Silent Animals is the debut album from Italian trio Crimen, arriving over a decade into their career. Simone Greco (bass, voice, sound engineering) and Patrizio Strippoli (guitars, voice) formed the band in the Centocelle district of Rome in 2007, before recruiting Giuseppe Trezza (drums and electronics) six years later. After a string of successful EPs and two years hibernating to record the opus, the band feel now is finally the time to release an album.
Crimen blend krautrock, psychedelia, noise rock and post-punk, the band’s debut – Silent Animals – will be released on Fuzz Club on June 29th and it takes us on a whistle-stop tour of Europe’s musical history with a newfound stomp and malignancy. As the album release draws closer the band are sharing the second single from the LP titled ‘Flahzz’ – a scorched piece of enchanting hypnagogic pop forced through Crimen’s swirling krautrock filter.
Conceived in their own DIY studio in Rome, the Flamingo Recording Studio, the band have self-produced and engineered their debut in a state of total creative independence. The group says of their long-awaited debut: “Silent Animals talks about emotive fragility and wasted loves. It sounds nocturnal and psychotic, though essentially it’s a work about love and the exorcism of fear and anxiety”. An exorcism it certainly is, full of gnostic grooves and cathartic releases.
Silent Animals is described as a “crackling psychedelic experience”, that the band would call ‘kraut-punk’ if you pushed them for a genre-term, the range of expressions on this album are as expansive as the band’s sound itself. An accomplished debut, every second of Silent Animals is symptomatic of the band’s closeness, comradery, and chemistry. Silent Animals is certainly a record full of angles, from the jolting psych rages to the bedroom pop crises. But, in the words of the band: “When life is full of angles, why shouldn’t a record be that way?”