MAXIMUM ROCK’N’ROLL #412, $4.99, 8 ½” x 11”, newsprint, 94 pgs.

Nov 22, 2017

Issue 412 is devoted to Pinoy Punk. What’s Pinoy Punk? I’m just learning, too. In abbreviated form, it’s punk culture from the Philippines and punk of the Filipino diaspora around the globe. And here’s something I didn’t know—the Philippines had a raging punk scene the ‘80s, and it seems as big as ever now with events like Aklasan Fest, a San Francisco event that “Unit[es] the Filipino Punk Diaspora Since 2014,” and I suppose it’s been big for a while, too. The zine Bamboo Girl has been around since ’96, and distros like Brown Recluse having been stocking Pinoy zines for a bit as well. In short, a lot of this issue involves exposing MRR readers to groups they might’ve missed. There are literal lists of bands (Moxiebeat, Monte, First Quarter Storm, Material Support) and personal takes on what it means to be Pinoy—it “means way more than just being a Filipino kid that likes music—[it means not] pushing one’s Filipino identity in the dark… so you can feel more at ease in a sea of white spaces,” and it means “working in [a] community against capitalism in its most evil forms,” too. There are even short guides to zine and record shopping abroad. What’s more? One columnist, Geyl, reflecting on the Ghost Ship fire, gave a call for anarchist fire drills, which is a really cool idea for safe-proofing DIY venues. Onward. –Jim Joyce (Maximum Rock’n’roll, PO Box 460760, SF, CA, 94146,