BLACKPOOL ROX II #11, £2, 8½” x 11”, glossy, 18 pgs.

Another sharp-looking issue from this U.K. fanzine. As with the last issue, #11 strikes a cool balance by covering a lot of nationally and internationally relevant bands but tying almost everything back to the local Blackpool scene. The first couple pages jump right from a brief interview with the legendary Cock Sparrer to a lengthy conversation with local riot grrrl band The Poly-Esters. On the non-punk front, there’s a short account of a Blackpool woman’s experiences in Saudi Arabia as well as an extremely drunk, extremely British, nearly incomprehensible journal of a trip to France taken by a group of kinda gross football guys, from what I can decipher—not really sure of the point of that one, to be honest. Rounding out the issue are a couple other band interviews, and some record and zine reviews. Not bad! –Indiana Laub (Blackpool Rox Towers, 16 Windmill Close, Blackpool, FY3 0EB, United Kingdom)