New wave of hardcore punk – New York’s Krimewatch

Demo 2016
Lockin’ Out Records


Another post of me talking about by-gone releases (surprise, surprise) – but that isn’t to say that this demo is any less impactful because I’m roughly a year late.

Krimewatch’s demo and promo were possibly the best hardcore punk releases to have graced 2016, if not one of the most important punk to have come out in recent years.

Krimewatch are a four piece punk outfit from New York City, playing their own hook ridden take on 80’s hardcore punk.

The demo opens up with a body swaying bass line, moving to thick and fast riffs with energetic singing – all these facets are small tasters for what Krimewatch are about.

Vocalist Rhylli shows off her mastery in penning irresistible punk hooks, her aggressive vocals are the motor driving the furious instrumentals.

The sharpest tool in the band’s arsenal is the superb instrumentation, the swinging guitar riffs, smashing drums and menacing bass lines – every element molded together to form incredibly compelling modern punk.

In the six minutes Krimewatch take to rage through their demo, they have far more impact than most bands manage to have across their entire discographies.

Krimewatch aren’t a band who just play their own variation of hardcore punk, they take the meat and potatoes of the genre and create something uniquely their own.