TOTAL BUMMER: $?, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, photocopied, 16 pgs

May 08, 2013

Very simple stuff here—a couple show and record reviews, an interview with the author’s friend, and some clip art/random sentences scattered about through the sparse pages. This is a very unpretentious and earnest effort, and achieves a few things that I like with its cavalier approach. For one, I like that the show reviews seem to prioritize reporting on what moves the crowd was doing more than the music. The zine was admittedly dashed off the night before a zine fest, which might explain the rushed feeling I got reading it, both in the aesthetics and in the writing. With more time, I’m sure this could be expanded and refined so that band descriptions could get more pointed than, “Post-hardcore in the vein of Fugazi and a lot of other post-hardcore.” But as it is, it’s a simple and fun effort. ­–Dave Brainwreck (