Crimes [2-CD]

Crimes [2-CD]

by The Blood BrothersThe Blood Brothers


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Crimes is Blood Brothers' V2 debut, and their fourth album overall. The quintet is still led by the blaring, interwoven vocals of Johnny Whitney and Jordan Blilie. One screams and yelps in a very high register, the other is not so high, but still great at screaming. The Brothers' basic sound is jagged and post-punk-derived, full of hyper percussion and jerking, screeching guitars. But while this might sound like chaos, it's not. Like Whirlwind Heat or the Icarus Line, Blood Brothers always provide a counterweight to their noisier, freakier sides. Depending on the song, that weight can either be furious rock energy, laptop experimentation, or pianos and accordions used in illegal ways. Crimes keeps a tight lid on the nervous energy that's always defined the group, channeling it into aggressive songs that often suggest the damaged, exciting grooves of vintage Brainiac (particularly "Teen Heat" and "Trash Flavored Trash"), as well as subtler numbers with atmosphere to spare. Though it periodically explodes into a metal-ish racket, "Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck" pulsing rhythms and arching guitar lines mostly follow the contours of the dance-punk scene en vogue in the early 2000s. The title track skulks along with a plodding bassline and lyrics about robbing liquor stores and wandering through landfills; it eventually recedes into the rich tones of a Wurlitzer, and the vocalists' quiet sighs. "Celebrator" begins as an a cappella dirge, but detonates unexpectedly into raucous triple-time. Other highlights include the lurching, grinding opener, "Feed Me to the Forest," the frantic, piano-driven "Peacock Skeleton With Feathers," and "My First Kiss at the Public Execution," which finds an incredibly sharp chorus hook in between its bloodcurdling screams.[Epitaph's 2009 reissue included a bonus disc with live performances of most of the album's songs, an alternate version of the title track, B-sides, and the video for "Love Rhymes with Hideous Car Wreck."]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2009
Label: Epitaph
UPC: 0045778705825
catalogNumber: 87058
Rank: 67162

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blood Brothers   Primary Artist
Cody Votolato   Guitar,Percussion,Trumpet,Background Vocals,E-bow,Guitar (Baritone),Group Member
Morgan Henderson   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Accordion,Background Vocals,Upright Bass,Group Member
Mark Gajadhar   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Johnny Whitney   Percussion,Piano,Vocals,Wurlitzer,Group Member
Jordan Blilie   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Sean Reveron   Vocals
Nick Zinner   Guitar

Technical Credits

John Goodmanson   Producer,Engineer
Kip Beelman   Engineer
Blood Brothers   Composer,Producer
Casey Foubert   Producer,Engineer
Cody Votolato   Whistle
Johnny Whitney   Layout
Jordan Blilie   Drawing
Nick Pritchard   Reissue Layout
Mike Ott   Video Director
Aaron Malasko   Drum Technician

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