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TV Crimes

TV Crimes: DemoDemo (2009)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 4


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For years, the East Side of Cleveland has had little to boast of in terms of musical accomplishment. The only footnote in the whole scene would be the incredibly embarrassing success of metalcore morons Salt the Wound. Meanwhile, the West Side can proudly claim the Sidekicks, Cheap Tragedies and a d.


For years, the East Side of Cleveland has had little to boast of in terms of musical accomplishment. The only footnote in the whole scene would be the incredibly embarrassing success of metalcore morons Salt the Wound. Meanwhile, the West Side can proudly claim the Sidekicks, Cheap Tragedies and a dozen other recent projects. Though there's certainly no rivalry between East and West, the demo recently recorded by TV Crimes does even things up a bit.

While the trio is based in Cleveland Heights, the sound is pure D.C. Three of their four original songs are mid-tempo, parsimonious hardcore tunes that revel in sheer volume and intensity. An abundance of hooks and gang vocals emboss certain tracks onto your hippocampus, as is the case on "Stone Statues," the most promising cut on the demo.

While key words like "gang vocals" and "mid-tempo hardcore" might conjure up images of a moronic, Madball-esque band, TV Crimes is anything but: Their demo boasts a surprising amount of pure rock and roll riffage. The opening fretwork on "Freedom from Religion" grabs you by your shirt before frenetic drums knock you on your ass. The song then apologizes with a simple shout-along chorus of "False god!"

The band often relies on sudden, Paint It Black-style shifts in tempo, which typically work marvelously. "What We Need" combusts out of nowhere into a frenzy that subsides as quickly as it emerged, only to end in a torrent of gang vocals that beg "Set me free!"

While three of the tracks are hook-heavy hardcore fare, "Regrets" already marks some impressive development for the group. Clocking in at nearly three-and-a-half minutes, it sounds like an early Fugazi number, willfully restrained yet simultaneously urgent. It's also a prime setting for the vocalist's impassioned shouting, which is as strong as it is emotive. The songs benefit endlessly from such a confident, finely-tuned vocal delivery. Though they're young, TV Crimes comprehends perfectly what it takes to create a memorable, invigorating song. They seem intent on compensating for all the hooks that hardcore has missed out on, and this trait already defines them. Their flaws are few and hard to find even on this demo. These four songs were made for mass sing-alongs, no matter what side of the river you're from.

 

 
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Amazingthemike (May 8, 2009)

Joel rules. I haven't heard these songs on record but live they are great.

sugarfull (May 8, 2009)

Didn't Integrity come from Cleveland? I'm actually not a mega-fan of Integrity, but they're way better than this band.

slowstupidhungry (May 8, 2009)

"goddamn, Cleveland and their bands suck"

Cheap Tragedies, The Homostupids, and Inmates are all better than your favorite bands. Not in the Heisel "hype up" sense... I looked at your top ten bands.

miniblindbandit (May 8, 2009)

also

this band is pretty good

miniblindbandit (May 8, 2009)

word. self-released is the future i think. might as well embrace it. i like less production/hype anyway.

theonetruebill (May 8, 2009)

Ah, alright. I didn't notice the other self released thing getting reviewed before I posted that. It's just that I wouldn't be surprised at all if people posting on here actually did hold that attitude.

miniblindbandit (May 8, 2009)

just an observation, bill. no need for the jump to conclusions mat.

theonetruebill (May 8, 2009)

So unless the band is signed to some label that hypes them up they shouldn't get reviewed?

miniblindbandit (May 8, 2009)

self-releasedreviews.org

xIxKilledxJesusx (May 8, 2009)

goddamn, Cleveland and their bands suck

Blackjaw_X (May 8, 2009)

Sounds cool, I check them out when I get home.

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