Patrons – ‘Patrons’ (Review)

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There’s yelling. Lots of yelling. Yelling that’s almost a cross between La Dispute and Balance and Composure and by God it’s good. Gritty, aggressive and full of that tangible angst that’ll appeal to the 16-year-old in anyone. Of course, there’s more to it than that. It’s like Title Fight have been thrown into the mix on “Little Victories” and believeyoume, these are all compliments. The band stand out on their own as an absolute hurricane. “Rituals” is deceptive at its beginning and becomes roaring aggro-punk a few seconds in. It doesn’t lapse into self pity – which is always nice – but instead brings with it the pain of change.

On the downside, it’s a three-track EP and so feels like the beginning of something. Almost as though the last nine tracks of an album are missing.

We don’t get to see too much what the band are capable of. “Rituals,” “Movements” and “Little Victories” are fairly (almost disdainfully) similar in their sound and their construction. A full album of this could easily become a vortex of relentless aggro-punk noise. But we’re not dealing with an album and in isolation these tracks carry a punch and touch of repetitive.

 

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Review by Sebastian Mackay