Crimes of Passion comprises five songs of melodic hardcore that sound like they draw inspiration from Hot Water Music and that ilk — you know, that kind of anthemic, fist-pumping punk rock that plays well with people who missed out on the silver age of hardcore nearly a decade in the past. The kick drum is played too fast to be robust, but it's played well, and the musicianship here is faultless. Even though the singer vocalizes with intense conviction, resisting any urge to merely scream badly, most of these songs sound of a piece. However, "Dark Passenger" and the title track have promising dynamic textures that hint at where Crooked Ways might go as it sheds the voice of its influences.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.