Honest Crooks have never sounded better nor this heavy.
To those out there who actually thought we were being serious in this recent article about Alpha Wolf supposedly teasing new material – come the fuck on. As if ‘Mono 2: Electric Boogaloo‘ would arrive so bloody soon after that band’s debut LP dropped mere months ago. I mean, give us some credit, geez. Secondly, to anyone who shared that post around trying to catch us out, thinking that we’d gone and made one big dumb mistake, all you did was help give us more traffic and really helped to push that teaser website further and wider – my main intention for that piece all along. Because thirdly, said teasing website no longer plays an eerie snippet of a song but has now been fully revealed as the announcement of ‘Suffer‘, the new EP from Honest Crooks.
The NSW-based beatdown/deathcore band’s upcoming EP will land on Friday, October 27th, making for one hell of a brutal start to that particular week. You can pre-order ‘Suffer‘ digitally here and all physical bundles can be found right over here.
Last night on Triple J’s The Racket, this forthcoming release’s first ever taste was premiered on radio in the form of the EP’s heavy AF opening track, ‘Condemned‘. Compared with their pre-2017 material, both ‘Condemned‘, as well as its parent ‘Suffer‘ EP, are easily Honest Crooks tightest, heaviest, and most consistent work so far. ‘Condemned‘ is a cleaner, clearer, more streamlined take on Honest Crooks mosh-loving sound – one that doesn’t sacrifice any of the band’s heaviness factor – and is a great sign of what’s to come from this five-piece next month.
The instrumentals were tracked by the band’s guitarist Calum Johnstone, who also produced the release, with vocals tracking done by Clayton Segelov over at The Brain Studios. From there, ‘Suffer‘ was mixed and mastered by the usual engineering suspect, Lance Prenc, hence why the band’s newest track (as well as the remaining EP) sounds fuckin’ sweet!
This new seven-track EP also boasts some massive guest vocal spots from both Bobak Rafiee and Nick Adams of their peer in Justice For The Damned, as well as Jord from Aussie death metallers, Disentomb.
Check out the music video for ‘Condemned‘ – which was filmed and edited by Jack Rudder – below. It’s a doozy.
Catch Honest Crooks bringing the ludicrous heavies with on tour this month with their mates in Staunch, Hindsight, and JFTD. Dates below, tickets here.
Fri 15 Sept: Crowbar, Brisbane 18+
Sat 16 Sept: Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle 18+
Sun 17 Sept: Red Rattler, Sydney Lic AA
Mon 18 Sept: RAD Bar, Wollongong Lic AA SOLD OUT
Fri 22 Sept: Enigma Bar, Adelaide Lic AA
Sun 24 Sept: Phoenix Youth Centre, Melbourne AA
Honest Crooks will also be one of the many bands playing this year’s Invasion Fest on Saturday, December 9th at Arrow On Swanson, Melbourne. Tickets here.