Pattern Is Movement

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Pattern Is Movement
Pattern Is Movement performing in 2008
Background information
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Indie rock, math rock, experimental pop
Years active 2001–2015
Labels NFI, Hometapes
Members Andrew Thiboldeaux
Chris Ward
Past members Wade Hampton
Daniel McClain
Corey Duncan

Pattern Is Movement (often stylized as Pattern is Movement) is an American indie rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that established in 2001. They have been categorized by some reviewers as a math rock group and compared to groups such as Don Caballero, Sunny Day Real Estate and Pinback. However, as the band moved from a five piece to a two piece, their sound moved away from the angular sound of previous records and closer to a more melodic heavy composition structure with sing-a-long choruses. The current two-piece sound can be attributed to influences such as Dirty Projectors, Beirut and Grizzly Bear. In an interview with Baeble Music, Ward coined the band with the term "indie cabaret".[citation needed]

In 2006, producer and engineer Scott Solter (who has worked with John Vanderslice and the Mountain Goats) remixed the 2005 album Stowaway, which he had also recorded. This remix was considered unique due to its exclusivity to analog processes. Solter is credited on the album with "machines, razors, tape."[1]

Since 2008, Pattern Is Movement have been performing as a two-piece. On the January 2008 issue of Philadelphia Weekly they were featured in a cover story citing "Four indie bands that can expect a big year".[2] The band emerged with a new album, All Together, documenting the lineup in the spring of 2008, also recorded with Solter.[3] In his favorable review, Pitchfork Media writer Joe Tangari described it as "an accessible album that nonetheless sounds unlike what any other band is doing".

In April 2009 they became one of Limewire's Featured Artists.

In 2015, after releasing their self-titled fourth album, Pattern Is Movement announced their farewell tour.[4]


  • The (im)possibility of Longing (NFI) – 2004
  • Stowaway (NFI) – 2005
  • Scott Solter Plays Pattern Is Movement: Canonic (Hometapes) – 2006
  • All Together (Hometapes) – 2008
  • Pattern Is Movement (Hometapes) – 2014


  1. ^ Blair (20 September 2006). "I like tape". Music for Robots. 
  2. ^ Wallen, Doug (9 January 2008). "Four Indie Bands that Can Expect a Big Year". Philadelphia Weekly. 
  3. ^ "Pattern Is Movement @ Cake Shop, NYC (The Forms CD Release Party) 10/30/07". Stereogum. 
  4. ^ "Pattern is Movement will say goodbye after 13 years". Official Facebook page. 17 April 2015. 

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