Fotocrime took the crowd at Cellerman’s on a journey into an ink-black pit of sweetly dark and hypnotic music.

From the sinister imagination of R. Pattern (aka Ryan Patterson) comes the forbidden fruit known as Fotocrime. Pattern was formerly the vocalist/guitarist for the hardcore band Coliseum. After 12 years, he is seeking a new path through the twisting alleys of dark wave.

Having recently released his first EP called Always Hell, Pattern is taking Fotocrime on the road. As part of their Midwest leg, the band stopped at Cellarmen’s Brewing in Hazel Park. The combination of finely crafted beer, cider, and mead with live music scores points with the fans on hand.

Opening the show is local garage punk band Decisions. They play with the jagged intensity that instills you with the urge to move. The crowd isn’t afraid to get up close to the band who are setup in one corner of the pub. A bonus feature is the saxophone which infuses the band’s sound with a bit of mania for even more fun.

Subtle sounds greet the ears of the listeners who have gathered to see Sweat. The tension rises as the emotional weight of their first song bursts out in a sonic scream. There are similarities in music tone and structure to bands like the Deftones and Tool. The music saturates the listener physically and emotionally using a wide dynamic range and percussive force.

Sweat hails from Flint, Michigan and have a new full-length album called Gloom Pride coming out on August 11th on Antimagic Media and Saw Her Ghost Records. This band is a rapidly rising star in the Detroit area having recently played both Berserker and Bled Fest. It is always a treat to catch an up-and-coming band in an intimate setting.

Backlit with whitish blue light and enshrouded in fog, Fotocrime begin their set. The imagination runs wild as the music plays. Without being able to clearly see the band, the music takes center stage. Images of foggy streets laced with dark intention swim before you as dark waves of music pull the crowd.

R. Pattern is joined by Shelley Anderson on bass and Nick Thieneman on guitar. Together they bring the orchestration of guitars, bass, and synths to life. Using the mystery and power of live music, Fotocrime transport the listener to another time and place.

Their set includes the title track “Always Hell” as well as “Plate Glass Eyes” from the new album. A scan of the crowd shows rapt faces as the music bleeds tendrils of intrigue. This night of music at Cellarmen’s will leave a mark upon those present.

Fotocrime
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Sweat
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Decisions
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Cellarmen’s
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Event Date: 28-Jun-2017

About The Author

Chuck is a native Michigander. He grew up in Detroit, and later Pinckney. He now calls Ann Arbor home. Running is in Chuck’s blood. He has run several marathons and numerous other races. His favorite race is Dances with Dirt in Hell, Michigan. Chuck was first exposed to photography in 7th grade. He has been a photographer ever since, honing his skills shooting landscapes and most recently concerts. In addition to experiencing music from behind the camera, Chuck is a musician in his own right. He has been playing guitar since his teen years. He played in Detroit area metal band, Battalion, recorded two independent releases, and toured. Today when not covering concerts, you can find him online at his blog, Life In Michigan.

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