NO FRIENDS #4, $6.50, 8½” x 11”, newsprint, 128 pgs.

Mar 23, 2017

I hadn’t heard of No Friends before, but it seems to have been started by former Maximum Rock‘n’roll contributor, Ray Martinez (aka Ray Suburbia). It’s a typical newsprint rag in the vein of MRR and has the same format: interviews, columns, and reviews. There’s also a flexi-disc with songs by Jami And The Debt, Tenement, Dyke Drama, and Endless Column. Interviews include Tenement, The Peterbaugh Sisters, Lemonade, and The Leather Archives and Museum (which was a very cool read). One complaint I had was that the columns were scattered throughout instead of in one specific section of the zine and the titles of the columns were at the bottom of each page. Every column looked similar—it would’ve been good to have titles at the top and to provide some kind of illustration or header unique to each. There are some in-depth, worthwhile conversations happening in No Friends as well as very cool photos in the reviews section—it’s obvious the folks putting this together know what they’re doing. A little tightening up of the layout will make this thing aces. Regardless, it’s still worth picking up if you’re a fan of Razorcake or MRR. –Kurt Morris (PO Box 12343, Chicago, IL, 60612)