This record came out in an era where Tooth and Nail Records was really just throwing anything at the wall to see what (or who) was going to “define the label” in the new millennium. I would say that Dead Poetic (specifically) was a major tremor before the landslide of Metalcore. They were hitting the road hard for the years leading up to, & through the album cycle of FWB, with each stop through Denver, becoming tighter, and more versatile as musicians & performers, & seeing their crowd sizes grow. Brandon Rike was always a friendly, approachable, charismatic singer who managed to quickly ingratiate his band to become “a part of” our little Colorado scene. He also had “the hair that everyone was dying for.” To get to know Brandon again working on Underoath’s “Observatory” Box Set & now this packaging these last few years has been a true delight. Despite his busy schedule & enormous success with TNSNDVSN, he was completely stoked to consult with us on this reissue, even contributing a really thoughtful retrospective essay. We wanted the artwork to truly feel & look like real wallpaper, so we offset the printing style with matte/UV spot coating for the pattern on the LP Jacket. It was important that this burgundy-colored texture “evoked a real ‘#DisneysHauntedMansion’ wallpaper aesthetic,” & we landed it well. Everyone wanted to see DP reunite for Furnace Fest this year, but it wasn’t (yet) in the cards, we still thought it’d still be fun to proceed with the pressing as a Furnace Fest 2022 “Day One Exclusive” drop (with Rike’s endorsement, of course). We loved “talking faux hawks & the insane, ‘four-member screaming in the round’ breakdown at the end of the title track” with fans at FURNACE FEST all the same.