Monday, July 04, 2016

Crime Department - Bad Sex & Physical Wi-fi

Crime Department is a two piece experimental punk band from New York City. They have released two EP's this year, Bad Sex & Physical Wi-fi. Crime Department are aiming at "putting the punk back into Daft Punk" and consist of Officer Salad and Deputy Bag. Both of these EP's where mixed and mastered by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios.

Generally speaking Crime Department play a noisy brand of punk rock unafraid of electronic or sythesized sounds. In practice that means a base of driving punk rock that is is then caked and covered in distortion, samples and various electronic bloops and bleeps. There is very little information available other than the bandcamp page but apparently one of Crime Department people played in Adorno.

Crime Department blasts through 4 songs, three originals and one cover, in under 11 minutes leaving the listener a little confused as to what exactly just happened. Bad Sex leads off with the hard rocking, breathless punk rock jam that is Hospital Art, full of energy and covered in layers of distortion. Snooze closes out the first EP, a very funky bass line and acoustic guitar fight the samples and noises before the song erupts into a frenzy of synths, pounding drums and call & response vocals.

Physical Wi-fi leads off with the title track, a riff heavy jam with an noisy, synth background and just enough cowbell while closing things out with a cover of the Saint's classic (I'm) Stranded.

Crime Department does not seem concerned with adhering to genre standards, just pumping out excellent synth based punk rock jams.