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Live In Vancouver (07/01/16)

The Venue - Vancouver, BC
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Outside The Venue on Friday night was a sight rarely seen down on Vancouver’s Granville Street as crust punks littered the sidewalks. Decked out in black, ripped clothes, dreadlocks, piercings and tattoos – the amalgamation of people was a gathering quiet different than the regular night club crowd. But they were there for a reason: to see the venerable and legendary Leftover Crack from New York City during their first ever show in the city on none other than Canada Day itself.

Opening the evening of dirty crust punk was the criminally underrated Houston four piece Days’n’Daze. After driving eleven straight hours through the rockies to get here in time, the band was a little out of it at times. Half the band seemed tired and just wanting to feel the comfort of their bed while the other half teetered on the edge of hilarious delirium, bringing their excitement to new heights.  They play a brand of folk punk built off the basics – an acoustic guitar, guttural voice, washtub bass, washboard and – creating a unique flare – the trumpet and occasional ukulele. Dual vocalists Jesse Sendejas and Whitney Flynn traded off one another, giving a raspy growl to their songs of rebellion, love and masturbation.  The two knew how to work the crowd, particularly Flynn who was energetic, expressive and alive. She seemed genuinely pleased, shocked and embarrassed when their named appeared in lights behind them and you couldn’t help but catch their contagious optimism.

They were out of place at The Venue, and a smaller stage would have had them feeling much more at home; but the crowd made the most of it and used the time to sing, dance, drink and catch up with old friends.

If music truly connects people to one another, this set showed that connection happen in real life.

Then, the legendary Leftover Crack stepped on stage fronted by the enigmatic Scott Surgeon, better known as Stza Crack. The politically active singer led the crowd through a mixture of Leftover Crack songs, Choking Victim tracks and  cover songs. They brought Flynn back up on stage for Bedbugs and Beyond, pulled out a Cyndi Lauper cover with Money Changes Everything  and travelled through memory lane for Nazi White Trash, The Good The Bad & The Leftover Crack and Gay Rude Boys Unite.

Those who waited fifteen plus years for them to finally come to town ate every word up; but it was when they played that they succeeded and the show slowed down whenever Stza spoke. He seemed long winded and rambling, never really reaching a point or trying too hard to be funny. The cover of Summer of ’69 didn’t need a three minute speech build up, especially after standing through what felt like five minutes of darkness while they did their scheduled encore break.

His speeches may not have been a success, but the music was – and the crust punks, well they just ate it up.

Contest: Win Tickets To See Leftover Crack in Vancouver

Leftover CrackThere’s no better way to celebrate the Canada Day long weekend than with a little American Crust Punk. The famed crusties Leftover Crack are hitting up the Great White North and stopping at The Venue in Vancouver, BC on July 1st and 2nd alongside up and comers Days’n’Daze. Joining them on the second night will be the legendary Dayglo Abortions who will surely make for a crazy and unforgettable night.

As the first night sold out in an instant, the fine folks at Blueprint Live were kind enough to not only put on a second night but also give us a pair of tickets to the event.

One lucky winner will walk away with a pair of tickets to see Leftover Crack, Days’n’Daze and Dayglo Abortions on July 2nd at The Venue. Enter below.

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Video: Leftöver Crack – ‘System Fucked’

Leftover Crack Leftover CrackNYC based crust punks Leftöver Crack have premiered a video for System Fucked thanks to the good folks over at Substream Magazine. The track taken from their recent full length with Fat Wreck Chords,  Constructs of States, the band’s first in over a decade.

The video was directed by Jesse Michaels of Operation Ivy fame who also makes a guest appearance. Check it out, along with the band’s upcoming tour dates below.

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Leftover Crack – The Lie Of Luck

Leftover CrackLeftover Crack has premiered the first song off of their newly announce full length.  The track is titled “The Lie Of Luck” and will appear on the album, Constructs Of The State, which is due out on October 30, 2015 via Fat Wreck Chords.

Listen to the song here.

Hi-Fi Rockfest

hifirockfestHi-Fi Music Productions has announced the line-up of their 1st annual Hi-Fi Rockfest which will take place at Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach, CA on Saturday, September 26th, 2015.

The Punk/American Hardcore legends Dead Kennedys will headline the festival, alongside Naked Raygun, Street Dogs, Leftover Crack, Richie Ramone,  Luicidal, True Rivals, Dirty Filthy Mugs and Downtown Brown.

Hi-Fi Rockfest is an all ages festival. This is an all day festival celebration with great music, gourmet food, flowing booze and carnival distractions. Rainbow Lagoon Park borders the Pacific Ocean serving as a backdrop for the festivities.  

Produced by D.O’B Sound Studios owner and veteran drummer/producer, Derik O’Brien, DC-Jam Records owner Darron Hemann, and Dying Scene head honcho Dave Buck. O’Brien, Hemann, and Buck are pooling their collective experiences and imaginations by throwing a party to celebrate the end of summer featuring 10 ripping bands that will satisfy loud music fans of all generations and mark the first of many more festivals years to come.

