Crime In Stereo
Selective Wreckage

As with Ruiner’s newest release, Selective Wreckage, (its all in the title) serves as a collection of lost and missing recordings, accumulated onto one piece of yummy plastic which nullifies the need to hunt down 7 inches, tapes and whatever other formats this tunes originally appeared on. So again, as stated, Bridge 9 has really, really been broadening their roster, with a focus on quality within diversity rather then just simply releasing bands with different sounds because even though I don’t necessarily feel what Crime in Stereo do, I respect and appreciate it as its done with 110% heart.

Maybe its because this is a collection and it therefore disrupts the consistency and flow of the material, or maybe its just the fact that this isn’t the band’s best stuff but nothing on Selective Wreckage, is grabbing me. Its not the style, trust, you’ll find records by About the Fire, Set Your Goals and other like minded entities in my collection.

Anyway, the music, as stated, there is a lot of heart, a lot of passion, its excessively melodic but not in such an abundant way as their label mates (and the third review you’ll find) Energy. Compositions are built around strong, set foundations, i.e. a good verse, chorus, bridge, repeat, no excessive deviation but, what you can tell is that every detail (even in these formative recordings) has been carefully honed, meticulously refined and scrutinized until it was deemed worthy for inclusion, you just don’t write this shit in your sleep, it does take a level of effort and dedication.

Again, maybe it’s the fact that it’s a collection that goes against them, but it’s not a bad introduction to a band with plenty in their favour.

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Written by Benjamin DeBlasi
October 19th, 2008


  1. Commented by: swampthang

    wrong cover

  2. Commented by: swampthang

    thats Cruel Hands – Prying Eyes another bridge nine band, ohh and crime in stereo is so sweet, great live as well

  3. Commented by: Erik Thomas

    Cover fixed

  4. Commented by: xBenx

    Swamp what do you recommend by Crime in Stereo then?

  5. Commented by: swampthang

    The Troubled Stateside. great album so catchy especially there lyrics. check it highly recommended

  6. Commented by: xBenx

    Sweet, pickin that up for sure then.

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