Turn To Crime's debut album, Can't Love (out now on Mugg & Bopp), has been out for less than a month and mad genius band leader Derek Stanton is already back in the studio writing and recording new material. Before Turn To Crime unleashes new left field pop jams onto the world, they invite you to take a glimpse of their hometown of Detroit. The new video for title track "Can't Love" features breathtaking cityscapes, an epic Turn To Crime performance, and letters to distant lovers. Impose calls it "an overall beauty in sound and visuals." In homage to the city they call home, Turn To Crime is sharing a covers compilation as a companion piece to the "Can't Love" video entitled Neighborhood Watch #1 which Pitchfork deems "worth hearing." Stanton explains the inspiration behind Neighborhood Watch #1 below:
This album is a tribute to bands from the neighborhood. Bands who inspire us. Bands we go see at the spots and whose records we listen to at home. This album is a tribute to friends making good music. Friends who make Detroit a cool place to live. It's titled Neighborhood Watch #1 because there are more bands, more neighborhoods, more cities, more of whatever that stuff is in the water... and so we hope to make more editions. We did this for fun. We look forward to making another!
Neighborhood Watch #1 features Detroit's finest including Tyvek, Protomartyr and Timmy's Organism and is available for pay-what-you-want pricing via Bandcamp. A full tracklist is below. Stay tuned for more Turn To Crime news to be announced in the coming months!
WATCH TURN TO CRIME'S "CAN'T LOVE" VIDEO:
LISTEN TO TURN TO CRIME'S NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH #1:
Neighborhood Watch #1 Tracklist:
1. Timmy's Organism - "Cats on the Moon"
2. Tyvek - "Wayne County Roads"
3. Protomartyr - "Three Swallows"
4. Ian Saylor - "Darkness"
5. Johnny Ill Band - "I Live in a Garage"
6. Frustrations - "Surgeon"
7. Soft Location - "Whistling Song"
"Sunday's Cool" - http://bit.ly/1fMyOjJ
"Can't Love" - http://bit.ly/1hWkuQX
"Forgiveness" - http://bit.ly/1iLHbY9
Praise for Turn To Crime:
"this is record-clerk pop-rock of the highest order - skuzzy, wobbly singer-songwriter ditties and krautrock jams indebted to Lou Reed, Jim O'Rourke, and a legion of wizened post-punks." - Stereogum
"the fast-approaching full-length nods to garage-rock with its Sonic Youth-ful guitars, but also finds room for breezy synths and concrete, chugging percussion. Imagine a '50s beach party that time warps to the future" - SPIN
"perfect for fans of fuzzed out guitar and heavy drums." - The A.V. Club
"it sounds like it's from another time, rollicking along somewhere between doo-wop and greasy drifter-rock with a swaying, offbeat sunniness." - The Fader
"The early Velvet Underground demo-like 'Forgiveness' finds Stanton laying scuffed doo-wop remembrances over neon noodling and tumbling drums. And the lead chipping guitar line in the great 'Sunday's Cool' waddles around like street lights popping on here, not popping on the broken ones over there. It's this summer's soundtrack hit for those who make feral alley cats their confidant." - CMJ
"If you gave a track like 'Sunday's Cool' a good enough spit-shine, dusted off the hiss and scoured off the grimey distortion...you'd have what we like to call a pop-gem. A rollicking beat, a churning guitar with hooks that dip, snap and twirl, and a soulfully rasped vocal with a pingpongy melody that rams the earworm refrain into your brain for assured re-whistlings-to-yourself later in the day." - Detroit Metro Times
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