Crime Pays – Interview with The Crimes ahead of their @hareandhounds show

Birmingham based band, The Crimes are a larger than life six-piece who have an awe inspiring instrumental talent. Each song boasting unique individual virtuosity to really show what they are capable of, producing their funk rock sound.

Forming in the early part of 2008, their progress has developed considerably enough to earn them a headline slot  at The Hare and Hounds in Birmingham on Sunday 7th March along with Club Smith and This Love Affair. Jennifer Isles sat down with the band to find out a little more about what they have been up to recently.

The Crimes

Can you tell me a little bit about how The Crimes started out?

“Well me and my brother Nick have grown up writing music together,” explains vocalist Seb Tree. “I was introduced to the drummer Tom by our manager Duncan quite a few years back. We started a band together but it wasn’t really going in the right direction so we met up with Duncan for a drink one day and he mentioned he knew quite a few lads who were in a similar position, looking for a band that had the same musical tastes and ambitions as me, Tom and Nick.

“He then introduced us to Sidders, Paul and Flynn and we hooked up for a jam just to see if it would work. Luckily it was clear straight away we were all on the same page and it has progressed really to the point where we now have a clear direction with our sound.”

Influenced heavily by 

Prince, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, E.L.O., Queen, Jamiroquai and Led Zeppelin as well as current acts such as Phoenix, Paolo Nutin and The XX the resulting amalgamation of sounds is a soulful, funk edged pop that according to Seb, takes a hell of a lot of battling to create: “(There’s) lots of arguing, disagreements, changes, blood, sweat and tears but we get there in the end!”

“We’re really looking forwarding to playing The Hare and Hounds as Club Smith and This Love Affair are both fantastic bands and it’s our first gig in Birmingham for a while, we can’t wait! We’ll give you 

an entertaining and uplifting show, plenty of brand new material as we have been focusing on writing for the last six months, oh and a mental percussionist!”

“For the rest of the year we’ll keep writing, get in the studio as often as possible, play some gigs outside of the Midlands and start spreading our music. We are all really excited about this year as we feel after a lot of hard work we have got our own sound and we really want as many people to hear us as possible!

The Crimes will be airing their new music at The Hare and Hounds on Sunday 7th March, tickets £4 advance from Birmingham Promoters here.

Jennifer Isles

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