DISTORT #31 (2010)
Interviews with Iron Curtain, Poikkeus / writing on Flesh World, Inmates, FU’s, Black Flag, Condominium, Crazy Spirit, Nightprowler, Waste Management, Sweet Tooth, Royal Headache, William S Burroughs, Dennis Hopper, Siltbreeze, Pisschrist
From review of SPRAYPAINT THE WALLS (the Black Flag book I haven’t read):
Most fanzines today prefer to cover inter-personal relationships, idealised politics, fashion, etc., than actually engaging with the hard task about trying to write about “the music”. Most fanzines exist under the mistaken impression that people who listen to one style of music listen to nothing else, and it’s plainly obvious that “Nigger Nazi Queers sound like a cross between Bad Brains and Cro-Mags but their name is offensive so do not listen to them” is, for most fanzines, enough of an explanation for what the band sounds like and whether they are worth listening to. Recall the 1990’s for the consequences of this view – endless fanzine tirades about how a band talked, dressed, acted or smelled, very little about how they sounded.
As a result of this kinda talentless smearing, fanzines lost value as soon as the internet came about. Everyone could exchange these kind of opinions there, and as an added bonus it was safe from the immediate threat of having some angry skinhead chase you down the street with a copy of your zine in his hand after you reviewed his shitty record and called him a cunt lickin herb.
Fanzines seemed to react to the presence of the internet by becoming more broad in content to attract more readers and more advertisers, but rarely could the editor cope with such a drab, thankless task of dealing with writers who generally could not write and weren’t getting paid anyway and an increasingly indifferent audience who preferred message board exchange to his passionate editorial tirades. The Australian fanzine Cut Sick, the Canadian fanzine Town Of Hardcore and the North East US fanzines like Voices Wake Us, Game of the Assholes and Destroy What Bores You were a breath of fresh air in the first couple years of the last decade, and a good indication of what was sorely missing from the toilet floor: hardcore zines about, of all novel things, hardcore music!