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Choking Victim / Leftover Crack

Political crust/ska punk


Squatta's Paradise (1996) - 8/10
No Gods / No Managers (1999) - 9/10
Leftover Crack - Rock the 40 Oz. (2000) - 7/10
Leftover Crack - Mediocre Generica (2001) - 7/10
Leftover Crack - Fuck World Trade (2004) - 7/10
Star Fucking Hipsters - Until We're Dead (2008) - 6/10
Star Fucking Hipsters - Never Rest in Peace (2009) - 5/10
Star Fucking Hipsters - From The Dumpster To The Grave (2015) - 5/10

​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Formed in 1990 by Scott Sturgeon (aka Stza) after growing up in New York and running away from his mother's to be homeless and abuse drugs, Choking Victim (originally called No
Commercial Value) was a way to unbridledly tell audiences about his nihilistic and political views. No Gods / No Managers (Hellcat, 1999) unquestionably defines Stza's signature guitar tone,
a fusion of high energy metal riffs behind pop scales with quick and clean ska upstroking. Vocally, Stza switches between screeching borrowed from black metal and a grimy
hardcore style accenting their lyrics.

​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Considering his backstory, thereís an added sincerity to their songs, with sentiments regarding depression (Fucked Reality, Suicide (A Better Way), In Hell, In My Grave)
being anti-establishment (Living the Laws, Money, Fuck America, Hate Yer State), shoplifting (Five Finger Discount), and TV culture (500 Channels). When you think of the
words ďpunk rockĒ this bandís sound should come to mind. Gang vocals, tales of mischief and rebellious attitude, with a few tracks providing a breath of fresh air from the chaos.
Crack Rock Steady is a tongue in cheek reggae tune about killing policemen, and Praise to the Sinners is an acoustic-based instrumental. The closing track Living the Laws
attempts to have a straightforward metalcore hook after verses backed by dub guitar.

​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Despite Stzaís frequent guttural inflections, this bandís heaviness is found in his unique style of playing. While undeniably a ska project, roots in New York Hardcore are
shown with the sheer speed of each track. I'd be dishonest to call this the fastest band but itís noticeably impressive how tight these performances are and not distractingly so. Throughout
the record thereís prevalent samples of an interview with socialist speaker and fellow New Yorker Michael Parenti. Whether or not you get something out of the music, this bandís thought
provoking nature might provide such. Would recommend to fans of crossover thrash, pop punk and 90ís-00ís PHC.