MAXIMUMROCKNROLL #335: $4, 8 ½” x 11”, newsprint, 128 pgs.

In keeping with the spirit of the season (this is this monthly zine’s April issue, which means Jesus and April Fools Day), this installment has been subtitled the “Christian punk special,” and features on its cover a pretty funny, multi-leveled piss-take on the iconic image that graced the front of the Teen Idles’ sole EP. Also of note here is Al Quint’s column, which keeps the April festivities going with a tale about Springa from SS Decontrol’s latest cinematic endeavor. The rest is the usual hit and miss hodgepodge of columns, interviews (yakfests ensue with Crazy Spirit, Timmy’s Organism, Devour, Sunshine SS, Siege, Attention Span, Mauser, and Icon Gallery), reviews up the wazoo and so on. If you’re acquainted with MRR, you likely know what to expect, and if you aren’t, the sheer amount of stuff being tossed in your direction by this will keep you up to your ears in things punk for quite a while. For me, this wasmore like running into an old friendyou used to constantly hung out with twenty-seven years ago—nice, warm ‘n’ familiar feelings towards ‘em, and it’s good to see they’re doing all right and still raising a ruckus, butonce you get past the superficial pleasantries and start delving a little deeper, you start to remember why you stopped hanging around ‘em so much. –MRR, PO Box 460760, SF, CA 94146