May 2009
Billy Riot keeps threatening to silence
this fanzine, but he just can't help
cracking off a another "quicky" to feed
his punk rock thirst. And lets hope he
don't give in just yet coz freebie zines
like this are in it for all the right
reasons, so don't look down yer nose
if your in a band coz it's FREE,
grubby and full of porn (whoops!),
he's promoting his local scene more
than anyone else right now. And if
that ain't enough, he's also got
himself a new punk combo to vent his
pent up angst on us all after
Violent Fuckwits
become passive
and intelligent. His new bunch of cut
throats are called
Hardcore who I've
yet to hear, but promise to bring us
his unique definition of punk rock to a
stage near you. Or if you live in
Belfast maybe next week? But forget
Bill's extra carricullar activitys back to
the zine. The photogenic
are splashed on the front cover from
a gig in April and we get to hear what
Mr Riot's all time Top Ten punk
singles were...with a surprising
'California Uber Alles '
coming in at number one. Surprising I
say, coz it's not what I was expecting
from Bill. There's an in-depth piece on
Runnin Riots new album 'Boots And
Ballads', track by track. Amongst the
regular record, zine and DVD reviews.
1000 Drunken Nights take the
centre-spread followed by a piece on
'Solidarity' which surprisinglyly stinks
of Trev Hagl's's new lefty zine policy. It
does however make a good point
about workers wrongly blaming
immigrants for job losses. It's obvious
the Governments policy for employing
cheap labour is what's at fault here,
and we all know this government cuts
corners on almost everything it
touches. However I always find it
strange how previously apolitical
working class punks and skins seem
to side with the equally abhorrent lefty
liberal scaremongering more than
ever these days. Maybe I'm missing
somert?, but the only time I see Nazis
is on the news. You never actually
encounter any in real life or even a
BMP candidate for that matter. It's like
the 'right on police' are looking for
trouble in every dark corner and class
a party who have no chance in hell of
governing this country as the big
threat! When in reality the real threat
is complacency and political
correctness in every day life. To bring
us back from all this political bollocks
ROYO finishes off with a late 70's
West Coast Punk perspective which I
agree with totally. Next ish could be
the last as Bill concentrates on flexing
Hardcore muscles and
canvassing for Socialist Worker.
February 2009
First zine of the year and the
economic gloom is hitting fanzines like
Fast 'N' Loud big time, with no more
vibrant colour covers to seduce us as
printing costs accelerate. But at least
we still got a sheen on this issues
grey visage. Inside its 36 A4 pages is
what counts though, with possibly a
Fast 'N' Loud career highlight with
Brian James interview. The
forgotten man of
the Damned who
wrote all the classics despite Captain
Sensible. Still in the geriatric ward of
old but goody punks. Fast Eddie of
the Vibrators spills the beans on
why he disliked Sid Vicious and bird
Apocalypse Baby's return,
despite major line-up changes
scuppering their gigs and have news
on another album. Meanwhile lead
singer Asterix's side project his
Blitzkrieg Bop zine gets covered.
Even Belfast zine writer
Billy Riot and
front man for the unstable
gets the Gloucester
spotlight shone in his face. Making a
diverse mix of characters from the
punk scene. From editor John's punk
archives we get an early 80's
interview from
Demob and a piece on
rich punk kids rebelling. There's a
multitude of record and zine reviews
plus snippets of punk news. Fer
instance Boobs ex-singer out of
Disorder is finally freed after 10
years banged up in a Spanish jail for
drugs. The print job is spot on this
time round. So fair play to John for
defying the depression and still
churning out an interesting read.
Issue #10 we are reliably informed will
feature Mike Howes (
Demob, Acts of
) and Trev Hagl (Negative
88 Overbrook Drive, Hardwicke,
Gloucester, GL2 4RZ, England
Split Issue Spring 2009
Another blast from the past with 2 UK
zines I ain't set eyes on since I used to
write my old paper zine the Suffragette
back in the 90's. I seen an ad or flyer
somewhere online and just had to see
how they have both developed. And
you know what, these great sounding
zine titles ain't changed a bit both in
layout or musical persuasion.
