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Mau Maus Santa Barbara Show Announced

The Mau Maus will be playing Santa Barbara, Ca. on Sunday July 22nd at Whiskey Richards (aka Whiskey Dicks). You can get more details HERE.

Permanent Records In-Store Photos

The in-store at Permanent Records in Eagle Rock, Ca. went great, thanks to Lance of permanent Records and to everyone that came out. Had a great after party up the street that went on all night. These photos were taken by Janiss Garza for eaglerockscenes.com

Dive Bar at the Brixton Show Cancelled

Due to construction problems at the venue, the July 20th show at the Dive Bar in Redondo Beach has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for September. Check back for more updates, as additional shows will be added for the July West Coast tour.

The Mau Maus Live on Stench radio

The Mau Maus will be interviewed by Stig Stench of Stench Radio tonight, the show is out of Austin Texas but you can listen by clicking the link below:


Mau Maus In-Store Saturday, June 30th

Mau Maus In-Store at Permanent Records

The Mau Maus will be performing a free show at Permanent Records in Eagle Rock, California on Saturday June 30th at 6pm. Come on down and catch the set and pick up a copy of “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.

“Scorched Earth Policies” Reviewed in Big Takeover

Scorched Earth Policies: Then & Now
(Ratchet Blade)
by Jack Rabid
Scorched Earth Policies: Then & NowWhen the liner notes claim the Mau Maus were among the most notorious bands on the 1977-1983’s incredilbe L.A. punk scene, they’re right! Thanks to rave write-ups in Slash, Flipside, etc., one constantly heard about wildman Rick Wilder‘s post-Berlin Brats (proto-punk pioneers seen in Cheech & Chongs’ Up in Smoke) group, but didn’t hear them, except two cuts on 1983’s Hell Comes to Your House, Vol. 2, (equaling Berlin Brat’s meager output from a 7″). Drugs were cited as the main impediment. Well, it’s taken 30-40 years, but Mau Maus’ bassist Scott “Chopper” Franklin‘s label has now released retrospective albums of both bands. The Mau Maus never entered a studio ’til after five years, and went back only twice more; likewise the Berlin Brats’ Believe it or Rot (1973-1976) could only present seven studio songs. Fortunately, the Mau Maus reformed their 1981 line up recently, returned to the studio with producer ex-Deadbeats Geza X, and cut eight new versions of old numbers to go with six 1983 recordings with Doors guitarist Robby Krieger (Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek likewise produced X). Amazingly, the new recordings sound like the old! Their high octane punk ‘n’ roll is badd ass, a kicking, spitting, heavier, faster Hollywood answer to Johnny Thunders’ Heartbreakers, including re-recordings of Berlin Brats’ material like the Saints-esque “(I’m) Psychotic”. The Joneses eventually copped their notorious raunch, but these guys had the riffs and attitude; all they needed was an album.

The New Mau Maus Album Official Street Date is June 12th but….

…various southern California record stores now have them in stock, you can get lps and cds at:

Amoeba Records
6400 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 245-6400

Headline Records
7706 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 655-2125

Vacation Vinyl (lps only)
3815 West Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 666-2111

TKO Records
18948 Brookhurst Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 962-0500

If your local store doesn’t have them, tell them to hit up Ratchet Blade Records or order from our STORE.

“Scorched Earth Policies” Reviewed in Big Wheel Magazine

Mau Maus – Scorched Earth Policies

May 21, 2012

Mau Maus - Scorched Earth PoliciesWow! After a number of years in hiding The Mau Maus have resurfaced as a top LA punk act to be reckoned with. This release new for spring 2012 is retrospect of sort’s disc where half the tracks come from a 1983 recording session and the newer half from just a few months ago.

What you get is an awesome collection of tracks that distinguish this band as one of LA’s trashiest rock and roll bands of all time. The early recordings best of all were produced by Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger and will leave a lasting impression on even the snootiest of punks, this is the real deal and nothing less. The newer tracks are also quite amazing as well proving this band is back with energy and ready to tear up clubs with new sleazy anthems for the young and old alike. Had Johnny Thunders been from LA he likely would have played guitar and done tons of drugs with Mau Maus, that hypothetical scenario is reason enough to pick up this disc out on Ratchet Blade Records. Do yourself a favor and get on this!

The tracks; Psychotic, Dead Or Alive, Laugh track, Rectum of Nefertiti, Sex & The Single Sniper and Puberty are worth the cost of this cd and side 2 is guaranteed not to let you down. Crank it up!

-Louie Bones-
Big Wheel Staff Journalist

Read the review at Big Wheel Online HERE

Northern California Shows Announced

The Mau Maus will be playing some Bay area shows in July, there are still a couple open dates, Nor Cal promoters can contact Jimmy White at jimmy@cockroachmedia.com for booking info.


Rick Wilder Interview in Sugarbuzz

Rick was interviewed by Lucky at Sugarbuzz Magazine, very in depth piece, read all about it HERE


“Scorched Earth Policies” Now Available!

“Scorched Earth Policies: Then & Now” cd & lp is now for sale in our online store. It won’t be in stores or available on digital until June 12th, we have limited copies for sale so grab it now, you can also request a signed lp while they last. Click HERE to check it out.