Preview track from upcoming 12” on Deranged/Video Disease this spring http://derangedrecords.bandcamp.com/album/chained
CRIMINAL CODE no device REVIEWS from cvltnation.com:
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.
STOIC VIOLENCE MEXICO TOUR 2014
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.
2013 was a great year. Released some really solid titles, moved into my new office space, built a mini-ramp in our workshop, help start up a brewery/farm, and started some really exciting projects which will come to fruition in 2014. Lots of releases in the works for the first ½ of 2014 and the first two are now available for ordering.
First wave of releases for 2014 (OUT NOW):
CRIMINAL CODE no device LP (DY240)
Comes out Feb 4th with some extensive touring to follow. You can order through the online store.
THIS IS TACOMA, NOT OLY Criminal Code’s first proper long-player deals twelve tracks of technical precision matched with brickwall power. There’s a barbaric impulse festering in the twisted hearts of this Tacoma threesome, but No Device unfurls with dynamic tact and structural intricacy, sating its every aggressive urge with surgical attention to detail. With a stark palette of grizzly grays and off-white stains, Criminal Code details a singular spectrum of punk both bleak and savage. Naturally, the hardcore camp digs it because No Device extracts maximal strength from a few instruments in a minimal amount of time, but taut brooding snaps into serpentine guitar leads on enough songs for your death punk beholden to break off a piece. At any rate, Criminal Code tears down your descriptors and brings its own on No Device. A fiercely present, assertive album that dictates its own terms, listeners will find their go-to snappy little tags utterly inadequate and reductive. In the age of vaguely negative-wave nouveau and post-punk pastiche, Criminal Code is a colossal outfit casting its own long shadow. Sam Lefebvre Oakland, 2014
Listen to album here:
PITFALL scapegoat 7” (DY242)
Essentially Punch in the Face with Ebro puling double duty (vocal and drums). Straight forward hardcore from 3 longstanding Chicago punks.
Listen to album here: http://derangedrecords.bandcamp.com/album/pitfall
WHITE LUNG songs of the south 7”(DY241)
Two new songs from Vancouver’s WHITE LUNG continue where SORRY left off. Honing on their unrelenting post punk formula, WL returns with a clear confidence that they can write great songs and plan on delivering on the goods. Featured as best new song on both Pitchfork, Rolling Stones, and Stereogum – whatever that means. The band has been busy in 2013 but expect them to be everywhere starting 2014… Limited orange vinyl available.
Listen to album here: http://derangedrecords.bandcamp.com/album/blow-it-south
DERANGED 2013 sampler
Recap of the year. Free download available here:
CAREER SUICIDE attempted suicide LP(DY85)
Available again. Printed more jackets for vinyl I’ve had here for years.
Listen to album here: http://derangedrecords.bandcamp.com/album/attempted-suicide
NO PROBLEM LP (DY243)
2nd Album is getting close to completion. Expected this summer along with a European tour with VOIGHT-KAMPFF.
INSTITUTE demo 12” EP (DY244)
Absolutely loved the demo and really excited about putting this out on vinyl.
ARCTIC FLOWERS weaver LP (DY245)
New album has been recorded, mixed and mastered. Artwork is being finalized and should expect it for early spring. In the meantime, you can listen to two preview tracks here:
Are currently putting finishing touches to a new single and prepping for an album later in 2014. They are touring Europe with NO PROBLEM this summer. Should have preview track(s) soon.
Have a smoking hot new 7” on Dirtnap http://noisey.vice.com/blog/neighborhood-brats-sound-like-a-female-fronted-black-flag . They are going in the studio very shortly to record a new album for Deranged and going to tour Europe again this summer along with a good part of the US.
Their 2nd 12” is almost complete. It will be a split with Video Disease. They are planning a number of US tours this year so expect them in a town near you soon enough.
One of the best hardcore record you may not have heard this year…