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The Boat: Pattern is Movement with Glass Ghost

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Friday, July 16, 2010 10:00PM

The band name fits the sound: Pattern Is Movement is about patterns, in sound, flowing in and out of each other and tied by odd-timed segues and a theatrical tenor. Tightly woven thematic suites, all with a weird pop accessibility you’d never expect from the group’s constant push to explore, push on boundaries.

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10:00 PM on The Star of Palm Beach

Boat sails from Pier 40 on the Hudson River – Houston Street and the West Side Highway

Recent Press

“It takes special musicians to make a sound like this work, but three LPs into their career, Thiboldeaux and Ward seem to have it figured out, creating an accessible album that nonetheless sounds unlike anything any other band is doing.” – Pitchfork [7.9 rating]

“Indie-rock, with full blog support, is now the refuge for the musicianly impulses of progressive rock. Pattern Is Movement, a two-man band (drums and keyboards) from Philadelphia, records mercurial songs that juggle Minimalist repetition, musical-theater melodicism and progressive-rock asymmetries. But onstage, like duos from Lightning Bolt to the Dresden Dolls, they happily pummeled the music, vigorously knocking down any hint of effeteness.” – New York Times

“Pattern Is Movement deserve your worship … Pattern Is Movement is about patterns, in sound, flowing in and out of each other and tied by odd-timed segues and Andrew’s theatrical tenor.” [Read More] – Stereogum

“Rich layers of antique-inspired accents, erratic and driving drums, and sweetly double-tracked vocals are wound tightly together at a consistent and energetic pace. The clarity-filled formula is one that works — and the band’s latest effort All Together is epic and understated in its own right.” – SPIN

“Pattern is Movement’s latest album is one of those things that’s starting (sadly) to be a relative rarity — a winsome avant-pop album with rock roots that actually is a treat instead of an overfrosted wedding cake.” – AMG

“Though the individual parts of All Together—the distinctive vocals, repetitive refrains, keyboard bleeps and jabs, laced with luscious strings and all held together by deconstructive beats—seem primed for a challenging listen, the end result is nothing of the sort….Each song is like a microcosmic journey, every one colourful and distinct…” [8/10] – Pop Matters

Biography

Pattern is Movement
Following their first three records, endless shows and tours (among them dates with friends St. Vincent, David Bazan, and The Forms), and the transition from five-to-four-to-three-to-two members, Pattern is Movement turned themselves inside out and made the record we‘ve all been waiting for: All Together. Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward embody the two-man wall of sound; it‘s music that‘s been a long time building, rising out of the ether of left-behind evangelical childhoods (see Jesus Camp), best friendship (kindled as kids listening to The Chronic), and life in Philadelphia. All Together continues the mysterious narrative of the band, both documenting and foretelling the pounding energy of their near-legendary live show: Chris and Andrew side-by-side, hammering drums and keys (among other things), sweat flying, voices hollering. This is what resides in the ten exquisitely constructed tracks of All Together, the kind of stuff that compelled Stereogum to recently declare that “Pattern is Movement deserve your worship.” The album, released by Hometapes, is packaged in a deluxe wood-grained wallet and includes a reproduced set of the antique photos that, found on the street in Philly, inspired each song.

Glass Ghost
Mike and Eliot met at a wedding gig. They shared a moment of absurdity as the bride and groom danced in zombie-like motions across the hotel’s shiny ballroom floor. For their next gig, the two played in Best of Boston, a loose-jawed jazz band that performed at such odd venues as the clothing store Louis Boston, VFW halls, and community centers for ex-convicts and for kids. Eliot moved to New York and Mike moved to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. In 2005, Eliot co-created the band Flying and Mike joined soon after. In March 2008, Flying had dissipated. Inspired by jam sessions that took place under Mike’s loft bed, Eliot and Mike formed Glass Ghost. They quickly discovered that the music was able to speak even with only two band-members, yet they made it a point to strive for bigger sounds using only keyboards, drums and vocals. In the summer of 2008, in a brownstone in Fort Greene, Glass Ghost recorded the album now known as Idol Omen with producer Tyler Wood, (Joan as Police Women, Luke Temple, Chester French). Idol Omen, (which features Sheinkopf on some tracks), was released in October of 2009 on Western Vinyl recordings. The song “Like a Diamond” was featured on the final episode of the HBO show Bored To Death. Jason Schwartzman makes out with a girl while the smoke from his joint fills the room; in the background are the sounds of Glass Ghost. In 2009, Glass Ghost toured the country with White Rabbits and played shows with Deerhoof, Dirty Projectors, and Here We Go Magic. . Glass Ghost is currently gearing up for a new

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