*Yes I know there was no Free Freaking Friday, but both Stallone and this band are available for “Name Your Price”. So technically I gave you two freebies. Aren’t I nice?*
FRIDAY NIGHT. THANK SATAN. Here’s some musical accompaniment to whatever shenanigans, debauchery or otherwise shit disturbing activities you may have planned.
Maximum RNR have been smashing around the Toronto punk scene for the better part of a decade, with a roster of five 7″s and two CD’s. “The Black and White Years” is a compilation of the majority of those tunes from 2002 to 2010. If you haven’t guessed the RNR stands for rock ‘n’ roll, which is exactly what these boys play. Noisy, belligerent and messy combination of punk speed with rock riffs.
This isn’t exactly going to be a very complicated review, this isn’t complicated music. It’s beer soaked bar floor kinda music, as simple as it is grimy. A three minute song is a rarity among this 26 track collection, just as punk ‘n’ roll should be. There’s no pretense, no scene and no goals other than to make some fun fucking tunes to down your beers too. DIY made and produced, Maximum RNR are playing what they want, how they want to, regardless of how many fucks you may give.
Taking all the best bits from the golden ages of rock ‘n’ roll, catchy riffs, cowbells, choruses to yell along too, and then taking the entire thing on a month long bender of alcohol, anarchy and angry bar owners. The rock is always there, it’s just under a tasty layer of grease, grime and a stained t-shirt. Their influences/sound vary from song to song, as more straight punk songs will give way to a more catchy and slightly less putrid rock song. But not that less putrid.
So if you like the sound of a bar brawl coming through your speakers, your probably going to like this. The album is up for a name your price option on Bandcamp and you can catch these hooligans at one of many Toronto/Southern Ontario venues. Now I’m off to get shitfaced. Have a good one folks!