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Never Rest in Peace

(Alternative Tentacles; US: 20 Oct 2009; UK: 26 Oct 2009)

Only in New York City can there be a band named Star Fucking Hipsters. The band was spawned initially in 2005 as a side project of Stza and Brandon Chevalier-Kolling of Alphabet City crust-punk greats Leftover Crack; however, Brandon died before the band could be fully formed. Following a series of personnel changes in the wake of this tragedy, the band’s lineup was finally solidified in 2008 and consummated via an explosive debut album, Until We’re Dead, on Fat Wreck Chords. SFH’s quickly conspired follow-up, Never Rest In Peace, finds the band on Jello Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles label and more incendiary than ever. Employing the melodic brutality of Crass plus the loud-soft-loud dynamics of the Pixies as its most teeth-gnashing, the band delivers songs like “3,000 Miles Away”, “Church & Rape”, and “Severance Pay” that will certainly keep the very hipsters they mock in their nomenclature cowering in some safe corner on Ludlow Street, clutching their the Pains of Being Pure at Heart album close to their chests for protection from the uncompromising punk sounds that once dominated that neighborhood.

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Ron Hart is currently enjoying his 11th year as a professional music journalist. In addition to PopMatters, he has also written for such publications as CMJ, Billboard.com, SPIN.com, The Village Voice, Gear, Paper, SHOUT NY, Paperthinwalls.com, Blender, Yellow Rat Bastard, Good Times, Paste, and Barnesandnoble.com among others. He is also the editor and publisher of the Interboro Rock Tribune, a free NYC music zine now in its 6th year in print. Please give us traffic on our website at http://www.irtmag.com.


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