New York City-based punk collective Leftöver Crack is preparing to release its third full-length album, Constructs of the State, on Fat Wreck Chords. Fronted by project constant Scott “Stza Crack” Sturgeon (guitar and vocals), this band still seems determined to write and play aggressive yet melodic music to which they add varied lyrical content centered on important political and social issues. Stza, along with Leftöver Crack’s current lineup – Alec Baillie (bass, vocals), Brad Logan (guitar, vocals), Chris Mann (guitar, vocals), and Donny Morris (drums) – enlisted the help of a bunch of talented and notable musicians and vocalists throughout the punk scene to contribute to the record. Among those artists are: Jesse Michaels (Operation Ivy, Common Rider, Classics of Love, etc), Erik Petersen (Mischief Brew), Zack Religious (Blackbird Raum),Whitney Flynn (Days N Daze), Penny Rimbaud (Crass), Joe Jack Talcum (The Dead Milkmen), and many others.
Musically, LöC wanders freely between the open borders of anarcho-punk and crusty ska, with brief excursions into folk-punk, metal, and a few other styles. This music makes the message that much more powerful, as Stza and friends sing, scream and growl about the mental slavery and spiritual surrender of religion, the endless harassment and senseless violence perpetrated by the police, the horrors of addiction, the ugliness of corporate greed, the error of accepting the systematic implementation of an increasingly broken system, the pointless ignorance and unbelievable cruelty of racism, sexism and homophobia, and more. In a time when most people seem overly concerned with not offending others and treading lightly on political and social ground, LöC’s heavy footfalls leave lasting prints which make its stance known, while it roars mightily through the wall of whispers, and poses that the greater offense lies in not challenging the political system and societal structure with which we currently live.
This album, Volume III: Constructs of the State, was years in the making and stands as the band’s third full-length in fourteen years because, besides other projects that demanded the artists’ attention, the members of LöC have faced more than their share of adversity and tragedy. But they endure somehow, and that in itself is pretty impressive.
Constructs of the State by Leftover Crack is scheduled for a November 27th, 2015 through Fat Wreck Chords, and will be available in your choice of LP, CD and digital formats.