Limited VIP tickets are available (250 VIP tickets at $55.00). VIP tickets include: up front viewing of stage in shaded tent with premium seating and private bar! Purchase Hi-Fi Rockfest tickets now at Eventbrite.

Connect with Hi-Fi Rockfest: Hi-Fi Rockfest / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Franz Nicolay Details New Record, Streams New Song

Franz NicolayBrooklyn’s genre jumping multi-instrumentalist Franz Nicolay has announced his new record, To Us, The Beautiful is due for release on January 19th via Xtra Mile Recordings. The album is the follow up to 2012’s Do The Struggle and sees Franz assembling an ensemble cast including Andrew Seward of Against Me! on bass, Ara Babajian of Leftover Crack on drums, guitarist Yoni Gordon and  J. Robbins of Jawbox tasked with producing.

Ahead of the release, Franz Nicolay is offering a preview of the song Marfa Lights, stream it here.

 

 

Punk Rock Bowling Announce First Wave Of Bands

punk rock bowlingThe legendary Punk Rock Bowling festival has announced it’s first wave of bands set to play between May 23rd and May 26th in Las Vegas. The festival, now in it’s 16th year, will see Cock Sparrer, Descendents and NOFX headline alongside a number of other bands.

You can see the full list below.

The festival, which is made up of three nights of festivals, four nights of club shows and a two-day bowling tournament will be selling three-day festival and VIP passes from February 1st, single-day tickets from February 22nd and club show tickets from March 15th on their official website.

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Leftover Crack / Citizen Fish - Deadline

Leftover Crack / Citizen Fish

Deadline

Fat Wreck Chords
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

William Tell, Bixler, Daphne Loves Derby, The Campbells, The Old Ceremony, The Higher. What do those bands have in common? Well, they’re all bands I’ve reviewed in the past week or so; and not one of them are really that “punk rock” per say. Pop-punk at best, and I’ve been waiting patiently for some band to come out and release a decisively solid punk rock record again for me to write about. Lucky for me though, I didn’t get just one band, I got TWO. Leftover Crack and Citizen Fish‘s split full length, Deadline – an album that is punk to the core.

The album kicks off with seven songs from Citizen Fish, the ska alter egos of the famed UK punk powerhouse Subhumans, and kick off is what they do. The blistering trombone introduction of Working On The Inside lures you into the album instantly and they never let you go from there on in. Distorted guitars, an upstroke melody and British accented vocals being spat at you at top speed, Citizen Fish give you myriad of sounds and songs that continually gets you pumped and energized and never, ever, loses any momentum. Meltdown does slow it down a bit as they put a heavy accent on the ska-side of the band but even that doesn’t lose any of the energy; and even if it did, Getting Used To It starts it off again with a lightning fast riff and is backed by a drum kick that would burst open a pit in mere seconds.

Furthermore, during Citizen Fish‘s seven tracks they tackle a cover of Leftover Crack‘s Clear Channel (Fuck Off!) and a cover of Money by Leftover Crack‘s former band, Chocking Victim. In turn,Leftover Crack repays them by covering The Super-Market Song (by Citizen Fish) and Reason For Existence (by The Subhumans) in their half of the album.

Leftover Crack‘s eight songs (one of which is a spoken introduction which has the band discussing the number of excess cops around) are much more skankable and ska heavy than their counterparts (… And Out Comes The N-Bomb! is a perfect example of that), but they’re still rough and harsh with heavy distortion and a crust-punk vocal delivery style. Plus, Jello Biafra even makes an appearance on Baby-Punchers with one of his signature rants, so that’s an added bonus.

Yes, these two bands do epitomize the stereotypical punk rock ideals of “smash the states” and “fuck the cops” – something I can’t really relate to. But when you get past the ideal and concept behind the lyrics and listen to the music for what it is you’ll love it no matter what your stance is on smashing the state. It’s fast, it’s gritty, it’s dirty and distorted. The vocals are venomous and the beat is fast. It’s cohesive and energizing and it comes with a full booklet with lyrics and added commentary by Leftover Crack on all their songs. After all these highly polished pop-punk acts, it’s nice to be able to sit back and listen toDeadline – an album that I’ll highly recommend to anyone who loves the crust punk sound.

Tours: Leftover Crack

Leftover Crack have announced two short run of dates in February and March; the dates are below.

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Leftover Crack

Leftover Crack

Stza

Fat Wreck Chords
By on August 1st, 2008 at Trocadero Theatre -Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

 

Few bands can charge their politics with ska-punk adrenaline quite like the New York City punk band, Leftover Crack.

I got to sit down with Scott Sturgeon (Stza) of Leftover Crack at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia to discuss his lyrics, the crusty punk phenomenon, and why there’s never any leftover crack. Read More…