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DS Interview: Ryan Patterson on the end of Coliseum and the birth of his new Fotocrime solo vehicle

All Break ups can hurt. Band break ups can really hurt. Some breakups can be met with a shrug, some can hit you hard and some can hit you completely out of the blue. On 19th April 2017, progressive punks Coliseum quietly released a statement on their Facebook page announcing their split after a 12 year career which saw the band play over a 1,000 shows and release 5 albums ranging from the bruising hardcore of their debut through to their most realized final 2 albums, the almighty Sister Faith and the post-punk influenced Anxiety’s Kiss. For those who have followed the band over the years it came as a complete shock. Nevertheless, to soften the blow, the aforementioned statement also announced the arrival of frontman Ryan Patterson’s new solo vehicle, Fotocrime. Dying Scene spoke to Ryan about the split, why the time was right to try something new and about the challenges of creating music as a solo artist.

Despite the continued romanticism, making a success of a band relies on a mixture of good will, good fortune and ceaseless endeavor. 3 principles that undoubtedly defined the career of Coliseum, as Patterson explains,“With a band like Coliseum, that was a band that worked really really hard for a really long time and accomplished an unbelievable amount of stuff but a lot of it was through sheer force of will. That and the support of people like record labels who believed in us and invested a lot of money where we weren’t going to be their most popular band.”

With so much effort and resolve required it becomes easier to understand the band’s reasons for calling it quits. In the end it was a sober realization of where they found themselves as a band at the end of the touring cycle for Anxiety’s Kiss, as Patterson explains, “It was pragmatic. It was a pragmatic decision that we made after a lot of thought and I think it was bouncing around in the back of my head for a little bit and once we all started talking about it it just seemed like the best route for all of us and for the band.”

For Patterson, the band had achieved everything that they wanted to do, “We had done more than we could ever hoped to and my only goal in Coliseum was, when I started, was to tour a lot and to craft some legacy and we absolutely did both of those things. We played over 1,000 shows in 4 continents. We put out a lot of music. Most of which I am extremely proud of. Some of which I think is absolutely great for us.” states Patterson emphatically before continuing:

“Certainly we felt with Sister Faith and Anxiety’s Kiss we accomplished what, I think, the band was always leading up to and absolutely what I wanted to do with that band. We just thought ‘where do we go from here?’” We’ve kind of done all of this. We accomplished goals. Sister Faith and Anxiety’s Kiss were really on top of each other in terms of how quickly we wrote and recorded them. I think that’s it, we’re all happy with each other and we’re all happy creatively; let’s not push it to a point where we are not happy creatively and don’t like each other.”

Coupled with the collective acknowledgement of their accomplishments was the recognition that the band weren’t overly eager to work on new music, “For one thing, we didn’t all have a burning desire to work on new material at the time and that kind of seemed to become evident.” Rather than take a break Patterson realized that the most natural thing to do was to call a halt to the band that had become the dominant force in his life for such a long time, as he explains, “We probably could have taken a few years off but with Coliseum I was never really able to slow down. I was always wanting to move forward and I needed time away to clear my head and manage some things in my perception of music and in life. In 12 years I had never had a time in my life when something was not scheduled in terms of a tour or travel or writing or recording and it was kind of time to have a break from that and it was always a kind of uphill struggle.We never kind of broke through so there was a lot of work.”

Naturally, the question asked by fans of the band is whether there is any chance of the band getting back together. While it isn’t something that is going to happen anytime soon, Patterson is keen not to rule it out completely, “The door is shut but it’s not locked. We’re all still close. We’re all still in touch and proud of what we did and I kind of see Coliseum as a living breathing thing that was a part of my life and it still is. It’s still there and there are things that will still happen with it. There’s music that we haven’t released that I’m sure will come out one day. There’s just nothing new happening although there might be one day.”

All told it was not an easy decision to reach but ultimately Patterson is confident that it is the right one for him in the long run, “I never thought I’d say this but it is nice to put an end to something. To close a book. I thought it would be what I would do forever. That Coliseum was always me and my mind. It was difficult to let that go but it’s nice to have it be a thing that ended in a good way.”

