Christopher Reyher / Cameron Reyher Fraud Scandal in FilmsCrewBand, ShawnZone GONE
By Kurt Parker
Friday’s Warner Music presser hosted by Julie Gordon tried and failed to quash the Cameron Reyher / Christopher Reyher scandal that overtook FilmsCrewBand causing all operations to screech a halt over a week ago as the rumor mill continues to spread despite FilmsCrewBand’s dashing bassist Levi pinning the band’s official statement, or FilmsCrewBand spokesperson Tom Morris attempts to quell the scandal which has now gotten out of the confines of music outlets and onto the web at large despite the band themselves asking their audience’s patience, issuing an apology, the spreading scandal seems to have nothing to do with the band who hasn’t updated their site for 3 weeks, but with instigators gone rabid by the Periscope.tv broadcasts of Cameron Reyher / Christopher Reyher.
After a 3 week delay Warner Chappell UK shipped 15,000 sold out units of APARNEOMAI the limited edition double vinyl set by Films Crew. 5,000 sets on clear collage vinyl and 10,000 sets on 3D clear vinyl, sold out far before ship date. All pressings stamped by the band and numbered are on audiophile quality 180 gram Japanese vinyl. Warner rep Julie Gordon said at today’s Tuesday presser, the 5,000 collage clear vinyl pressings have a “Slightly different track listing”, possibly an extra track though the pressing seems tight for space since the with all 9 tracks clocking in between 7 to 11 minutes. While FilmsCrewBand has generously streamed some choice deeply mysterious lengthy moments from ‘Aparneomai’ from their website and they are indeed pieces to the puzzle of what we are to understand, meant to be listened to with Aaron’s Levi’s, Shawn’s, Andrew’s, and Christopher’s written commentary on the site, the vinyl release is immersive, expansive, a puzzle. As we said last time, FilmsCrewBand is mood, about the night, things that happen in the night to explore in a poly-rhythmic sonic awakening of the senses to understand and bring light t the shadow self, in a mastery of musicianship and welcoming. And FilmsCrewBand are taking us on a journey of understanding ourselves. The title of the album took us by surprise, ‘Aparneomai’ is Greek for ‘In Denial’ further down ‘Ana Stigma’, translation, ‘In Denial of Stigmas’, and Films Crew explores it in depth. This is FilmsCrewBand at their most musically adventurous, heaviest, psychedelic, and emotional. The entire album was written by the swoon worthy ShawnZone and adora-drummer Aaron Housos James, with scant credits to the svelte Levi D Wall.
The ‘Aparneomai’ release starts out with a heavy atmospheric track Memorium that sets the somber mood for the journey we are taking here, leading into an 11 minute version of Syndrome, with Andrew Self and ShawnZone both on vocals, followed by Sensoria Spectrum, taking us out of uncertainty of Syndrome into a jarring panic of highly sychopated intensity for 9 minutes. Leading us into the 8:30s cryptic Blackmailer, re-written from last years’ tour, followed up with the Prologue to ‘Denial is the Betrayal with the Broadest Shoulders’ at 9:27s, this is a continuation of the original track from ‘Narcissus Echos’, leading into the 11:21s Stigmatized where ShawnZone is more apparent vocally, followed by 8:11s for Crying To Crisis, possibly the most beautiful and accessible Films Crew track to date, done their way, leading us into 7:27s of ‘Fraud’, rounding out the album with the Epilogue to ‘Denial is the Betrayal with the Broadest Shoulders’ at 10:29s, not echoing the ‘Epilogue’ but building on the theme where Kurt echoes ShawnZone in the repetition of the lyric “Taste my wrath”. FilmsCrewBand’s Aparneomai (Ana Stigma) is a masterpiece in the vein of Tool’s Lateralus, but Films Crew steps up the game here, blending genres of Progressive, Post, Math, and Psychedelic Metal, with themes of Jungian symbolism in what appears to be a concept album woven together with great care to be listened to on their terms. They have musically taken pages from film director David Lynch’s playbook and applied it to their craft, where you have to pay attention to the details to get the benefit of the experience. It’s very apparent why they took this route of release, and it hasn’t slipped passed anyone that this is a cliff-hangar release with 2019-2020 references throughout the cryptic and enigmatic printed material, and that it is a 2018 release. This is far more than we were expecting, this is art.
