Today, Codefendants drop a brand-new video for their song, “Suckers,” off their recently released and critically acclaimed debut album, This Is Crime Wave, released via Fat Wreck imprint Bottles to the Ground. This new video drops just a few days before the band heads out on their “This Is Crime Wave Tour,” kicking off at Bottom of The Hill in San Francisco on April 14.
Codefendants is a music collective made up of hip-hop and punk rock stalwarts Ceschi Ramos and Get Dead vocalist Sam King. The album is produced by NOFX frontman Michael “Fat Mike” Burkett and features legendary rapper The DOC, Bad Cop/Bad Cop’s Stacey Dee, and Onry Ozzborn of the band Dark Time Sunshine. Fat Mike also wrote, produced, and appears in the video series that accompanies the album.
The ten-song set is a mix of punk and hip-hop, that also incorporates other sounds and influences. It’s a trip to the dark center of their lives, their worlds, and their pasts, both lyrically and musically, all broken homes and broken hearts within a broken system.
“This Is Crime Wave has a nostalgia about it that feels familiar to people our age but, in actuality, there is nothing quite like it. It’s the album I needed at 16 that nobody ever created for me. We’ve made a record that feels classic & important for the times but could have been felt 20 years ago and will continue to be relevant 20 years from now. It’s exciting to finally share this with the public & hope people feel the amount of experiences, friendship & caring that went into its creation.”
“In 40 years this is the most excited I’ve ever been about an album.”
The song “Abscessed,” which features three other members of Get Dead as well as Onry Ozzborn of Dark Time Sunshine, is haunted by personal trauma existing in the context of the current dystopia we find ourselves in. “Fast Ones,” which features legendary rapper The DOC, throws shade at “punk rock posers” while also detailing the brutal reality of the life that Ceschi and King have both experienced behind bars.
“This Is Crime Wave Tour” Dates:
April 14 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill
April 16 – Los Angeles, CA – Knitting Factory
April 17 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
April 18 – Mesa, AZ – The Underground
April 19 – Flagstaff, AZ -Yucca North
April 20 – El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
April 22 – Austin, TX – Carson Creek Ranch (NOFX Final Tour)
April 23 – Houston, TX – The Secret Group
April 24 – Dallas, TX – Sundown at Granada
April 25 – Baton Rouge, LA – Chelsea’s Live
April 26 – Murfreesboro, TN – Hop Springs
April 27 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
April 29 – St. Petersburg, FL – Lost In St Pete Festival
May 13 – San Diego, CA – Waterfront Park (NOFX Final Tour)
May 19 – Barcelona, ES – Poble Espanyol (NOFX Final Tour)
May 23 – London, UK – Old Blue Last
May 24 – Southampton, UK – Joiners
May 25 – Bristol, UK – Exchange
May 26 – Leeds, UK Temple Newsman (NOFX Final Tour)
May 31 – Eindhoven, NL – Dynamo
June 1 – Köln, DE – Luxor
June 3 – Rimini, Italy – Bay Arena – (Slam Dunk Festival Italy)
June 24 – Columbus, OH – Legend Valley (NOFX Final Tour)
July 23 – Tacoma, WA – LeMay – America’s Car Museum (NOFX Final Tour)
September 16 – San Francisco, CA – Cow Palace (NOFX Final Tour)
September 30 – St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Park (NOFX Final Tour)