After a long awaited search for a new rock project, A Better Class of Criminal formed in the Fall of 2011 by Chris Rivera (Vocals - Queens, NY) and Jake Sciscio (Guitar - Elverson, PA). While seeking like minded musicians via Craigslist, the two contacted one another and immediately started writing material for their first CD. The two would self record rough ideas and send them back and forth via email. Strangely enough, the two had yet to formally meet each other even though they had made such steady progress writing plenty of material. After a formal introduction, the two brainstormed a game plan for the next step. They continued the search for the missing pieces. After continuous combing through internet ads, they finally found the perfect fit with Ben Witkowsky (Lead Vocals - Hatboro, PA). With a new member, ABCC immediately headed into Overlook Studio and recorded their first single, "Chasing Dreams". With other rough ideas forming, they hit the studio throughout the remaining months to record their first EP, 'The Here and Now', which is available now.
While fusing together classic rock'n'roll and hip hop, A Better Class of Criminal brings a different element to the music scene. A Better Class of Criminal has founded a certain unique blending of styles that seem to co-exist flawlessly. With the 'same old same old', 'it's been done before', and 'they all sound the same' attitude towards the music scene, they set out to be in a category all their own when compared to the rest of the bands out there today. With Ben Witkowsky's incredible range and natural tone, it is without question that his unique and distinct voice brings so much to their recognizable sound. However, acquiring full potential is also accredited to Chris Rivera. He delivers clever, catchy, and hard-hitting raps which backs-up and compliments Ben's vocals very well. The two share the frontman spot resulting in an unblemished combination and maximum range of diversity. Emerging a culminating performance of traditional lead vocals welded with today's rap influences, it is the perfect recipe of rock and hip hop. The guitars and bass are taken over by Jake Sciscio. His creative, catchy, and straight up fun rock riff oriented style is just another staple to ABCC's unique sound. He dynamically dominates with thick and roaring power chords while still providing articulate 'shred-fed' riffs and solos for all of the in betweens. Backing it up with simple yet recognizable bass leads. Anthony Ligato holds ground with solid beats and 'in the pocket' grooves that are just the beginning of the band's repertoire. WIth all of these elements finally rolled into one project, it is clearly understood why A Better Class of Criminal is set aside from the rest of the bands out there today. Rest assured that their own personal twist on music will climax your experience of today's rock music. Leaving you bobbing your head, jumping to the beat, and singing along at every performance. Guaranteed. [+]