Multinational cybergrind band THOTCRIME are today premiering their sophomore album, D1G1T4L_DR1FT, in full via MetalSucks. Composed of members from Champaign-Urbana, IL, Philadelphia, PA and Nottingham, UK, THOTCRIME’s latest full-length sees the group draw from a wide influence of grind, mathcore, hyperpop and more across 13 tracks.
Speaking on the album premiere, Malady Jane (guitar) comments: "To me, D1G1T4L_DR1FT is an album about triumph over adversity, persevering out of spite and overcoming. The lyrics often dwell on difficult topics - mental illness, loss, etc - but there are notes of hope throughout, and the album ends on a triumphant note with I Couldn't End Me, So I'd Like To See You Try.
"At one point during the process of making the album this quote from an old Tumblr post came up - "You can't kill me in a way that matters" - and I think that exemplifies the overall feeling of the record. Musically, the album takes some of the many sounds we've experimented with over the past year and a half and brings them together into a cohesive unit. As with Ønyøurcømputer, collaborations are a big part of the record, and we're grateful to Aki, Diana, Carson, and Katie for lending their voices. It wouldn't be the same record without them.
"We began working on this album not long after releasing our last album, so it feels incredibly gratifying to finally be able to share what we created. We have quite a few events planned this weekend to celebrate - a Discord listening party at 12:00 AM (EST) the night of the full release, as well as shows on Saturday the 29th in Milwaukee, WI and Sunday the 30th in Philadelphia for our official album release show. Hope to see you there!"
THOTCRIME’s prolific output to date has seen the band generate a buzz in online music communities and garner praise from Bandcamp Daily in the publication’s profile on the burgeoning cybergrind movement at large. D1G1T14L_DR1FT, the follow up to 2020s ønyøurcømputer, sees THOTCRIME continue to gleefully abandon genre convention in favour of boundless individuality and invention. Of the 13 tracks, THOTCRIME boast features from Carson Pace of The Callous Daoboys, Katie Davies of Pupil Slicer, Aki McCullough of Dreamwell and diana starshine.
Self-produced by the band before being mixed and mastered by the group's very own K. Salmon, the usual pitfalls and tribulations of getting a group of people into a room to write and record an album do not apply here. THOTCRIME’s approach to crafting D1G1T4L_DR1FT is an embrace of technological advances and DIY collaboration via Discord servers, instant messengers and online community - with collaboration already playing a large part in THOTCRIME’s growing discography thanks to remix releases of their debut album in its entirety and their 2021 Remixes effort. D1G1T4L_DR1FT
is tied together aesthetically in arresting fashion thanks to digital artist Yam Lynn.
On their second long player THOTCRIME continue to shun all that is conventional whilst cohesively blending together disparate influences from 100 Gecs to The Locust, D1G1T4L_DR1FT finds the international act steadfastly embracing exultation and conquering all that stands in their way. Stop the doomscrolling, THOTCRIME
are the perfect antidote.
Upcoming THOTCRIME tour dates:
October 29 - JJ's - Milwaukee, WI
October 30 - Ortlieb's - Philadelphia, PA
December 2 - Bar Fred - Queens, NY