STRAIGHT CRIMES: Songs Don’t Cry: CS

A duo out of Oakland with members of Violence Creeps and Baus, Erin takes the helm with vocals and guitar, while Thomas provides a steady flow of straightforward drums. Song melodies seemingly sway back and forth, sometimes with ease and at other times with pure force. Their sound is a more simplistic, ruckusy, and rough-around-the-edges No Age. What really adds another dimension to what otherwise could sound monotonous is Erin’s uneasy falsetto vocals, which are at times shrill and add an overlying melody to each song. Screaming things like, “You look like a wet cigarette” conjures up all kinds of weirdness and I like it. 

 –Camylle Reynolds (Self-released, straightcrimes.bandcamp)