Following last year's acclaimed EPs Always Hell and Always Night, the dark post-punk trio FOTOCRIME have announced details for their debut full-length album, Principle Of Pain. FOTOCRIME is the creation of singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist R (aka Ryan Patterson, longtime tentpole of the Louisville music scene). Set for a May 18 release on Patterson's own Auxiliary Records, Principle Of Pain boldly returns drum machines and analog synthesizer sequencing to the forefront of the guitar-rock landscape, resulting in an album that confidently displays a mastery of song craft and stylistic range while crafting an distinct sonic identity.
Written and demoed in his home studio over the course of a year, R shared his work with no one before traveling to Baltimore to record the album with producer J. Robbins, a friend and collaborator of nearly two decades. The album was performed entirely by R, with a small handful of contributions from friends, including future FOTOCRIME band members Shelley Anderson and Nick Thieneman. Principle Of Pain is a deeply personal album, the singular work of an artist traversing the peaks and valleys of his obsessions, loves, and fears soundtracked by massive beats, warm synths, and guitars that veer from chiming cleans to blown out fuzz. The stunning original album cover artwork was painted by Chicago-via-Barcelona artist Noelia Towers, known for her beautiful, challenging artwork depicting elements of BDSM and feminine power. An in-demand painter and apparel designer, this is her first commissioned album artwork.
Following their April 2017 live debut, FOTOCRIME spent seven months extensively touring North America and Europe on their own successful self-booked tours, released the aforementioned EPs to fan and critical accolades, and established themselves as one of the most sonically and visually exciting new bands to emerge in the post-punk/alternative landscape, leading Revolver to proclaim "FOTOCRIME is darkwave heaven." Found drenched in fog with sunglasses on and collar upturned toward the world, FOTOCRIME commands both pleasure and pain with unshakeable cool determination.
released June 1, 2018
R: vocals, guitars, bass guitar, synthesizers, programming
Nick Thieneman: guitars, vocals
Shelley Anderson: bass guitar, vocals
and appearances by
Janet Morgan, J. Robbins, and Pete Moffett
Produced, engineered, and mixed by J.Robbins
Recorded and mixed at The Magpie Cage Baltimore, MD
During January, February, and July 2017
Assistant engineer Matt Redenbo
Mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio
Cover painting by Noelia Towers
Band photos by Amber Thieneman
Layout design by R
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No one is doing what Ultha is doing, in black metal or otherwise. This is one of my few reviews where no reasonable comparator can be named, and I can confidently say that this is as original a work as you will find. This is transcendent black metal, and about one of the only albums where I can say that the songs - lengthy as they are - are not long enough. If you like this, check out Lenience by Det Eviga Leendet, which is a more intense and rawer, but equally amazing, take on this sound. Ippocalyptica
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I think we might be seeing a revival of the post punk/early goth sound. This would be a great example of that- energetic, aesthetically aware music that isn't afraid of either tradition or exploration. mattmaxvan