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RIOT 77 #8
3 euros + postage, 8 ¼ x 10 ¾, offset print, glossy, 52 pgs.

By sean
Monday, June 18 2007

Riot 77 has a lot in common with Suburban Voice and, if you know how much I like Suburban Voice, you know what a compliment that is. Where SV focuses mostly on American hardcore and punk, Riot 77 has more of an oi or first wave punk focus. Still, like SV, there’s extensive, diary-like coverage of live shows from the zine’s area. Cian and his partners go to a lot of shows, and they write about them in interesting ways. If nothing else, you get to find out how The Epoxies, Iggy Pop, Fleshies, and Against Me! were received in Dublin. Cian also does top notch interviews. His questions are well-researched, and he gets the best out of his subjects. Hell, he even drew me into a 7 Seconds interview, and I never thought I’d get drawn into one of those. This issue also has a lengthy interviews with Los Fastidios, Mark from Captain Oi!, and Dublin punk legends The Radiators. All three of these interviews are interesting, too, but the real standout was the Captain Oi! interview. Mark gives his perspective after twenty years at the heart of the British punk scene, covering everything from his days in The Business to his relentless attempt to keep all great British punk in print. What’s cool about the interview is that Mark neither romanticizes nor criticizes. He comes off as honest and balanced, and though he’s a bit grumpy at times, a jolt of optimism resonates in everything he says. This is my kind of zine. –Sean (Riot 77 c/o Cian Haynes, 31 St. Patricks Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, Ireland; riot77magazine@hotmail.com)

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