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Star Fucking Hipsters is a ska infused metal/punk Frankenstein’s monster of sorts—and a star fucking supergroup of sorts, featuring members of outfits such as Leftover Crack, Choking Victim and the Degenerics, as well as honorary members from the likes of the Bouncing Souls and World Inferno Friendship Society. The band spews forth their politics in a potent medley of male and female vocals, occasional keyboard interludes and face-melting rhythms. Already with two biting full lengths (2008’s Until We’re Dead and 2009’s Never Rest In Peace) under their collective belt, Star Fucking Hipsters expects to stick it to the man a third time with a yet-to-be-titled 2011 release.



Typing to CMJ from an internet café in a small town somewhere in Guatemala, core SFH member Sturgeon sheds some light on the band’s forthcoming album, the music industry and potable water.



In what ways do you find yourselves being influenced by the various bands you are/have been involved with when writing for SFH?
I have been the primary writer and lyricist in the bands I’ve started including Choking Victim and Leftover Crack. In a way, SFH is more of the same and in another way its dynamic is completely different with more people, especially our lead guitarist Frank, contributing to the song writing. As I get older, I find myself listening to increasingly mellow styles of music—for instance I’ve been crushing on Cab Calloway a lot lately—so the next record might have a song stylistically similar and lo-fi to his recordings. Then there is Frank who was primarily raised on metal after acing classical guitar. Most songs start with me and Frank with two acoustic guitars. The difficult part is translating that into a band because of the myriad, if not infinite, possibilities of a full band.



How does SFH’s fan base differ from that of other bands you’ve been in? Is there a lot of overlap?
To be honest, SFH was supposed to be a completely different kind of animal than the previous bands. We wanted a different fan base to a great extent, but I’d have to admit that if it weren’t for overlap from Leftover Crack, we probably wouldn’t be able to afford to tour. But at the same time, when we meet people that listen to SFH and don’t really care about the other bands, well, it obviously gives us great pride in what we are doing now as opposed to five, ten, 15 years ago.



On the SFH website you say the definition of punk has been perverted to meet capitalistic ends. Can’t the same be said for the music industry in general? Is there a way to prevent this?
The music industry? We’re talking about about a dinosaur on the brink of extinction. And then when you go on to the ¨punk¨ music industry… we’re talking about children and adults alike that don’t respect authority or capitalism (hopefully!), who can barely afford to buy an LP or CD. With music as freely available as checking your email, there really is no reason to pay for music unless you like artwork and lyrics and liner notes. And anyways, if a way is figured out as to preventing music ¨piracy¨ then I don’t think there will be one stitch of freedom left or shred of this country’s constitution. You might as well outlaw people humming the latest bullshit song force fed through the media. We’ll be living in a downward spiraling nightmare. Or, at least I will… Wait! I already do! AAAGGGHHHH! When you’re lining up for your potable water ration, let’s see what the ¨Macarena¨ or ¨Tubthumping¨ or ¨Beautiful Girls¨ of the year is. A rogue Jonas Brothers ballad perhaps?



What does it mean to you to be a leftist band? What are some new points you’ve been trying to get out there recently?
Besides the potable water thing? Other human-made ecological catastrophes I suppose. The weather seems to be taking a pretty sour turn the last few years. I’m sure that the fuckers will find a way to commodify air. Maybe they’ll hire the extinct music industry to work on that? And with the apathy of the public at large, being in a leftist band does not mean much these days.



So you guys are getting closer and closer to coming out with new album, Ska Fucking Hipsters. What sorts of new directions have you taken for this release compared to Until We’re Dead and Never Rest In Peace?
Well, I’m less organized than I’ve ever been in my life. I suppose that’s a new direction. Not sure that the record will be Ska Fucking Hipsters—that’ll more likely be a song title—and as always, we’re trying out different styles of songs, like the Cab Calloway idea. I’ve tried to present this band as being eclectic in our song styles. It’s very satisfying to tackle a musical genre and get fairly close to it. I think there will be a disco tune and maybe some flamenco, but of course the ska and the punk too.



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