When: Sat., May 6, 7 p.m. 2017
Formed in 1992 in New York City, Choking Victim played a blend of ska and hardcore known as “ska core” or “crack rock steady” and became well known for satanic imagery and radical leftist lyrics that included references to their vagrant lifestyle (i.e. smoking crack, stealing and squatting). The band lived and played at this place called the C-Squat a building that used to regularly host shows and had a half pipe in the basement. The band members were a significant part of shaping punk rock culture through the 1990s but broke up after the first day of recording their first full length album, No Gods/ No Mangers, in 1999. Choking Victim then splintered off to start other projects including Leftover Crack, which was headed up by frontman Scott Sturgeon. A few other members from Choking Victim ended up joining Leftover Crack and continued that crack-rock-steady sound. The band – whose lineup now is Skwert, Alec Baillie and Scott Sturgeon – recently announced a reunion in which they will play through No Gods/No Managers, the Crack Rock Steady EP and the Squatta’s Paradise EP.