While one door closes, another opens and Patterson has announced his intentions with the release of the phenomenal Fotocrime EP featuring the darkly warped, post-punk epic “Always Hell”. A song that acts as the perfect bridge between the sound of Anxiety’s Kiss and Patterson’s new material under the Fotocrime moniker, “The more post-punk vibe kind of continued because that is what I am most into and feels right. When we were done with everything I felt that that song (“Always Hell”) in particular was a good transition from Coliseum to Fotocrime. I don’t think it is wholly indicative of every sound Fotocrime has made. I don’t think it is exactly what the album material I have finished sounds like but it does kind of set the tone and it’s more of a guitar rock song so ties in with Coliseum so it works well in that way. I think it was a good step.”

While that song might sound like a natural progression, it took a long time for Patterson to achieve what he wanted with the new material, “This is not exactly the sound I started off trying to make. When I started, I was trying to make this music that would become Fotocrime and it just wasn’t working. It was pleasing to the ear and the songs were cool but my voice wasn’t where I wanted it to be,” Patterson reveals, “I threw out a bunch of material I wrote immediately after Coliseum did our last tour. Even before we made the decision to stop I started writing things with the idea that it would be my own thing. It just didn’t work.” Naturally, his approach to writing differed tremendously from working with a band mainly due to the absence of one particular instrument, “The nature of having a drum machine and programmed drums is so different from playing with a real drummer and that alone creates a completely different vibe and sound.”

Understandably, the process of creating music alone rather than as part of a band wasn’t an easy transition, “It was a challenge, for sure to make it feel like something that sounded right and fit the bill while still having the vibe that I wanted.” Notably, synthesizers feature more prominently in the Fotocrime material, and despite becoming more a part of Coliseum’s sound on Anxiety’s Kiss, as Patterson points out, understanding how to get the best from them proved to be the biggest test, “The synthesizer stuff was slowly entering Coliseum songs here and there but to do it a lot more was a challenge and certainly synthesizers are entirely their own thing and you’re kind of learning how they work. You have to learn how to work mechanically before you can make them work musically and that’s a challenge” explains Patterson, “Sometimes you get something and I’m so overwhelmed by it that I don’t know how to make music out of it and you have to learn the basics of getting that machine to make musical sounds. So it’s really exciting and it’s challenging and it’s fun in a way that is unique in a different way to the guitar.”

With the EP acting as the perfect appetizer for more material, when exactly listeners can enjoy the main dish is a little more uncertain, “We are trying to take things as it comes. After the release of the EP we are going to start approaching labels. It could be later this year, it could be next year.  We might release it ourselves. It’s kind of entirely unknown at this moment. Getting the EP out first was the goal.” That said, Patterson reveals that the album is in the can and good to go, “It’s done. It’s completely finished and I’m very proud of it and excited about it. I think that inherently it’s the strongest stuff that I’ve done. It is exciting to have new sounds and to share Fotocrime with the world.” With that in mind, it’s clear that some break ups can be for the best after all.



Coliseum part ways; frontman Ryan Patterson announces new project, Fotocrime

Sad news for fans of Louisville-based hardcore band Coliseum, though many of their fans no doubt expected it. It seems the trio decided to part ways some time ago, but only decided to make it publicly official recently. Here’s former frontman Robert Patterson:

Near the end of 2015, Coliseum quietly decided to end our twelve year run and the band went on indefinite hiatus. Because it felt so personal, we chose to not publicly announce it at the time. Soon after, I began work on my next musical endeavor: Fotocrime…Your support of Coliseum throughout the years was so greatly appreciated and I look forward to many new adventures with Fotocrime. All my love. – R.

PS. Please be sure to support Kayhan and Carter in their current bands Yautja and Null, respectively.

For a taste of what Patterson (now going by the name Robert Pattern) has been up to, you can check out the new Fotocrime track, “Always Hell,” below. It’s from their upcoming debut 7-inch/digital EP of the same name, which is due out May 12th. Pre-orders are available here.

Fotocrime also announced a few upcoming shows, where they’ll appear in support of Russian Circles. Dates are below the video!



Coliseum and Culture Abuse announce West Coast dates

Louisville hardcore punk band Coliseum and California punk act Culture Abuse have just announced a short run of West Coast dates. Check out the first run of dates below to see when the bands will be coming to your neck of the woods, more dates will be announced soon, so keep checking back for more details.

Coliseum last released “Anxiety’s Kiss” in May 2015 via Deathwish Inc. Culture Abuse last released their 7″  “Spray Paint The Dog” in February 2015.



Coliseum streaming “Course Correction” off upcoming album “Anxiety’s Kiss”; preparing for June tour

Louisville hardcore punk band Coliseum is streaming yet another track from their upcoming album “Coliseum”. The song is entitled “Course Correction” and you can give it a little listen below.