Obviously they may now use
computers to write things up but the
passion is still there. Lots of DIY
crusty, extreme, hardcore noise is let
unleashed. So unless you got your ear
protection installed you'll be blown out
the water by a lot of the bands
covered. Vet zinewriter Colin Astro
from Donny, now a self confessed CSI
addict and
Hell And Damnation
honcho reveals this is his first and
possibly last attempt at a zine in over 6
years. But he ain't going out
wimpering, he's still armed to the teeth
with his unique artistic Armageddon
gun at the end of his finger. He admits
to losing interest in writing about the
sounds that inspired but are still part
of his daily soundtrack. The process of
putting a zine together is these days
for the very young or totally immersed
individual breed of punk in this
computer age. As you get older it is
harder to retain that buzz 'n' hunger
for glue and scissors and bartering for
cheap places to print zines up in a
depressed economy, and that's where
the internet would be a good choice
for his not so regular rants. But I doubt
that format appeals to crusty video
watching punks in their busy 21st
lifestyle. Despite all this I admire his
seething anger thats still evident in
print as
"global fuckin' politics" makes
him spit blood. Highlight of his side of
this split issue was the impressive
'Zombies Damnation' article which is a
comprehensive 6 page run down of all
the best and worst zombie flicks to
desolate your video player. He reviews
each with the same enthusiasm he
reserves for his music...damning!
Music wise I won't dwell too much on,
as its dark, intense and littered with
bands who are hard to pronounce, let
alone endure or slip off the side of
your tongue. But each to their own. I'm
sure they are covered with satisfactory
glee. There's also rants on Illegal
Immigrants and Global warming. UK
zines excel in this genre pity they're a
dying breed!
Ripping Thrash is somewhat slightly
less hardcore in approach and style
but that's only cos Steve reviews other
strains of punk in-between large doses
of gore and thrash. Like the title says if
Rips and is Thrash its exalted within
these pages. Steve unlike Mr Astro is
still heavily involved in the punk scene
he's even embraced the internet with
an online distro available below. And
can be seen at gigs and punk picnics
when he ain't doing his allotment or
travelling to outback's in far flung
places. Reflecting his musical taste
and interests. UK or US Punk is a rare
commodity within these pages maybe
its coz the Japs or Swedes for example
do the whooooarrghhhh with so much
vigor? Kicking off interview wise with
yet another long lost DIY crust d-beat
fanzine editor (Chris from
Aversion as well as others and all
with different names but same layout
and attitude. This was interesting for
me as I got a couple of issues of
Aversion in my zine stockpile
somewhere? Maybe I should do an
article on long lost zinesters? See
zines do inspire. The token band
interview is with new Hungarian band
Step On It who Im reliably informed
are "simple fast hardcore". And finally
one with the now regular on the road
Active Rebellion which have
made appearances at 3 of the last 5
gigs I've been to. There's a mammoth
selection of record and zine reviews
with the rare inclusion of sleeves,
which adds a new dimension or was it
space filling lol. Both good DIY punk
zines from the UK that more than
adequately cater for their respective
genres. So if like me your not prone to
that more extreme musical direction
you'll definitely get off on some of the
other articles here in. As always comes
with eye catching cover artwork.
April 2009
Good to read another issue of the
highly recommended
Fear And
. As always packed solid with
intriguing in-depth interviews and
gig/record reviews. Since I last read a
copy of
Fear And Loathing (it's now
celebrating 20 years of knocking these
out and the first issue came out in April
'89 for all you zine train spotters), it
has moved base outta London and
now resides in Chav land or Essex to
you and me. Thankfully with no signs
of bling within it's pages it does veer
towards the older classic punk scene,
but the attention to detail is still as
pronounced, focused and with an
eternal enthusiasm. So don't be put off
by its basic cut 'n' paste format as this
reads like a dream compared with
most zines out there today. Don't think
there's many punks Andy the editor
ain't interviewed or tried to in the
traditional punk scene? And this 36 A4
page issue is no exception in variety.
