On July 21st, 2016, a user on 4chan’s /mu/ board posted a photo of a CD they’d found at a record store in Nottingham, UK: a rough-worn demo titled D>E>A>T>H>M>E>T>A>L, purportedly released in 2000 by four musicians: Owain, Andy, Shaun, and John. The listener uploaded the ripped audio – the recordings sounded like they were plagued with disc rot – to file-sharing sites, and later YouTube, where they began circulating among internet music circles. The record’s sensationalist appeal was multifold. Was this an honest- to-God ’90s curio? A prank hatched by internet-savvy teens? An internet experiment in nostalgia, in the spirit of vapourwave? Nobody knew. So the Panchiko hive mobilised, gathering on subreddits and discord servers, examining every square inch of the packaging for potential clues, and even calling the Nottingham record store where D>E>A>T>H>M>E>T>A>L had allegedly sprung up in the first place.
“I woke up one day,” recounts Owain, “and ping – there’s a message on a defunct Facebook page of mine, ‘Hello, you’ll probably never read this, but are you the lead singer of Panchiko?’” The query took Owain by shock; to his and Andy’s knowledge, D>E>A>T>H>M>E>T>A>L had never been uploaded to the internet. The Panchiko fandom finally made contact the following day, when they received their reply from Owain, a simple “Yeah.” At last, the world had confirmation: not only were Panchiko not 14-year-old kids, they were the real deal, right down to the disk rot.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Adeline Warncke released Computerwife’s self-titled EP in 2020 after her first two years settling into New York City. Now 22-years-old, Warncke is finishing her degree at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music–-the open door that allowed her to make the move. Warncke started Computerwife at 18-years-old as a Soundcloud experiment in self-produced music, yet in the course of a somewhat short and seminal period of time she’s become a welcomed presence in the New York City scene. A little chaotic, a little silly, and always very sensitive, Computerwife absorbs the city as it affects memories of home and spits it back out onto her songs and productions about her experiences with change. In the past two years, Computerwife has performed across New York City at communal venues like The Living Gallery, Hart Bar, Nublu, and Chaos Computer. Starting out performing solo with just an sp404, bass, mic, and computer was incredibly nerve racking for Warncke who always grew up playing in and following bands, but she was called to grow her art even in circumstances that required a little bit more creative- self-sufficient walkarounds. Now Addie transfers that set-up to a band setting with Dalton Salisbury (synth, guitar) and John Supnick (drums). She performs songs from the earliest Soundcloud days to songs written and produced a day before walking into the venue, both of which are to be on Computerwife’s upcoming album, her first release on Los Angeles-based indie label Danger Collective Records.