The band has also announced plans to tour the Midwest, East Coast, and part of Canada during the month of June – dates and locations of which can be seen below.

“Anxiety’s Kiss” will be released on May 5th through Deathwish Inc. You can pre-order the album here (physical) or here (digital).



Music Video: Coliseum – “Sunlight in a Snowstorm”

Louisville hardcore punk band Coliseum have released a music video for their new single “Sunlight in a Snowstorm.” The track will appear on the band’s upcoming album, Anxiety’s Kiss.

You can watch the video below.

Coliseum will release Anxiety’s Kiss on May 5th through Deathwish Inc. You can pre-order the album here (physical) or here (digital).



Coliseum announce new album “Anxiety’s Kiss,” premiere video for “We Are the Water”

Louisville hardcore punk band Coliseum have announced that their new album, Anxiety’s Kiss, will be released on May 5th through Deathwish Inc. The band has also premiered a music video for their new song “We Are the Water.” Check out the video below.

“Anxiety’s Kiss is arguably the trio’s most experimental album to date, an energized amalgamation of cathartic post-punk, frenetic underground rock, post-gothic ambience, and punk ethos that is easily the most realized representation of the bands’ melodic ebb and flow to date.”

This album is a follow-up to 2013’s Sister Faith, released through Temporary Residence.



Coliseum announces upcoming tour dates

Louisville hardcore punks Coliseum will be touring the U.S. (and one date in Canada!), starting at the end of this month.  You can find all of the dates below.

Coliseum’s last release was their 2013 full-length Sister Faith via Temporary Residence.



Free music: Holy Roar Records releases autumn compilation

UK’s Holy Roar Records have released an autumn sampler, featuring tracks by Gnarwolves, Coliseum, OHHMS, and more.  You can give it a listen below and download it for free here.



Coliseum post music video for “Detached”

Louisville hardcore punk band Coliseum have a new music video for their song “Detached”, the first song on their Coliseum: Deluxe ReissueYou can view the video, which was directed by Joe Watson, below.

Coliseum’s last release was their 2013 full-length Sister Faith via Temporary Residence.



Coliseum stream expanded reissue of their 2004 self-titled debut

Louisville hardcore punks Coliseum are currently streaming the reissue of their self-titled debut album, originally released in 2004. Stream the entire album here.

Coliseum: Deluxe Reissue features the original album remixed, along with eight bonus tracks including songs from their split with Lords, a demo track, and an unreleased Ramones cover. The original album has been out-of-print for several years.

Coliseum: Deluxe Reissue will be released on August 19th through Deathwish Inc. Coliseum’s last album Sister Faith was released in 2013 through Temporary Residence.



Coliseum re-releasing debut album on Deathwish Inc with bonus songs

Louisville “black magic” punks Coliseum have announced that they will releasing a deluxe 2XLP/CD version of their debut self-titled release on August 19th through Deathwish Inc.

The Deluxe Reissue will feature their self titled debut album (out of print since 2006) paired with eight bonus tracks from their primordial years. Originally recorded by Jason Loewenstein of Sebadoh and now fully remixed by Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust, the release also features new deluxe packaging, insightful liner notes, and cover artwork by John Baizley of Baroness.

Pre-ordering information will be announced soon.



Coliseum announce fall tour dates

Louisville punks Coliseum have announced some North American tour dates they will be playing over the course of the next few weeks.

Dates and locations can be found here.

The band’s latest album “Sister Faith” was released on April 29th through Temporary Residence.



Music Video: Coliseum – “Doing Time”

Louisville, KY punk rock outfit Coliseum has unleashed a new music video for their track “Doing Time.”

You can check it out here.

The song appears on their new album“Sister Faith” which was released on April 29th through Temporary Residence.



Coliseum release music video for “Fuzzbang”

Louisville, KY punk rock outfit Coliseum has unleashed a new music video for their track “Fuzzbang.”

You can check it out here.

The song will appear on their new album“Sister Faith” which was released on April 29th through Holy Roar Records.



Video: Coliseum do cover of Eddie Money’s “Shakin”

Every year the A.V. Club runs a summer cover series where twenty five bands chose from a list of twenty five songs and perform live covers of them. This week’s video features Louisville, KY punk rockers Coliseum covering Eddie Money’s “Shakin’” with help from Bruce Lamont (Yakuza and Bloodiest) on saxophone.

Check out the video here.