Crime & The City Solution confirm new album and tour…

Crime & The City Solution confirm new album and tour…

Our friend wakes from her slumber, blinks in the sunlight and rubs her eyes. Crime smiles, all mischief and wonder…Let the excitation begin ”“ Crime Annd The City Solution live again.

News is reaching us that Crime & The City Solution have reformed and are set to play their first shows in over 20yrs, not only that they have confirmed the release of a new album in 2013, with a ”ËœIntroduction To..’ album to be released by Mute on the 24th September 2012

Crime & the City Solution announce details of their first tour in over 20 years, including a show at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 26 October 2012, full details below.

The tour follows the release of ‘An Introduction To”¦ Crime & the City Solution / A History Of Crime – Berlin 1987 ”“ 1991’ out on 24 September 2012.

An Introduction To”¦ will be followed by a new album ‘American Twilight‘  – Recorded in Detroit, this will be Crime & the City Solution’s first studio album since 1990’s’Paradise Discotheque’, and is set for release in early 2013.

An Introduction To”¦ is a new series of compilations on Mute, with the track listing chosen by the artist. For A History Of Crime – Berlin 1987 ”“ 1991 the band have selected tracks from the three Berlin era albums: Shine (1988), The Bride Ship (1989) and Paradise Discotheque (1990). The album also features the band’s swansong, ”ËœThe Adversary’, from the film Until The End Of The World (Wim Wenders, 1991).

Crime & the City Solution had several incarnations, the first of which was formed by Simon Bonney in Sydney, Australia, in 1977/78. Mk II saw the band based in Melbourne before Simon Bonney was encouraged to move to England in 1984 by Mick Harvey (Birthday Party / The Bad Seeds) who joined the band along with Rowland S Howard, his brother Harry on bass and one time Swell Maps drummer Epic Soundtracks.

In 1987, Bonney and Harvey moved to Berlin, and it’s here that the A History Of Crime – Berlin 1987 ”“ 1991 takes its inspiration. The band at this point comprised of Simon Bonney, Mick Harvey, Einstürzende Neubauten’s Alexander Hacke, Thomas Stern, ex-DAF/Liaisons Dangereuses Chrislo Haas, and Bonney’s co-writer Bronwyn Adams.

For this latest incarnation of Crime & The City Solution, the line up will feature Berlin era members Simon Bonney (vocals), Bronwyn Adams (violin) and Alexander Hacke(guitar), and will be joined by renowned visual artist Danielle de Picciotto, Jim White (drums, The Dirty Three), David Eugene Edwards (guitar, 16 Horsepower / Wovenhand), Troy Gregory (bass, The Dirtbombs / Swans / Spiritualised) and Matthew Smith (keyboards).

The live show will feature new music from American Twilight as well as reinterpretations of songs from the Berlin and London periods. It will also feature, for the first time, a powerful visual component designed by new member Danielle de Picciotto. Using back projection on large screens, the imagery will accompany the live performance as a cinematic embodiment of the Crime musicscape, and will perfectly complement the grand narratives and dynamism that are the hallmark of Crime’s music and live shows.

Worldwide Tour Dates

18 Oct ”“ Denver – The Oriental (US)
19 Oct ”“ Detroit – Majestic Theater (US)
21 Oct ”“ Chicago – Lincoln Hall (US)
22 Oct ”“ Brooklyn – Music Hall of Williamsburg (US)
23 Oct ”“ Los Angeles – The Fonda (US)
24 Oct ”“ San Francisco – Slim’s (US)
26 Oct – London – Queen Elizabeth Hall –
28 Oct – Lausanne, Les Docks (Switzerland)
29 Oct – Gent, Concertzaal Vooruit (Belgium)
30 Oct – Haarlem, Patronat (Holland)
31 Oct ”“ Berlin, C-Club (Germany)

Tickets are on sale from Friday 3 August ”“

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Phil Newall is from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


  1. They ran a Pledge in order to furnish their live show ” In the best way possible ” & a downloaded snippet of the film Sadness was made available for pledgers.
    It didn’t take long to fulfil 100% of what was needed.
    Be good to see them again.


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