Pattern is Movement w/ Drunk Tigers

June 23rd, 2009 · 2 Comments · By

Hopefully I’ve earned enough cred over the past couple days with really phenomenal back-to-back shows at The Garage and The Bridge (–To anybody who skipped those, you seriously missed out!–), that you’ll trust me when I say Wednesday night the Tea Bazaar is the place to be.

Pattern is Movement is a duo (previously a five-then-four-then-three piece) that for years have consistently flown just under the radar, despite a mountain of glowing reviews and some serious sustained blog love. Chris Ward and Andrew Thiboldeaux deal in tight, minimalist (yet simultaneously orchestral and rich) arrangements, relying heavily on repetition and subsequent variation, complex and evolving progressions, lots of pretty keyboards, and vaguely operatic vocal delivery. I’m really not sure if trying to sell you on a band with a straight textual description does anything for anybody, but if any of those words sound interesting, check them out, because they are.

Drunk Tigers are opening up. If you’re not yet familiar, they’re one of Charlottesville’s hotter new acts. For a band as brand new as they are, Drunk Tigers are surprisingly tight. Probably because all the members have been in a wide array of other popular local acts over the years. They’re energetic, fun, and more and more exciting every time I see them– in no small part because they’re starting to get the stage-swagger of a band who knows they’re pretty damn good.

Tea Bazaar. 9PM. $7.

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  • 1 sarah // Jun 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    pattern is movement was at gravity in january and it was a pretty hopping show

  • 2 John // Jun 23, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    fun fact: drunk tigers are at #8 on this week’s wtju rock top 30.