Criminal Hygiene have shared Rearrange Me, the third track to be lifted from the band’s forthcoming studio album, ‘Run It Again,’ which was re-recorded for the upcoming LP. “We’re running it again because of popular demand. Plus, the original version was out of tune,” the band’s Michael Fioresaid. “Some say that’s the charm of it, but I think we did better this time around. I also wrote the song sitting in a treehouse, which doesn’t mean much but it’s a fact.” Take a listen to the track via YouTube below.
Out on Friday, March 1, 2019, ‘Run It Again’ (pre-order) is a 10-song album full of melody, smart lyrics and hooks. Recorded at Future Shock with Alex Newport (Death Cab For Cutie, Frank Turner, Bloc Party), the album is a punchy and at times introspective showcase referencing the pizza parlor where the entire band works, drunk friends, R.E.M., hollow relationships and more. Stream all three singles from the collection, Rearrange Me, Greetings From A Postcard, and Hardly News, via all streaming platforms HERE.
Formed in 2011, Criminal Hygiene are a band comprised of founding member Michael Fiore (vocals, guitars, keys), Michael Hiller (vocals, bass, guitars) and Sean “Birdman” Erickson (drums, percussion). Over the period of a couple years, they wrote-recorded-practiced and performed themselves into the ground, releasing 5.5 singles, an EP and an album. They’ve played literally hundreds of local shows as well as 60-some national dates with the likes of Twin Peaks, Bleached, Together PANGEA and The Whigs, among others.
Criminal Hygiene’s recorded output officially began in November and December of 2012 with the release of back-to-back singles Blak Water and Rearrange Me. The first album followed in January: 17 songs with a total running time of 38:52 that led Consequence of Sound to rave, “All that academic negligence paid off … an LP that’s as reckless and carefree as it is determined and lethally efficient … balancing the evocative with the asinine … crafting a rocking LP that pays homage while blazing its own trail upward and onward.”
With the current, often bewildering, state of the music business, it’s impossible to say how an album like ‘Run It Again’ will be received. Fortunately, because of the autonomy of the internet, business machinations and hurdles no longer rule the masses. The quality of Criminal Hygiene’s writing and performances is sure to be recognized by the portion of the global music community who listen carefully, however large or small that may be. After all, it’s an empirical fact that the cream always rises to the top, isn’t it? And that’s something we can all be mighty thankful for.
Criminal Hygiene will be making the following appearances during February and March of 2019 – dates below.
01 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater (w/ Parker Gispert of The Whigs)
01 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom (supporting Bob Mould)