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Show Review: Leftover Crack, Starving Wolves, Bad Cop/ Bad Cop @ the WOW Hall Eugene, OR


I could have seen Leftover Crack in Portland. In fact, I have before. I’ve seen them tear it up at the Hawthorne, I’ve seen them in Vegas, tearing it up at Punk Rock Bowling. Both times they were great– energetic and fun, bringing a sense of musical ambition and bravado to their radical anthems. This time though, I saw a chance to see a friend in Eugene and catch a band guaranteed to kill it. I’d never been to Eugene before, so it amounted to the question, “Why not?”

Besides an excuse to see an old friend, what drew me to this particular tour was just how ridiculously strong the lineup was. Leftover Crack was headlining, of course. Then there was Austin upstarts Starving Wolves, and then the amazingly melodic Bad Cop/ Bad Cop. It was the latter that I hadn’t seen yet, and probably the one I was the most familiar with on wax. The tickets were an easy purchase.

The venue was the WOW Hall, a surprisingly awesome place to house a show with the look and feel of a true DIY space. It was a fairly large room, nothing out of the ordinary for a concert hall, but with a very humble, community oriented vibe. The next day, while I was checking out an awesome record shop called House of Records, one of the dudes who worked there told me it had been a fixture of the scene forever, a place where the legendary Ramones had played. The more you know.

So, there were we. Checked in, relieved to find a beer and wine bar downstairs. We swilled IPAs and checked out the vests and watched from the screens as the local opener came on. It was loud, heavy, and reverberated through every wall in the house. With a couple quick chugs we left our drinks and went upstairs, curious as to what the local scene in Eugene had to offer.

And it is moments like this that make going to shows worth the sweat, smell, and claustrophobia. There’s no better way of discovering a new favorite band than being won over in the live setting. Broken Dead were the first opener, and they set the bar high early on. They played crust punk, the melodic variety not out of bounds for the likes of Tragedy or the Holy Mountain, but with a greater emphasis on classic hardcore and touches of the black metal that rears its head in some of Leftover Crack’s heavier tunes. Even cooler, is frontwoman Manda’s commanding presence, on both ax and vocals, impressing with her acidic screams and darkly melodic rhythm work. Broken Dead left me reeling with the excitement of discovery.

Not A Part of It, another Eugene local played next. They played a competent melodic punk, with boatloads of energy. Sort of Rancid-y, sort of Queers-y, but a bit harder edged with that classic 90s goofball intensity. At this point in the night, we were worried that the WOW Hall wasn’t going to fill up enough for a proper pit, because, even though we are often too old and tired to participate, a mosh pit, like a painting, is still a joy to look at. Each band brought a handful more, and slowly, the room was beginning to fill.

We were really there for Bad Cop/ Bad Cop, so we stayed close by for their set. The room filled up a bit more and to my surprise, punks were circle pitting with abandon to the Fat Wreck alums catchy anthems. There was still more than enough room to breathe, but Bad Cop/ Bad Cop sealed the gaps with their vocal and instrumental tightness, so much so, I can say with a decent amount of confidence that I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a band pull off harmonies as tight as theirs live. Besides their songwriting (and bassist Linh Le’s infectious stage moves), I was further endeared to the band by their palpable admiration for opener Broken Dead. On stage, they were incredibly complimentary, and to my delight a day later, I saw that it wasn’t just for show either. Facebook updates don’t lie, Broken Dead were added to the next two dates also. Cool stuff.

I managed to catch the last two songs of Starving Wolves’ set in Vegas, also opening for Leftover Crack. I was never really sure how to feel about them. Their recorded material is limited to a two song EP, and yet I keep seeing them on these big bills. A part of me thinks there’s some artificial push going on here, like there’s some sort of punk rock cabal that Starving Wolves is hooked up with that is trying to make them superstars or something. I don’t know. I can’t really be that negative beyond that, because they put on a raucous live show. They play a pretty melodic variety of street punk with a bunch of gang vocals. It all comes together in the live setting. Their hair is a silly exaggeration of everything punk rock, their frontman keeps making circles with his arms and reminding the crowd to circle pit; it’s goofy, but I couldn’t help but think it’s pretty earnest. Sometimes you gotta let go of your cool and just have a good time. Starving Wolves are an amazing live band, and punk cabal or not, they are worth seeing.

