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Star Fucking Hipsters

Star Fucking Hipsters: Never Rest in PeaceNever Rest in Peace (2009)
Alternative Tentacles Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Even without excessive hyperbole, there are a few ways that parallels can be drawn between Choking Victim and Wu-Tang Clan. Superficially, they both emerged from the NYC area in the 1990s, and musically, they separately created styles that would be as influential in sound as in imagery and subject m.
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Even without excessive hyperbole, there are a few ways that parallels can be drawn between Choking Victim and Wu-Tang Clan. Superficially, they both emerged from the NYC area in the 1990s, and musically, they separately created styles that would be as influential in sound as in imagery and subject matter. But whether it's the hardcore Kung Fu hip-hop of RZA and company or the Crack Rock Steady of Stza and associates, both acts' members would go on to spawn a virtual franchise of additional projects and offshoots built on the success of their full-length debut. While Enter the 36 Chambers was followed by such offspring as Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..., Tical, and Liquid Swords, what followed No Gods, No Managers and the break-up of Choking Victim saw the eventual formation of a multitude of projects including, but not limited to, Leftover Crack, InDK, Crack Rock Steady 7, Public Serpents, Morning Glory, Piss Shit Fuck, American Distress and our subject here, the Star Fucking Hipsters.

When Stza put word out a few years back that the band was forming, finding a female vocalist was a necessity; Crass' Penis Envy was a stated benchmark and they needed an Eve Libertine-type to serve as an equally ferocious frontwoman. Coincidentally, they almost could have mentioned the Velvet Underground as a basis for comparison, as Star Fucking Hipsters would eventually find their female counterpart in Nico (de Gaillo) who shares vocal duties with Stza in the same way Lou Reed and Christa Päffgen collaborated on The Velvet Underground and Nico.

Never Rest in Peace follows Until We're Dead in similar fashion, with short crusty punk numbers, Crack Rock Steady ska tunes, a spattering of raw pop-punk and thrashy metallic jams. "3000 Miles Away" gets the disc going after the 16-second opener with catchy vocals and a comfortable chord pattern, brought to a head with the epic climax that kicks in three-quarters of the way through with the gang shouting "L-I-V-E against brutality!" Nico and Stza toggle back and forth with an unorthodox melody on "Design" while Dick Lucas of the Subhumans / Citizen Fish helps out on the ska-punk "The Civilization Show." The feedback-heavy "Dreams Are Dead" rings slow and steady, a touch reminiscent of LoC's "Ya Can't Go Home" while the poppy fist-pumper "Severance Pay" evokes friendly memories of "Burn Them Prisons."

The band polishes their metal chops on the slightly goofy "S.F.H." and the more incisive pro-Native rallying cry "Banned from the Land." The group sounds a little tired creatively on the generic anti-religious "Heaven" and presumptuously Roman Catholic-sounding "Church and Rape," which is actually a pro-choice song that would be more effectively aimed at the post-Reagan conservative movement. The album closes out on a high note, however, with the title track (labeled as "You'll Never Rest in Piece" in the booklet) clocking in at a well-used four-and-a-half minutes that seems to cover the entire Star Fucking Hipsters philosophy as Stza testifies "These ghosts will lead the way / Until your dying day / Unstitch the seams in your American dreams / From Guantanamo to Abu Ghraib."

Featuring cameos from past and present members of the Bouncing Souls, Subhumans, Zero Content, Awkward Thought, Citizen Fish and a host of other formidable acts in punk rock, the Star Fucking Hipsters don't disappoint on Never Rest in Peace. It may not be Fuck World Trade...Pt. II, but it certainly carries on in its tradition.

 

 
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MrIndecisive (August 25, 2011)

This album pales to the first one, and couldn't hold a crack pipe to earlier releases by stza and affiliates.

TSOL (January 11, 2010)

@ZachLeg
fuck brakes xbikexcorex !!

ZachLeg (January 9, 2010)

@TSOL

like Team Spider. What a horrible band that was

TSOL (January 8, 2010)

The thing Wu Tang and Stza have in common is that they branched out to cash in on a trend. Wu tang spawned a bunch of successful rappers, and now "introduces" rappers by stamping their logo on cds. Stza makes a new shitty band each year and promotes lots of terrible NYC bands, which his fans will eat up regardless of quality. Stza himself has mentioned Wu Tang as an influence, and that is how it influenced him. This was never new news..

notfeelingcreative (January 6, 2010)

I genreally got most of it....generally.

INDW (January 6, 2010)

hope you all got that...spectacularly confused by the new edit system...

INDW (January 6, 2010)

as always, a nice review from GPM. They might be young but to be honest I'm always impressed by the loyalty of the teenagers supporting CRS. I've seen LOC in various different cities in the UK and they always have 300 diehard fans there.

Personally I can take or leave a lot of their stuff - No Gods No Managers is undeniably amazing but some later stuff falls a long way from that mark. However, I do think we should this band a bit of a break. Given:

a) the fans are generally young and presumably therefore inspired to listen to influences and so on
b) the fact that the bands referenced by CRS are generally the likes of Crass and The Dead Kennedys
c) the fact that they are genuinely controversial and a little thought provoking to a wide demographic (a la the sex pistols/crass)

Surely there is a generally positive influence on the punk kids?

