Oakland dark punk collective Adrenochrome, have announced the release of their full-length album debut In Memoriam on a limited edition cassette, exclusively via Chaotic No Good.
The cassette features all new recordings from Stan Wright of previously released songs like “Fools Paradise” and “The Knife” on professionally dubbed, pad-printed, transparent teal tapes. The artwork features two-color Risograph printed J-cards, with photos by Kevin Brown and Andres Ruiz, design by Lauren N. Bailey, and printed in LA by Tiny Splendor. The cassette release comes ahead of the vinyl release on French imprint Symphony of Destruction, coming early 2023.
Overall, their sound is reminiscent of bands like Killing Joke, Skeletal Family, and Specimen, with their own stamp of ferocity, energetic frenzy, and urgency. There is a sinister bend to their sound, particularly in the track “Immortalized”. In addition, there is an early Siouxsie bend, mixed with X, Fugazi, and the unhinged shrieks of Pixies’ Black Francis, while “Lost City” builds a thrilling crescendo. It’s pure punk with a gothic flair.
For “The Knife”, Adrenochrome collaborated with Oakland filmmaker Marcelle Marais, combining visual inspirations from cult and horror movie classics. The result is a jarring, Lynchian cinematic narrative, straddling the dimensions of wakefulness and sleep, and the liminal space of dissociation.
This is a victory for Adrenochrome, which consists of Otzi, Nyx Division, False Figure, Cruz de Navajas, Kurraka and more. In a bizarre turn of events during the 2020 election, Qanon latched onto a theory about the drug adrenochrome, erroneously lumping the band with dangerously unhinged fringe groups. The titular drug, a derivative of adrenaline, is mentioned in A Clockwork Orange and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but Qanon’s lies, crackpots, and escalated drama in the media long gave the band immense difficulty. The band, which took their name in 2017 from The Sisters of Mercy song, adamantly declares they do not stand with Qanon or any other conspiracy theory ideology.
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