MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL #381: $4.99, 8” x 10 ½”, newsprint, 120 pgs.

May 07, 2015

Band photo of the month takes the backseat to a tone-setting political statement of a cover: a full page list of names in memoriam of many of the unarmed people of color who were murdered by cops from year 2000 to present. Columns consist of expressing what is almost impossible to express on paper: confusion, disgust, helplessness, hopelessness, disconnection, and rage. I liked the difference in tone, yet comparable, sentiment of Marissa Magic’s column to Emmy Ramone’s regarding December’s police brutality protests and how the unjust society we live in catalyzes unsettling emotions. Bryony Beynon describes a day at the United Friends and Family Campaign’s (a coalition of the families and friends who have died at the hands of the state) annual march in central London, “I keep Mario’s machine in mind as my burning feet head for the night bus and think about our relative parts in it, always with the sneaking fear that the man with his hands on the levers sees bodies thrown upon the gears only as extra grease.” If you have been feeling overwhelmed and at a loss for what to do in the face of this great, big, racist, pig-faced problem, Grace Ambrose closes the columns section with some solid ways to begin generating change within our very own communities: “We need to take drastic steps to be more inclusive, to amplify the voices of marginalized people, and to actively work to dismantle white supremacy here in the punk scene.” We gotta keep fighting the good fight, and it begins with ourselves and holding each other accountable. This isn’t old news and we can’t let it become that. One of the worst things you could possibly do is nothing at all. Also included in this issue’s columns is a short interview with one of my favorite New Orleans punk bands, Mystic Inane, as well as a very informative article on “Teaching Resistance” written by a radical high school teacher who exposes the exploitative and detrimental effects of educational standardization. The letters section is hilarious, as usual; an “anonymous 90’s punk” gets ripped a new one. Good interviews with Dark Times, Wiccans, Hysterics, and other sick bands. Greg Harvester’s Top 10 always gives ya some tasty morsels to gnaw on. Book, zine, record, and demo reviews, you know… –Robin Effup (MRR, PO Box 460760, SF, CA94146,