There's a wide array with
Cute Lepers, The Lurkers, Flux Of
Pink Indians, Johnny Moped
cover stars
the Boys who all getting
probed. Andy's editorial covers the
demise of
Ron Asheton and the fact
that he regrets calling this zine
And Loathing
which was taken from
the 1971 Hunter S. Thompson novel
that I doubt would be as interesting to
read. I do think
F&L is a great name
for zine, and harks back to the classic
punk zine era with publications like
Ripped 'N' Torn, Sniffin' Glue or
more recently
Defiant Pose, but hey
we all have regrets. Andy does tend to
have his faves with
TV Smith gigs
dominating a lot of his live reviews
which can sometimes get repetetive
and border on stalking even when
is playing below par as there's not a
hint of criticism. But this zine reviewer
goes to more gigs than anyone I know
in the current punk scene apart from
Charlie Harper maybe. Don't think
you'll regret what's on show in here
either coz whatever your taste in can scratch yerself silly to
the Cute Lepers, get sectioned with
Slimy Toad, have a drink with Arturo
, reminisce with Kid Reid, go
for a Mexican with
London or enter
the dressing room of
Flux...the choice
is yours? Andy is also compiling a data
base and possibly a book about
and he's after any comments
or help. So if your a big
disciple and want all the goss you
might wanna drop him a line or even
better buy a copy of his zine as we
need zines like this even if we don't
shoot up in Las Vegas.
Cheers to my old drinking mucka Paul
from Bristol for chucking this my way.
It's the first time I read a copy of this
Bristols zine for a few years, although
to be fair Shane did actually offer to
send one about 12 months ago but I
forgot to reply tut tut. Apparently
Everlong has been reduced from A4
(which was only for a 50 edition
collectors item Big Issue gig) to A5.
And selling on E-bay as we speak.
This second reprint is back in the
regular A5 format but everything still
looks BIG! The text has been
enlarged, not that I'm complaining, but
I did feel the more compact layout of
previous issues was way more
appealing and professional looking.
Some things don't change however,
coz there's another array of smarmy
NME type bands in this chunky 68
pager. Beardy local student promoter
and drummer in
Dig For Fire gets his
15 minutes worth, but was burning with
boredom (yawn). The Welsh Industrial
black hole of Newport and home to
Flyscreen is apparently the new
Seattle according to some misguided
journo, as
Flyscreen look back on
their indie career.
Jesus Bruiser
drags things more towards a punkier
vibe but what a god awful name. They
apparently poached
the Mingers
singer (don't tell
3CR), denounce
Murdoch's myspace empire, which
despite its obvious corporate image is
easily the best shop window for
unsigned punk bands or any bands on
the planet. However they shoot
themselves in the foot by
enthusiastically publicising the 'Bastard
Squad Collective' website built by them
on Geocities which is actually owned
by Yahoo, and guess who bought out
that? Don't these stooodents ever
read the small print lol. Followed by the
King Blues who are
acoustic folk Ska fer fux sake! They do
own a pet rat called 'Disorder' as a
punk foot note. Finally
the Cute
bring in some quality punk
puss to the indie dribble and tell us
why the band are at this moment in
time more fulfilling than
the Briefs.
Don't count out a
Briefs come back
though. The ex-
Filaments singer
(highly rated within
Everlong's pages)
tells us about the American dream
gone wrong. And I totally agree with
the geezers take on the massive
cultural difference, having spent 4
months hard labour in salubrious
Portland one upon a time. On a
comical note handwritten zine,
The Sunshine
(can't you just sniff the
hippy at ten paces?) tells us all in
squiggly handwriting all we ever
wanted to know about geeky fanzine
writers. Not content with one local
promoter having their say, another one
gets his Converse trainer in on the act
as 'Trailer Park Trash' give us a
synopsis of their decade of turning
rebellion into money and name names!
And if all that ain't enough, the rest of
the zine (over 35 pages) is dedicated
to reviews where you can read about a
lot of the bands (arrrgghhh) featured
in this issue.
Not the best issue of
Everlong but at
least you can squirm or snigger at the
subjects inside!
