In a long-awaited return that spans over a decade, Crime in Stereo is back in the limelight with their latest offering, House & Trance. Set to be released on Pure Noise Records, this album marks a significant milestone for fans for the band who have been eagerly anticipating their return. While the album’s title may raise eyebrows and spark thoughts of electronic experimentation, fear not, for Crime in Stereo remains firmly rooted in their alternative punk and post-hardcore roots.
House & Trance is a remarkable achievement for the band, not only for its content but also for the fact that it’s entirely self-produced. As you embark on this musical journey, you’ll quickly realize that it seamlessly picks up where their previous work left off, as if the intervening years and more havn’t happened at all. Crime in Stereo’s distinctive sound remains intact, ensuring that old fans will feel right at home.
The album serves as a poignant reflection of life and existence in 2023, both musically and lyrically. In a world fraught with universal environmental and systemics crises, it’s clear that this record delves deep into the turmoil of the present day. Simultaneously, it maintains that signature Crime in Stereo intimacy, connecting with listeners on a personal level, as they’ve always done.
The journey begins with the opening track, “Pensioner”, where heavy, fast drums set the tone for what’s to come. Dark, introspective lyrics pull you in, but it’s the second track that will take you by surprise. “Superyacht Ecopark” offers an incisive critique of the billionaire mindset that prioritizes wealth accumulation at the expense of humanity. It’s a powerful statement that resonates deeply in today’s socio-political climate.
“Hypernormalisation” explores the apathy that seems to grip society in the face of impending crises. With the same tuneful energy that Crime in Stereo classics are known for, this track keeps the pace up and the emotions flowing. It’s clear that the band is not only interested in making great music but also in making you think.
As you delve deeper into House & Trance, you’ll notice a recurring theme of mortality. References to being consumed or destroyed by the sun permeate the album, and the track “House/Trace” is a prime example. It’s a wonderful blend of ominous and hyperactive melancholy, drawing you into its enigmatic embrace.
The final track, “Skells”, serves as a touching tribute to the band’s home on Long Island (New York), but it’s accompanied by a somber undertone. Guitarist Dunne’s near-death experience due to septic infection during a recording session adds a layer of personal reflection and vulnerability to this entire album.
In summary House & Trance by Crime in Stereo is a triumphant return for a band that has withstood the test of time. With its thoughtful lyricism, compelling musicality and a subtle touch of introspection, this album is a true gem. It not only serves as a reflection of the tumultuous world in 2023 but also manages to connect with each listener on a deeply personal level, just as Crime in Stereo has always done. Welcome back, Crime in Stereo; we’ve missed you.