6/30 | Leftover Crack, Hammered Grunts, Juicy Karkass, Hepsi, FM & RD @ BranxPosted by Kali Simmons
Few bands are as controversial, crazy and loud as Leftover Crack. The group, which formed after the breakup of Choking Victim, began as an outlet for singer Stza’s “leftover” songs. Initially, much of the recorded work was produced solely by Stza. Later, the band solidified and began producing their brand of loud, fast and political punk.
The band is known for their music which is heavily influenced by classic hardcore groups such as Black Flag. Their music has been labeled as “crust punk” and includes influences from ska and ska-core music. The group’s music is highly political and promotes anti-sexism, anti-homophobia, anti-fascism and anti-racist politics. Their lyrics also include many references to drug and alcohol use.
Leftover Crack has faced its share of hardships including a breakup and the death of former drummer Brandon Chevalier-Kolling. In 2008, singer Stza was arrested after a concert when he proceeded to throw a box of donuts at a group of police officers while shouting. At one point during the show, the crowd joined in and began shouting “Free fuckin’ speech!” During the incident, several fans were tazed and arrested by officers.
Joining Leftover Crack onstage are several local Portland punk groups. Hammered Grunts have been producing music since 2004. Their sound is heavy and brutal. While originally a more traditional punk band, they have now integrated more of a thrash sound into their style.
Juicy Karkass is described as a “crusty rapper on a cardboard box.” His rap style is highly political while also full of puns and wit.
Hepsi is a hardcore punk band from the Portland area. Their name is a play on the popular soda company, designed to point out the commercially obsessed culture of today.
The final group, FM & RD will fill the room with the sounds of screams. But the message behind those screams is pure positivity.
For an evening of loud and political punk rock, head down to Branx. The show begins at 7:30 and tickets are available for $15 at the door.