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04.04.14 / WILDHONEY

WILDHONEY album coming late summer on deranged/Forward.  I expect great things.  In the meantime, you can listen to SEVENTEEN over and over again.

april 11 athens, oh @ Smiling Skull w/ Katherine, Sega Genocide and Satanarchy
april 12 louisville, ky @ The Cure Lounge w/Aphids and Comforter
april 13 bloomington, in @ Rachels Cafe w/ Kam Kama
april 14 chicago,il @ Empty Bottle w/ Doomsquad
april 15 millwakee, wi @ Quarters w/ Technicolor Teeth and Blonder
april 16 detroit, mi @ Trumbullplex w/ Tyvek, PRC, Roachclip
april 17 cleveland, oh @ Now That’s Class w/ Sails, Field Trip, The Sleeps
april 18 pittsburgh,pa @ Garfield Artworks w/ Barlow and Brighside
april 19 frederick, md @ Cafe Nola w/ Ghost Hotel, Dead Monk, Crimson Wave

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10.02.14 / STOIC VIOLENCE / CRIMINAL CODE no device

Preview track from upcoming 12” on Deranged/Video Disease this spring

Criminal Code from Tacoma, Washington, play an anthemic, sneakingly melodic mixture of post-punk and post-hardcore. Formed in 2011, they’ve just released their debut LP No Device on Deranged Records, a welcome shot in the vein (or kick in the teeth) to an increasingly ethereal genre.

No Device harkens back to the raw, stripped down and primal intensity that characterised the early days of post punk, back when it was still considered just punk, only punk that was a little off and slightly more unsettling than usual. Criminal Code straight rip and rock with an urgency and rabid junkie unpredictability that was traded in long ago when post punk started investing wholeheartedly in synthesisers and chorus pedal collections and diverting down broodier pathways to goth and whatever-wave.
That isn’t to say that Criminal Code have forsaken all of post-punk’s preoccupation with subtlety and atmosphere, it’s just, for lack of a better word, more subtle than the usual midnight fog of chorus and bed of synthesiser shimmer. Throughout No Device chorus is used only as the slightest colouring on the already unsettlingly atmospheric guitar work, which switches on a dime between serpentine melodies, angular, trebly chord-work, and bouts of harsh dissonance, and unless I’m mistaken, there isn’t a synthesiser in sight.

Criminal Code’s drummer crashes with a force more befitting a hardcore band; there’s no mistaking these beats for a drum machine. Likewise, Criminal Code’s vocalist eschews the standard pallid moaning and mono-baritone for a full throated roar with a faint but pervasive melodic undercurrent, more indebted to 90s post-hardcore than any Ian Curtis or Peter Murphy.

Criminal Code are a perfect mess of contradictions, simultaneously full-bodied and forceful, and cold, distant and washed-out, like a hardcore heart in pale post punk skin, or vice versa.

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February 6th – Queretaro
February 7th – San Luis Potosí
February 8th – Monterrey February 9th – Saltillo
February 12th – Colima
February 13th – Guadalajara
February 14th – Leon Saturday
February 15th – Mexico City w/Los Monjo and Crimen

Stoic Violence is invading Mexico in February. A special tour only tape version of the first LP will be available with exclusive artwork by Yecal Disaster of Inservibles.

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