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Crime and the City Solution Announce First Tour in 20 Years

This October, Crime & the City Solution will be on the road touring for the first time in over 20 years with dates in the following cities: Denver, Detroit, Chicago, Brooklyn, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The tour follows the release of An Introduction To… Crime & the City Solution / A History Of Crime – Berlin 1987 – 1991 out on September 25th, 2012.

American Twilight, a brand new album recorded in Detroit and the band’s first studio album since 1990’s Paradise Discotheque, is set for release in early 2013.

An Introduction To… is a new series of compilations on Mute, with the tracklisting chosen by the band. For A History Of Crime – Berlin 1987 – 1991, the band has selected tracks from the three Berlin era albums: Shine (1988), The Bride Ship (1989) and Paradise Discotheque (1990). The album also features the band’s swansong, ‘The Adversary’, from the film Until The End Of The World (Wim Wenders, 1991).

Crime & the City Solution have had several home bases and personnel changes, the first of which was formed by Simon Bonney in Sydney, Australia in 1977. In the next iteration, the band was based out of Melbourne. In 1984, Simon Bonney was encouraged to move to England by Mick Harvey (Birthday Party / The Bad Seeds), who joined the band along with Rowland S Howard, his brother Harry on bass and one time Swell Maps drummer Epic Soundtracks.

In 1987, Bonney and Harvey moved again to Berlin, and it’s here that the A History Of Crime – Berlin 1987 – 1991 takes its inspiration. At this point, the band consisted of Simon Bonney, Mick Harvey, Einstürzende Neubauten’s Alexander Hacke, Thomas Stern, ex-DAF/Liaisons Dangereuses Chrislo Haas, and Bonney’s co-writer Bronwyn Adams.

For this latest incarnation of Crime & the City Solution, the line up will feature Berlin era members Simon Bonney (vocals), Bronwyn Adams (violin) and Alexander Hacke (guitar), and will be joined by renowned visual artist Danielle de Picciotto, Jim White (drums, The Dirty Three), David Eugene Edwards (guitar, 16 Horsepower / Wovenhand), Troy Gregory (bass, The Dirtbombs / Swans / Spiritualised) and Matthew Smith (keyboards).

The live show will feature new music from American Twilight as well as reinterpretations of songs from the Berlin and London periods. It will also feature, for the first time, a powerful visual component designed by new member Danielle de Picciotto. Using back projection on large screens, the imagery will accompany the live performance as a cinematic embodiment of the Crime musicscape, and will perfectly complement the grand narratives and dynamism that are the hallmark of Crime’s music and live shows.


October 18th–Denver – The Oriental
October 19th–Detroit – Majestic Theater
October 21st–Chicago – Lincoln Hall
October 22nd–Brooklyn – Music Hall of Williamsburg
October 23rd–Los Angeles – The Fonda
October 24th–San FranciscoSlim’s

Tickets went on sale today via the band’s website.


All Must Be Love
On Every Train (Grain Will Bear Grain)
Home Is Far From Here
The Bride Ship
Free World
New World
I Have The Gun
The Dolphins & The Sharks
The Sun Before The Darkness
The Last Dictator Part 1
The Last Dictator Part 2
The Last Dictator Part 3
The Last Dictator Part 4
The Adversary