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Another Perfect Crime Releases Feminist/Activist Album at Columbia City Theater

SEATTLE – March 3, 2017 – Erupting out of the woods of Seattle is Another Perfect Crime, the Pacific Northwest’s first line of defense against oppression. With deep roots in the PNW indie music scene, Another Perfect Crime was born at Portland’s Ladies Rock Camp, where they vowed to defy a white, cishet, male-dominated music scene with explosive sound and razor-sharp lyrics. On March 26th at the Columbia City Theater, Another Perfect Crime will be celebrating The Flood with Danny Newcomb and the Sugarmakers and MALIDONT.

Composed of Jeanne Mitchell (lead guitar, vocals), Teresa Demel (guitar, vocals), Natalie Walker (bass, vocals), and Cheerful Catunao (drums), Another Perfect Crime is unapologetically political, serving as both a band and a safe place: creating and representing an inclusive music scene. The band is emerging as a community leader in the fight against Making America Horrible Again, as their music takes on even more important meaning. This is Another Perfect Crime: Welcome to the Resistance.

About the Album

The Flood is more than an album. It shakes you awake. It picks you up off the ground and dusts you off. It sees you from across the street and raises a fist in solidarity. The Flood is more than an album. It’s what we need right now.”

In the spirit of the Riot Grrrl, punk, and grunge movements, Another Perfect Crime pays tribute to each respective movement with their own explosive sound, a sound that fuels your protest march as perfectly as your road trip across the desert. You can hear decades of history, resistance, and fight in each track of the band’s newest album, The Flood. As diverse as the fanbase they serve, The Flood is equal part gravel and champagne, nail polish and blood. Each drum beat is a thunderclap, every guitar riff is war cry, and each lyric is a piece of truth that leaves goosebumps in its wake. This is the sound of the Resistance. This is the sound of your own Revolution.

The album was recorded and mixed by Brandon Busch (Sound Media Productions) and mastered by Rachel Field (Resonant Mastering).

Danny Newcomb and the Sugarmakers

Guitarist, songwriter, singer. Former lead guitarist with Shadow, Goodness and The Rockfords. Debut album on Hockeytalker in 2015.
Website: https://dannynewcomb.com

MALIDONT

Jenn Champion’s (S, Carissa’s Wierd) new electronic project.
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/malidont

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Pre-Orders of “You Have to Care” Available Now!

It’s two weeks before we release our new album, and Another Perfect Crime is offering three bonus tracks for people who order “You Have to Care” before June 27th. These tracks will not be available on June 27th. The early bird catches the worm!

To Order
1. Go to our bandcamp page and purchase the album. You can choose either the digital or the physical version.
2. You will receive three bonus tracks immediately. Download them before the 27th!
3. If you order the digital version, the full album will be available for download on June 27th. If you order the physical album, we will mail it to you on the 27th.

About the Bonus Tracks

Sludge
This was the first song that APC wrote as a band. It changes keys between major and minor, switches up tempos, and has a very imaginative structure. That’s probably why we love it. Either that, or because the lyrics started off being about stealing dry erase markers from our office jobs in order to feel better about our corporate servitude. Heads up parents and kiddos- this one contains an f-bomb. Recorded and mixed by THE David Smith.

Yodeling Figs (The Margaret Song)
This is one of our most recent songs, played live at the Skylark with the lovely Jeanne. Inspired by Marnie Stern, Sicko, and Margaret Fulton, it is a jovial tune that will make you skip around the living room. The end of the song begins to descend into a live number called “Different Every Time.”

No Stars (acoustic)
Natalie and David recorded an acoustic version of No Stars for Planned Parenthood’s “Sex Positive” compilation. It is so sweet that babies stop crying and teenagers stop whining when you play it. It has been remastered for your listening pleasure.

Download these protein packed tracks before it is too late!

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You Have to Care/ “The Cloud”

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Why “You Have to Care” (by Natalie)

The brainstorming session for our album title was a perfect example of how our band works. We all shouted out ideas that built off of each other, with Jeanne adding in increasingly profane options, Teresa loving the most nerd-ily creative and punny, and Rebecca reeling in embarrassment at both. We all got very involved with the possibility of the album title being an anagram of “Kathy Bates” such as “A Tab The Sky,” and “That Ask By” (check out http://wordsmith.org/anagram/anagram.cgi?anagram=Kathy+Bates&t=1000&a=n for hours of fun). We all love Kathy Bates, but we knew we couldn’t call the album Kathy Bates, because no one wants a lawsuit from Kathy Bates… although it would be good for publicity…  So, none of the anagrams quite worked, and we moved on. Rebecca loved “Markers Before Erasers,” and I have to admit that one had me for a minute. Jeanne wanted “Thunderclap,” because it could reference a storm AND the sound of thighs clapping, all in one swoop. Go figure.

