RUBBERNECK #5: 8 ½” x 11”, printed, 44 pgs.

Mar 07, 2013

You’re likely familiar with Rubberneck by now. It’s a photo zine that compiles shots of the Austin, Texas garage-punk scene. The photos are always great (black and white) and the paper stock is heavy and expensive. As the zine’s progressed, it’s included new columns (notably the dubious but humorous advice from Wes Coleman and record reviews). Reviewer Miranda Fisher is a feisty one, likely riding the iconoclastic high achieved from reading the Nick Tosches Reader and Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung in rapid succession. Not sure why she spends a few hundred words knocking London Calling. Pretty useless and that paper stock is expensive. (Space could have been better used to describe how awesome the new People’s TempleLP is.) But props to her for handling just about all the writing duties. I really dig the new comics included in this issue—getting back to the essence of early zines. Rubberneck even has ads in this issue (almost breaking even now, Renate, huh?). Speaking of ads, there’s one for the label 12XU listing a James Arthur’s Manhunt LP due for release in 2013. Great news, as it’ll likely be one the best albums released this year. Rubberneck is well worth the price of admission and is hand numbered for all you collector types. Bonus: A Greg Cartwright photo for your locker! –Ryan Leach (