By the time Leftover Crack hit the stage, the WOW Hall was stuffed. Denim as far as the eye could see. This was when I started to reflect on Eugene as a whole, and decided that it was a pretty damn cool town. Not anywhere could support a scene like this. To see such an active group of participants at a punk rock show was sort of inspiring. I remember going to see shows in Spokane, a bigger PNW city, with a way lower turnout. I was in awe. And the unique feel the WOW Hall lent to it was of a real punk rock show. The people there, for better or worse, were punks, and they were there to let loose. Despite it being a pretty diverse show, there was a sense of danger too– not the sort of thing you expect to find (except from our most optimistic punks) at a major show with such household-name bands. I remember a moment in Leftover Crack’s set where a man stumbled out of the pit to the back of crowd, as soon as he cleared the mob, he collapsed with his hand in his head. Moments later, a throng of people carried him out of the building. I found myself reminded again and again, perhaps in comparison to seeing Nails the night before, that this was a punk rock show, and it was take no prisoners.

Leftover Crack’s set was a tense affair. It was where the night got weird, but no less fun. Stza was intoxicated, and super chatty, and not everyone seemed to enjoy this as much as I did. Some of the crowd got belligerent as the frontman told stories in between songs, chanting, “Shut the fuck up!” To his credit, he performed ably throughout the night, and heckled his hecklers right back, elongating his pause between songs with some mock tune-ups. The rest of the band took it all in good humour and stride. Brad Logan mused with Stza on whether or not he was “too nice,” and  bassist Alec Baillie wondered aloud if he even knew how to play any of their old songs, with some gentle ribbing from Stza. The overall impression was of a band of punk veterans who happen to be old friends.

They played a range of material, Choking Victim songs included, which were met with a frenzied pit. Despite the tension between audience and artist at points in the set, this was probably the most enthusiastic crowd I’ve seen them have. They amplified their show by destroying a Donald Trump pinata on stage and then throwing it into the crowd. Turns out the effigy was filled with condoms, which dispersed throughout the venue. Soon, people were blowing them up like balloons and bouncing them around the crowd. As the band played, fat, inflated dicks soared above our heads. I’ve never seen punk rock be as sublime as it was then.

A special shoutout deserves to go to Kate Coysh for her role in Leftover Crack’s live show. She might just have to be one of the best screamers I’ve ever heard. She has the type of voice to send chills down your spine, and whenever she was on stage, whether taking the lead or trading off lines with Stza like some sort of rap duo from hell, it was impossible not to be wowed by her talent.

The set was finished family style. Stza announced that they were not going to do an encore, that they were just going to keep playing instead of going through the pageantry. They brought on Starving Wolves for one song, and Bad Cop/ Bad Cop for another, tying together disparate threads of punk rock with a sense of community. They ended their set with perhaps their darkest banger, Fuck World Trade’s “Operation M.O.V.E.” The incredible Kate Coysh took lead vocal duties, grasping an invisible orange in the air (any metalhead’s birthright, I suppose) and finished the night off with a buzzing electricity. Of course, the same assholes who antagonized Stza earlier antagonized more, calling for an encore. To no one’s surprise, the band kept their promise– once they were off stage, they were off for good.

The crowd in the WOW Hall dispersed and soon we were back out on the street, going through the show point by point, conversation points blooming out of every detail we could remember. It was one of the better shows I’ve been to, and probably the best introduction to a new city that I could hope for.



Days N Daze stream new album “Crustfall”

Houston’s Days N Daze have made their new album Crustfall available to stream. The 16-song release features guest appearances from Leftover Crack‘s Scott Sturgeon, Joey Steele of All Torn Up, and others.

Give the album a listen below, and head over to Bandcamp to buy it.