In the credits we have ShawnZone Kyle Walker, guitars, basses, sound design, percussion, vocal, keyboards, producer. With Aaron Housos James, drums, percussion, guitar, bass, vocal. Aparneomai (Ana Stigma) was entirely written by the former power couple, and mostly played by them. Levi Dennis Wall, bass, visuals. Andrew Self, vocal, guitar, keyboards. Kurt Vogl, vocal, additional drums, percussion. Chris Sweeney, mastering. There are extensive notes which point back to the FilmsCrewBand website entries over the last year, all very cryptic, and the web address for the private section of the site which you have to be a member of to access, not that this has been a secret for those in the know, Warner rep Julie Gordon indicated there would be more limited runs, and that the band was trying to make arrangements for those who could not afford the steep 150 Euro price tag to get their hands on these intense platters, keeping in mind they will only be in limited edition runs.
FilmsCrewBand’s release of Aparneomai (Stigma) has been marred by the ongoing scandal of Christopher Reyher / Cameron Reyher, with FilmsCrewBand remaining completely quiet about it except for an apology and a plea for patience and understanding by their audience from the gymnastic bassist Levi, and a cryptically heart wrenching puzzle left by ShawnZone, it makes us wonder if Cameron / Cristopher Reyher played a part in the difficult subject material of this Films Crew release. Ford Model and one of FilmsCrewBand’s spokesperons, Tom Morris was on hand at Tuesday’s Warner presser, fielding to select music outlets again. Tom made it clear that ShawnZone’s seemingly on again off again hinting at leaving Films Crew had been taken out of context, he had experienced the death of 2 family members last year, one after the tour, while dealing with his grieving he was immersed in his internship program at school while recording for months with Aaron. Morris stated the band, ShawnZone’s family were skeptical of Cameron / Christopher Reyher being able to obtain the access to ShawnZone that he did, and all are on record stating that Shawn did not pursue this relationship, Reyher did, full knowing how vulnerable ShawnZone was after these traumatic events. Morris also stated that Aaron was present during this period when ShawnZone and Cameron / Christopher Reyher became extraordinarily close. Morris also stated that it had been no joke when Shawn had referred to himself as a novelty, further stating in his position he become a target for people taking advantage of him, that if there is is an altruist out there it is Shawn. Morris went on to say that Reyher had in fact stated to Aaron and Levi that he loved Shawn and would never hurt him and that they were having a hard time making any sense of it Cameron / Cristopher Reyher’s actions. When asked about Reyher’s identity fraud, Morris stated that the band wasn’t at all concerned about that, noting that Christopher Reyher should have given them a heads up when Reyher wanted his own website. Cameron / Christopher Reyher repeatedly referred to his website in his Periscope.tv broadcasts. Morris went on to state that the day Christopher Reyher blocked ShawnZone’s phone was when the band learned of Reyher’s identity fraud, he was under obligation to inform their management, who’s legal team demanded all of the blonde bombshell ShawnZone’s data, from cell phone records to personal files, Morris went on to say that Shawn probably felt violated, but this was for his own safety, and the band had access to these files. Morris indicated Reyher had sent Levi a message with Christopher Reyher stating that he wasn’t playing some elaborate game, “If that’s not the case we would like to know the truth”. Tom Morris went on to illustrate with the help of Aaron’s past few months of updates, that Reyher thought it crucial for Daniel Lukas to have a restraining order taken out on him by Shawn, Morris indicated this was more of a demand, according to Aaron, who is also refusing to speak with anyone. Morris went on to state that Aaron was completely distraught as he considered Reyher an important advisor, and that Aaron had retreated feeling betrayed,
Morris further stated that the relationship between Cameron / Christopher Reyher and ShawnZone was more of the concerning issue as Reyher had been the pursuant of ShawnZone from the Periscope.tv app, where they had developed a close intimate relationship where Reyher called the shots, and there was evidence in Shawn’s data that Reyher had been abusive to Shawn, and this is what they want an explanation for. Morris went on to say that Shawn is owed an explanation, and if he does not get one, it is likely the band’s management will either be in contact with Reyher’s family or pursue legal action against the band’s wishes. Morris went on to say that Shawn had indeed left, and cut off contact with the band, with no one knowing exactly where he was, “NYC is a big place and Shawn was beside himself with hurt, and only Christopher Reyher can bring about change there, Reyher should have a long talk with Shawn, Reyher should know Shawn is not one to get angry”. Morris also understood that Reyher is likely frightened without reason, “Reyher knows that Shawn loves him, and Reyher had stated he loved Shawn and wanted to live with him, if Reyher could put his panic aside unblock Shawn’s phone and call him, we could get back to normal”. Morris said that if the entire matter was a hoax on Reyher’s part, his family would be contacted or charges filed, or both, the matter will be taken out of their hands if Reyher doesn’t speak up.
