Strange Culprits is a group that started in 2013 by Jason Buckingham. Buckingham apparently wanted to follow his musical dreams after recovering from the financial crisis. He had a hard time forming a group because most musicians had day jobs. One of the solutions was bringing his wife on board to play instruments.
Buckingham decided to release the first two songs from the band's upcoming album Second Chances. The first song is called “Smiths Creek” which is a pretty straightforward rock song. It begins with a couple of jangly guitar chords and bass. Drums quickly enter into the mix along with a vocal melody. There is a nice ebb and flow to the song but I wouldn’t really call this a dynamic song with a much louder chorus. The dynamics are subtle which I think some people will appreciate.
The next song is called “Namesake” and this song was definitely more dynamic and kinetic. It reminded me of a song from the early ’90s alternative scene. The song is catchy and fun rock. I also need to give a shout out to the drumming. The drumming on the chorus was especially good.
These two songs felt more geared for my generation in all honesty. This style was especially popular in the early to mid ’90s. On that note, one of the more beneficial aspects of the internet is that you can afford to be niche or retro. You don’t have to appeal to twenty-year-olds who like Billie Eilish although that is perfectly fine as well.
Suffice it to say these are solid rock songs that sound like people playing in a room together. I think a lot of people will appreciate that.
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