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Album Review

Crimes is Blood Brothers' V2 debut, and their fourth album overall. The quintet is still led by 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, the 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.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic

I've absolutely loved this album ever since it came out. I was happy with the way they went on this record.
If you are wanting something new and different from mainstream, I highly suggest you purchase this cd.
RIP
I miss you guys

Their Definitive Album

This is their best album by far. "Piano Island" was an enormous leap forward for them lyrically and technically, but "Crimes" is where it all coalesced. Their confidence lets them find a less frantic, more assured sound that plays into Johnny Whitney's theatricality, but still manages to melt your face off, track after track. Their lyrics are daytime nightmares, and the music is fiendishly complex - playful and aggressive. Whitney's voice is an acquired taste to say the least, but melds perfectly with co-vocalist Jordan Blilie's raspier, lower tones. This album is not for everyone, but if you give it a while, its inventiveness and exuberance will leave an indelible mark.

crimes

some excellent music that i don't get tired of,
high energy, innovative, chaotic, original
i love it(:

Biography

Formed: 1997 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Rebellious and nasty, the Blood Brothers defined their own brand of punk-soaked angst rock when they came together in 1997. Jordan Blilie (vocals), Johnny Whitney (vocals), Waxwing's Cody Votolato (guitar), Morgan Henderson (bass), and Mark Gajadhar (drums) all hail from Seattle; they've shared the stage with Pretty Girls Make Graves and the like. The Blood Brothers' debut album, This Adultery Is Ripe, was released in 2000. It was a rough-edged, sour set of songs and the press immediately praised...
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