INDW (January 6, 2010)

as always, a nice review from GPM. They might be young but to be honest I'm always impressed by the loyalty of the teenagers supporting CRS. I've seen LOC in various different cities in the UK and they always have 300 diehard fans there.

Personally I can take or leave a lot of their stuff - No Gods No Managers is undeniably amazing but some later stuff falls a long way from that mark. However, I do think we should this band a bit of a break. Given that:

a) the fans are generally young and presumably therefore inspired to listen to influences and so on

b) the fact that the bands referenced by CRS are generally the likes of Crass and The Dead Kennedys

c) the fact that they are genuinely controversial and a little thought provoking to a wide demographic (a la the sex pistols/crass)

=

a generally positive influence on the punk kids.

INDW (January 6, 2010)

as always, a nice review from GPM. They might be young but to be honest I'm always impressed by the loyalty of the teenagers supporting CRS. I've seen LOC in various different cities in the UK and they always have 300 diehard fans there.

Personally I can take or leave a lot of their stuff - No Gods No Managers is undeniably amazing but some later stuff falls a long way from that mark. However, I do think we should this band a bit of a break. Given that:

a) the fans are generally young and presumably therefore inspired to listen to influences and so on

b) the fact that the bands referenced by CRS are generally the likes of Crass and The Dead Kennedys

c) the fact that they are genuinely controversial and a little thought provoking to a wide demographic (a la the sex pistols/crass)
=
a generally positive influence on the punk kids.

Misanthropee (January 5, 2010)

Hey, just because I made an impulsive joke and obliged a request for its elucidation doesn't mean I'm no fun.

ZachLeg (January 5, 2010)

even though stza wrote the song, i think its lame how he recycled "look who's talking now" from LOC off the "kids will have their say" 7'

telegraphrocks (January 5, 2010)

Originally posted by Misanthropee on January 5th, 2010 7:47 PM:

"Blah blah, blippity blah. Schoomidiy, skittamarink, a dink a wee wee. Dumb, dumb, dumb! Call me a WAMbulance!"

Woah, settle down there, Mr. To-Good-For-Fun!

GlassPipeMurder (January 5, 2010)

I see. Well I've never been to any of their shows so I wouldn't know what their fanbase is like. Judging from Fat Wreck and AT releasing their records, it seems like enough people view them as legit, though.

Misanthropee (January 5, 2010)

Well, the fanbase thing should be obvious.

As far as the Choking Victim family tree goes, it's rapidly aging white dudes using image and empty iconoclasm to exploit a disenfranchised suburban youth market. And the lyrics are incredibly trite and wack and everything's co-opted from other genres that have been far better and more authentically done by others. And the whole structure and little faux-squatter community surrounding it all reminds me of that Psychopathic records shit. No-Cash is Twiztid, or something.

Obviously Star Fucking Hipsters has some folks in it with real bona-fides, but Stza might as well wear clown makeup.

GlassPipeMurder (January 5, 2010)

I'd say Sturgeon, his crew and their fanbase have a lot more in common with Insane Clown Posse than they do Wu-Tang.

such as?

telegraphrocks (January 5, 2010)

"I'd say Sturgeon, his crew and their fanbase have a lot more in common with Insane Clown Posse than they do Wu-Tang."

I would definitely agree with you in regards to their fanbase. Actual band though, no.

Anyway, I really hope LP3 is back to the kick-ass-ness of Until We're Dead...

Misanthropee (January 5, 2010)

I'd say Sturgeon, his crew and their fanbase have a lot more in common with Insane Clown Posse than they do Wu-Tang.

jamespastepunk (January 5, 2010)

Even without excessive hyperbole, there are a few ways that parallels can be drawn between Choking Victim and Wu-Tang Clan.

That was hilarious.

telegraphrocks (January 5, 2010)

This is a big kick-to-the-dick after the lovely Until We're Dead.

Bleh.

4/10

victim (January 5, 2010)

Stza is the alienated teenage idiot's idol. Score is for 'crack rock', and for middle-class teens that decide living in the gutter instead of their home is cool and self-expressive.

Why so judgmental? They're almost certain to grow out of it, and its probably a good growing experience. Sure, in retrospect its "stupid" but when you're young and dumb you tend to be..young and dumb.

Now if they're 25 and still living the same shit, that starts to be different.

Honestly, how you want them to be "self-expressive"? Major in business then put on slacks and a tie every day slaving for some corporation?

TSOL (January 5, 2010)

Stza is the alienated teenage idiot's idol. Score is for 'crack rock', and for middle-class teens that decide living in the gutter instead of their home is cool and self-expressive.

victim (January 5, 2010)

I thought Nco was a dude

crackpotdemagogue (January 5, 2010)

get the donuts out!

Hamstring (January 5, 2010)

Good, not as good as the other one.

essenceoftong (January 5, 2010)

good review, not a bad album but not as good as their debut

drHankMcCoy (January 5, 2010)

i've been meaning to give these kids a listen. it was a nice read, too.

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