Monday, March 21, 2011

Crimes: Houdini Sleaze

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Houdini Sleaze is the debut EP by Crimes, a young trio from downtown ATL (just down the way from Castelberry Hill to be exact).

There's a lot of post-punk and post-hardcore reverence going on in these four numbers. Allegiances to the Blood Brothers' sneering and spastic ways (had to go there) and Hot Snakes' screaming fury in "Vas Definitely" and "Dead Japanese Cowgirls" come wrapped in tight, high-velocity melodies.

There's also a bit of a '90s punk thing going on in the loud vocals of "Ray Lobo," which exposes some fundamental strengths and limitations of the group's abilities at this early stage of development. It's not beyond redemption though. There's plenty of room to grow here, but for their first Band Camp EP Houdini Sleaze hits pretty hard.

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