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Get Your ’80s Post-Punk On with Fotocrime’s “Nadia”

Cover Artwork: Noelia Towers

2017 was all about the goth revival within the metal scene, and Fotocrime were at the forefront of that movement. Led by Ryan Patterson (ex-Coliseum), the outfit released two EPs — Always Hell and Always Night — of dark, ’80s-inspired post-punk / new wave tracks with glorious synth drums, analog-inspired keyboards and echo-drenched guitars. I don’t know whether Coliseum fans en masse felt left in the dust by Patterson’s sudden change in direction or they supported the artistic shift, but I fell firmly in the latter camp; Coliseum’s legacy has been cemented, it was time for something new and the stylistic pivot makes total sense.

So: this spring Fotocrime will release their first full-length album, Principle of Pain, and they’ve just dropped its debut single, “Nadia (Last Year’s Men).” The track is dripping with angst and sorrow, exactly the kind of emotions this type of music is supposed to evoke. Patterson called the album “deeply personal,” and you can really feel it here. I think we all have a Nadia in our lives.

Principle of Pain was recorded and produced by the legendary J. Robbins (Clutch, Jawbreaker, Against Me!, The Sword, etc.) and features Patterson’s bandmates Shelley Anderson (bass) and Nick Thieneman (guitar, also of Young Widows).  It comes out on May 18th via Auxiliary Records. Get the band’s spring tour dates underneath the embed.

4.13.18 Cleveland | Now That’s Class *
4.14.18 Philadelphia | Kung Fu Necktie *
4.15.18 Brooklyn | Saint Vitus *
4.16.18 Boston | Great Scott *
4.17.18 DC | DC9 *
4.18.18 Asheville | Mothlight *
4.19.18 Birmingham | Firehouse *
4.20.18 Louisville | Speed Museum *
4.21.18 Chicago | Beat Kitchen *
5.17.18 Detroit | Cellarmens
5.18.18 London | Call The Office
5.19.18 Toronto | Bovine Sex Club
5.20.18 Ottawa | Makerspace North
5.22.18 Rochester | Bug Jar
5.23.18 Baltimore | Metro Gallery
5.24.18 Cincinatti | Northside Yacht Club
* w/ RLYR

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