Pattern Language (photo credit: Chris Sessions) is the seventh focus artist in a series of articles that cover each of the Echosynthetic Fest acts. If you’re on the fence about coming I’m hoping that these write-ups will better inform you of who is playing at the show and why you should come out and see them. Like any festival, you’ve got a set of number of artists (in this case it is 10), and you don’t always know much about every band you’re going to see. Pattern Language is coming to us all the way from Boulder, Colorado, and with him comes the heart and soul of of what Echosynthetic is all about! Our tagline is “Where Old School Meets New School,” and Pattern Language is a living breathing iteration of exactly that!
If there has ever been an artist that has been able to channel the roots of what I love about electronic music (Kraftwerk, Gary Numan, Thomas Dolby, etc.), it would be Pattern Language. This summer saw the release of his debut EP, Total Squaresville, on Happy Robots Records. What amazes the most about his music is that he manages to tap into the mystery of the pioneers of synthesized music without sounding like a generic rip-off. The music actually sounds fresh, as if it had just been released in 1983, and I’m listening to it on the record player while I play my Atari 2600.
But wait, there’s more! Not only is Chris Frain (the man behind the Pattern Language curtain) a brilliant musician, he’s also a very talented writer. In fact, he has provided some of the most popular articles and interviews over at Echosynthetic, including Battery Operated Orchestra, Concretism, delving deep into Devo, and retro movie and game reviews! In other words, the guy is gold, no matter what he puts his mind to.
The $15.00 price of entry gets you access to one the most creative synthpop meets Krautrock artists on the scene! You also get to see Majeure (AE Paterra of Zombi!) from Pittsburgh, Shredder 1984 from France, Vampire Step-Dad from Atlanta, FacexHugger from California, 10th Letter from Atlanta, Gregorio Franco from Atlanta, Frisky Monkey from Atlanta, and Ian Deaton from Atlanta.
Beyond Echosynthetic Fest being a gathering of some of the hottest artists in synthwave and synthpop, it’s also a great opportunity to meet and hang out with other fans and artists from around the United States. We’ve got confirmed guests ranging from Seattle and Los Angeles to Boston and Minnesota, including well known synthwave artists who are coming to hang out and enjoy the Fest! But wait, there’s more! Sharing Needles With Friends Podcast are recording a documentary at the show, performing interviews with artists and fans, and capturing this gathering of synth family, known lovingly on the scene as #synthfam. Come out and join us! Tickets are still available at Freshtix!