Derek Stanton, who used to be in Brooklyn’s Awesome Color, now fronts Detroit-based band Turn To Crime. Stanton wrote “Forgiveness”—which appears on the band’s upcoming debut, Can’t Love—after ditching NYC and moving home to Michigan, and it sounds like it’s from another time, rollicking along somewhere between doo-wop and greasy drifter-rock with a swaying, offbeat sunniness. “In New York, amongst millions of people, everyone stepping on each other, there is a sense of anonymity, which seemed to numb the pain of getting stepped on,” Stanton says of the song’s thematic core. “In a smaller town, where everyone knows each other, when you get stepped on you tend to feel it more. At times you need to learn to forgive yourself.” Can’t Love is out July 1st via Mugg & Bopp/ Old Flame Records.
Stream: Turn to Crime, “Forgiveness”