the killer, the sixth studio album from Crime & the City Solution, and their first in over a decade will be released via mute, on October 20, 2023.

The album began life as a PhD application that came to life when the band s core members, Simon Bonney and Bronwyn Adams, found themselves stuck in their native Australia under one of the world s strictest lockdowns, their nomadic lifestyle put on pause by the pandemic. Naturally , says Simon, I sat and I pieced together a PhD application about decision making in Afghanistan in the late 80s. But as it turned out, it was actually more of a record than it was a PhD.

The PhD and, by turn, the album found inspiration from Bonney s work delivering aid programmes across the Indo-Pacific region. Through that work, he visited places with high levels of violence and the album, in part, acted as a way in which to process the effect that turmoil has had on his psyche, of the dead bodies in my dreams, that he sings about in the title track. He explains, There s no mention of American decision making in Afghanistan on the album, but in terms of subject matter there s a lot that s pretty similar; a lot of the record is about loss of faith.

the killer was recorded in Berlin by the second incarnation of the band to be based in the German capital. Core members Simon Bonney and Bronwyn Adams were joined by Frederic Lyenn (Piano, Bass, Synth), Donald Baldie (Guitar), Georgio Valentino (Synth, Guitar), Chris Hughes (Drums, Percussion) and Joshua Murphy (Piano, Guitar), and for the first time they worked with a producer, the legendary Martin J. Fiedler, who also added Synth and Mellotron to the album.

23 Nov | Haacht BE | Can't Live in a Living Room
24 Nov | London UK | The Moth Club
25 Nov | Bristol UK | The Cube Cinema
26 Nov | Colchester UK | Colchester Arts Centre
29 Nov | Paris FR | La Boule Noire
30 Nov | Geneva CH | L'Usine
1 Dec | Karlsruhe DE | P8
2 Dec | Ebensee AT | Kino Ebensee
3 Dec | Zagreb HR | Vintage Industrial Bar
4 Dec | Milano IT | Arci Bellezza
5 Dec | Munich DE | Muffatwerk
6 Dec | Prague CZ | Fuchs2
7 Dec | Hungary HU | Turbina
8 Dec | Linz AT | Stadtwerkstatt
9 Dec | Poznan PL | 2Progi
10 Dec | Warsaw PL | Niebo
12 Dec | Dresden DE | Chemiefabrik
13 Dec | Hamburg DE | Hafenklang
14 Dec | Copenhagen DK | BETA
15 Dec | Oslo NO | Salt
16 Dec | Stockholm SE | HUS7
17 Dec | Gothenburg SE | Musikens Hus
19 Dec | Berlin DE | Urban Spree

Peter Sasala