Saturday 1 March 2014 at 7:30pm
109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW, United Kingdom
Tel: +44-(0)161-819 2970
Shield Patterns is a Manchester-based duo comprised of Claire Brentnall and Richard Knox. Dusted with delicate vocals and rudimentary beats and loops, Shield Patterns’ music is at once wintry and fragile yet suffused with a strong emotional warmth. Their songs are born in sporadic, cathartic bursts, with subtle lyrics inseparably intertwined with trembling piano phrases, tenderly blended strings, and hypnotic synth patterns. The understated sweetness of Brentnall’s voice is gristled by a dark, brooding atmosphere and subby bass-lines, creating unexpectedly textural songs that are inherently minimalist, yet infectiously hummable.
The duo have spent months carefully crafting and considering how to represent and enhance the studio recordings in a live environment with Claire performing the vocal and synth leads whilst triggering beats and loops alongside Richard. Meanwhile Richard creates a swirling mass of manipulating reverb, delay, percussion and bass, improvising with vocal effects and samples to form an ethereal, sensory overload.
After signing to Gizeh Records in June a debut single, entitled The Rule, was released in September, backed with a remix of the same song by Thom Sonny Green of Mercury Award winners Alt-J. This show marks the launch of Shield Patterns’ next single – with details to be announced – which will be followed by their debut album.
Support comes from Swiss electronic folk musician Nadine Carina and Manchester duo Gymnast.
Price: £5 adv
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