What started as a demo project for Andrew Jansen turned into a full band named after the content of the songs he was writing about, Crimes. The original demos, with all parts performed by Andrew, were about a seedy action, jealousy, or crime. The songs were posted online and paired with links to Minneapolis Crime Statistic. Many seemed interested in the tunes so Luke Friedrich, Reese Hagy, and Hannah Fraser were brought on to bring the hazy jangle of Crimes to life. [David Campbell, The Local Show]

For what it’s worth, Crimes are the pure embodiment of whatever garage rock means today. While their sound is quite ambient, it’s also very close and inviting, like it’s whispering it’s message to you personally, and, really, with an invitation like that, I don’t know how you can help but sing along with Hannah and Andrew when the tempo picks up and the chorus kicks in on “Gold In Your Eyes.” The vocal harmonizing of Crimes is reminiscent of a Pixies song that Kim Deal chimes in on for backing vocals. Both have distinct surf rock qualities. However, if the Pixies are to be described for their loud, quiet, loud dynamics, then perhaps Crimes’ vocal drone is best described as quiet, quiet, less quiet. That’s not to say that Crimes can’t spark a little energy into their music. Standout track “Skyscraper” remains up tempo throughout and launches into a very danceable guitar solo a minute in (it’s even more fun to watch the in-studio they did with us!). If one of the better kept secrets of the Twin Cities music scene keeps making music as entertaining as they did on Good Hope, then hopefully Crimes can move out of the basement and onto your playlists! [Mitch Skinner, Radio K]

Past Shows


Jul
14
th
2023
First Avenue
Jul
14
th
2023
First Avenue

12 Rods

with Crimes
Oct
21
st
2013
Turf Club
Oct
21
st
2013
Turf Club

King Khan & The Shrines

with HELL SHOVEL and Crimes
Oct
17
th
2013
7th St Entry
Oct
17
th
2013
7th St Entry

Twin Peaks

with Crimes and FURY THINGS
Mar
8
th
2013
7th St Entry
Mar
8
th
2013
7th St Entry

the Lovely Bad Things

with Kill-Me Kare Bare and Crimes
Nov
20
th
2012
7th St Entry
Nov
20
th
2012
7th St Entry

The Babies

with Nice Purse and Crimes
Sep
17
th
2012
7th St Entry
Sep
17
th
2012
7th St Entry

Screaming Females

with Crimes and night crusade
Apr
10
th
2012
7th St Entry
Apr
10
th
2012
7th St Entry

Trampled by Turtles

with Crimes
Apr
7
th
2012
Mainroom
Apr
7
th
2012
Mainroom

Caroline Smith

with Retribution Gospel Choir and Crimes
Mar
10
th
2012
7th St Entry
Mar
10
th
2012
7th St Entry

Yellow Ostrich

with Crimes
Oct
22
nd
2011
7th St Entry
Oct
22
nd
2011
7th St Entry

Crimes

with Teenage Moods and Leisure Birds
Jun
21
st
2011
7th St Entry
Jun
21
st
2011
7th St Entry

Secret Cities

with Crimes and Gospel Gossip

More Shows

May
28
th
7th St Entry

Mad Tsai

Jul
28
th
First Avenue

DIIV

with Horse Jumper of Love and Full Body 2
May
30
th
7th St Entry

Livingston

Oct
2
nd
Palace Theatre

An Evening with
PJ Harvey