PORTRAYAL OF GUILT:
We each have our own idea of what it means to live through a period filled with perpetual dread, a slowly burning world, and overwhelming darkness. In the case of Portrayal of Guilt, their tortuous afterlife comes with grief, loss, masochism, suffering, and pain.
On CHRISTFUCKER, their second full-length of 2021, Portrayal of Guilt plunges headfirst into unfathomable depths, creating a work of art that’s powerfully unsettling. “We think of it partially in the sense of scoring a horror movie,” guitarist/vocalist Matt King says. “We wanted to create an atmosphere of anxiety and fear.”
The entirety of CHRISTFUCKER is set to unrelenting, nihilistic, howling soundscapes, created by King, drummer James Beveridge, and bassist, Alex Stanfield. Each track tells a story set in the darkest of settings for the listener to interpret and explore.
Recorded at Strange Weather and Circular Ruin studios in Brooklyn with Ben Greenberg, CHRISTFUCKER features guest vocals from Jenna Rose of New York darkwave outfit Anatomy (on “Sadist”) and Touché Amoré vocalist Jeremy Bolm (on “Fall From Grace”). Started in 2017, Portrayal of Guilt have released two full-length albums, two EPs, four splits & a digital single. They’ve toured the world relentlessly since their inception, playing with bands such as Deafheaven, Pg.99, Touché Amoré, Soft Kill and many more...
Midwestern trio Cloakroom formed in 2012, coining the term "stoner emo" to describe their lurching, guitar-heavy sound that borrowed equally from hardcore's brawniness, the dreamy sound-webs of shoegaze, and sad-hearted '90s indie rock bands like Hum and Red House Painters. Since debuting in 2013, the band has issued two EPs and three studio albums, including 2015's Further Out, 2017's Time Well, and 2022's Dissolution Wave.
Forming in Michigan City, Indiana, the band consisted of guitarist/vocalist Doyle Martin, who had formerly fronted pop-punk act the Grown-Ups, as well as drummer Brian Busch and bassist Bobby Markos. The band's debut EP, Infinity, arrived in 2013 and was followed in 2015 by the more developed double album Further Out -- both efforts were released via Run for Cover. Cloakroom inked a deal with Relapse ahead of the arrival of their sophomore full-length effort, 2017's Time Well, which they promoted with a European tour alongside Canadian post-rockers Caspian. 2021 saw the release of the hard-hitting single "A Force at Play," which appeared on the group's third long-player, 2022's space western-themed Dissolution Wave.