California’s Decent Criminal have signed with the newly founded Dodgeball Records and are set to release Bloom, the band’s label debut that will be released October 13th. Decent Criminal blend elements of 90’s alternative, garage rock, surf punk, power-pop and good old fashioned punk rock to deliver catchy, upbeat songs that collide with abrasive and often melancholy undertones, the end result is an album that is a more than worthy successor to their 2016 self titled debut album.
Cold leads you into the album with a vibrant slab of power pop before Bloom heads into the laid back strains of Still, the acoustic strains of Tender make you think that Decent Criminal are in danger of flatlining, that is until the guitars kick in for an overdriven and anthemic lovelorn chorus. Melt kicks back into the full tilt powerpop before the album’s most heartfelt number, Expectations, marks the halfway point of Bloom. Both Void and Iron are stripped down slice of heady garage rock, Neurotic delivers a gloriously deranged glam punk stomp before Waver returns to the garage infused power pop, finally Bloom ends in style, with the hedonostic lead single, Deviant.
The ten monosyllabically titled tracks that make up Bloom is an unexpected package of wistful songs whose tones are carried along in a strangely upbeat style given the melancholy feel of the album. Decent Criminal‘s sophomore album contains many elements that remind me of some of my favourite bands both past and present, including These Animal Men and Culture Abuse, and the soaring guitars and treble led solo’s that permeate the album mix with hooks and melodies to create an irresistible and heady combination. Bloom indicates that Decent Criminal are another impressive addition to the ever growing and impressive roster that Dodgeball Records has amassed in it’s short lifespan.
Decent Criminal will release Bloom on October 13th 2017 via Dodgeball Records.
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