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.
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Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 4:09 PM (PST) by milhouse
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.
Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 1:00 PM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
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.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 4:45 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
The band’s latest album Constructs of the State was released last November on Fat Wreck Chords.
Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 12:37 AM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
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.
Monday, March 14, 2016 at 5:58 PM (PST) by AnarchoPunk
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!
Monday, March 14, 2016 at 2:08 PM (PST) by milhouse
***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.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 10:14 PM (PST) by Johnny X
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!
Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 2:15 PM (PST) by Supermartinguy
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.
Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 11:38 AM (PST) by Cyco Loco
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.
Friday, January 22, 2016 at 11:34 AM (PST) by Jim Hacket
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.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 12:11 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
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.
Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 1:28 PM (PST) by AnarchoPunk
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.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 4:54 PM (PST) by AnarchoPunk
AnarchoPunk royalty Leftöver Crack has been pretty quiet on the album front since releasing their ska-core masterpiece, Fuck World Trade back in 2004. The lack of output may have something to do with their controversial and well documented break up with heavyweight label, Epitaph Records or maybe it’s more of a quality over quantity thing. But now, it seems they may have a new and rejuvenated outlook after signing with Fat Wreck Chords following a few years of courting by Fat Mike. This fresh outlook is evident on this, their third full length studio album. From the quality of the sound mixing and production value, down to even the cover art (LoC album cover in color!?!) everything seems to be a slight step up from prior offerings. While it is assuredly more of a polished, “produced” sound, it seems more like a natural progression and less like it’s being forced. The absence of former band mate Ezra Kire can be felt, but it doesn’t detract from the quality of the album. So, while the sound is still familiar this seems to be a turning point for the band. Overall, the thirteen track LP validates the old saying, “Good things come to those who wait” as almost every song will resonate with fans of these crust core elites. Sidenote: Does anyone else find it slightly amusing that this is being released on the day most associated with consumerism/capitalism?
Diversity is probably the most applicable word to use when describing Leftöver Crack Volume III: Constructs of the State. Like with 90’s rap artists, LoC is known to bring in guest musicians and vocalists to collaborate on tracks, they are after all, anarchists. This album isn’t any different and if anything, goes a step further than it’s predecessors, in that almost every song features a supporting artist. This creates a unique musical conglomeration as each track tends to take on a slightly contrasting sound based on the contributing artist. Speaking of those guest artists, there’s a virtual rogue’s gallery, from members of anarcho legends, CRASS and The Dead Milkmen to more contemporary acts like Chewing on Tinfoil and The Riverboat Gamblers. The one thing that doesn’t change and most likely will never change is the quartet’s abrasive attitude and the message they deliver. As always the lyrics are overtly political, fiercely anti-religious and anti-authoritarian. The best thing about the album in my opinion, was trying to figure out who contributed on which tracks, a feat which I still haven’t completed.
The opening track “Archaic Subjugation” is one of the few songs that maintains it’s natural LoC sound. The recognizable guitar distortion and feedback, wailing like an alarm over top of blistering fast drums right before the gravelly, labored vocals of Sturgeon kick in. Standard fare for the initiated but from there on, things get a little less familiar. “Loneliness & Heartache” is the most noticeable deviation from the their regular sound, at least from the first half of the LP. It’s more upbeat and has a pop tone to it. The early highlight is the track that was released a few weeks back as a teaser to the album release, “System Fucked” which features Jesse Michael of Op Ivy. As expected, it’s very heavily ska influenced, with simple repetitive guitar riffs before getting back to the faster, street hardened sound. While this type of mix isn’t foreign to the band, there is a definite delineation from their typical ska-core sound. Included, along with the eleven new tracks are two cover songs. “Last Legs” written by folk troupe Blackbird Raum gets a hardcore makeover, diverging greatly from the alpha version which may be the folkiest(?) folk song I’ve ever heard.
The second half of the album has just as many gems as the first half. Some of the best are “Poliamor Fiesta Crack!” which is a sarcastic,snide criticism of societal misogyny and my personal favorite, “Vicious Constructs” from which the album gets it’s name. “Lie of Luck” previously released as a single on Fat Music Volume 8, might be the other strong contender for best track. The only real miss here is “Amenecer de los Muertos”. I don’t know what it is about this song, but it just seems out of place and almost included as an afterthought. I guess the message is about over-commercialization but it just doesn’t land and could’ve been packaged better, in my opinion. Wrapping up the LP and on the opposite end of the cover song spectrum, we have “The War at Home” originally written and performed by SoCal, poli-punkers, Intro5pect. Whereas “Last Legs” is a wholly different musical interpretation, this cover sounds almost exactly like the original, released back in 2007, which featured STZA (confused yet?) and is by far the most out of place sounding track on the album with heavy synthesizers and an electronica sound. That being said, it’s still a great anthem that has a perfect, catchy chorus line and some razor sharp guitars. It’s a good fit even if it is just a carbon copy of the original.
After over a decade of waiting, this album meets almost every expectation. While it does differ from previous albums, it maintains the fundamental sound, delivery and core themes. Leftover Crack seems to be back on track (Alliteration!!!) after a long hiatus of releasing new material. Now, with the backing of the well connected and respected team at Fat Wreck Chords they can hopefully sustain this momentum and continue to cultivate their creativity on a more consistent basis to further solidify their place in the punk community as the amplifier for the proletariat.
Monday, November 23, 2015 at 6:35 PM (PST) by Supermartinguy
Anarcho-ska-punk legends Leftover Crack have just released a complete stream of their hotly awaited upcoming album “Constructs Of The State”. If you aren’t already hyped for the album, I honestly don’t know what to tell you. Check it out here.
“Constructs Of The State” is the band’s first full release since “Baby Jesus, Sliced Up In The Major” back in 2006. The album is set to be released through Fat Wreck Chords on November 27.