The New What Next: Decent Criminal

The Newest Noise for Your Listening Pleasure! | By Nicholas Senior | Photo by Alan Snodgrass

Decent Criminal
Santa Rosa, California
Bliss | June 21 | Wiretap Records
RIYL: Happy accidents. Chill vibes. Beach songs.

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When copies of Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City were accidentally pressed as Decent Criminal’s Bloom, the Bay Area band received quite the upswell of well-deserved attention. Surfy pop punk bands rarely get the exposure of the current king of West Coast hip hop, but Decent Criminal aren’t your typical underground act. They prove this masterfully on the delightful Bliss. To call this an uplifting album would be a severe understatement, and these Californians are as real as the quality of their melodic punk. One quick spin of the record reveals an honest undercurrent below the beautiful beach views. Few albums brim with the wide-grin appeal of the Golden Coast like Bliss does. Vocalist and guitarist Tristan Martinez expands on the odyssey of its themes. “The songs find their way through a darkness and come out the other side,” he says. “There are songs about some really inspiring people I’ve met, moving to places I’ve never been and starting over, and letting go of people in order to move forward. So, really, there’s no aim other than to honestly express the process of all that physical and internal change in my life.” Thematically and sonically, Bliss is about embracing the tides of change and just riding the wave of life.

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