After earning New York cred by joining hardcore stalwarts Kill Your Idols for a 2003 split release, Long Island's Crime in Stereo developed a scorching yet melodic brand of hardcore on its first two full-lengths. The band's third LP, 2007's Is Dead, put them on the map as a visceral force with songwriting chops to boot.
Sonically diverse without abandoning the fiery spirit that earned the
band its following, Is Dead features wavy, progressive
arrangements that suspend the listener in dreamy guitar effects and then
deliver a pit-approved boot of hardcore to the chest. The album was
hailed by critics as an adventurous and important step and opened the
door for further exploration.
With I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone, released February
23, an extra pop sheen covers the jagged hooks of "Not Dead" and
"Drugwolf." Each energetic chorus bursts free, with floating vocal
harmonies and trippy guitar-pedal effects as decoration. What the band
does with this new material live could be epic.
Crime in Stereo, with the
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Wonder Years, Fallen From the Sky, Protagonist, and Go Rydell. 6:30 p.m.
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