Nearly five years since their last release, THE CLASSIC CRIME have resurfaced with a furious new album titled How to Be Human, a record so successfully crowdfunded via Kickstarter that received three times its intended goal is set for an April 28th release via BC Music. The lyric video for the first single “Holy Water” can be seen over at the band’s website along with pre-order bundles. In addition, the track is available for streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.
That reverential and dedicated demand for new music from the Seattle-based rock quartet’s fan base is perhaps only matched by the band’s own burning desire to not just return, but also to re-invent themselves. “I’m not very good at being vulnerable with people, so writing songs is how I express what I’ve been protecting,” explains lead singer-songwriter Matt MacDonald. “A lot has happened. Some of us got married, had kids, started businesses, moved around. But when change happens, I tend to write it down,” he adds. “Holy Water” signals MacDonald and his bandmates’ successful attempt on How to Be Human at making music with organic artistic expansion while retaining the group’s identity along the way.
The comprehensive re-imagining that MacDonald went through is thoroughly explored in the aptly-named How to Be Human, a 12-track indie-rock introspection and rumination on the human condition. The album contains commentary on both spiritual and secular reflections on life, and how the weight and depth of such grand reflections weigh on an individual. On “Different Shades of Green”, environmental nature is taken as a guide for finding a more natural peace within people rather than one taught or sermonized. There’s also perspective both warning of reckless wanting (as the song “Spare Time” offers lyrics like “If you’re trying to dance alone in this life, then do it right. But if you’re dying to live somewhere on the other side, there’s no such thing as spare time”), as well as perspective on being a person who succumbs to that same insatiable material hunger as heard on “More.” Without condescension or sanctimony, MacDonald uses his platform as a microscope on the crash course in self-examination across seemingly every context, and as genuine enlightenment rather than self-important spotlight.
With such a bare-all approach to storytelling and songwriting, The Classic Crime’s How to Be Human feels like catching up with an old friend who has been through a lot: reminiscent of who you remember, but with a noticeable growth in perspective and comfortable enough to tell you exactly everything on their mind. As “Holy Water” and the rest of the album convey, there’s so much to being human, and listeners will be hard-pressed to not feel within, with each listen.
How To Be Human Tour kicks off in late April and goes on through May. The dates, featuring openers Matt & Toby and CIVILIAN, are listed below. How to be Human will be available worldwide on April 28th.
THE CLASSIC CRIME
w/ Matt & Toby and CIVILIAN
April 27 – Seattle, WA – Neumos*
May 04 – Nashville, TN – The End
May 05 – Cincinnati, OH – Mad Frog
May 06 – Columbus, OH – Steadfast Festival
May 07 – New York, NY – Blackthorn 51
May 09 – Hartford, CT – The Space
May 10 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
May 11 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
May 13 – Orlando, FL – The Abbey
May 14 – Miami, FL – Churchills
May 15 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar
May 17 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl @ Centerstage