Record Label: Hit+Run
Tucson, Arizona’s Crimekillz had an all too-brief history. Forming in 2008, singer N8NOFACE & producer Scumbag Tony released two blistering synth punk EPs in 2010 (“Kills Kids”) & 2011 (“Never Dies”), plus a great (delayed & generally unheard) album “Destroy Stress” in 2013. A split 7” with (N8’s blood brother) Zackey Force Funk, then one more self-released mini-album that year (“Slauson EP”) and they were gone.
N8NOFACE creates the anticipated follow-up to his 2014 demo compilation “The Dolo Tape”, with a new scripted collection entitled “Stories Of Those.” Stories that are not commonly told are the stories of those. Fourteen minimal wave post-punk tales from inside, creep onto ill-lit streets and recede into a gloomy electronic shadow.
Our co-sign starts off by familiarizing us with his methods, only to report “The scene is dead... the scene is soft... the scene’s not real” on lead banger ‘Trucha’ (with accompanying music video & collectible flexidisc). Paying fitting tribute to the author’s narco-torius former hometown with ‘Drugstore’, and with pledged devotion just wants the kids to know ‘It All Goes Away’ (the second single & video). Spectral Gonjasufi halfway-materializes from the aether blessing some enduringly haunting bars on ‘Hello God’, however, disappears just as fast, with the narrator taking exit close behind. In less than thirty minutes the album ends, though with as much as you were just told, explicit details remain dark and for the life of you cannot recall actually seeing a face...
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