'Hardcore Architecture' art project highlights four MI punk bands

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LATIN DOGS: The address given for their “Warning!” EP, in Springfield, MI 49017. Source: MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL, issue no. 7, July-Aug 1983. Street view date: July, 2012. Sample quote from the review: “Their themes are predictably anti-establishment, but the lyrics reflect more awareness and sensitivity than the norm.” (JB)
  • LATIN DOGS: The address given for their “Warning!” EP, in Springfield, MI 49017. Source: MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL, issue no. 7, July-Aug 1983. Street view date: July, 2012. Sample quote from the review: “Their themes are predictably anti-establishment, but the lyrics reflect more awareness and sensitivity than the norm.” (JB)

The premise is elegant and the tumblr well done, so totally check out the site Hardcore Architecture, if you haven't already. The title of the project is a bit misleading, in that maybe half of these bands aren't hardcore. Pussy Galore, Broken Talent and the Honeymoon Killers, for instance, often played at pretty slow tempos and would never be considered hardcore. But, anyway!

THE CRUCIFUCKS: The address given for their “I am the Establishment” cassette, in Lansing, MI 48912. Source: MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL, issue no. 3, Nov.-Dec., 1982. Street view date: June, 2011.
  • THE CRUCIFUCKS: The address given for their “I am the Establishment” cassette, in Lansing, MI 48912. Source: MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL, issue no. 3, Nov.-Dec., 1982. Street view date: June, 2011.

What you're looking at is a selection of addresses from records and tapes submitted for review to MRR in the punk fanzine's 1980s heyday. Those addresses are then accessed now, and screengrabs from Google Maps are posted alongside quotes of the reviews for said tapes and records. The project was undertaken by Marc Fisher of the excellent Public Collectors site/publishing enterprise, who themselves have done some pretty nifty 'zines. 

MAJORITY OF ONE: The address given for their “Civil Disobedience” cassette, in Toledo, OH 43623. Source: MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL, issue no. 50, July, 1987. Street view date: July, 2011. Sample quote from the review: “Fun, energetic, driving mid-tempo punk with an ultra raw guitar sound and personal lyrics dealing with love, straight edge, metal, etc.” (WG)
  • MAJORITY OF ONE: The address given for their “Civil Disobedience” cassette, in Toledo, OH 43623. Source: MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL, issue no. 50, July, 1987. Street view date: July, 2011. Sample quote from the review: “Fun, energetic, driving mid-tempo punk with an ultra raw guitar sound and personal lyrics dealing with love, straight edge, metal, etc.” (WG)

Hardcore Architecture explores the relationship between the architecture of living spaces and the history of underground American hardcore bands in the 1980s. Band addresses are discovered using contact listings found in demo tape and record reviews published from 1982-89 in the fanzine MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL (MRR). Google Street View is used to capture photos of the homes. Street names and numbers are removed to respect the privacy of people currently living at these addresses. 

BLASPHEMOUS: The address given for their “Frustration” cassette, in Madison Hts., MI, 48071. Source: MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL, issue no. 71, April 1989. Street view date: June, 2012. Sample quote from the review: “No, this isn’t a blood and guts speed metal band; these guys belt out some hard hitting HC punk.” (RG)
  • BLASPHEMOUS: The address given for their “Frustration” cassette, in Madison Hts., MI, 48071. Source: MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL, issue no. 71, April 1989. Street view date: June, 2012. Sample quote from the review: “No, this isn’t a blood and guts speed metal band; these guys belt out some hard hitting HC punk.” (RG)

(NOTE: We couldn't embed the Tumblr links here so basically we recreated them. Toledo punk bands were often lumped in with Detroit ones, so that's why I included Majority of One.)

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