RAZORBLADES & ASPIRIN #11, $7.98, 8¼” x 11¾”, glossy, 70pgs.

May 24, 2022

This caught my eye on the shelf at my local record store. It’s not often that you come across a full-glossy zine dedicated to hardcore punk. I had to pick it up and check it out, and I’m so glad I did. Razorblades & Aspirin is a mostly solo project assembled and edited by photographer and writer Michael Thorn. Primarily a photozine featuring Thorn’s work and the work of others, the images practically leap off the page and circle pit in your living room. In addition to the amazing photos, Thorn also does great interviews and writes some short record reviews as well. This issue featured interviews with Muro, Infest, Sensual World, writer/artist Alex Smith, Meghan and Sean of Cvlt Nation, photographers Joe Calixto and Velma Hernandez, and others. The photographer interviews all seemed to follow a similar pattern of questions, but it was interesting to read each photographer’s answers. The band interviews, the interview with writer/artist Alex Smith, and the interview with the founders of Cvlt Nation were more varied and wide-ranging. Current issues are available on the zine’s website, or from one of their distributors. Highly recommended reading. –Paul J. Comeau (PO Box 23173, Richmond, VA 23223, razorbladesandaspirin.com)

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