DeeCRACKS - Sonic Delusions (Cover Artwork)
Staff Review


Sonic Delusions (2018)

pirate's press

DeeCRACKS are a Ramones worshiping trio from Austria. They’re better known in Europe, where they’ve been around for 15 years and have played over 800 shows. Sonic Delusions is the band’s first album for Pirate’s Press, and DeeCracks seem poised to make a bigger name for themselves here in the good, old US of A. I’ve been on a bit of a pop-punk trip lately, so DeeCRACKS have been on my radar. They’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, but this band and album will definitely scratch your Ramones itch.

The thing that makes DeeCRACKS stand out from other bands doing this style is the gruff voice of vocalist/guitarist Matt DeeCRACK. Its harshness might add an extra sense of aggression to the music. Otherwise, the songs follow the pretty standard Ramones formula. That’s not meant as an insult, as they do it quite well. There’s just enough sonic diversity to keep things interesting, and Sonic Delusions is consistently good across its 16 songs and nearly 33 minutes.

The best tracks include opener “Standing On My Head”, and the extremely catchy “Shambles” and “Montreal Nights”. “Watch Out!”, “Substitute” and closer “Do Anything You Wanna Do” are all second half highlights. There are a couple of outliers on Sonic Delusions too. “Mexican Standoff” is surf inspired and even incorporates some horns. “Turn Away” has acoustic guitars and is the closest thing to a ballad. Overall, Sonic Delusions is a good listen. If you’re a fan of pop-punk or Ramones (and who isn't?), check out DeeCRACKS.