LA’s Culprit have been at it for quite some time, birthing the project back in 2006 in the green pastures of the San Fernando Valley. The band put out two EPs – Analogue and Totem – in 2011 and 2013, respectively. Both were good in their own right, but there was always that “something” that was lacking.
Enter Sonder – Culprit’s debut full-length album, produced by the fast-emerging Anthony Reeder. THIS is what Culprit was meant to sound like all along. The songs are massive-sounding – highlighted by explosive selections like “Anything” and a reboot of their previous single “Siren,” along with “Collateral” – which features a closing bass line that may cause a few children to be conceived. The guitar work & tones are truly reminiscent of As Cities Burn, whose influence is extremely apparent on this album.
Culprit has always been a good band, but they finally hit the nail on the head with Sonder. It’s a well-rounded, multi-faceted ambient progressive rock album. Fans of As Cities Burn, Circa Survive, and Thrice will surely salivate over this one. Listen to it in full below, and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Spotify.