FOTOCRIME is R/Pattern with Shelley Anderson and Nick Thieneman. Forging a connection between the shadows of the underbelly of the mid-century American Dream, the ghostly corners of post-war Europe, and the present moment, FOTOCRIME breathes new life into Cold War paranoia, modern-day malaise and smoky noir.
Following 2017’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. Set for a May 18 release on R’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 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.