£1 from
1 Shilton Close, Kingswood, Bristol,
BS15 9UZ, England.
September 2009
Billy Riot takes time out from his new
Hard Case's busy recording
schedule (7 tracks are in the process
of being kicked into shape) to dish out
a shorter than usual dose of reality
from the streets of Belfast, despite last
issues threat of imminent closure!
Seems a shame that the only Belfast
PUNK zine about these days
us safe from the hippy idealism"
could be silenced after being around
for over a decade now? But the
positive editorial looks like Bill could be
knocking a few more out just yet,
before the Riot coffin gets draped and
clapped through the streets of BT5.
Riot On Your Own must be the only
street punk zine that's gonna feature
fashion shows, Rebellion punk festival,
kickboxing championships and a Jack
the Ripper reveal all in one issue. It
may be lacking in TOTAL punk content
this time out, but id rather read about
Walter Sickert (what a great punk
name) or young Scotty's kick boxing
bouts, than some 3rd rate punk outfit
with absolutely nothing to say. That's
why I don't interview bands much
either. However there's lots of gig
reviews this 'ish that beef up the
content with the Drumcanoo Festival in
the wilds of County Donegal and of
course the massive and annual
Rebellion festival from Blackpool
dominating the punk action. Visually
interesting (courtesy of the various
snaps littered throughout the pages)
and literally, where we read of
making a suprising
comeback compared to previous
attempts and
Killing Joke stealing the
thunder from the usual skinhead
suspects on display. But next year
Spain wins out for the Riot family
vacation and I gotta say I don't blame
'em either.
Agressors BC steal the
centre-spread photo shot and you can
guess why. With
Hard Case bringing
up the rear.
September 2009
Got this issue as I seem to always do
when its got punk interest on the front
with a misleading
"Punk Rock
emblazoned on the cover.
However inside it was meagre pickings
as far as punk goes. New York's
Casualties tell us tales from their
never ending spiky road tours. John
Robb waffles on about safe punk
outfits. New Jersey punk legends (Big
Cheese's words, not mine!)
reckon punk is being watered
down through every generation.
Talking of which
the Rabbles Chazz is
pictured modelling some tacky punk
attire along with Kate from
Love And
A 45
. Apparently Louis from X-Factor
wants Chazz as support to Jedward on
their upcoming tour? There's a big 16
page report and pix on this years
Warped tour of the USA which
seem to have stormed in
more ways than one.
Anti Flag
provide the acrobatic stage shots.
Social Distortion's lean and
now meaner Mike Ness spells out his
love of dirty rock 'n' roll punk before
the jocks got involved.
Rancid tell us
all about the bands who inspired them,
no surprises there but
Last Resort fer
fux sake. Mick Jones former
tune-smith and record producer now
looks like a city banker and still listens
to Bruce and Dylan but no Elvis,
Beatles or the Rolling Stones. Plus a
roundup of this years Rebellion festival
that attracts over 7,000 punks from all
corners of the globe according to
. Mr Russell must be rubbing
his grubby paws all the way to the bar
in this economic gloom. Finally we get
16 pages of reviews from a wide array
of scenes. Big Cheese is glossy totally
manufactured but still worth a look
every now and then to spot the real
punk gems that slide through the filter.
MAY 2009
Bought this at a recent punk gig in
Brum that's distroed by the
Active Rebellion who
seem to be the only fanzine sellers
doing the gigs in blighty at the
moment. So first in a 3 issue review
series that will see consequtive reviews
over the next few months. The letters
page seems to be dominated by some
Hardskin comment from an earlier
issue where front man Fat Bob stated
"all crusties should bathe" which we
totally agree with, but seems to have
MRR's by now majority
crustie readership tee hee. Columns
this issue feature a female black
lesbian lol. Which sounds like a familiar
zine title and covers yeah you guessed
it...racism and bigotry in her local punk
scene. I'd put money on it she'd get
exactly the same reaction if she was in
the Dreadzone. Others of note include
a tour diary of Scotland, Al Quints
I-pod configurations, Mykel Board is
still boring, Chuck Barrel's is a new
punk based columnist covering new
wave type bands, the reliable Felix
Havoc gives us an insiders view on
working class punk inside the
economic gloom, an amusing Lefty
Hooligan piece, intersects the more
readable music based columnists,
which thankfully dominate this issue as
Graham Booth joins the gang, And
alongside Roahrs and Basement
Screams which delves into lo-fi
shoestring budget recordings plus a
column on zines makes for a rare good
column experience. The Last Punk was
controversial but highly amusing as
Iggy and St Jello get bought to justice
in a no holds barred savage piece of
criticism. We are bought back to peace
and harmony by Fly's cartoon piece.
