Razorcake Review of the Mau Maus’ Scorched Earth Policies

THE MAU MAUS

Scorched Earth Policies: Then & Now

Scorched Earth Policies: Then & NowFormed from the ashes of legendary Los Angeles glam rock band Berlin Brats, the Mau Maus have proven to be one of punk rock’s more tenacious groups, with lineups having existed in five different decades now—and yet despite forming in 1977—prior to this CD, the only legitimate recordings one could find were two tracks featured on the second Hell Comes to Your House compilation. In an effort to both clear the vaults and make up for lost time, this features six tracks recorded in 1983 and produced by Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger (who also lays down a barnburner solo on one track), plus eight tracks of more recent vintage that meld fairly seamlessly with the earlier tunes, making this the definitive showcase for this band’s take on punk rock: one part Dolls, one part Stones, mix in a whole lotta attitude ‘n’ hostility and set the whole fuckin’ thing ablaze. An all-around swell collection complete with extensive liner notes, pics, and some of the finest punk rockin’ you’re likely ever gonna come across.

Jimmy Alvarado
Razorcake Magazine

Phantom of the Black Hills “Enemy” Pre Sale Launches Today

Buy the new Phantom of the Black Hills “Enemy” cd during the Pre-Sale and for a limited time get it for just $8! The first 100 that order get a FREE POTBH Backpatch, and it will be shipped at least 1 week before it’s release to the public (est. Sept. 18th). So order now to receive this great price and guarantee your FREE Phantom of the Black Hills Backpatch. (After the backpatches are gone the Pre Sale will continue at $8 a cd, but no free backpatch.) Click HERE for more info.

Mau Maus Stench Radio Interview w/ Ed Colver Slideshow

Here’s the interview conducted by Stig Stench on June 29th 2012 in two parts, both are to accompanied by a slideshow of never seen before photos of the Mau Maus by the great Edward Colver. The photos were taken between the years of 1980 and 1983 and are direct scans from Ed’s negatives. Here’s Part I, check back for Part II. Thanks to Stig Stench and Edward Colver.

Mau Maus In-Store Review

The Mau-Maus
Permanent Records, Eagle Rock, CA
by Michael Essington

A couple of years back I wrote a review for a show I went to at the Redwood in Los Angeles. The show was Mau-Maus, Billy Bones and Symbol Six. Fun show, but I wasn’t overly enthused with the Mau-Maus performance. Now I didn’t fully slag them off, but I could have been a little nicer in my review.

Anyway, a year and a half, or so, later Mr. Rick Wilder shoots me an email saying that I was probably 99% accurate in my review. This surprised the shit out of me. Usually when a review doesn’t go a band’s way I get cursed at and told I know nothing about music. Not in this case. Mr. Wilder was a true gentleman and has become a bit of a friend. So, I told him to be fair, I’d come and check them out again next time they play.

On June 3, 2012, Permanent Records in Eagle Rock, CA created an event page on Facebook for an in-store show with the Mau-Maus promoting their new album, SCORCHED EARTH POLICIES: then and now.

Two or three weeks back I went to lunch with master photographer Edward Colver, and after lunch we stopped into Permanent Records. So, I knew exactly where it was. Great streamlined shop. Unlike most used records shops it’s not over-run with clutter.

Show is scheduled for 6:00, and I tried to take a shortcut which made me about twenty minutes late. I hate being late. Ran into the shop at about 6:25, 6:27. The shop was pretty empty. I figured Mau-Maus went on at 6:00, blew through their set and I missed the whole fucking thing. I went up to the counter, and asked the lady sitting there if “I missed the set?” She said, “No,” they were waiting for the opening band to set up. Whew.

I stood around and waited, no opening band. I bumped into a couple of friends who I saw the Mau-Maus with two years ago, Mary and Frank. Then a friend of my late uncle Rick’s comes up and introduces himself, Danny from Warning Label Records out of Boston. Small frickin’ world.

As I’m talking to Danny I hear the crowd start to buzz, “He’s here, he’s here.” The party has started. Rick Wilder, Michael Livingston, Scott Franklin and Paul Black did a few final tune-ups and they launched into a kick-ass set. My main complaint last time I saw them was I couldn’t hear Mr. Wilder’s vocals, not the case this time. The mike was held close to the grill throughout his performance.

Only problems they had was the mikes cut out once, then, I think, the amps cut for a minute. Both resolved quickly and then back to a powerful set.

Rick Wilder is a cool front man, people are drawn to him. You want to see what he’s going to do. And I have to mention Michael Livingston, he is such a great guitarist that it’s almost unbelievable.

Afterwards, Rick gave me a copy of their new album to review, and I hung out with him for a bit. The album review will be here soon, buy a copy. All in all, a great show.

Promo Video for Phantom of the Black Hills’ “Enemy”

A new short promo video for the Summer 2012 Ratchet Blade Records release of  “Enemy” is up, the record is currently being mixed by producer extraordinaire Geza X  (Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Mau Maus).

Mau Maus In-Store Saturday June 30th

Doghouse Lords Free Download

Get a free download of the unreleased Doghouse Lords song “Don’t Drive Me Away” and hear the new rockin blues of Javier “Jake” Matos (Blue Shadows), Chopper Franklin (Mau Maus, Nick Curran & the Lowlifes), John Bazz (Blasters) and Bill “Buster” Bateman (Blasters, Red Devils). Also included in the free download is “Voodoo Lucy” from their debut cd “Diggin’ at the Doghouse” on Ratchet Blade Records (RBR 711). Get the download HERE, and you can check out “Diggin’ at the Doghouse” HERE.

Berlin Brats Limited Edition LPs Running Out

There are only a few copies of the Berlin Brats “Believe It Or Rot: 1973 – 1976” left, when those are gone, that’s it. It’s a hand-numbered limited edition of 300, with screen printed covers autographed by original Brats Rick Wilder and Matt Campbell. Be sure and get this piece of rock n roll history from the original Hollywood glam trash band of the 1970’s! Click HERE for more info.

 

Charley Horse Professional Sinners Black Cover Released

Ratchet Blade Records has just released the NEW Limited Edition Charley Horse pressing of “Professional Sinners”! These Limited Edition Vinyl LPs are Screen Printed and Hand-Numbered copies of just 200 and are on a BLACK cover! You can listen to large sized chunks of this great record featuring Sean Wheeler (Throw Rag, Sean & Zander), Chopper Franklin (Mau Maus, Nick Curran & the Lowlifes) and Corey Parks (Nashville Pussy, Die Hunns) HERE.

Mau Maus In-Store at Permanent Records

The Mau Maus will be performing at Permanent Records in Eagle Rock, California on Saturday June 30th at 6pm. It will be the 1981 line up playing the Mau Maus classics, come on down and catch the set and pick up a copy of the new “Scorched Earth Policies: Then & Now”. If you already have a copy, bring it down to get it signed, the address and phone is 1583 Colorado Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90041 (323) 739-6141. Check out the Mau Maus at www.themaumaus.com

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