Cover design by Candice (website) Cover photo by Gabby Gonzalez (website)
Urinals (John Talley-Leach): Ryan
Leach saddles up next to Urinals founder John Talley-Jones. “John Talley-Jones
has been a constant creative presence in the Los Angeles underground music scene since the
late 1970s. Talley-Jones formed the Urinals in 1978 while attending UCLA as an
undergraduate. No member of the Urinals played an instrument before.” The
conversation ranges from John Cage, to professional medical book buying, to
starting your own record label. An interesting read.
Jake Smith, Part 1: Jimmy
Alvarado talks to Jake Smith. “Jake Smith has been involved in the music for
nigh on four decades. To the average punker, his name will likely best register
as the one next to the word ‘guitar’ on Crucifix’s seminal 1983 LP Dehumanization. It’s an oddly fitting
title in retrospect considering the band seems to have spent an inordinate
amount of energy over the past thirty-two years all but erasing his
fourteen-month tenure with the band—roughly a quarter of its existence—as
active contributing member, tour funder, and uncredited assistant producer. The
alternate version of their tale relegates him, at best, as a faceless ‘hired
gun’ who played no active part in the creation of that album.” They let the
mohawks down for this one.
Razzetti and Todd Taylor interview Lauren, Lou, and Audrey of the Worriers.
“Band rebirths are usually scary as shit. Not to sound overconfident on
Lauren’s behalf, but how could I not love Worriers? I’ve always thought their
voice is one of the most memorable in modern DIY punk…It simultaneously drips
of tender vulnerability and conveys obvious strength…It sure is pleasant and
addictive to listen to, but if you start
singing along, you’ll learn that while there are few definitive answers and the
world is a complex place, there’s never an excuse for shitty behavior that is often
driven by a patriarchal society. Lauren reminds those who need reminding that
feminism isn’t a side stage to DIY punk.” A must read.
Peach Kelli Pop: Todd
Taylor hates the cops with Allie Hanlon of Peach Kelli Pop. “We’ve all got
busy, fractured lives. Knees like getting jerked. Thinking’s hard. Some people
get off poking digital eyes. The internet’s rife with it. Yet, I get a trolly,
crude aftertaste with a filmy residue of misogyny from self-proclaimed ‘punk
gatekeepers’ who dismiss Peach Kelli Pop as merely empty calorie, high
fructose, confectioner’s sugar music looking for a commercial to stick to.
Peach Kelli Pop’s music is a continuation of the legacy of largely overlooked
and dismissed women in punk.” There’s a lot more snap and crackle to this pop.
Sean Carswell rides
his motorcycle through Susquehanna, Pennsylvania
listening to Defiance, Ohio. (website)
This issue is dedicated to the passing of Travis Fristoe, to the marriage of
Molly Robertson and Josh Rosa (and to the death of the Wulf Den. They may have
put our howl to sleep, but they can’t undo our teeth marks), and to the birth
of Cora “CoCo” David McBride.
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