Record of the Week: STAR FUCKING HIPSTERS LP


November 3rd, 2011 by

STAR FUCKING HIPSTERS – From the Dumpster to the Grave LP

Let the punk police come and take me away, let them strap me into a straightjacket and gag me on the way out the door, but I will still say that this record is fukkn great. I know it’s been long out of vogue to like ska punk, and NOFX has been passé for even longer, but my facial hair has been out of vogue for longer than most taste makers have had a turntable, so fuck ‘em. I mention NOFX not just because Fat Wreck is responsible for this release, but because STAR FUCKING HIPSTERS have taken the ska/punk hybrid that frontman Sturgeon perfected with his previous bands CHOKING VICTIM and LEFTOVER CRACK and injected into it the high energy ultra catchy hardcore punk that Fat Mike has been slinging for a couple of decades. It works. Rarely do the hours poured into a record make them so evident as they do on this release, but when From the Dumpster veers off on over instrumentalized tangents it never seems trite—it just seems right. This record is nothing if not sincere, and every musical excursion is obviously a path taken by true fans that have become masters at their craft. Brilliant vocal trade-offs dominate many songs, with Nico’s vocals taking a confident lead, and the occasional (but dominant) ska parts are accented by subtly sparse and brilliant keys and horns. If you want cred, then check out this (partial) list of band members and contributors: DEGENERICS, ERGS, NEUROSIS, the COUP, GR’UPS, CONQUEST FOR DEATH, DYSTOPIA, DEADFALL, SOVIETTES…you still need more? Well, then no list would win you over anyway. This is excellent… you might not like it, that decision is purely yours. But awesomeness is a fact. (Fat Wreck Chords)

9 responses to “Record of the Week: STAR FUCKING HIPSTERS LP”

3 11 2011
Janelleblarg (15:00:48) :

“Awesomeness is a fact” = genius. Robert is a man unafraid of controversy.

3 11 2011
captain microwave (16:32:08) :

I never understood the hate this band gets, they’re very talented and unique. I think they’re great.

3 11 2011
throc morton (18:00:11) :

First off. They album is good, just not as good as their previous albums. However, your reporting is atrocious. First off, Nico is no longer in the band…this is why the album sounds so very different and probably why so many people are critical of it. As a journalist, you should do some research before you write.

Great band, good album (missing just some of the intensity of previous efforts).

3 11 2011
Joe (18:24:47) :

Does that say Dystopia? what do they have to do with this record??

3 11 2011
Sofa_King (20:19:32) :

Throc……Do your research. Nico recorded her vocals before leaving the band. That belting verse in ‘the broken branches’ is the one and only Nico. In total there are 3 different female vocals on the album Nico, Kill-C and Yula Beeri.

3 11 2011
A (20:21:39) :

Nico is on the record but not all songs. Kelsey, who joined as singer almost a year ago and Yula Beeri (original bass player) also sing on the record. It’s not too hard to differ who’s singing what if you’ve heard them sing on other recordings.

3 11 2011
A (20:24:31) :

And the ‘belting voice’ on the first part of Broken Branches is Yula, Nico sings the next female part.

3 11 2011
Sofa_King (22:53:32) :

http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/track_by_track_star_fucking_hipsters

“The Broken Branches”
This song is about the more macabre side of what a family tree symbolizes. It’s about skeletons in closets and how people are decidedly not defined by who birthed them or what their relatives have done in the past. If everybody was forced to answer for the sins of their ancestors, the whole world would be guilty of horrific crimes. This line of thinking leads to the false entitlement that many people seem to have, as well as being another trap that leads to the easy manipulation of the collected masses through the class and caste systems. Yula [Beeri] sings and lends a nice feel to the intro and outro. This has the one verse on the record where Nico [de Gallo] really rose to the occasion and belted it out.

Read the article, good run down from Sturgeon on each song

4 11 2011
kenzo (07:19:46) :

i’m gonna have to agree 100% with captain microwave on this one. I was among the folks looking forward to the release of this record. I’ve been to see em twice and had a blast both times. Nuff Said.

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