The Classic Crime

New Album “PHOENIX” In Stores & Online 8/14/12

SEATTLE, WA – From the bottom there is only one place to look… upward. Only months ago the future for The Classic Crime was, at best, uncertain. After releasing three critically lauded albums, the band found themselves without a record label. Their best-laid plans had turned to ash. Unaware of the outcome, they launched a Kickstarter campaign on a whim and a prayer, wondering if their fans would respond…
A month later, with over $85,000 raised (the 9th most funded music project in Kickstarter history), they had their answer, and their fourth installment, Phoenix, was born.
Phoenix is our rebirth,” front man and songwriter Matt MacDonald reflects. “Conceptually, it’s about the time spent in the ashes, between death and this new life, wondering if we’d ever get out. The whole process has restored our hope in the value of what we do. Our Kickstarter backers have revived our confidence in the fact that we are not alone and there is still work to be done.”
Phoenix was largely written during the period of uncertainty prior to the band’s Kickstarter campaign. The result is a thematic lyrical journey through the threat of hopelessness, which resolves in the ultimate payoff: a happy ending to a situation in which all seemed lost.
Ultimately, Phoenix is therapy. Therapy for The Classic Crime. Therapy for MacDonald. And hopefully, therapy for all those who face a hopeless scenario in their lives. It is the medicine that many need – an honest record from an honest, fearless band with genuine supporters.
The Classic Crime is Matt MacDonald (vocals, guitar), Alan Clark (bass), Robert “Cheeze” Negrin (guitar), and Paul “Skip” Erickson (drums, vocals. Their album Phoenix was produced by Matt MacDonald, engineered by Brandon Metcalf, mixed by Michael “Elvis” Baskette, and mastered by Ted Jensen. It will be released on August 14, 2012 independently.

Brand New Songs

The Classic Crime just posted their first new songs from their upcoming album “PHOENIX.” The first new song is titled, “You and Me Both” and can be heard with the lyrics at The second new song is titled, “Beautiful Darkside” and can be heard with lyrics at

“PHOENIX” Pre-order Options

The Classic Crime’s new upcoming album “PHOENIX” is available for digital pre-order at iTunes and Bandcamp. The physical CD pre-order is available at Amazon.

Pre-order on iTunes
Pre-order on Bandcamp
Pre-order on Amazon

Phoenix Track List

1. One Man Army (Intro)

2. You and Me Both

3. Young Again

2. Beautiful Darkside

5. Heaven and Hell
6. The Precipice
7. Let Me Die
8. Glass Houses
9. Dead Rose
10. Painted Dreams
11. What I’d Give Up
12. City of Orphans
13. I Will Wait (Outro)

14. Seven Minute
Sampler – Phoenix



Date City Venue
August 3, 2012 Seattle, WA Showbox | Buy Tickets
August 10, 2012 Sylvan Lake, AB Shake The Lake | Buy Tickets
August 13, 2012 Ogden, UT The Basement | Buy Tickets
August 15, 2012 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre | Buy Tickets
August 16, 2012 Newton, KS RiverPoint Church
August 18, 2012 Mounds View, MN North Star Room | Buy Tickets
August 19, 2012 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
August 20, 2012 Joliet, IL Mojoes | Buy Tickets
August 22, 2012 St. Louis, MO Cicero’s St. Louis | Buy Tickets
August 24, 2012 Dallas, TX The Door | Buy Tickets
August 28, 2012 Mesa, AZ The Underground | Buy Tickets
August 31, 2012 Plymouth, CA Joshua Fest | Buy Tickets
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