Bands in this issue are mostly
relatively new to my ears.
from London who?, play
stripped down R 'N' B punk,
front woman Stef tell us
about Lesbian punk, hardcore Italian
punk is represented
Pioggia Nera,
Criminal Damage hail from my old
stomping ground Portland, Hardcore
punk rock 'n' rollers
Never Healed
come from California, while
Condominium come from Minneapolis
and give us experimental hardcore and
Screaming Females feature the
diminutive Marrisa Paternoster from
Brunswick New York. He maybe gone
but Lance Hahn is certainly not
forgotten in print, with his probing
Anarcho punk series continuing with
obscurities like the
Passion Killers.
Moving to a more spiky vein the
Germ Attak from Ottawa,
Ontario get probed. The scene reports
are from Belgrade now capital of
Serbia and Illinois which makes for a
startling contrast.There's an
interesting and often scary feature on
health issues from various punks
covering Dope, Epilepsy, stroke and
Prostitis plus a piece on toxicity in San
Francisco. The reviews as always are
massive as old faves get reissued and
rub shoulders with a never ending new
breed of sounds and print from the
current punk scene. Still worth your
cash if you can find a copy.
$4.00 from
December 2009
Have at to admit I'm still reading this
big and I mean gigantic chunky zine
from a neighbouring shire. And unlike
last issue, number #4 is topped off in
spiffing full colour veneer which really
does up the ante.
F.D.P.R. has
in my humble opinion made a massive
leap in presentation with silky page
standards and crisp print job gives off
a very professional read. The pics
might be small but they're sharp, and
there's every chance the mountain of
text in here will keep you goin through
any airport shutdown, ferry queue or
throne session in the foreseeable
future. Apart from a rare
interview, this zine covers all walks of
contemporary crusty, rebellious low life
we often refer to as the punk scene.
Inside is packed with a multitude of
diversions, tangents and sequels to
the beast of Boningdales boundless
love affair with punk and all its sins.
Editor Tom does have a few bones of
contention with some punk big names,
but hey if we liked everything, the
world would be such a boring place.
And your right about
Defiance mate,
they nicked a zine off me when I left it
in their rehearsal space they shared
with the ex wife's band one night after I
popped out for a drink. So somewhere
in PDX is a copy of
4 Minute
. Mitch was so pleased to
hear that tee hee. We also get views
on the The Good, The Bad and the
Ugly side of
MRR. There's a barrel
load of gig reviews as Tom Freefall
despite his belligerence, can recall the
most infinite anecdote as he slums it
from one gig to the next. A piece on
how 'War Is Bad' is vented and some
good DVD reviews which I might steal
as they should be read by as many
people as possible. There's a good
profile on the rabid but brilliant

And great to see an in-depth
few pages on the bands and tracks
that litter the double CD that comes
FREE with this issue. A funny but
important piece on 'record collecting'
as this is a zine i spose aimed at those
punk train spotters we are all guilty of
being at some time or other. Despite
its wall to wall punk leanings, there is
space for a review on the classic
Hitchcock film 'Lifeboat' that's followed
by an amusing (ain't they all?) attack
Henry Rollins. You probably start
to see this zine is impossible to
categorize in a standard format, as
every things in no set order, but with
lots of zany variety. The hated
get pinned against the wall, while
the overrated
Leatherface gets
applauded. Some Comic reviews are
thrown in too, which is new terrain for
me, but holds a certain interest.
