MAXIMUM ROCK’N’ROLL #411, $4.99, 8 ½” x 11”, newsprint, 126 pgs.

Nov 22, 2017

MRR is punk’s version of The New Yorker. No matter what you do, no matter how much richness you’ve still got to read from the last one, it’s still going to show up in your mailbox and you’re just going to have to move on. This issue features an interview with Elix-r, an “all girls” punk group out of Denton, Texas, who said something really interesting: namely, how some dudes have a subconscious draw toward tinkering with a woman’s guitar and amp whereas they’d be less likely to do so to just walk up and fuck with a guy’s gear. I’ve seen it, I believe it, and knowing where I come from, I bet as a younger guy I’d be stupid enough to do it. The interview with Myanmar punks, No U Turn, has some good anecdotes, such as the time they had to censor one of their songs that featured the lyric, “Turn the radio off,” as the government thought they meant, “Turn off the [government] radio,” while the band meant, I think, “Turn the radio off [so you don’t have to listen to shitty music].” San Francisco hardcore dudes Fatigue get a feature, too, in which they settle once and for all that “oi bands are garbage.” If that’s not enough, we get a four-page hangout with Alice Bag. Bada-boom. –Jim Joyce (Maximum Rock’n’roll, PO Box 460760, SF, CA, 94146,