"Energetic electro... A searing blend of EBM, pop, electro, new wave and punk" Bent Magazine
An energy fuelled electro track, known as “All The Freaks”, taken from the forthcoming album "You're A Moral Liability,” serves as The Thought Criminals’ latest single release. In November 2008 they released the album “Die Young, Stay Pretty” which was met with a wealth of critical acclaim, and was described as a “blend [of] punk, new wave, electro, EBM and pop into a unique brand of dark alternative dance music…An impressive album that defies easy categorization and offers plenty for fans of various styles of subversive dance music” by Outburn Magazine.
The initial concept of South London based ‘The Thought Criminals’ was created by both co-founders, Rocky & Kirlian in 2004, based on their equally unique styles, attitudes and influences. The creation, a very catchy, dark & energetic EBM (Electronic Body Music) sound is fused with the influence of punk, rock & 80’s electronic. They cite artists such as ‘The Sex Pistols,’ ‘The Prodigy,’ ‘Gary Numan,’ ‘Marilyn Manson,’ and last but not least ‘Soft Cell’ as inspiration.
Rocky is the lead singer, a showman with a shock rock, glam and fetish style, who has inspired a host of ‘The Thought Criminals’ songs and their lyrical content, but leans towards his strength as a stage performer. Kirlian, the new romantic man, has orchestrated and driven their success to date with the ability to create such individual musical content, along with the assistance of backing vocals and aiding to their stage spectacle using his unusual laser harp! Introducing Shane, a recent keyboard playing addition to ‘The Thought Criminals’, who has brought his distinctive, stylish clean cut image with an underlying dark rock aspect in to the mix.
Over the years, The Thought Criminals have headlined prestigious London venues such as ‘The Underworld,’ ‘The Dublin Castle,’ ‘The Mass’ and ‘The 333 Dub,’ showcasing the rebellious attitude and tongue in cheek lyrics that has seen fans flood in from every angle of the musical spectrum from lovers of 80’s electro, to old school punks and from new romantics to out right rockers – anyone and everyone unable to resist a catchy big beat! Their broad appeal is likely to grab anyone bored of droll commercial pop wanting a new and unique cutting edge change.
“One of the more unique offerings to come along in quite some time.” Grave Concerns Magazine
“Bizarrely uplifting and cheerful in a twisted way with lyrics infused with sarcasm and a heavy dose of IN YOUR FACE rhymes and lines” Heathen Harvest
“Thoroughly refreshing” Ectomag