Leftover Crack's Stza on School Shootings: "Our Government Is Directly Responsible For Worse"

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Scott Sturgeon has somethin' to say. 
Leftöver Crack exists at an intersection of punk rock just barely less bewildering than Hare Krsna hardcore.
While dishing out a manically mode-shifting blend of pop-punk, third-wave ska, and death metal, the lyrical content is equal parts gutter punk and Food Not Bombs.

The Crizack mashes radical, left-wing anarchism with hard drugs and reactionary politics (the constant "killing cops" motif being the brightest example) as well as a penchant for provocation and antagonism.

Scott "Stza" Sturgeon, the band's outspoken frontman and chief lyricist, and his freebasing bandmates will be rocking the fuck out at Churchill's Pub in Miami tonight.

So Crossfade shot him some questions via email about the complex -- often contradictory -- philosophy of contemporary punk rock's most controversially crusty crew.

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Crossfade: Would it be accurate to say that the band has become more specific with its political messages over time? The imagery you've used over the years illustrates this better than anything, from fetishizing Columbine to 9/11 conspiracy theories.
Stza: I think that our lyrics discuss many subjects that most bands find taboo, and these things have defined what separates us from other punk bands. So, a conversation about us might very likely entail some of the ideas that we explore.

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"Rock the 40oz" t-shirt depicting the Columbine shooters.
How do you presently relate to the band's early fascination with the Columbine massacre? I understand the logic behind empathy for Harris and Klebold, and said empathy's relationship to mental health issues, bullying, conformity, and so on. But the lyrics to "Rock the 40 Oz" and the accompanying t-shirt didn't really seem to be about any of those issues.
I would never censor our art because of what our death-loving American culture is fixated on at any given moment. I stand by the fact that our government is directly responsible for worse massacres of children on a monthly basis and that's being generous. Why do Americans only care about the American casualties?

My fascination with the Columbine killings was more focused on what the culture that the adults in that community had created, and how it was inherent of a general sickness that infects America at large, and the suburbs especially. As for "Rock the 40 Oz," I'd like to note that the song was written and recorded many months before the Columbine shootings.

I think that the t-shirt art that you mention was so far fetched that it was obviously tongue-in-cheek.

Would today's LOC ever write comparable lyrics or design comparable imagery relating to the recent Sandy Hook shooting? Would previous incarnations of LOC have joked about or appropriated that shooting had it happened in another era?
No. As much as I love to be offensive, there are many topics that are off-limits, even for us. Children being traumatized and butchered is surely one of them. But on that note, if high-school kids are old enough to stand trial as adults in this country, then I can surely use them as fodder...

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The cover art for Leftover Crack's 2004 full-length, Fuck World Trade.
Relatedly, what does the cover art for "Fuck World Trade" mean? There is a lot of signification, but there also seems to be an element of pure antagonism and/or provocation, much like the Columbine imagery. Do you subscribe to any of the myriad alternative explanations of the September 11th attacks?
Yes, I do. I think that the three politicians on that album cover let the events of 9/11 transpire, at the very least. And it's likely that they were involved on other levels that go way beyond just letting thousands of people die so that they could get rich and kill hundreds of thousands more.

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