SUBURBAN VOICE #44: $4.00 ppd., 8 ½ X 11, offset newsprint, glossy cover, 144 pgs.

Jan 22, 2011

I was flipping through a book about punk rock poster art the other day, and it was full of quotes from people who had been in the scene in the late seventies/early eighties, and a bunch of the quotes were about how great the past was and how everything sucks now. It was starting to get on my nerves. Then, I came across Al Quint's passage about how punk rock was great then and it's great now and that's why he continues to put out Suburban Voice after sixteen years. That quote reminded me of what I already knew: Al Quint rocks. This issue of Suburban Voice is no exception. It has one of the most in-depth and hilarious interviews with Dillinger Four that I've ever read. He also interviews heavy hitters like Cocksparrer and Hot Water Music, as well as F-Minus, Kill the Man Who Questions, the Varukers, the Nerve Agents, and a few more. There's a cool article on the Clash, some decent columns, and tons of reviews (I should add that Quint does my favorite kind of record reviews: ones that I agree with). All in all, it's a hell of a good read. It comes with a compilation CD, too, with Toxic Narcotic, A Poor Excuse, Broken, Aus Rotten, and twenty-two more bands. -Sean Carswell (Suburban Voice, PO Box 2746, Lynn, MA 01903)