Patrons – The Momentary Effects of Sunlight review

Patrons EPSince forming in 2013, Patrons have taken their long standing friendships and mutual love for the unconventional, fuelled them with with dead-end days jobs and university (and a few failed university), and made a style of music that catches you off guard on every listen. With a refined and unique show to support their studio success, the band have picked up attention from BBC Introducing, local BBC stations and Kerrang!’s Alex Baker. I can’t help but say how strongly I agree with the praise they’ve received thus far.

It’s an EP that takes its time to get going, and the opening to first track, Lost Age is almost unbearably slow, but after an EP as successful as their debut self-titled work, this lengthy commencement is clearly intentionally so. After a minute and a half the track manages to take hold with some bite, leaving just under three minutes of La Dispute-esque stop-start music to accompany roaring, demanding vocals. Circus appeals to the similar style of musical control, but more through the creative structure than the straight forward stop-start, with frontman Danny striking the balance between passionate and clear with the vocals.

At three minutes, Old Rain seems like a short blast in comparison to the previous two tracks, and once again the EP takes a new direction. In a lethargic and cumbersome manner, the vocals really drag their heels, the track lurching along by staccato percussion. Whilst, again, it’s creative and original, and very much a fresh and accessible sound, it’s so different from its predecessors that it might as well not be on the same EP.

Just shy of seven minutes, Blood Symphony combines everything the previous tracks have thrived on, knowing exactly how and when to slow down or speed up the backing, create a slow, deliberate but meaningful piece. Easily my favourite off the record, there’s no sense that the track is overdone or too complex, a sketchy end adding its own touch to the close is a fittingly eclectic manner.

For a second EP, it doesn’t somehow feel remarkably unsettled; you would expect a sound more defined and refined by the second year after formation. However, despite being mildly schizophrenic, the EP is an absolute delight; Patrons are UK post-hardcore at their finest, and of all artists were of this standard, the industry would be spoilt for choice in the scene. The Momentary Effects of Sunlight will be self-released on Friday 13th March.

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