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Crime In Stereo

Crime In Stereo: Explosives, And The Will To Use ThemExplosives, And The Will To Use Them (2004)
Blackout! Records

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There's two thoughts constantly running through my head when listening to this debut full-length from CRIME IN STEREO: 1) Everything that I love about hardcore can be found within the 29 minutes of music on here; and 2) This band needs to tour the world and never look back. "Explosives, And The .
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There's two thoughts constantly running through my head when listening to this debut full-length from CRIME IN STEREO: 1) Everything that I love about hardcore can be found within the 29 minutes of music on here; and 2) This band needs to tour the world and never look back.

"Explosives, And The Will To Use Them" feels almost like it was made explicitly to fit my personal tastes in music. CRIME IN STEREO feature the melodic empathy of Long Island legends, SILENT MAJORITY; the sing-along hysteria of BANE, and the relentless, methodical intensity of STRIKE ANYWHERE and KILL YOUR IDOLS. In the end though, CRIME IN STEREO dish out a sound that's pretty unique in these times, as it never panders particularly hard to a specific genre, nor postures itself in the mold of a band that lives and dies by contemporary associations. At 24, I'm still a sucker for anything that I can sing-along and finger-point at while in my bedroom, and this gets the job done. CRIME IN STEREO's lyrics have a stunning clarity to them, taking on targets with laser sight. CRIME IN STEREO mix it up from posicore vibes ("Amsterdammed!") to more critical vocal assaults ("If You Think We're Talking About You, We Are"), all while retaining a certain "soundtrack of my youth" character.

Another sweet thing about this release is that the production style is entirely unique for this day and age where just about every hardcore band wants something bigger and crunchier than the rest. "Explosives..." has an intentionally stripped down, flippant sound to it, one that's more obnoxiously gritty than underproduced or neglected. However one can describe it, I think it works perfectly.

Without a shred of doubt, I'm calling "Explosives, And The Will to Use Them," the first essential piece of music from 2004.

 

 
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tied with "the troubled statestide" as best album of all time.

sen (March 13, 2006)

one of the most replayable cds i've ever heard

Anonymous (November 24, 2005)

I don't know where someone would say this band is tough guy, but either way i'm in love with this cd and i'm not going to attempt to define a genre cause it doesn't matter.

get into it.

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

jesse, that has got to be the dumbest thing uve ever said.

kenjamin (December 15, 2004)

seemed like pretty generic tough guy hardcore when i saw them.

Anonymous (June 2, 2004)

this band is great, pastepunk needs to stop shitting them up and step off their cocks.

Anonymous (May 14, 2004)

To the guy below me, you're right. This is a great band. Somehow, they remind me of Gorilla Biscuits, mostly in the vocals.

Anonymous (April 14, 2004)

ok .... this band fucking rules .. there is no Thursday or Pennywise in this ... this is for fans of Reach The Sky , Lifetime , Kid Dynamite......

Anonymous (March 6, 2004)

amazing CD

Anonymous (March 1, 2004)

"I almost bought the KYI split with these guys, but it was $10, and a regular KYI album "No Gimmicks Neccessary" was only $11."

Where the hell did you go to buy it?
$10 is quite the mark-up.

Anonymous (February 24, 2004)

"What we have here is cookie-cutter hardcore punk. Sometimes the guitar riffs are Thursday rip-offs, sometimes they're Pennywise rip-offs. Either way, this music is not good."

You know someones a fucking idiot when they consider Pennywise and Thursday "cookie-cutter hardcore punk". You're hipster scum. Die. -Stuaz

Anonymous (February 22, 2004)

Good band, I'm loving the song "Heres To Things Gone Wrong"

-c22

Anonymous (February 22, 2004)

They don't sound a lot like pennywise, but I can't say I love them from the mp3s I've heard.

inagreendase (February 22, 2004)

"Can anyone tell me how the new Get Up Kids cd is"

Uptempo, very happy, you could even it call fun. Good/solid album.

Anonymous (February 21, 2004)

seems good, and animal farm is a good book.

Anonymous (February 21, 2004)

"Thursday and Pennywise as influences? Are you insane? Have you ever heard of lifetime? dag nasty? Gorilla Biscuits?"