This is the follow-up to 2013’s Rogue Taxidermy.



Leftover Crack announce South African tour

Leftöver Crack have announced they will heading to South Africa for a 6-date tour in early 2017. More info on the short stretch of shows can be found below.

The band’s latest album Constructs of the State was released last November on Fat Wreck Chords. It was their first LP in over a decade, following 2004’s Fuck World Trade.



Punk Rock Bowling Vegas: Night Two – Anti-Nowhere League, Leftover Crack, The Briefs, Lower Class Brats

Saturday after FLAG‘s set, there was little time to relax before the incredible list of club shows was underway. I ran my ass off Saturday night, catching four bands at three different venues. It was better this year though, with the removal of The Bunkhouse as one of the venues because that place is far away from the rest of the activities. Backstage Bar and Billiards, Las Vegas Country Saloon, and Fremont Country Club were among the list, and if the Beauty Bar had their shit together, I would have added Agent Orange to the list.

First on the list of club shows was Lower Class Brats. I missed their pool party earlier in the day due to bowling activities, and it had been years since I had seen the psychos, so I was super excited to get to LVCS in time to catch the beginning of their set. I was on quite the time constraint due to other shows happening at the same time, so I felt like Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s – squeezing in as much as I could in the time I had. This effort also made it so I missed LCB’s performance of “Psycho”, one of my favorites. You can’t be everywhere at once, and although I missed that song, I was front and center for Leftover Crack’s “Gang Control” – any song that says “Fuck The Police” is alright in my book.

Leftover Crack is one of those bands that’s in the same group as Subhumans or Descendents for me. I have to manage my time between shooting, singing, and thrashing, which I often don’t have the opportunity to do all three. This is the exception, as I was able to drop the gear for a bit and swing around. Lately, Stza and crew has been adding keyboard to their live performances, with Scott taking breaks to figure out the keys. Additionally, the last two times I’ve seen them there has been guest female vocals which adds a different element to their trademark sound.

Alas, I reluctantly left the LOC concert to make it to The Briefs, of which I missed the first three songs. Thankfully, the security at Backstage Bar was pretty cool and let me shoot for a little bit anyway. I’m glad they did because the band is just so animated when they perform. “I’m poor and I’m weird baby, you got no time for me”. I love The Briefs’ sound and style and I just wish they would put out more new material.

The final band on my list for the night was the incredible, long-lasting Anti-Nowhere League. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I think Animal has found the fountain of youth because over the years as well all get more wrinkles and scars, it seems like he is getting younger and more youthful. We need to figure out his secret. ANWL was a band that was crucial in my punk upbringing and it’s a band that never disappoints. It’s a ‘no-frills’ approach to their music and style that sets them apart from other UK bands of the same era and I see no end in sight for these old punks.

Have a look at all the photos from Saturday’s club shows below, and stay tuned for more photos from Punk Rock Bowling Las Vegas in the following days.

 



Leftover Crack announce US tour with Days N Daze and All Torn Up!

Leftöver Crack have announced some tour dates around the east coast. Joining them on the road will be Days N Daze and All Torn Up!.

You can find the dates and locations below.

The band’s latest album Constructs of the State was released last November on Fat Wreck Chords.



Leftover Crack release music video for “Bedbugs & Beyond”

Leftöver Crack have released a music video for their song “Bedbugs & Beyond,” and you can check it out below.

The band’s latest album Constructs of the State was released last November on Fat Wreck Chords.



Leftover Crack release cover of Men At Work’s “Down Under”

Currently in the middle of an Australian tour, Leftöver Crack thought it would be fitting to stop by Melbourne recording studio Goatsound to bust out a cover of Men At Work’s “Down Under.”

You can feast your ears upon this magnificent cover below.

Leftöver Crack’s latest album Constructs of the State released last November on Fat Wreck Chords. The remaining dates on their Australian tour in support of the record can be found here.



