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Today Blood Brothers, a 5-piece hailing from Seattle, WA have unveiled their plans for a massive Crimes spree which will kick into high gear on 10-12. The band, who have released 3 previous full-length CDs & toured constantly over the course of their 7-year career have created their masterpiece with Crimes.

This intriguing, dual-singer-fronted band is often lumped with screamo and art-damage pummel outfits, and to be fair, much of this album falls under the "scare the bejeezus out of your parents" rubric. However, not only is their rage ideologically sound, but sonic subtleties abound, with clear links to the blues, the dance floor, even the classical avant-garde showing up on this, their fourth album. The Blood Brothers might even be as great as the Birthday Party were. Check "Live at the Apocalypse Cabaret"--it almost sounds like a (cat being strangled singing a) Rosetta Tharpe cover! "Teen Heat" throbs with a post-disco pulse while "Rats and Rats and Rats for Candy" is a groovy update of the messy, insane math-rock of Scratch Acid. True pop rears its head in "Love Rhymes with Hideous Car Wreck," which sounds like TV on the Radio and Die Kreuzen trying to cover a Le Tigre tune, while during the process they somehow turn into screeching zombies (that’s a compliment). They may’ve started out as another spazzed-out act who listened to At the Drive-In too much, but with Crimes, it’s clear the Bros. are fully-realized musical terrorists all their own. --Mike McGonigal

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Feed Me To The Forest
  2. Trash Flavored Trash
  3. Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck
  4. Peacock Skeleton With Crooked Feathers
  5. Teen Heat
  6. Rats And Rats And Rats For Candy
  7. Crimes
  8. My First Kiss At The Public Execution
  9. Live At The Apocalypse Cabaret
  10. Beautiful Horses
  11. Wolf Party
  12. Celebrator
  13. Devastator

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 12, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B0003035B8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,268 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By B. Miller on April 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album is amazing. Absolutely amazing. When I looked up the Blood Brothers they were lumped into the screamo and hardcore genres, so I was wary when listening to this album. In my opinion, they don't fall into either of those genres, and it's sort of insulting that they would even be considered that. It's true they scream, but it's with style. And their music is far more interesting than all those bland, monotonous hardcore/screamo bands out there.

'Crimes' is an album that will make you dance. But not in the normal sense of dancing. Nothing that will make you "lean back" or "get jiggy wit it". The kind of dancing where you lose all control of your body and move it any way you can. Muscle spasms, shaking, kicking, etc.

Lyrically, the Blood Brothers paint morbidly beautiful images in your head. This is one of the main aspects of their music that sets them apart from the generic screamo/hardcore bands. If they do have a song about love, they shy away from using the disgustingly overused razorblade/roses metaphor. Songs like `Teen Heat' and `Live At The Apocalypse Cabaret' are exemplary for their creative and effective lyrics.

So don't let the genre fool you, the Blood Brothers are making music all their own. I strongly recommend this album for those who like Beep Beep.
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Format: Audio CD interesting band, these Blood Brothers. Having listened to Crimes several times and read the reviews for their albums on Amazon, I've concluded that there are pretty much three competing evaluations of their music and them as a band:

1. Interesting novelty

2. Genuises and innovators

3. Ghastly, disgraceful noise merchants who should be disembowelled and/or drawn and quartered for even attmempting to impersonate a band

And honestly, there's plenty of evidence here to support all three conclusions. Even in its poppier moements, Crimes can be one noisy, messy, and difficult album. These guys throw tons of different sounds and ideas at you, evidently in an effort to ssee what will stick, and the result throws together so many different genres that it practically constitutes a new one of its own. You've got lilting, melodic pop; thrash metal; noisecore; screamo, and angular dance punk, all mixed together with some truly wacky song structures and a dual-vocalist approach that will leave your brain working overtime to decipher everything. That may well be the point of it all, as the Blood Brothers demonstrate a Fugazi-style knack for working over both the head and the gut at the same time (and no, I'm not comparing them to Fugazi, so save your "not helpful" votes).

On tracks like Feed Me to the Forest, My First Kiss at the Public Execution, and the incredible Peacock Skeleton With Crooked Feathers, the band shows a dynamic range that runs from loud and fast to louder and faster, topped off by vocals that switch frenetically back and forth (one vocalist has a sort of baritone; the other sounds like one of the chimpmunks with a squirrel stuck in his throat) and backed by the maniacally jumbled drumbeats of Mark Gajadhar.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jon Won on October 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ok, so I've been listening to this album for two months...ever since they released it on that E-card. At a show a year and a half ago they played Trash Flavored Trash and this summer they played Beautiful Horses, Peacock, Crimes, and Teen Heat. While Peackock and Beautiful horses got a great response from the crowd...Crimes and Trash left many of the concert goers befuddled. This wasn't your typical Blood Brothers. Anyways...after a few hundred listens to this album...I've deduced that it is an excellent piece of work. The lyrics in particular are some of the Blood Brothers best. Mark the drummer did exceptionally well when considering all the weird styles of music they were throwing at him. Jordan is the same as he ever was and ever will be. Morgan seems to pick up the loose ends with his bass and keyboards a little more than in the past. They explore styles of music that they have never dwelved in before. There are a few real solid songs that I am completely in love with. Now...lets get to why I only gave this 4 stars........

1. Lack of energy: Don't get me wrong...this has tons of energy, after is the Blood Brothers. It just doesn't seem to be on par with the other Lp's in terms of intensity. There's less screaming and nothing's quite as fast. This album does seem to be a bit more epic than previous works.

2. Johnny Whitney sings higher than Mariah Carrey: After a few listens I desenitized to this somewhat. It's weird how he's almost 23 and he sings way higher than when he was 18. This factor doesn't really bother me all that much....not like my next point..

3. Cody?! What happened?!: His guitar work on all three Lps was amazing. Some of the most inovative and original guitar work of our time. It was chaotic and complex.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason Wu on February 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
As I stated in my title, I'd normally be reading the reviews and silently registering their opinions, but this CD is such an exception for me that I just needed to voice my own. And I'd rather not list the songs and rate them, enticing the reader to check out my '5 star' songs, because the entire CD deserves a listen.

I went to one of their concerts after the release of 'Burn Piano Island Burn' and they rocked the stage. I recently attended one of their concerts after the release of 'Crimes' and I was shocked. Were these the same guys who screamed incoherent gibberish and knocked my eardrums back into the innards of my brain? Am I hearing them playing a slow ballad, with a sold out crowd waving their lighters over their heads in a safety-hazardous fashion? And why do I find myself dancing to it?

The Blood Brothers' latest creation is just as abstract as their older releases, however, somehow they present it in a different way. It's not a matter of maturation; every CD they release appeals to the mind differently. Even when they find a winning style of music, they refuse to release a second CD of the same nature. Bassist Morgan Henderson says "Once we finish a song, I don't want to make the same song again. Take someone like Bob Dylan(...), yet a lot of people find so much meaning in his music. What is it about him that's timeless? This is the great anomaly in music that I find so interesting." - Record Label

It doesn't matter with which CD you start listening to the Blood Brothers first; they're all uniquely different. With 'Crimes', you'll hear the same high-pitched shrieks from vocalists Johnny Whitney and Jordan Blilie, but fresh with disco beats, maracas, piano slamming, and crazed guitar scraping riffs backing them up.
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