Crime & The City Solution's
“American Twilight could well be the prelude to a new dawn”
- Q magazine 4/5
“… expert at locating something holy in the rubble”
- Uncut 8/10
“the title track, a grinding, sardonic howl that nonetheless expresses a hopeful, uplifting spirit “
– Critical Mob
After a two-decade hiatus the legendary Crime & The City Solution have returned and are excited for the release of their latest album American Twilight, this Tuesday, March 26th! In anticipation of its release and for your listening pleasure, you can now stream the entire album from today until Tuesday, tune in now!
You can also now watch the video for title track directed by Danielle de Piciotto – watch here.
This latest embodiment of Crime & The City Solution sees Berlin era members Simon Bonney (vocals), Bronwyn Adams (violin) and Alexander Hacke (guitar), joined by renowned visual artist Danielle de Picciotto, Jim White (drums - Dirty Three, Cat Power), David Eugene Edwards (guitar - 16 Horsepower, Wovenhand), Troy Gregory (bass - Witches) and Matthew Smith (Moog / keyboards - Outrageous Cherry, Volebeats).
Formed by Simon Bonney at the age of 16, Crime & The City Solution’s early performancesin Sydney had a big impact on key figures of the early Melbourne art-punk/post punk scene.In 1984, Bad Seed Mick Harvey shipped Bonney to England to form the London based Crime with their friend the brilliant and ever influential ex-Birthday Party guitarist Rowland S Howard, his brother Harry Howard on bass and Epic Soundtracks on drums. Two years on, having toured Europe, the UK and US and released several EPs and an album, this lineup reached its zenith at its finale in a historic swansong performance in Wim Wenders’ cinematic masterpiece ‘Wings of Desire’.
Bonney has said his true voice and the definitive sound he sought emerged with the next, Berlin based incarnation of Crime & The City Solution, which recorded three studio albums and a live CD between 1986 and 1991. With a more experimental sound, which drew less on Melbourne post punk scene roots and took a more explorative musical approach, this lineup was 50% Berliner and featured Einstürzende Neubauten’s Alex Hacke on guitar, ex-DAF/Liaisons Dangereuses electronic genius Chrislo Haas on vintage Korg patchbay synth, free jazz trio bassist Thomas Stern, with Australians Mick Harvey on drums and Bonney’s lyrical collaborator Bronwyn Adams on violin.
AMERICAN TWILIGHT TRACKLIST:
My Love Takes Me There
The Colonel (Doesn't Call Anymore)
Beyond Good And Evil
Streets Of West Memphis
Watch the video for ‘Goddess’
“We must not let the doomsayers and the naysayers cause us to lose our faith
Because without love and without hope there can be no future…” American Twilight