It’s no secret that Philadelphia experimental rock duo Pattern is Movement is calling it quits. But before they announced their break-up, they promised to go out with a bang – and part of that bang was recording a song for Philadelphia non-profit Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through series.
Originally, drummer Chris Ward was going to turn down the session. But he told PopMatters,
It just seemed like a good opportunity, but at the wrong time. However, one night, I was at a show, and I ran into Peter English (of Shaking Through) and I just blurted out—‘Would you all be into an episode about a band ending?’ The thought wasn’t fully formed just yet for me—it was just my instinct. I’m happy I followed through on that instinct because the ending of this band, without this episode, wouldn’t be as meaningful. To have the Weathervane crew help us capture and memorialize the end of this band means the world to the both of us.
Watch the performance here:
And a behind the scenes video here:
During the band’s 13-year lifespan, Pattern Is Movement made four critically-acclaimed albums (including 2014’s eponymous Pattern Is Movement), a plethora of singles and covers, and years of soulful side-by-side live shows with Ward on drums and Andrew Thiboldeaux on Rhodes, synth, bass, and vocals. Together, they defied and redefined the meaning of musical creation and performance in the 21st century. Among the many sounds they perfected during the course of the band, Pattern Is Movement sharpened their roots in R&B, Hip Hop, Rock, and Gospel.