Monday, March 9, 2009

I, Crime - 7" release show - 3 / 14 - Old Miami

I, Crime

(photo: Cybelle Codish)


Incorrigibly, music journos across the land get swept up in genre labels…Worse, we start to cook up hybrids, art-punk / math-rock / folk-rap / disco-metal…and on and on…

Sometimes it’s just the bare bones fact that a band is…just…rock...just guitar-bass-drums (and maybe a keyboard…), with hooks and solos; sweet, howling vocals; hard-pounding rhythms and blazing guitar riffs – no need to lose your head and over-complicate things. And..., it can be done well…as it is, by Detroit quartet, I, Crime.

I, Crime take the best of cryptic-nihilistic indie-rock (that reverb-soaked guitar wave with a measured bit of noise scorches) and put a steady backbeat ringing of classic 50’s rock, dizzied by a bit of those rounding riffs that can tighten up and fracture at any second (thing that perfect middle ground where post-punk dipped into 80’s-style neo-psychedelia)…and wrap it up with perfect intertwining boy-girl vocals, the cool wavy mid-range of singer Anderson Walworth paired with Jennie Knaggs sturdy soaring howls, as capable for pop-delicacy as they are rhythm heavy punk rock. All showcased on their latest 7” single “Dove Skin Gloves.” Drummer Charlie McCutcheon and bassist Mike Ventimiglia round out the quartet. Their 7" is the 2nd official release on Woodbridge Records, the pair of songs (with flipside “Candy Stripes”) are winding, burning ballads, fuzzy but fierce guitars, steady rhythms and bittersweet vocals detail the thin line between love and hate, devotion and indifference.

The band releases “Dove Skin Gloves” March 14th at the Old Miami with The Sisters Lucas, The Bitter Tears (from Chicago) and Red Swan (from Lansing). Dig it.


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