How to Be Human expands the Seattle-based rock band’s musical horizons with a more dense, layered sound while retaining the trademark lyricism and soaring choruses of singer/guitarist Matt MacDonald. The record’s progression from previous releases reflects MacDonald’s deepened introspection about the changes in himself, his life, and worldview in the time since The Classic Crime’s last LP, 2012’s The Phoenix. As noted in the Alternative Press premiere of “Holy Water”, How to Be Human was influenced by MacDonald researching everything from religion to science to make sense of the world, which has translated into the 12-track introspection on the human condition, in secular and spiritual considerations, and the weight and purpose of individual consciousness.
Even in their earlier, more pop-punk-leaning work, the band has had a knack for being dynamic and dense. Punknews heralded the band’s 2006 Albatross LP for its creativity: “unlike the bands they are influenced by, The Classic Crime manage to craft a mature album that is as smart as it is catchy.” Indie Vision Music hailed 2010’s Vagabonds, calling it “the best anthemic rock release of the year.”
Since forming in 2004, The Classic Crime has worked tirelessly to put out heartfelt music and tour the country to perform as passionately and precisely as possible. Their work ethic, artistry, and passion that has translated to a devoted fanbase, to such effect that How to Be Human’s Kickstarter received triple the desired donors. How to Be Human is the fifth full-length album of new material by The Classic Crime, one which continues to build the culture of passion and character that the band has carried out over their career, while exemplifying their desire to bring their music to vast new levels of both musical and personal exploration.
The Classic Crime is Matt MacDonald (vocal & guitar), Robbie Negrin (guitar), Skip Erickson (drums), and Alan Clark (bass).