and Tired” b/w “Long Gone (The Customs)” 7”
• No Statik, Unity & Fragmentation LP

Sean Koepenick
Bands That Deserve Their Own Beer
1. The Ramones
2. The Replacements
3. The Clash
4. Anti-Nowhere League
5. New Model Army

Theresa W.
1. Career, Structures
2. Couch Slut, Contempt
3. Longclaw, Patterns
4. Open City, Self-titled
5. LAPêCHE, The Second Arrow

Toby Tober
Top 5 Movies I Have Recently Enjoyed
1. Lucky
2. The Orville
3. Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus
4. Good Time
5. Band Aid

Todd Taylor
• Total Control, Laughing at the System LP tie Mind Spiders, Furies LP
• Biznaga, Sentido del Espectaculo LP
• Marriage Material, Making the Worry Worth It, Part I 7”
• Caves, Always Why LP tie ONSIND, We Wilt, We Bloom LP
• Booji Boys, Weekend Rocker LP tie The Rippers, A Gut Feeling LP

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