The Classic Crime
From the bottom there is only one place to look upward. From the pit comes the opportunity for new plateaus. And from a place of seeming hopelessness a chance for inspiration develops, a chance to defy the odds and rise again.
For the Classic Crime the future was uncertain, at best, only months ago. After releasing three critically lauded albums, the band found themselves without a record label for the first time since their humble beginnings. Their best-laid plans had turned to ash. Unaware of the outcome, they launched a Kickstarter campaign on a whim and a prayer, wondering if their fans would respond…
A month later, with over $85,000 raised, they had their answer, and their fourth installment, Phoenix, was born.
“Phoenix is our rebirth,” front man and songwriter Matt MacDonald reflects. “Conceptually, it's about the time spent in the ashes, between death and this new life, wondering if we’d ever get out. The whole process has restored our hope in the value of what we do. Our Kickstarter backers have revived our confidence in the fact that we are not alone and there is still work to be done.”
TCC has always been known for their ability to meld accessibility with experimentation. With a singular sound, they have always rested somewhere between rock, pop, emo, indie, and post-hardcore. On Phoenix, the band has honed this balance to perfection, with every element of their array of artistry on full display; Phoenix comes complete with singular instrumentation, unparalleled emotion, and uncanny melody. But the element which makes this new release soar above their catalogue is the spirit of reawakening—Which came as a result of partnering directly with their fans.
“I think we're less afraid to do what we want this time around,” MacDonald explains. “We were less afraid of trying things, of dreaming up parts that we previously would have discouraged because of our inability to pull them off live as a four or five-piece rock band. The comfort of knowing our fans have our back has inspired our best efforts, and our deepest creativity. Knowing that they are behind us, we feel completely rejuvenated and reborn.”