Look ma! We’re on AWAL!!!

That’s right brothers and sisters! Strange Culprits has joined AWAL for music distribution, promotion, and general shenanigans! For those who don’t know, AWAL is a music services company within Kobalt Group, the world’s largest independent music publisher. Check them out (I mean hey, you’re already on the internet, right?), AWAL has some of the greatest independent musicians, and we are proud to be in such esteemed company.

Of course, this means we will just have to lay down some new tracks to release through our new distributor…stay tuned!

Strange Culprits' Self-titled Debut is out!

Get it wherever you get your digital music :)

Of course, if you follow us on Spotify, then you can have it all!

What Reviewers have been saying

Here's what some really cool reviewers have said about the album - 


"Phenomenal self-titled debut album"


"a beautifully soulful, slow-and-steady rock sound that will really make your day, even in its more sorrowful moments"

-Substream Magazine


"an absolute must listen for anyone hungry for some great, no fluff rock music"

"Strange Culprits deserve to be commended for taking a chance and diving head first into the world of a style of music that in this present day- does not get its due"

"Strange Culprits appear worthy successors to the straight up rock of Kings of Leon and Alabama Shakes before them"

-Alternative Nation


"Strange Culprits have put together a nine-song debut of American rock that teems with aspiration, longing, and soul"

"a standout version of road-ready, storytelling blues"

-Music News


"A great debut by a trio that does simple things the way they should be done"

"something that is at the same time utterly familiar and comforting, but also exciting and interesting to deserve full attention"

"an excellent debut album"

-Sputnik Music

"a sonic tension that’s tantalizing, almost hypnotic"

"Strange Culprits is definitely worth checking out when it drops"


"a new take on the ever-expanding Americana genre" 

"draws from a Cohen-esque mindset"

"shares more lyrically with the sort of dark-toned neofolk we’ve come to know and love from the likes of Gill Landry and Lou Reed"

- For Folk's Sake

"comfortable with combining elements of soul, blues, country, and whatever else feels right"

"plenty of glimpses of a strong, captivating identity to warrant numerous listens"

-The Big Takeover

Baby I'm Down by Strange Culprits - lyric video. Directed & edited by Nicole Fuentez.

tasteful mishmash

Seemingly disparate elements, thrown together by circumstance, that somehow end up working well together. If the band were Canadian, the situation would be likened to musical Poutine. 

The band hails from the Bay Area, though only one of its members was born there.





The story:

Jason really needed a bass player. Multi-instrumentalist Sami always wanted to give a go at playing bass. So, Jason bought Sami a bass and an amp, taught her to play, and off to the races they went. Meanwhile, Jason met Tony and somehow convinced him the whole thing wouldn't turn out to be a total disaster. In their spare time, the three play interesting music together. Also, Jason and Sami are married to each other, so there's that.

2018 saw the release of the band’s self-titled debut album, which received glowing reviews. The band’s single “Concrete in the Rain” enjoyed impressive streaming plays and radio airplay.

In 2019, the band joined Kobalt Music Group’s AWAL Music Services. Kobalt is currently the world’s largest independent music publisher.

The music:

Jason writes songs that tell the truth, even if the events depicted never occurred. It's mostly American rock music of some variety, and borrows from classic soul, honky tonk, pop, and folk. The music may speak to you, or it may not. Listen and decide for yourself.


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