GENERAL SPEECH OMNIBUS #1: $6 / €7/¥700, 8½” x 11”, photocopied, 28 pgs.

Jun 13, 2014

As the title suggests, this zine is a collection of the first four issues of General Speech, a fanzine that carries on the spirit of the writer’s previous zine,Evil Minded. Both were born out of the writer’s simultaneous discontent with his local punk scene and inability to understand why some of his favorite hardcore bands were being largely ignored. This compendium features interviews with bands from across the globe—Mexico’s Inservibles, Japan’s Death Dust Extractor, Switzerland’s The Decay, Australia’s Teargas—as well as across the country (Portland’s Bellicose Minds; New York’s No Fucker). As a person who knows absolutely nothing about hardcore punk except that she probably doesn’t hate it, I was intrigued to find that this was un-put-down-able. I’m not quite sure how interesting this would be for a person who’s actually in to hardcore and isn’t hearing about this stuff for the first time, but this zine definitely got me to check out every single band interviewed in its pages. Be warned, though, the first five pages are written in all-caps text in a tiny font, meaning you will need a ruler to read this for extended periods. –Bianca (General Speech Omnibus #1, PO Box 24842, Lexington, KY 40524, [email protected])