Amen, brother. Even though I like PW, but anyway. This guys, Scraps And Heart Attacks, and Paint It Black are bringing hardcore back to what it should be. I'm fucking impressed.

Anonymous (February 21, 2004)

Can anyone tell me how the new Get Up Kids cd is

dazed (February 21, 2004)

I just ordered both that KYI full length, the split with CIS, and this album. Hooray for spending scholarship money on stuff that makes me focus less on school.

The mp3s from this sounded great.

TheOneTrueBill (February 21, 2004)

Well... yes, yes I am a cheap ass.

Anonymous (February 21, 2004)

if yout too much of a cheap ass, go but there split with kill your idols. along with kyi. these dudes are putting out some of the best hardcore punk riht now. brings me back to a day whemn music and punk actually meant something, not all this manuafcuctued bandwagon emo crap that has infested our scence for for the last few years. im glad there are still bands like these dudes.

TheOneTrueBill (February 21, 2004)

I almost bought the KYI split with these guys, but it was $10, and a regular KYI album "No Gimmicks Neccessary" was only $11.

Anonymous (February 20, 2004)

Thursday and Pennywise as influences? Are you insane? Have you ever heard of lifetime? dag nasty? Gorilla Biscuits? I wouldn't be surprised if these guys have never listened to thursday or pennywise.

FortyMinutesWest (February 20, 2004)

"To help clear things up, I hate both Pennywise and Thursday. It's a shame that it's okay for punk music to sound the same all the time. Whatever happened to musicianship and innovation?

This score is for assholes who buy the same record over and over and over and over again. Kudos. You've seemed to beat the system and rebelled once again."

They don't sound like Pennywise or Thursday.

Anonymous (February 20, 2004)

crime in stereo is a good band, and this is a good record.

ElVaquero (February 20, 2004)

This Shit Rules.

Jesse (February 20, 2004)

To help clear things up, I hate both Pennywise and Thursday. It's a shame that it's okay for punk music to sound the same all the time. Whatever happened to musicianship and innovation?

This score is for assholes who buy the same record over and over and over and over again. Kudos. You've seemed to beat the system and rebelled once again.

Anonymous (February 20, 2004)

www.purevolume.com/crimeinstereo

FortyMinutesWest (February 20, 2004)

This band is excellent, I haven't gotten my hands on this yet, but it's definitely on my list. Ever since I heard their mp3s when they got signed to Brightside, I was hooked.

Anonymous (February 20, 2004)

jordan, fuck you...do you live in austin? you snubbed me at a show once. fuck you and your site. you tate wannabe.
Jordan lives in/around DC. And Jason Tate wishes he could have the respect Jordan has.

Anonymous (February 20, 2004)

And Thursday and Pennywise are the first of their breed? All punk is derivative, so shut up.
Glad to see that all of you assholes can read a review and not use it as an excuse to vent your frustrations at the writer.
Anyway... this is an awesome HC record and the CIS are great live band. Maybe not a masterpiece... but still essential.

Anonymous (February 20, 2004)

jordan, fuck you...do you live in austin? you snubbed me at a show once. fuck you and your site. you tate wannabe.

Jesse (February 20, 2004)

Wow. I listened to this and all I could say is "Wow, this is the most overhyped band of 2004 (thusfar)." Your review hails them as amazing. Your review is wrong. There is no reason anyone should give this a 10. At most, give it an 8 or 9, but 10 means that something is phenomenal. This is not phenomenal. What we have here is cookie-cutter hardcore punk. Sometimes the guitar riffs are Thursday rip-offs, sometimes they're Pennywise rip-offs. Either way, this music is not good.

This score is for hyping bad music.

Anonymous (February 20, 2004)

Yeah, good band as I've recently found out. I had to review the split with KILL YOUR IDOLS, and was pleasantly surprised with the quality of Crime in Stereo's material.
-Janelle

Anonymous (February 20, 2004)

someone post mp3s.

Anonymous (February 20, 2004)

scores for pastepunk/utterpunk

inagreendase (February 20, 2004)

I love this disc, definitely has a shot at my top 10. The intro of "Amsterdamned!" are the best five seconds of melodic hardcore I've ever heard.

Anonymous (February 20, 2004)

CIS are the fuckin shit.

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