DS Photo Gallery and Show Review: Anti-Flag, Leftöver Crack, War on Women, Blackbird Raum, The Homeless Gospel Choir 2/27/16

On the 27th of February in the year of our lord 2016, the greatest anarchopunk artists of our generation converged on West Hollywood, California at a dank, dusty, little venue for what would become one of the most amazing punk rock shows in the past decade. This is a written and pictorial memorialization of the the events that unfolded at The Troubadour that evening. Read it below!



DS Photo Gallery: Anti-Flag, Leftover Crack, War On Women, Blackbird Raum, Homeless Gospel Choir at DNA SF (3.1.16)

***This photo gallery/review is a little delayed due to some hood rat piece of shit that decided to pepper spray me while waiting to go home after the show, so my vision was impaired for a day or two.***

A couple weeks ago, one of my favorite venues DNA played host to an incredible night of punk and politics with co-headliners Anti-Flag and Leftover Crack, with support from War on Women, Blackbird Raum, and Homeless Gospel Choir.

With the exception of Homeless Gospel Choir, I was familiar with all the bands on the bill, and was super excited to see how the night played out.

One man, one guitar – Homeless Gospel Choir is exactly what you need to kick off a night like this. Powerful, reflective, political, gritty, melodic, and a little light-hearted – Derek Zanetti did well to win over the crowd and get the juices flowing for the rest of the night.

Next up was Blackbird Raum. The band fits very well with Leftover Crack, and the sextet is so full of energy it makes your head spin. Washboards, banjos, stand-up bass and more set this band apart from the average. And with dual male/female vocals, the band’s sound is quite unique. The folk-punk sound and community is alive and well here on the West Coast, especially here in Northern California, and the band drew quite the crowd of smelly punks dancing and singing along.

War On Women made it on the cover of the last issue of New Noise Magazine, and it’s no wonder why. The members are no stranger to the punk scene, coming from some heavy hitters in the East Coast punk game. The self-described ‘co-ed, feminist hardcore band’ does well to get the crowd moving, but not too much to where they miss the political undertones of some of the tracks. Frontwoman Shawna Porter is in your face with an aggression only akin to other hardcore bands. The crowd ate it up and was lubed and ready for Leftover Crack to take to the stage.

There’s no such thing as Leftover Crack so they say. This is a band I never tire of seeing. The guys have their ups and downs, and everyone has their opinion of them, but I absolutely love the music and the message. When guitarist Chris Mann came to stage donning a angry baby mask, I knew it was going to be an incredible set. The diversity of a Leftover Crack show is a sight to see – young and old, punks and squares, drunks and straight-edge kids alike dance along to the catchy yet sometimes dark tunes of the C-Squat rockers. The band always samples a little bit from their Choking Victim catalog, including one of my favorites, “500 Channels”. In true LOC fashion, the band always touches on politics, and being that it was Super Tuesday, the guys had a lot to say about the current state of affairs in our country. Politics aside, the band rocked the house, inviting members of Blackbird Raum and other friends to share the stage to close the set.

Finally to the stage was the Philadelphia veterans Anti-Flag. Get your pens and paper ready, as there will be a lecture, and you are expected to take notes – there will be a test at the end of the set. Despite the numerous breaks for political rambling, Anti-Flag has always been a favorite of mine to see live. Chris #2 is like a bouncy ball, just bouncing around stage, jumpkicking and throwing hands in the air – it’s a great stage presence. Justin Sane still hits all the marks and does well to get the crowd to sing along with him. Big thanks to Barry Synoground who invited me to the soundbooth to shoot from there – the pit was pretty rowdy and lacked protection for little ol photographer me. Although, I was back sidestage as the set rounded out, and Chris #2 joined fans in the middle of the pit with his guitar. Super intimate and great moment to be a part of. There’s no wonder why Anti-Flag has been at it for 20 years and selling out venues left and right.

Have a look at all the photos from the night below.

Huge thanks to Barry and Alan, as well as Noah and crew for a great night at a great SF concert institution.



Punk Rock Bowling announces 2016 Las Vegas club show lineups

You have been patiently waiting, and now the time has come to announce the Punk Rock Bowling Club Show lineup for Las Vegas! This year the club shows will kick off on Thursday, May 26 and run through Monday, May 30 giving festival goers an extra day of club shows (woot!).

