Santa Rosa indie garage-punk band Decent Criminal have announced plans to release their fourth full-length album, “There’s More to It Than Climbing”, on May 19th, 2023. Ahead of their upcoming March tour, the band has also revealed the record’s first single, “Driving”, which is available for streaming now below.
Commenting on the new single Tristan Martinez (vocals, guitar) says:
“I like ‘Driving’, it makes me laugh. I go sailing off the coast of memory is a good line. I came out of a dream with this one in my head; then me and Hunt [Hunter Martinez] hashed it out in San Diego”.
Pre-order “There’s More to It Than Climbing” here.
Decent Criminal will hit the road in March for a tour with Ohio grit-pop band Vacation. Tickets for the tour can be purchased now here.
US Tour Dates 2023:
3/11 – Dayton, OH – Blind Bob’s
3/12 – Chattanooga, TN – Cherry Street Tavern
3/13 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
3/14 – New Orleans, LA – HI-HO Lounge
3/15 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio
3/16 – Austin, TX – SXSW
3/17 – San Antonio, TX – Snake Hill Social Club
3/18 – Dallas , TX – Three Links
3/19 – Tulsa, OK – The Whittier Bar
3/20 – Springfield, MO – Southbound Bar
3/21 – St. Louis, MO – The Sinkhole
3/22 – Lexington, KY – The Green Lantern
3/23 – Louisville, KY – Portal @ Fifteen Twelve
Santa Rosa, California’s not LA, it’s not even near LA. Decent Criminal is abrasive love pop, cynical self-reformed guitar rock, and barbershop surf punk from outside San Francisco. Brothers Tristan and Hunter Martinez are the burning center of a band that’s taken their 70’s glam and 90’s alternative upbringing to stages that welcome everything from 80’s hardcore to noise pop. They have and can play with anybody.
Growing out of their hometown with guitarist/vocalist Brian Gellman, and bassist Alex Kouninos, “Decent Criminal” put their name on the map with 2017’s “Bloom” – an album ferocious with clean-to-distorted guitar bursts and delicate major to minor chord progressions. “Bloom” found the band in support slots for nationally known touring acts, earning them a fan base outside of their usual touring routes. With the addition of bassist Jesse Hernandez in late 2017, the band toured heavier than ever.
2019’s “Bliss”, continued this progression and landed the band their first European tour. Bliss showed the band breaking away from the grungy remnants kept alive from their earlier days in punk bands. Despite being home to a couple of their fastest songs, Bliss is colored in jangly guitar riffs, pop structures and love songs that drift from nostalgia over leaving their lives back home, and the liberation felt in the process of finding a life beyond.
Decent Criminal’s fourth coming release will find its place in 2023 as the band has begun announcing festival dates, as well as the addition of singer/multi-instrumentalist Paige Beller.