Short, Fast + Loud #14 / $1.50? / 72M / AKautsch@aol.com /
Short, Fast + Loud is the best magazine that covers punk, thrash, grind, metal, and crust music since HeartattaCk shut its doors a few months ago. However, when the two magazines were going head to head, I donâ€™t think the quality between the two â€˜zines varied much, if at all. The zine moves back and forth through very personable columns (â€œAppalachian Apocalypseâ€ by Doug Long, which this time details happenings on tour), reviews, retrospective reviews, interviews and top lists (most notable, of course, is a listing of all the famous individuals that different individuals met. However, one of the most interesting pieces in this issue of Short, Fast + Loud has to be â€œPunk Quiltingâ€, a piece that shows step by step how to make a t-shirt pillow and quilt. I mean, the interviews and other segments of Short, Fast + Loud are solid, but the DIY project definitely showcases skills in projects that are not normally shown in zines. The layout in the zine is sharp and does not allow text to be fuzzy and hard to read; for the price of the zine (whatever it is or was), individuals can get their hard music fix much easier than by going to all of the Myspaces and websites of their favorite acts. Short, Fast + Loud may not be a well-known magazine at this juncture, but I am sure that individuals will be rapidly turned onto this zine, which has something for everyone without losing its laser-guided focus. Viva la Short, Fast + Loud.