When asked about Daniel Lukas’ role in the Cameron / Christopher Reyher psychodrama, Morris stated that Lukas had been cooperative, though the members of the band and management had only spoken to Lukas briefly, and Lukas was obviously not in contact with Shawn. Morris stated that the band’s website had received email claiming that FilmsCrewBand had outed Cameron / Christopher Reyher’s identity. where as before the incident the site had received email claiming Reyher was engaged in fraud. Morris stated he had not spoken to Lukas, but it is obvious that Lukas had outed Cameron / Christopher Reyher’s identity in January if not before then, his website indicates Lukas knew of Cameron / Christopher Reyher’s identity for almost a year. And it was Morris’ understanding that a far-right conservative Periscope.tv broadcaster anonymously known as @frenchguy1 had known of Cameron / Christopher Reyher’s identity fraud in December, having broadcast it. With this information out there about Reyher’s identity for over half a year, Reyher’s reaction to it is like the pot calling the kettle black. Going back into Daniel Lukas’ archives, Lukas had indeed revealed the truth about Reyher. And Lukas was not the only one, some small web hosters had single page websites dating back to October of 2016 had outed Christopher / Cameron Reyher’s identity. Daniel Lukas had made reference to the far-right Gays for Trump movement taking responsibility for those sites via email. Lukas made some astonishing claims, that during May his Twitter account had been suspended, while Morris indicated FilmsCrewBand’s Twitter account had been reported during the same time period which Lukas attributes to one Krista Kumpf, who Lukas has stated allegedly wanted to do away with ShawnZone because of Cameron / Christopher Reyher’s involvement with him. Tom Morris confirmed that Aaron had stated the approaching middle-age Krista Kumpf had blocked all members of FilmsCrewBand on the Periscope app and Twitter, when Kumpf had followed them all.
Daniel Lukas had recently updated his websites to include apologies to FilmsCrewBand including a thorough confession of his role in the matter which is somewhat minor, Lukas states that he tried to indicate to Cameron / Christopher Reyher that not only he knew of his fraudulent identity, only to be subject to online trolling by Reyher, so he took to emailing the FilmsCrewBand website, then later tampering with the website. Films Crew Spokesperson Tom Morris was aware of the emails and indicated the band believed only one of the emails had originated from the far-right Gays for Trump movement. Morris stated that the website has been inundated with emails regarding Cameron / Christopher Reyher scandal, further stating any threats to the band or Reyher have been handed over to the authorities. While Daniel Lukas has apologized and given a thorough confession to FilmsCrewBand publicly, he also has his own questions that he wants answered as to how Cameron / Christopher Reyher is allowed to get away with his alleged unstable behavior, or manipulated behavior as Lukas puts it. Lukas stated his original intent was never to pursue ShawnZone, and that he understood his pain, hoping the situation is resolved.
Spokesperson Tom Morris stated that FilmsCrewBand’s management had demanded the band stay off of social media, Morris indicating the chameleon time machine Aaron would likely be the most difficult to reign in due to his study of the ultra far-rightwing extremist group the Alt-Right, which he is highly critical of. We spoke to Periscope.tv to confirm our earlier statements on these matters, Periscope still stands behind their earlier statements they gave us. FilmsCrewBand’s official statement on their website seems almost apologetic to Cameron / Christopher Reyher, in that they want a resolution and Morris confirmed Reyher was still considered in the bands ultra exclusive inner circle. Morris stated that the band, their management’s legal team had been working to see that nothing negative is said about Reyher, sending out cease and desist orders to several music blogs, and in some cases take down orders under the DMCA in an effort to protect Reyher from undue attention. Morris again stated that the band or or specifically ShawnZone and Reyher needed to have an open dialogue, otherwise it will be out of both of their hands.
Morris also indicated Christopher Reyher had complete access to FilmsCrewBand’s website, and having administrator power, he could remove anything he desired, Morris further stated that with addition of Reyher’s website within theirs, that Shawn had given Reyher parity in the website as a percentage owner.
Nothing has been heard of the swoon worthy shred master ShawnZone for almost 3 weeks, he is thought to be in NYC or Long Island, Morris stated. Morris had no comment as to whether Shawn Kyle Walker, ShawnZone knew of Christopher Reyher’s identity, stating that Shawn will always do what ever makes Christopher happy, That plans were on hold for any fall shows including CMJ due to the events that have transpired, Morris stated that if there was a resolution it could be likely, he further stated when he last spoke to Shawn almost 3 weeks ago, it was like Shawn had lost another member of his family in Reyher when Reyher blocked his phone.
This Christopher Reyher phone blocking and refusal to deal with his own responsibilities seems childish and unbalanced to us.
Morris indicated Shawn might speak to one member of the press for an interview, and it was an odd choice. We hope both Shawn and Christopher come back into the fold. FilmsCrewBand’s Aparneomai (Ana Stigma) is a masterful achievement that has been overshadowed by Christopher Reyher.
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