On the eve of street week, The Classic Crime is gearing up to release “Vagabonds,” which media are already touting as the “perfect radio rock album,” “best album yet” and something to “get excited about.”  The Tooth & Nail Records’ band will release their third studio album “Vagabonds” next Tuesday, April 6th. Ramping up to the release date, MySpace will be hosting an album premiere listening party starting Saturday, April 3rd continuing until Monday, April 5th.  Fans can hear the album in full streaming online (http://www.myspace.com/music).

To celebrate their release next week, the band has recently launched a music video contest via their YouTube.  The Classic Crime video contest invites all fans, videographers and producers to create a music video for their song “Solar Powered Life,” which they are giving away free as a download when you sign up to enter the competition.  Entries are accepted until April 30th, when the top 3 entries will be posted on YouTube.  On May 15th, the top video with the most views will be the grand prize winner of a $1000 gift card to the Apple Store plus a TCC prize pack. The second place winner will be given a Schecter Guitar and TCC prize pack and third place will will a prize pack. For complete details on the contest and how to get the song, visit http://www.toothandnail.com/theclassiccrime/vagabonds/videocontest/ .

Supporting the upcoming release, The Classic Crime has been on the road with new label-mates Write This Down.  The band is traveling nationwide hitting Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas and more.  For current dates and cities, visit http://www.myspace.com/theclassiccrime .

Today Yahoo!’s music blog “Stop The Presses” featured the band and their efforts for Haiti. See the feature here.  In addition the Denver Post talked with the band while they are on the road, here is the feature. Check out these media tidbits that have been posted prior to the release of “Vagabonds”:

“The Classic Crime’s best album yet is both crowd-pleasing and refreshing.”

“‘Vagabonds’ comes off as a highly believable record and I applaud the band’s efforts in reaching out to capture a whole new generation of music fan.”

“‘Vagabonds’ becomes that rare record in which you must really dig for the goodies. But trust me when I say the goodies are worth it.”

“The Classic Crime (will) spoil you with great rock songs filled with energy…I’ll simply say that this will be one of the better albums out there this year”

“You can get excited for another great album from The Classic Crime”
–preview from JesusFreakHideout.com

About Vagabonds & Pre-Sale Benefiting Haiti:
This third studio album, “Vagabonds,” recorded in just three weeks time, is pared down with the most basic elements mirroring The Classic Crime’s live sound. The band also hopes that their fans see what they are concerned with and that they are trying to make the world a better place. “Summing up the theme of this album, is it’s not about needing money or material things to be happy, it’s about playing music as this is what we were place on earth to do,” frontman Matt MacDonald states.

TCC left their hearts in Haiti last November on their first trip to the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere visiting Bon Repos, a collection of villages in rural Haiti, with JesusInHaitiMinistries (JiHM, a non-profit) experiencing first-hand the poverty-stricken country. Upon returning from Haiti, the band set their hearts and minds to using their musical platform to do good for others.  The band’s pre-sale of their album donated all profits from the pre-sale to JiHM in Haiti. More than $4900 was raised for JiHM.  In addition to raising funds for Haiti through their album pre-sale, the band released a series of videos from their time in Haiti to show others the condition of this country prior to the earthquake.  The entire series can be found at the links below.

About The Classic Crime:

The Classic Crime isn’t limited to scenes, trends or even genres.  They hail from the rich music scene of Seattle, WA. After their debut album “Albatross,” (the largest first week sales for a new band in the label’s history) they released their sophomore album “The Silver Cord” in 2008. Touring history for the band includes Warped Tour (twice), Owl City, Relient K, MxPx, Anberlin and Emery. The Classic Crime is Matt MacDonald (vocals), Justin DuQue (guitar), Robbie Negrin (guitar), Paul “Skip” Erickson (drums) and Alan Clark (bass).


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