Among the performers are Good Riddance, Leftover Crack, Spanish Love Songs, Teenage Bottlerocket… ah, just check out their website for all the venues, lineups and dates.

Get ready for tickets to go on-sale Saturday, March 12 at 12PM PST. Speaking from personal experience, these shows WILL SELL OUT!



Bandit Blotter: Days N Daze’s Whitney Flynn on the DIY struggles of losing everything

When a band goes on tour, there’s the potential to see humanity at its greatest. Whether the venues are massive stadiums or tiny basements, there’s the chance to witness people basking in their shared, undying love of music. Unfortunately, there’s also the potential for some rat-bastard to screw everything up. When that happens, there’s nothing left to do but to pick up the pieces, take stock of what went missing, and try to learn some lessons for next time.

Today, on the highly awaited, second installment of Bandit Blotter, I had a chance to talk with Whitney Flynn, Trumpeter and Vocalist of the Houston folk-punk outfit Days N Daze. After a bit of back and fourth, she managed to take time out to talk about their terrible experiences in Cheyenne, as well as their new GoFundMe campaign that will not only let them recover, but break ground in a whole new continent. You can read the interview below, and if you want to help out, check out their GoFundMe here.



Music Video: Leftöver Crack – “System Fucked”

Anarcho-ska-punk legends Leftöver Crack have premiered a music video for their song “System Fucked”, which features guest vocals from Jesse Michaels (Operation Ivy, Common Rider, Classics of Love and other bands), who directed the video.

You can watch the video below.

“System Fucked” is taken from Leftöver Crack’s latest album Constructs of the State, which was released last November on Fat Wreck Chords and is the band’s first album in over a decade.



Leftöver Crack announce 2016 Australian tour

Leftöver Crack have announced that they will be embarking on an Australian tour this spring. Beginning March 26th in Brisbane, they will play 6 dates in Australia concluding the tour on April 2nd in Hobart. You can get all the information you need on the tour, including venue details and tickets here.

Leftover Crack last released Constructs of the State on November 27th via Fat Wreck Chords.



Video: Leftover Crack perform with Jesse Michaels (Op. Ivy, Common Rider, Classics of Love)

Anarcho-ska-punk legends Leftover Crack recently recorded some live videos for Razorcake. Two of the three videos feature Jesse Michaels (Op. Ivy, Common Rider, Classics of Love), including a performance of “System Fucked” from their latest album Constructs of the State, and covers of the Operation Ivy classics “Sound System” and “Unity.” The third video features Leftover Crack playing the Choking Victim song “500 Channels.”

Check out all 3 videos below.

Leftover Crack last released Constructs of the State on November 27th via Fat Wreck Chords.



DS Staff Picks – AnarchoPunk’s Top 10 Albums of 2015

AnarchoPunk & AnarchoCat

DyingScene’s resident molotov cocktail waiter, AnarchoPunk here with my Top Ten Albums of the Year! Before subjecting you to my woefully myopic and biased opinions, I’ll give you the skinny on what I do around here. When not attempting to destroy the system from within, I write for the Original Content team. You may have read some of my inebriated ramblings in our monthly Hidden Gems of Bandcamp lists. From time to time, I also chip in with album and show reviews as well as the occasional band interview. All of these things I do, I do poorly. I’m a jack of all trades and master of jack shit but, I’m a warm body who can piece words together to form semi-coherent sentences so they keep me around. Now that we’re properly acquainted, onward and upwards! While there were a number of releases from more established bands this past year, we knew that there would be a bit of a lull due to the amount of stellar albums that were released in 2014. Lucky for me, my main job function here at the ‘Scene is uncovering newer, up and coming acts and lesser known bands, so the lack of output from the more seasoned, well known acts didn’t hinder my search at all! If you were one of those that thought there weren’t many great album released this past year, you just didn’t dig deep enough! Check out my Top Ten Countdown to the Best Album of 2015 below.