Whatever your views on punk and
reading matter, you'll find yourself
agreeing with Tom 9 times outta 10.
F.D.P.R. is definitely the best Midlands
punk zine in existence at this current
time and shouldn't be squattin in
Pukes former shadow no longer. With
its own personality, this bulging 104
page book of worms should be read by
a bigger audience without doubt.
December 2009
Artcore greets us with the byline
'Remember When Punk Rock Was
Dangerous'...we certainly do! Glad
zines like this are still asking that
question, because the initial threat has
been frustratingly Xeroxed, copied and
improvised over the years, that its
become almost a blur of
contradictions. But
Artcore feels real
and the editorial spells it out! This long
running, defiantly proud fanzine finally
gets another review on this site after
over a decade. I spotted a sighting on
Active Rebellion stall in Brum last
winter so I bought all 3 issues. Welly,
the editor and singer in
4 Letter
, now runs a record store, so
that's good to know the recession
hasn't smothered all punk expansion.
He sounds like he's been keeping
punk alive on the streets of Cardiff and
beyond with this impressive zine since
Artcore as the name suggests,
has gotta be the best looking UK zine
around at the moment. Positively
dripping with art, but created with a
distinct punk edge. Its very sporadic in
its publishing output, but every 18
months or so usually sees some new
issue splash out from its South Wales
HQ. You can't help but admire the high
class effort and attention to detail that
goes into each issue (this one comes
with a FREE CD by
House Of
(review up soon)). Which
gives it an undoubted edge on its
Artcore is what
artists like
Winston Smith would
produce if he lived in the Valleys and
had a fixation with US Hardcore. It's got
that same US thrust for iconic imagery
that rolls right through this zines
layout. The tiny print also means its
also got a helluva lot to say. Don't
think no-one could say Welly isn't
opinionated, which is good as the
shittier elements of punk don't get
much of a look-in. I do still think his
obsessive American hardcore love
affair is worryingly still evident, but
besides some iffy Emo crap, thank fuck
he does know what he's on about and
gives fans of the genre a much
needed boost, and fills the gap left by
zines like
MRR and Al Quint's long lost
Suburban Voice. My only minor
complaint is the front cover pic has
annoying arty speckles on it which
loses impact and the interviews ain't
preceded by a short introduction as to
who or what the band or individuals
are involved in? Which for dumbos like
myself who ain't familiar, is important?
But that's a small detail, as its usually
covered in the opening question or 2.
Bands featured in this issue are
Chicago punks
Shot Baker, Long
Capital, UK band the Shitty
, who despite the name sound
Minor Threat than Ian McKaye
did, local Emo kids
Harbour, Bristol
Warprayer and the Cutups
from Exeter. Tattooed ex-junkie
Chris Walter complete with
inked skull cap, proves that bullshit
and the art to convey it in punk writing
circles is an ever open door. I gotta
say the 'Vaultage' pages held the most
interest with good pieces on the
, the lesser known House Of
from Vancouver and
psycho-billy gore-lords
The Cramps.
Along with the short lived
N.O.T.A from
Tulsa and the guy who put the
compilations and resource together.
Flex is a phonebook of punk that
diligently plots the US Hardcore scene
but was suprisingly all researched and
written in Germany. Nice to see
Ultravox's classic 'Young Savage' 45
make a brief but surprise appearance
in a modern Hardcore fanzine. More
obscurity's surface with early 80's
Eighth Route Army, and
Artcore closes with an interesting
interview with artist
John Yates. Best
known for his
Dead Kennedy's/
Crass/ Alternative Tentacles

collaborations. Who I suspect is a
definite influence on
Artcore's own
style. I also presumed Mr Yates was
American, but is in fact another ex-pat
made good in the Californian punk
scene. I still think
Artcore is the
closest to a punk glossy mag your
gonna get on a shoe string fanzine
budget and by that I mean in a very
positive sense. Publications like
could do with some of these
absorbing layouts and imagine if this
was in colour?
£5.00 PPD. U.K.
$11.00 PPD. WORLD