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Event Archive - Only Crime, Bionic, Hostage Life

Sat. July 28th 2007 Plaza Club (No Minors)
7:30pm doors at 7pm
Tickets at: All Ticketmaster Locations, Zulu Records, Scratch Records
Presented by: Live Nation, 99.3 the FOX
on sale fri, 6/22 @ 10am

Only Crime is a combination of 5 veterans of the punk/hardcore scene who have pooled their collective experience to create a truly refreshing musical statement. Only Crime formed in 2002-2003, when vocalist Russ Rankin (Good Riddance) and guitarist Aaron Dalbec (Bane/Converge) realized they would have the time to pursue a band together; something they had talked about during a Good Riddance/Bane summer tour. Needing another guitarist to round out the sound, the two contacted Zach Blair (Hagfish/Gwar/Armstrong) who signed on instantly. Soon Bill Stevenson (Descendents/ALL/Black Flag), who had produced projects for Russ and Zach separately, got wind of the project and, excited at the chance to play some drums and revisit a musical landscape he had helped pioneer, became the band’s drummer.

Between the fall of 2004 and the spring of 2005, Only Crime toured the midwestern US with Avail, the West Coast twice; first with Strung Out and then again with Rise Against, joined Lagwagon for the Fat Wreck Chords Japanese Tour and then finally headed to Europe to join the Deconstruction Tour where they shared the stage with the Mad Caddies, Boy Sets Fire and Strike Anywhere.

Fusing elements of heavy rock and roll with the furious energy of punk rock from the 1970’s & 80’s, Only Crime has also adopted the creative abandon pioneered by jazz’s seminal protagonists. The band’s sound is heavy without being the least bit “metal”, melodic without sounding “pop”, and experimental without treading into the arcane realm of “art” rock. While the members of Only Crime aren’t new, their music is like nothing you’ve heard before.

"One of the most instantly thrilling, richly rewarding rock LP's I've heard ". Hour Magazine went the full five stars, claiming "Bionic's self-titled debut, Black Blood, is quite simply the best rock album I've heard in a very long time". Drawing comparisons to everyone from the MC5 to At The Drive-In. Black Blood represents their most aggressive musical statement and easily their finest recorded moment. Only strong willed slightly deaf label types need apply to license this gem of a record. Back catalogue is also available to brave parties. They love to tour and have toured a lot. They opened for Kiss once…


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