Neus Subjex #57 + #58 / Free / 1 Full-Sized Sheet / email@example.com / PO Box 18051, Fairfield, OH 45018 /
While I have heard about Neus Subjex even since before I started doing my own zines back in 1999, I hadnâ€™t been able to procure a copy of the zine until now. With two copies in my hands, I was able to get some sense of what The Neus Subjex is about. Each issue starts out with an update on the Cincinnati punk scene, a la Metal Edge or any of those other news-heavy publications. This takes up a good chunk of each issue, even at the miniscule font size that is used. #58 has a few interviews to finish up the rest of the zine, with Crimson Sweet NY and The Sundresses, along with a completely out-of-left-field description of drug effects by the drummer of Kill the Hippies. #57 is almost completely taken with the news updates, but gives two of its â€œpagesâ€ (the page is folded to make 16 odd-shaped pages) to different materials: a flyer about a plea for materials that discuss the proper punishment for Mia Zapataâ€™s murderer (which has some disturbingly closed-minded pro-death sentence views), and a few reviews. I must say, my eyes started to glaze over when all the Cincinnati bands that I had never heard were discussed, but the zine is a valuable document for anyone who is trying to keep up with a scene in a major city. The biggest selling point to these issues are that they are free â€“ thatâ€™s right, they are free, they have no ads to decrease the amount of material, and this shows the zine to be more of a labor of love than anything. Keep on trucking.