Once in a while, it feels like post-punk should be at the center of the universe. Unfortunately, there aren’t really many great post-punk bands out there. If there are, they’re usually getting more praise than they deserve, if you take away the roots they aren’t really standing on in the first place. Yes, most of them don’t really go full-on with inspiration from the roots of this great genre. There’s such a sensationalistic approach to it, as they try to modernize it beyond belief. But, there’s a band called Eternal Crimes whom have recorded their debut-album “Dream Gag“, which really takes you back to the time of our lives. It sounds like the primitive sound of 80′s post-punk, the sound which you enjoy throughout. Recognizable, in terms of the primitive and primal surge of baselines soaring through the landscape of smitten lives. Slow, but catchy riffs in a reverberated notion of a heavy and atmospheric baseline. Judging from their sound, they derive much from what’s been the best with post-punk as long as I’ve listened to the genre. I also realize that they’re modernistic in their approach, but their aim is not to stray away from the core – which many bands tend to do. When you slice a bit of the musical cake, you do also find a slab of new-wave goodness, amongst other things like their totally punched out crash-course in post-punk 101. Another thing that is good, is their experimental notion, which sends them into the avant-garde section of the genre as a whole. Incorporating a dark & noir feeling, but keeping the shadowy edges a little bit tidy, collapsing in on itself in an avalanche of sound that is lashed upon the greatness that is them. Do also throw in some slick indie pop-ish splendor, and you’ll have a weird family tree. Finally, something that can at least be considered worthwhile, when it comes to the general sound of an album. The lyrics are interesting and are at best a reminder of the wonderful eccentrics of Virgin Prunes, and the grandiose setting of Theatre of Hate, with The Birthday Party‘s total madness – combined into a wonderful, triple symbiosis. No, they’re not the same, but you’re reminded once more of how much of a revitalization this genre needed to have. Eternal Crimes instantly fix this disparity and uphold the morality of what needs to be done – is to keep the core, but move in the outskirts of the territory. To never remove themselves completely from that particular region. Their album feature eight songs, and was released on the 6th of May by Bad Archer Records.
- Invisible Guy (invisibleguy.wordpress.com