Been a while since we heard a band namecheck Bertrand Russell, but that’s typical of White Collar Crime, a brainy, guitar-less punk four-piece led by Sander Hicks whose agit-prop lyrics and confrontational singing style has echoes of B-52s’ Fred Schneider and Gang of Four’s Jon King. “No Conspiracy” busts out of the gate at full gallop, the bass and keys handling each twist and turn admirably. An effective changeup is “Waltz for Rachel” where Hicks can be touchingly melodic and abruptly scalding. This entertainingly subversive music demands your attention. Not for everyone, we can imagine WCC playing an art gallery for aerosol artistes. Precocious, socially aware art nerds with a taste for mischief will love these guys.
White Collar Crime - "No Conspiracy Theory"