Crucial Dudes

61 Penn

Written by: PP on 08/02/2011 04:45:57

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to deduce which band has been the number one influence for Crucial Dudes when they include a track called "Through Being Crucial" on their debut album "61 Penn", a reference to the melodic hardcore classic from 1999: "Through Being Cool" by Saves The Day. By extension, it also means their album is a direct plagiarism off the Lifetime textbook much in the same way as Shook Ones, Dolarhyde have done in the past. By an even further extension, it also happens to mean that "61 Penn" is an excellent melodic hardcore album, and by the (I swear) final extension it also means nobody gives a fuck if they sound like Saves The Lifetime.

You see, when you have a song like "On Leaving" in your practise repertoire and decide to put it on a record, it doesn't take long before critics and fans alike left and right start paying close attention. It's a song that faithfully follows the classic melodic hardcore from the d-beat drumming and breakneck speed to the energy explosion and overdose on melody, but what makes it special is the lyrics and especially the vocal execution. People often talk about explosive vocals, but the way this dude just bursts with optimism and power into every line is quite something. Remember that Caleb Lionheart record I've been dealing praise whenever possible? It contains a similar vocal dynamic, one that's easily accessible and instantly recognizable, but one also rooted in hardcore energy and aggression. It's gritty and harsh enough to not qualify as polished, but still poppy and melodic enough to immediately charm the listener.

And this, my friends, is the absolute strength of Crucial Dudes on "61 Penn". Well that, and their ability to convert seemingly simple, three chord melodic hardcore pieces into lasting, infectious songs designed to unleash maximum energy in a live setting. They sound a great deal like Lifetime, which is awesome, because it's not like Lifetime are putting out records regularly these days. Songs like "Doubt", "61 Penn", "Mt. Chill, You're Climbing" might all range between one and two minutes, but my god are they catchy.


Download: "Boom, Roasted", "On Leaving", "Mt. Chill, You're Climbing", "Doubt"
For the fans of: Saves The Day's "Through Being Cool", Lifetime, Shook Ones, Caleb Lionheart
Listen: Bandcamp

Release date 24.05.2011 (digitally January 2011)
Jump Start Records

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