LEFTÖVER CRACK: Constructs of the State: CD

Jan 19, 2016

Having risen from the ashes of Choking Victim, New York City’s Leftöver Crack return with their third album in fourteen years. I’ll admit 2001’s Mediocre Generica was an attention grabber with its then-innovative blend of hardcore, ska punk, and even a little black metal. The follow-up album Fuck World Trade was straight-up boring despite its deliberately offensive title. Constructs of the State falls somewhere in between the two previous records, where it’s neither remarkable nor completely flat. The politics are still that of anti-capitalism, anti-racism, anti-sexism, as well as a dismal outlook on life and love. I like to imagine people frowning as they “pick it up” in the pit. Features guest vocals by Jesse Michaels of Operation Ivy and Common Rider, the former band being the forefathers of countless waves of ska punk, for better or worse.

 –Juan Espinosa (Fat, fatwreck.com)

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