TEST PATTERNS, THE: Blackout: 12” EP

Man, I am doing my best to keep expectations for cool bands to a minimum. And then I heard the new Patterns’ 45RPM 12” and shityeah—why shouldn’t bands get better and better with each record? Yeah they had a rad 7”, didn’t burn rubber, but was exciting and fun; made the guys having sex in my alley stop and listen. The new 12” smokes. Essential new wave punk sounds for our times, memorable tunes, and smooth vocals that get inside of ya. It flows great with vital energy I’m not getting from enough other bands. It’s not enough to plug in the keyboard, people. You gotta provide the electricity. Is that cheesy? Whatever, I love this fast little record.

 –mike (Tic Tac Totally)