LEFTÖVER CRACK: Leftöver Leftöver Crack: The E-Sides and the F-Sides: CD

I’ve seen Leftöver Crack a couple times over the years. They put on a fun show, but I’ve never felt compelled to sit down and listen to them. This collection of EPs and comp tracks seems like as good a place to start as any. It’s easy to hear why so many people love this band. This is high energy, catchy punk rock with just enough ska sprinkled in to keep everything from sounding too samey-samey, but not enough so that they’re going to be doing albums with Jimmy Cliff any time soon. I can’t really get a handle on their sense of humor though. Their “I hate everything and want to die” nihilism borders on parody, but I can’t one hundred percent tell if it is because there are also some brief forays into seriousness when they’re not doing pretentious anti-covers of Muppets songs. Regardless, they’re having fun and that’s palpable. I probably would have loved this a whole lot when I was fifteen. –Emma Alice Johnson (Fat)