There’s a house party with of a DJ spinning the greatest hits never heard. You show up to the house and the place is pitch-black, save for some neon light bulbs that flicker from time to time. The house is packed with people unsure whether they should dance or shove each other. All of this sounds fine enough to you until you realize that there isn’t a DJ spinning the thumping music. Instead you see a man standing in the corner projecting images of your worst fears against the bare wall, a ghost slung over a laptop and synth setup, and finally, a werewolf bouncing in and out of the crowd howling lyrics in the faces of all who are present.
Crypts hail from Seattle, Washington and features Steve Snere, of These Arms Are Snakes fame, on vocals. It’s somewhat chilling to know that Bryce Brown and Nick Bartoletti are the only other men besides Snere making any noise in a setup that thrives off apocalyptic soundscapes.
I remember the day that I found out that These Arms Are Snakes called it quits. I was devastated, like I am with few bands. I didn’t know if I’d ever hear anything else from Snere, undoubtly one of the greatest frontmen of his generation, bar none. Finally, Crypts surfaced, changing my perceptions of what was possible when combining hip-hop/electronic elements with the visceral, maniacal voice of Snere. What you hear when you listen to the self-titled debut by Crypts is something dark and strangely danceable. You’ll initially feel constricted and claustrophobic with what these men of the Northwest have created, but by album’s end you’ll realize they’ve actually set you free to the possibilities of music. If one of the greatest frontmen in underground rock can successfully forge a new path with hip-hop beats and twisted synths, then all things are possible.
Bangstyle had the truly amazing opportunity to speak with the guys in Crypts about their beginnings, how Twin Peaks factors into their sound, and what’s next.