Always Hell

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FOTOCRIME is the new musical endeavor by R.Pattern (aka Ryan Patterson, formerly of Coliseum). After over a decade as the singer-guitarist of post-hardcore trio Coliseum, Pattern forged ahead on his own with a new vision, sound, and moniker: Fotocrime.

Crafted alongside longtime collaborator and producer J. Robbins at Robbins’ Magpie Cage Studio, Fotocrime's debut, Always Hell, is a menagerie of trenching riffs and synth-driven melodies, all preaching in a darkness that is both inescapable and spellbinding. At his most lyrically malevolent yet, Pattern pooled inspiration from cloak-and-dagger crime fiction, dark Rockabilly crooners, and Technicolor melodrama. With an arsenal of analog synths, drum machines and his signature guitar sounds, Pattern breathes sinister new life into Cold War paranoia, modern-day malaise and smoky noir.

The EP’s bewitching opener “Always Hell” introduces Fotocrime’s sonic tenets at full force— staunch, battle hymn drums, lush keyboards, driving bass, single-note guitar work, and Pattern’s unmistakable drawl. B-side “Plate Glass Eyes” is a cold-blooded pyre burning for a lost soul, while “Tectonic Shift” parlays John Carpenter creep into a gothic waltz.

Fotocrime also features Shelley Anderson and Nick Thieneman in the live band.

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released May 12, 2017

FOTOCRIME is R.Pattern
Produced, Engineered, Mixed: J. Robbins
Recorded: Magpie Cage, Baltimore
Assisted: Matt Redenbo
Mastered: Dan Coutant, Sun Room Audio
Cover photo: Mickie Winters
Layout: R.
All songs copyright FOTOCRIME (BMI)
Administered by Rough Trade Publishing

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FOTOCRIME is the new endeavor by R.Pattern (aka Ryan Patterson, formerly of Coliseum) and featuring Shelley Anderson and Nick Thieneman in the live band. 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. ... more

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Track Name: Always Hell
ALWAYS HELL

Global evacuation route
Cross-Atlantic power moves
Last night you saw foundations shake
And you slumbered like a fool
In these times you always falter
In these times you turn away
Douse the money with the gasoline
As you’re waiting for the grave

While we wait for the sky to fall
It’s always hell, always hell
While we wait for the exile
It’s always hell, always hell
While we wait for the bomb to drop
It’s always hell, always hell
It’s always, always

Watched an institution break
Disassembled at the stroke of noon
Saw them burning on the stake
You believed it still untrue
At these times you always falter
At these times you turn away
Douse yourself in the gasoline
As you’re waiting for the grave

While we wait for the sky to fall
It’s always hell, always hell
While we wait for the bomb to drop
It’s always hell, always hell

With the demons, with the dogs
It’s all gone wrong for us

While we wait for the sky to fall
It’s always hell, always hell
While we wait for the exile
It’s always hell, always hell

With the demons, with the dogs

While we wait for the sky to fall
It’s always hell, always hell
It’s always hell, always hell
It’s always, always
Track Name: Plate Glass Eyes
PLATE GLASS EYES

With the specters of night there’s a
burning drive to admit our lies
At the break of dawn we see
the dust from the truth
As the tracks of dogs lead past
our homes with their muzzles off
They crash the cars and
leave them smoking for you

I see myself in those plate glass eyes
I see you in the valley below
I see myself in those plate glass eyes
I see you in the valley below

With uncanny pride the phantoms
of night let out their cries
While the sleeping babes
shake their heads with disgust
All the shrines of fools started
closing in with increasing thirst
Where’s the last of the
wise men left to go

I see myself in those plate glass eyes
I see you in the valley below
I see myself in those plate glass eyes
I see you in the valley below

I see myself in the valley below
Track Name: Tectonic Shift
TECTONIC SHIFT

There’s a rift, A crack in time
I can’t bear to see it now
Did we shift Or realign
I can’t try to solve it now
I’m all yours But you aren’t mine
I don’t recognize us now

There’s a shift, A change in sight
I can’t see the ending now
On your lips, Closed so tight
I don’t recognize you now

I don’t recognize us now
I don’t recognize us now