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Pattern is Movment





Weekend Warrior, June 19 - 21

After thirteen years and four critically-acclaimed records, accompanied by a slew of singles and covers meant to get the mind and body moving, the dynamic duo of Chris Ward on drums and Andrew Thiboldeaux on Rhodes, synth, bass and vocals, a.k.a. Pattern is Movement, will be closing out their musical partnership this Saturday night at Johnny Brenda’s. However, this farewell party will certainly be filled with joy, friendship, great memories, and sets of rad music. The first backing band for Annie Clark (St. Vincent) will be joined by good pals “weirdo-folk” outfit Norwegian Arms and “jungle-pop” duo Dream Safari. Come help celebrate the music career of one of Philly’s finest indie acts! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $15, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman
 

 
More places to enjoy the summertime this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI The Goodbye Party
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Summer Fiction (Record Release), Paul & Beril
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Fight Amp (Record Release), Psychic Teens/Knif, Soraia, The Droogettes, SAT (5pm) The Riverside Odds/Future Primitive, Jantones, SUN Population Zero, Nightfall, FTS
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Bubonic Bear (Last Show), Heavy Medical, The Cloth, Neolibz
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Connor Barwin's Second Annual MTWB Benefit Concert: Marian Hill
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.)  FRI The World Takes, SAT The Whips
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Arizona Lights, Dirty Dollhouse, SAT Hello and Yes!, SUN Theodore Grams
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN (Downstairs) Aviance, Good Girl
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Phonies, Thought Patterns, SAT Supreem And The New Experience, Noel Scales, SUN Little Strike, The Original Crooks and Nannies, Valerie Quasar
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Nik Greeley, The Captain The Pilot The Driver. SUN Sarah Marie White, Jack Devine, Ryan Tennis, Like Crazy, Nicky P, Up The Chain, Van Wolf, Doug Holton
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI The Rentiers, SAT New Sound Brass, The Wayside Shakeup
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Jim Stephens' Full Tilt Boogie Band, Boy Wonder, Kinyon Lanier, New Pony, SAT Wild North, I Am Not the Universe
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN DJ Skipmode, DJ Sat-One
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) FRI E.B. Hawkins Band, Billy Freeze, Billy Penn Burger Band, SAT Francis Dunnery
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Keystone Mountain Boys, SAT (7pm) Wyndwood, (10pm) Phonic, Sun Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St) FRI Struggle City/Duffy’s Cut, Explosive Head, SAT Dorkosaurus, Corners of Sanctuary, Cause of Affliction (CD Release), Pick Yer King, SUN (1pm) Born Lost, Hashgrinder/(4:30pm) The Way
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI Seoul Delhi, Sexoffice, Flounder Warehouse, Ray Long, SAT Glass Eyed Ghost, Valentina & The Vanishing Points, Paul Saint John, SUN Cosette Gobat
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Palace Burn, SUN Superheaven
 
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James, SUN (2pm) percussionist Josh Robinson/(9:30pm) DJ Royale
 
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI West Philadelphia Orchestra
 
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Crypt Sermon, Deform
 
Lucky 13 Pub (1820 S. 13th St.) SUN The Whips, Travis J And The Rhinestones
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Dorkosaurus, The Heavy Weather, Teresa Gero, SAT Mike Weyrauch, Study Electricity, The Bigness, SUN The Jayplayers, The Captain_The Pilot The Driver, The Late Saints
 
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Splintered Sunlight, SAT June Rich, Christine Havrilla
 
Everybody Hits (529 West Girard Ave.) SAT The Burgeoning, Howlish, The Cultour
 
Second Empire  (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Anxiety Hammer, Human Achievement, Incisor
 
3rd& Girard (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT T.O.M.B., Night Raids
 
Baker Bowl (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Skinny Dip, Krispy Kareem, A Day Without Love
 
A House Named Virtue (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Dogs On Acid, Thin Lips, Left & Right
 
Clark Park (43rd & Baltimore Ave.) SAT Summer Solstice Fest: Cheap Dinosaurs, Darla, Nathan Earl and Rachel Joy, The Deadeyes, Sidewalk Atlas, Viva La Pluto, Big Neon Spoon, Liz de Lise, Frontyards, A Day Without Love, Annachristie Sadler




Shaking Through w/Pattern is Movement

Weathervane Music just shared its latest episode of Shaking Through, featuring art-pop duo Pattern is Movement recording its new track "Save Me." The group announced last month that after 13 years and 4 full-length albums, Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward would be going their separate ways. However, they do plan to do one final farewell tour this June, and will be releasing a new single via Joy Noise's 2015 Flexi Disc Series. Their last performance will take place on Saturday, June 20 in Philly at Johnny Brenda's.

