MAXIMUM TREMOLO #1: $2 ppd., 5 ½” x 8 ½”, copied, 16 pgs.

Since there’s a cartoon rat riding a surfboard on the cover, you don’t even have to read this to know that it’s awesome. With the tagline “Making surf a fucking threat again,” this fanzine passionately covers obscure surf bands both live and recorded. It also features an excellent little article titled “Start a Surf Band, You Hoser” that has eight handy steps towards rippinʼ (number four being “Fight the other surf bands in town”), as well as handy surf scales to get your guitarist going. Judging from the first issue of Maximum Tremolo, surf clearly equals punk. –Alanna Why (Maximum Tremolo, PO Box 467, Amherst, NY 14226)