Patterns Make Sunrise
Patterns Make Sunrise
Lunch Pail played very strange music that is difficult to describe. Graeme played pattern like bass lines that anchored around Kelly's wild and at times crunchy metallic guitar chords accompanied by pinch harmonics and quirky melodic runs thrown in which confused any listener as to where he might be coming from. Gillie pounded out thundering Riot Grrl beats that could be described as savage while tying the whole package together on a shoestring. Kelly wailed off-key vocals over the top of Lunch Pail's wall of sound.
"I will never see a band like Lunchpail, ever. It's not humanly possible. If Men from Mars and Women from Venus, then Lunch Pail from A galaxy far far away?"- androgynous fan. Eager to work with the elements of what he saw that night at the Party-House near the University Of Washington in Seattle, Jordan quickly became aquainted with the likes of the Christopher Robins and the Extra Terrestrials of Lunch Pail. Soon after Jordan and Graeme began practicing together in the 5th Avenue basement on the West side of I-5 between 45th and 50th Streets where Graeme and Kelly lived.
During their 3rd practice Kelly came downstairs to the basement and asked if he could play guitar. History was in the making. Shortly after learning of the project underway, Avalon asked if he could sing for the group. Patterns Make Sunrise was born. At the time Avalon was putting out a zine called Idle Wheel made of angular/post-industrial/futuristic/existential poetry.
His poetry was made lyrical over the band. The sentiments going on in Patterns Make Sunrise that were articulated by Avalon through osmosis of the band's music were counter-cultural messages of disdain for the American way; sad and bleak childhood memories of loneliness and consumer culture. Outsiders emotions bottled up ready to make a big noise expressing the frustrations and guilt of living in America, a stolen land. There is a catchy pop element to some of Patterns Make Sunrise's music, but only brief statements of it break through the clouds of the Pacific Northwest climate and rainy grey that pervades the location of where this music was born.
At times the music swells to a sonic, cacophonous helicopter of rhythm, melody, exuberance and pain only to return to.. Patterns. Patterns Make Sunrise toured the U.S., I believe in 1994, where they played basements, houses, coffee shops and occasionally and official all-ages venue. Thank you to all who put us up in their houses and put on the shows. Read more on Last.fm.
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