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25

Star Fucking Hipsters – From The Dumpster To The Grave – Review

By Dave C.  //  Music Reviews  //  No Comments

From The Dumpster To The Grave is the third record from this awesome New York band Star Fucking Hipsters which features Stza from Choking Victim / Leftover Crack. It also marks their return to Fat Wreck, the label that released their first record in 2008.

I found their first record pretty juvenile, but their follow up, Never Rest in Peace, ended up being one of my favorites of the following year. One thing that set that record apart was the variation in styles that they showed, and this new album is more diverse than ever. From Billy Bragg style rock on “War Widows Vietnam”, to the first wave ska of “Lotra Vez”, to hip hop on “9/11 Till Infinity”, all with backbone of really pissed-off political street punk. Most people would initially write off a street punk band like this as all sounding the same, but I haven’t seen musicians with such diverse talents in a long time.  

The lyrics from Stza and Kelsey on this are one of the best things about this record. A lot of it is actually quite poetic and original, which is not easy to do when you’re an anarchist band. My favorite song lyrically is “The Broken Branches”. It’s about the rich building their fortunes off the backs of the poor, and how the masses have reached a breaking point at this day and age. It could not be more relevant, especially with the political movements going on lately. “The more I learn the less I know, the more I reap the less I Sow, the streets are paved with epitaphs, sink the lifeboat, burn the raft” and the mantra of “The branches sag beneath the weight, the branches break, the branches break.” The danger of greed is it always reaches new levels, and there comes a point where the masses can’t take it anymore. It’s some pretty inspiring lyrics that are hard to argue with.

Another favorite is “Honey I Shrunk The Cops”. I have a soft spot for anti-police anthems, and this is among the best of them. It’s about how police thrive off society’s decay. As times get worse for the majority of people, more cops are simply hired to lock up the struggling poor. Stza states the obvious that something should be done to help people out of these situations as opposed to spending that money on prisons. He urges people to “protect the city whole, take on the boys in blue. No thanks and no peace, when your loved one is the victim of crooked police.” 

This record really does have something for everybody, as long as you can stand Stza’s voice. I personally think it’s pretty great and iconic, but I understand how the harshness takes some getting used to. Although there are a few duds with their attempts to branch out, such as the hip hop song, this record is a lot of fun and never gets boring. Make it the soundtrack to your own revolution. [Dave C.]

Score: 4 (out of 5)

Release Date: October 25th, 2011
Record Label: Fat Wreck Chords
Genre: Punk
RIYL: Leftover Crack, Choking Victim, No Cash

Track Listing:
1. Intro
2. Dumpster To the Grave
3. War Widows Vietnam
4. Death Is Never Out of Fashion
5. The Broken Branches
6. The Spoils of War
7. Otra Vez! (with blackbird Raum)
8. Honey, I Shrunk the Cops!
9. 9/11 ’til infinity (with Boots Riley)
10. Ana Ng
11. Rapture, Rinse, Repeat (with S.F.H east bay)
12. Drowning Out Another Year

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