The past 12 months have been rather eventful for St Neots' The Pefrect Crime. Since signing with Speechless Records the trio have gone on to release their début album, 'Everything Else Can Wait' with producer Pete Miles (King Blues, Crazy Arm, Failsafe, The Steal) and support InMe on their recent UK tour.
'Everything Else Can Wait' sees The Perfect Crime producing the right balance between melodic and aggressive rock, as tracks like 'Hailstones' and 'Harlequin' show; fierce guitars mixed with melodic tones that occasionally burst with aggressive urgency. It is a style that has seen the band compared to the likes of Thrice and Deftones.
For Fans Of: Deftones, Oceansize, Thrice, Poison The Well, and InMe.
Alter The Press: Why should Alter The Press! readers check you out?
The Perfect Crime: We are very conscious that it's hard in this day and age with the music industry evolving how it is, to make an impact on people now. We have had some experiences already and without going into too much detail, it made us grow up as musicians rather quick and learn the hard way. Any band wants to be loved by everyone in an ideal world, though we appreciate we not a band that's as accessible as that. We don't want to be really, we want to be challenging on the ear. We want people to give us those chances and really understand the music. We know we have something good going and are working hard to get to where we want to be but, believe there's a fine line between arrogance and confidence. You have to love what you do first in order for other people to feel the same way.
We have very British influences and being compared to such bands as Reuben, Hundred Reasons, Oceansize, Biffy etc is good starting point from our view. We all come from different backgrounds musically and personally, and this gels when we come together. We want to remember our roots and really trying to create something fresh and modern within what we do. Maybe not so much genre defying moments, but solid honest music. Being a three piece makes the challenge all the more exciting for us when writing, performing, recording etc. We love our dynamics and I think this is shown in our music both on record and live.
ATP: What's the story behind the band?
TPC: From about the end of late 2007/early 2008, the line up became what it is today. This is where we really gave the band some thought and wanted to push it. Obviously being in our early/mid 20's has given us some experience within the industry and we have watched genres, scenes, fads come and go but feel have still maintained our honesty in what we do. We hope that with the album it's going to give people a taster of what we have been working on the past year. We feel we are band that need to be heard and know with more exposure comes more people digging what you do and more people not feeling it. But then that's all part of it and we are very aware of this. I think coming from such small towns we know it's even harder to make an impact around you. Since the album has been released the amount of local praise we have gained (as well as nationally in the press) is quite re-assuring. We've got a lot left in us yet and the band is our lives at the moment.
ATP: Single highlight as a band so far?
TPC: The last 12 months have been a highlight in itself really. From having the album written within our personal deadline and going into the studio with Pete Miles (King Blues, Failsafe) to record our debut album, to releasing it completely ourselves and then getting to tour with InMe on their 'Best Of' shows this Winter. As mentioned, the national press we received couldn't have gone better, I mean we were given 9/10 from Rock Sound in an issue that only had 3 reviews of that score - including one of them being us and one of them Oceansize's latest album. Moments like that give you that boost and get you through the more difficult times. The shows we are playing at the moment are on a massive level of professionalism and has giving us good experience for further tours and shows in the future. The whole of 2010 has taught us so much and hopefully has now put us in the right direction to carry things further.
ATP: What are your plans for the 12 months?
TPC: The same as any other band out there - get out there and play the shows! We have a few more before the end of the year then we hit the road again as support to Brides, a Brighton based band who are also a 3 piece so should be exciting. We want to try and attack as many festivals as possible - music-industry-politics willing of course. Some new material will no doubt be recorded. I am already putting thoughts to new material and we have showcased at least one new song live at the moment. Saying that, we want to promote 'Everything Else Can Wait' as much as possible in the next year. We understand it's not always going to be an easy ride but we want to work hard for what we get and believe with enough dedication and determination you can get the recognition you deserve in the end. I mean half of it comes down giving a solid release in the first place, the rest is down to the public/press/politics of the industry. I think we have a good balance of all these at the moment and are very lucky because of it.
'Everything Else Can Wait' by The Perfect Crime is available now on Speechless Records/Code 7.
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