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The Deli Philly's May Record of the Month: Pattern is Movement - Pattern is Movment

One of the first questions demanded by Pattern is Movement’s recent self-titled album (via Hometapes) is “why the hell is this the self-titled album?” Such a thing is typically reserved for a group’s freshman effort, and not only is this the band’s fifth album, but they’ve been putting out music since 2004. It’s unorthodox, to say the least. But upon listening to the record, the second since they broke down to a minimalist two-person outfit in 2008, it becomes rather clear; the self-titled is meant to define a band’s sound and create their baseline, and Chris Ward and Andrew Thiboldeaux consider themselves to only just now have reached that point. This is their way of finally defining themselves as a band, and it sounds wild and fantastic.

To summarize, the most recent development of the band’s sound is a difficult task, since it’s really a great deal more than the sum of its genres and musical elements. It’s definitively indie, but with elements of ambient, folk, experimental math rock and even soul, all blended into its DNA, with just a hint of European sensibility. It’s almost impossible to not draw a comparison to the band Beirut and not just because of how eerily similar the two vocalists sound. Pattern is Movement captures the same sense of almost exuberant melancholy, and even manages to surpass it.

It’s difficult to hear that the band is a two-man outfit without being at least a bit incredulous. The very idea that this group is limited in manpower in any way whatsoever is almost unbelievable; if anything, their most recent album sounds like the culmination of an Arcade Fire-esque indie rock orchestra, with a huge variety of instrumentals weaving in and out of one another seamlessly. Piano, accordion, bass, and a varity of string instruments all make appearances (all played by the singular Andrew Thiboldeaux) draped over Ward’s substantial percussion.

And it’s just as seamless that the band manages to blend highbrow orchestral folk with more accessible elements of indie shoegaze and math rock, creating a sense of real artistic unpredictability, while maintaining a consistent and enjoyable sound - not surprising from a band who once backed Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent. Pattern is Movement finds the line of balance between weird and familiar, and positively jumps rope with it. The band accomplishes the rare task of managing to sound lofty without ever coming across as pretentious. And special praise needs to be given to Thiboldeaux’s aforementioned vocals; they’re simply haunting. The crooning, Sigur Ros-esque lyrics are the center piece of the album, acting as the anchor for the bands increasingly outlandish instrumentals.

The result is heady, weird and even sexy (but in a confusing, subtle way), but at all times cool. Its soothing and enticing, and at times a bit morose. Pattern is Movement has a way of blending a sense of depth and an accessible tone for an album that begs repeat listens.

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May 2014
Pattern is Movment
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One of the first questions demanded by Pattern is Movement’s recent self-titled album is “why the hell is this the self-titled album?” Such a thing is typically reserved for a group’s freshman effort, and not only is this the band’s fifth album, but they’ve been putting out music since 2004. It’s unorthodox, to say the least. But upon listening to the record, the second since they broke down to a minimalist two-person outfit in 2008, it becomes rather clear; the self-titled is meant to define a band’s sound and create their baseline, and Chris Ward and Andrew Thiboldeaux consider themselves to only just now have reached that point. This is their way of finally defining themselves as a band, and it sounds wild and fantastic.

 

To summarize, the most recent development of the band’s sound is a difficult task, since it’s really a great deal more than the sum of its genres and musical elements. It’s definitively indie, but with elements of ambient, folk, experimental math rock and even soul, all blended into its DNA, with just a hint of European sensibility. It’s almost impossible to not draw a comparison to the band Beirut and not just because of how eerily similar the two vocalists sound. Pattern is Movement captures the same sense of almost exuberant melancholy, and even manages to surpass it.

 

It’s difficult to hear that the band is a two-man outfit without being at least a bit incredulous. The very idea that this group is limited in manpower in any way whatsoever is almost unbelievable; if anything, their most recent album sounds like the culmination of an Arcade Fire-esque indie rock orchestra, with a huge variety of instrumentals weaving in and out of one another seamlessly. Piano, accordion, bass, and a varity of string instruments all make appearances (all played by the singular Andrew Thiboldeaux) draped over Ward’s substantial percussion.

 

And it’s just as seamless that the band manages to blend highbrow orchestral folk with more accessible elements of indie shoegaze and math rock, creating a sense of real artistic unpredictability, while maintaining a consistent and enjoyable sound - not surprising from a band who once backed Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent. Pattern is Movement finds the line of balance between weird and familiar, and positively jumps rope with it. The band accomplishes the rare task of managing to sound lofty without ever coming across as pretentious. And special praise needs to be given to Thiboldeaux’s aforementioned vocals; they’re simply haunting. The crooning, Sigur Ros-esque lyrics are the center piece of the album, acting as the anchor for the bands increasingly outlandish instrumentals.

 

The result is heady, weird and even sexy (but in a confusing, subtle way), but at all times cool. Its soothing and enticing, and at times a bit morose. Pattern is Movement has a way of blending a sense of depth and an accessible tone for an album that begs repeat listens.

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