NIGHT OF THE FANDOM #3: 7” x 8 ½”, offset, 44 pgs.

Jan 23, 2012

A very well constructed fanzine which features a new interview with Tesco Vee (Meatmen) and John Brannon (Negative Approach, Laughing Hyenas), a dissection of Bruce Springsteen’s catalog (sorry, folks, but if you’re a fan of the Boss, I can’t relate), some short stories, and even a compilation CD which is enclosed in a pocket on the back cover (neat!). Also featured is a re-printed column from 1983 named “The Punk Revolt” which highlights the Detroit punk scene and also interviews John Brannon. Reading the newer interview with Brannon and Vee, it’s interesting (but not surprising ) to see that both of them are stuck in their ‘80s cocoon in which nothing “dangerous” or powerful exists after the days they were involved. And that’s my problem with guys like this: the only time they feel inclined to become involved in punk again is when their bank account funds are in danger of becoming insufficient. I will always defend the torch bearers of today rather than succumb to hero worship of dinosaurs who can only say “Well, you know, back in my day…” If Tesco Vee can only reference the Suicide Machines as a band he’s excited to be working with these days, then it’s plain to see which side of the coin he’s on. –Juan Espinosa (Lovecraft Press, no address)