CRIMINAL CODE: Twenty-Five, Thirty-Four: LP

Tacoma’s Criminal Code return with their first record in several years, following a steady stream of well received releases. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. And while this is still the Crim Code we all know and love, there is plenty on Twenty-Five, Thirty-Four to reassert why they’re one of the best bands from the Pacific Northwest. The rhythm section is still as tight as ever. The drumming doesn’t miss a beat. The guitar tones still stay with you for days after listening. The vocals flex some talented range previously unheard. I’m detecting an affinity for Wipers Over the Edge but also the Cure’s Disintegration: I ain’t mad at ya, Crim Code. Whatever you do, don’t miss these cats if they’re touring through your town, and pick this record up while you’re at it. You shan’t be disappointed. –Juan Espinosa (Deranged)