I was dedicated to the idea that our album title should be a song lyric from the record, and one that also captured the essence of our band. Our band is not cool. We are not cool because, well, we care. And somewhere along the way (maybe forever?), not caring became cool. This band arrives to shows on time (even when we try to be fashionably late, we’re always there first, wtf??), we say please and thank you to the soundpeople, and we try to stick around for the next band. I have recently become disillusioned with a cultural and musical trend that seems to exalt apathy. “Hey whatever, I don’t care about you, I don’t care about your feelings, and shit, man! I’m cool.” I loved the idea of using the lyric “you have to care,” because it comes from the last song “The Cloud,” and it’s not super obvious where it comes from.

I like the idea because it’s telling someone to do something (which I like to do), and that something is caring. And you just can’t force someone to care. But you know what? We’re going to tell you to do it anyways. And while you’re at it, why don’t you care about our band? Can we make you care by making it our album title?? And lastly, there are so many things that we care about as a band. Feminism. Equality. Girls Rock Camp. Ladies Rock Camp. Stories. Collaboration. Personal Growth. MUSIC. Empowerment. So, even when we try not to care, we have to care. And so do you, because we said so.

Background of “The Cloud” (by Teresa)

I worked at a consulting company over the summer of 2010 between my first and second year in business school. As an intern in their marketing department, I spent a lot of time writing up case studies about cloud computing / Microsoft Azure and Sharepoint migration. When I looked at other case studies that our company had written, I found myself reading them, re-reading them, and re-reading them yet again in an effort to find actual content. “The cloud” is the perfect metaphor for this kind of marketing speak. I can’t touch it, it’s constantly changing shape, and I can’t prove that it’s real.

We’re building cities in the clouds
Like 1,2,3
Where superman is just a guy
We’re lightning speed

After spending two years in b-school and a summer doing marketing for a consulting company, I am very sensitive about meaningless business lingo. Business zombies say, “leverage your assets” and their zombie friends nod in agreement as if something of substance was stated. It’s lazy. I think people like the cloud because everybody’s supposed to like the cloud. Nobody knows what it is, but it will magically rain money.

I’ve got a tool that you can use
To synergize
It will increase your processes
They’ll multiply

I love the way Natalie sings the lyrics in the verses. I asked her to emulate the queen in Snow White, who is elegant, powerful, captivating, and EVIL. She played the part beautifully. “Why won’t you join us in the sky?” Isn’t her voice just tempting and beautiful? But people! Do not fall into that trap!!

When we named the album, “You Have to Care,” I had to divorce the meaning of the album title from the meaning in this song. I would often have this conversation with myself during my job, while taking the GMAT, etc:

Teresa: I don’t care
Teresa: You have to care
Teresa: I don’t care
Teresa: You have to care

And the truth is, when it comes to Microsoft Azure or the Adobe Creative Cloud, I don’t care. And I don’t have to care.

In other contexts, the album title does have meaning. You do have to care… about the real things in life. You can read Nat’s blog post about why “You Have to Care” is the 2012 APC mantra (see above).

Nat is also jumping in right now to add a few things about musical background of The Cloud:

1. This song started off as us trying to be/write like PJ Harvey. Currently we have started writing about 10 songs that have the working title of “PJ Harvey,” and we are completely confusing ourselves. “This is the PJ Harvey one, right?” “Yeah!” “Oh wait, not THAT PJ Harvey one, or that one, but the other one!” It’s comical.  

2. There are two drum kits playing during the bridge/whacked out part. David (who recorded us) instructed Rebecca to wail on the drums as if she were playing them like a 9 year old. It was an amazing sight, and now you get to have the sound, too 🙂

3. Teresa and I recorded our back and forth vocals (I don’t care/you have to care) at the same time. The last time we do it on the track, I was supposed to come in with one more YOU HAVE TO CARE, but I didn’t/couldn’t. I was cracking up at Teresa, who was screaming her lungs out to a degree that had all of us on the floor. We decided to keep it that way because the take was so good. So when you’re listening, imagine me saying “you have to care” one more time, as it was originally intended. 

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Jeanne!!!!

Hi, Dave here. I’m sure you’re thinking, “What’s HE doing here?” You know what though? I never really left. It’s time to add “rock journalist” to my Crime resume. Natalie asked me to do a piece on the newest member of the Crime, Jeanne Mitchell. I know most everybody reading this has seen her at shows – shredding like this, laying down tone like this, and performing like every show is here, or possibly here. I know she’s been formally introduced to the public as a Crime member, but on the eve of the new album, I think it’s time we all got a little better acquainted. The interview we did was over email because of a time constraints (journalism is hard, y’all!), but I hope it’ll helps a little bit to humanize that lady up on stage doing arm windmills. I’m so glad you’re a part of the group, Jeanne!!

