On the back of a terrific 2010, Manchesterʼs Patterns release their first EP on Pull Yourself Together Records. The bandʼs rich electronic tones and rain-soaked guitars shift from foreboding gloom to uplifting light, building into composites of atmospheric electronics and post-punk. Over the course of this year Patterns have built their live reputation playing with Allo Darlinʼ and Here We Go Magic at the Postcards From Manchester Festival, headlining Young British Artistsʼ Ping Pong club night, supporting The Strange Death of Liberal England and playing two absolutely packed shows at this yearʼs In The City convention. Such was the demand to see the band at their In The City show at Common that members of the ITC planning team couldnʼt even get into the venue.
Since announcing the New Noise EP the band have been championed by John Kennedy on his Xfm Xposures show, BBC Introducing in Manchester, Salford City Radio, This is Fake DIY and BBC Sound of 2011 judge The Pigeon Post, alongside over 600 SoundCloud plays in the first 24 hours of “Wrong two words” being released.
“a wonderful, Mew-esque slice of electronica, like if Delphic had decided to do something a little more interesting with Acolyte. Majestic, languid and utterly masterful in itʼs delivery, the band pump out Wrong Two Words like theyʼve spent their career making synth pop for weirdos.” thepigeonpost
With echoes of The Chameleons, Animal Collective and Deerhunter, Patterns are producing music that sounds
momentous, with “Wrong two words” a prime example, combining thick layers of electronics with fuzzy guitars to create a hypnotic slice of dream-pop. Similarly EP opener “Broken trains” fuses bell samples and ethereal harmonies with rumbling bass drones to create an epic wintry pop song. The tracks collected here are recent intimate home recordings that explore the band’s preoccupation with shoegaze and ambient electronica.
Patterns are Ciaran, Laurence, Alex and Jamie, four friends who met at Uni in Manchester. Patterns were started as an attempt to expand what you can do with a traditional guitar band by incorporating instruments and approaches from genres as a diverse as hip-hop, techno, drone music, pop, folk and Musique concrète. This is a reflection of the bandʼs own eclectic and diverse passion for music and is why they still get excited about playing together.