EXTREME NOISE: 20 YEARS! #1: $7.50 ppd., 7 ¾” x 10 ½”, offset, 52 pgs.

Mar 19, 2015

I remember back in 1992 when Dan and some folks from Profane Existence were in the Bay Area checking out Epicenter Records, which was a volunteer-run record shop I used to work at, started by Tim Yohannon. Epicenter is long gone, but Extreme Noise is still here, despite the odds they have faced over time and at their various locations as they moved around Minneapolis. This zine is a oral history of the store from past and present volunteers, as well as long-time customers covering the beginning, dealing with landlords, financial struggles, meetings, strange customers, and all else that one encounters and faces in such a setting. The layout is clean with full color reproductions of flyers sprinkled throughout and live photos of bands that have played there in the past. Back in 2012, I went to Omaha to visit Mike Thrashead, and, on a whim, we decided to drive up to Minneapolis to check out the store. It turned out to be the best road trip I’ve had so far. Seriously, this place is well worth the drive from anywhere. It was like stepping into punk rock heaven, if there is such a thing. Great prices, friendly staff (no kidding), and a killer selection. I found more than a few things in the bins that were on my want list. It’s definitely a place I hope to make it back to. I walked out of there with the mindset of “Fuck yeah! Punk rock!” Reading this zine illustrates how important such a place is to the local community and beyond. It’s also clear from the amount of effort they put into producing this that this place means a hell of a lot. –M.Avrg (407 West Lake St., MPLS, MN 55408, extremenoise.com)