Ok, first things first: Who is your guitar idol?

This will surprise a lot of people who haven’t known me a long time, but I have long modeled my gear, style, and sound after Tom Dumont (No Doubt, Invincible Overlord).  Before I even had my own, I borrowed a friend’s guitar and learned how to play from watching videos of him playing live.  Some other influences over time have been Jimi Hendrix, Ladd Mitchell (Park), Laurie Webb, Ani DiFranco, Elliott Smith, Jo Snyder (Sixty Stories), and various other punk and hardcore guitarists.

I think you are an absolutely sick performer. You’re a great player, but when I think about what I’m flat-out jealous of, it’s how communicative you are on stage. Where did that come from?

Aww!  Thanks!  I used to play in a punk band and a hardcore band.  That’s where I learned most of my dance moves.  During that time, I was writing music on an acoustic guitar, so it was pretty hooks and metal riffs.  It was like standing on a cliff, screaming at the top of your lungs.  Then, in a split second, you’re watching leaves fall in front of your childhood home.  Playing live became a very intimate and emotional thing for me.  APC has very energetic songs, so when I play, I really feel it.  The rest of my dance moves come from Napoleon Dynamite.

I feel like the Crime has a really different way of writing, playing, and being in general. I kind of wish they would write a book about how to be a band, and all bands were forced to read it. What has surprised you the most about the way APC works? What’s your chapter in the APC book?

Oh, absolutely.  It’s a very collaborative effort and I love the conversation that goes on when we’re writing music.  It’s funny that you mention APC writing a book.  Natalie and Teresa are really good at articulating a message, but letting you apply the meaning to a song.  I’m really pumped about the new record because it reads like a story.  I think people will find something new to interpret every time they listen to it.  I think what has surprised me the most about the band is how musically professional everyone is, but they haven’t turned this into a job.  That’s what makes APC so fun.  We write music, plan shows, calculate expenses, but most importantly, we have fun.

I feel like we’re in chapter 5.  At least I hope it’s somewhere in the beginning chapters of a very long story.

What if anything is your kind of ultimate goal in playing music? To put it another way, is playing mostly a way that you stay happy, something that feels good for you, or are you trying to accomplish something else too? What are your measures of accomplishment?

When I answered the ad APC put out for a guitarist, I hit a point where I realized I need to be playing music to survive the other aspects of life.  What sold me was that they used the word “optimistic” in the ad.  Genius.  Playing music makes me happy and playing in this band just feels right.  Having a good tour would be my measurement of accomplishment.  Of course having multiple great tours is even better.  That…and being interviewed by David Smith.

*blush!* Have you seen sexism from bands, venues, etc in your time with APC? While you were with other bands?

Ha ha!  We’ve had a number of laughs on this topic.  I don’t think I’ve had the “wonderful opportunity” to experience it as much as the rest of the band, but it’s definitely there.  And I’ve had my fair share in past bands.  In one of my bands, 2/3 of us were female.  Someone once said to me that they knew a female drummer if we wanted to have an all girl band.

Tell me about a rock show really early in your career, or your very first.

Oh, man.  I think it was called the Drake at the time, but my first band played a show there and something was wrong with the electrical wiring on their PA system.  The bass player and I kept getting zapped by the microphones on the mouth.  The worst part was I kept jerking from the shock and hitting my tooth on the mic.  It was funny, but sucked getting shocked every minute for half an hour.

How does your family feel about your rock and roll career? Do they love it? Do they reach for some sort of holy book and pray for your soul?

I think they always thought music was a phase that would pass.  They’re happy for me as long as I stay out of trouble.  I told my mom about the band and she thinks it’s a vandal, metal band because of the name.  It could easily be cleared up if I just let her listen to one of the albums, but I like the idea of how shocked she’ll be when she actually sees us play.

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Ballard Urban Picnic (B.U.R.P) This Saturday!

Praise be! Someone is finally paying us in food! Bouncy rooms! Beer garden!

This Saturday at 2:30pm Another Perfect Crime will take the stage at Ballard Urban Picnic at Ballard Commons Park on the corner of 22nd Ave NW and NW 57th St. Proceeds go to the Ballard Food Bank. Some of our favorite food trucks include Skillet and Parfait Organic Artisan Ice Cream.

Guess who else is playing at BURP!? Verlee for Ransom (Rain City Rock Camp friends), School of Rock,  and our friends Drama Club Romance.

Enjoy the sun,

APC