Album Review: Thotcrime – D1G1T4L_DR1FT

4.5/5

What happens when you take the formula for the Powerpuff Girls but you make it noise rock, sass, hyperpop, and everything cybergrind? You get Illinois-, Pennsylvania-, and United Kingdom-based digital band Thotcrime and their second full length record, D1G1T4L_DR1FT.

Thotcrime’s first record, øny​ø​urc​ø​mputer, was seemingly just a taste of what this growing powerhouse are capable of. The riffs are harder and more angular, their lyrics are more poignant and communicative, and their programmed percussion is as fitting as ever.

All the songs range from different styles and influences, and you can see them clear as day while recognizing that the blend they’re so strongly exacting on is unbelievably individual. On top of that, D1G1T4L_DR1FT is absolutely stacked with features, including Carson Pace of The Callous Daoboys, Katie Davies of Pupil Slicer, Aki McCullough of Dreamwell, as well as artist and producer diana starshine.

The band are subverting the norm in so many ways, turning mathcore and hardcore grooves on their head, blasting you with bubblegum electronics, and crafting intimate confessions of anger at the self and the world from the minds of openly and unapologetically queer voices. D1G1T4L_DR1FT is a mesmerizing foray into the extremes of niche subgenres whose main characteristics are attitudes.

My favorite tracks are “Tweet This!,”,”There Will Come Soft Rains,” and “I Couldn’t End Me, So I’d Like To See You Try.”

I could compare it to so many things, so many artists, and all of them would be accurate, but none of them would be doing what exactly Thotcrime are doing, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The band have come a long way from their last releases and are definitely shaping up to be a hallmark artist for the current wave of artists. Artists like Thotcrime in this wave of innovators within the cybergrind and hyperpop movements are going to go down in history as the frontrunners of an unbelievable set of genres birthed from the digital age.

D1G1T4L_DR1FT is out October 28 via Prosthetic Records; you can check out “Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria” below and preorder the full record here.

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