Turn To Crime new album, Actions, is out April 28th on frontman Derek Stanton’s own Mugg & Bopp label.
Recorded over the last year in his basement studio in Detroit’s Southwest, Molten Sound, Actions is a continuation of 2014’s critically acclaimed debut Can’t Love. That previous album’s tone is present on Actions, but taken to new heights of maximal minimalism. Akin to the more “out-there” eras of a Bowie and Lou Reed, or perhaps a less “out-there” Gary Wilson, Actions takes the raw materials of a pop tune (repetition and hooks) and atomizes them. Unique guitar tunings bump up against minimal electronics while sweetly sung harmonies ricochet in caverns of tape decay.
Turn to Crime exists within its own pocket universe amid the Detroit music scene. Whereas some are beholden to the almost institutional credo of “loud fast rules” while others subscribe to the orthodoxy of established local genres like techno or garage rock, Turn to Crime stubbornly burrow through the ice cracked concrete to mine its own form of sonic magma. Turn to Crime is the singular product of Derek Stanton recorded in his studio and put out on his label. It’s a true example of D.I.Y. and a sui generis recording project that extrudes pop forms through an avant-garde die.
Often with these types of mad genius basement symphonies, the compositions are too studio bound or the genius too mad to recreate in a live setting. With Turn to Crime, Stanton has a willing retinue including local musicians Ian Saylor and Dorian Foerg. This live band is able to both capture the singular beauty of Actions and to experiment with its unique architecture. This week, Turn To Crime will play live in select cities where they’ll offer an early preview of songs from Actions. A full list of dates is below.
With two exceptional albums in as many years, Turn to Crime has a formidable battery of songs to soundtrack your next brain melt.
TURN TO CRIME TOUR DATES:
Wed. Feb. 25 - New York, NY @ Cake Shop
Thu. Feb. 26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium
Sat. Feb. 28 - Boston, MA @ The Womb
LISTEN TO TURN TO CRIME’S “PRINCE OF SLACKERS”: