When I first moved to Manchester, I found myself suddenly thrust into this wonderful DIY music scene. I was going to awe inspiring gigs every week and discovering my new favourite bands in the process. I remember hearing the debut album from a Derby based emo crew called Crash Of Rhinos and being completely flawed by it. I saw them live shortly after discovering them and remember being even more blown away by their live show. Needless to say, they became everyone’s favourite band and ended up releasing two albums that are considered as UK emo classics.
A few years have passed since the band called it a day, shortly after touring their second LP, but to the joy of many, three fifths of the band have been quietly beavering away on a new project. It was late last year that Holding Patterns finally released their first recordings, after nearly two years of teasing studio sessions plus a smattering of live shows. ‘At Speed‘ was a brilliant introduction to the three piece and retained the same heart on sleeve majesty that made Crash Of Rhinos so special, but with a more melodic alt-rock twist. At this point, the anticipation was high to hear more and since then, we have been patiently awaiting more info on the album the band have been working on since their formation.
Finally, the band have just announced their debut LP ‘Endless‘, which is being put out through Vested Interest Records here in the UK on May 17th! To celebrate the announcement, the trio will head out on a small co-headline UK tour with excellent indie-rock outfit Modern Rituals this very month!
As if that wasn’t enough, we also have another taster of the new album in the form of the near 7 minute epic ‘Dust‘. This is another seriously strong cut, with each member playing a blinder. The melodic shifts on this track are sublime, blending fist pumping alt-rock with gorgeous emo tinged guitar work, whilst the rhythm section pound it out with a punk-rock attitude. It’s one thing to be good at playing your instrument but it’s another to take those skills and write mind blowing rock songs with it, which is something Holding Patterns do with absolute ease!
Endless is available to pre-order now through Vested Interest on double vinyl and CD. The band will play the following shows in a few weeks times alongside Modern Rituals.