MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL #405, $4.99, 8½” x 11”, 119 pgs.

May 31, 2017

I am not a regular reader of Maximum Rocknroll but I love it whenever I come across an issue at an independent bookstore or in my review box from Razorcake HQ. I always appreciate the way that MRR covers completely different bands than our own beloved zine. It always reminds that the punk scene is alive and well, even if it often seems to be spread thin around the world, like a people group in diaspora. The black and white images of full basements and community centers hosting rowdy punk shows, the photos of musicians covered in beer and sweat, and the different styles and forms that underground music takes are all presented here in the Bay Area-based newsprint punk zine. Issue #405 is MRR’s “2016 Year-End Top Ten Lists” issue, and includes features on Glasgow’s Anxiety and Minneapolis’s Fucking. Be true to the ‘cake, but definitely give Maximum Rocknroll a read. There is ample room and plenty of need for us all. Up the punks! –Jon Mule (Maximum Rocknroll, PO Box 460760, SF, CA 94146)