The Pattern was an American punk garage rock band based in Oakland, California from 2000 to 2004.
The Pattern formed in the summer of 2000 as a "party band", uniting the efforts of a five-piece crew, all of which had previous band experiences. Led by vocalist Christopher Appelgren (former lead singer of the PeeChees and owner of Lookout Records), along with guitarists Jason Rosenberg (formerly of Saint James Infirmary), Andy Asp (former singer and guitar player in Nuisance), bassist Carson Bell (formerly of the Cuts), and drummer Jim "Nastic" Anderson (formerly of Black Fork). The Pattern "joined garage rock, indie tones, and also punk rock's rousing references, eventually revealing inspired and unique alternative tunes".Allmusic guide During the months subsequent to its formation, the band swiftly assembled a fan base not only in the U.S., but also in Europe.1
Following the release of several 7" records (on Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label, Gearhead Records, and San Diego's GSL label) a compilation EP was released in September 2001 under the title Immediately. The crew's first EP, hit the record stores via the Lookout Records label in the United States and Wichita Recordings in the UK, eventually enjoying good reviews by the local media and prompting appearances at the 2001 Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK. In late 2001, the Oakland-based band started preparing to embark on their first major American nationwide tour, alongside bands such as the Vue, the Donnas, Girls Against Boys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and opening for X and The Strokes.2
In 2002, The Pattern's first full-length album Real Feelness (recorded at Tiny Telephone studios in San Francisco, CA) was released. Jim Anderson had left the band and was replaced by drummer Scott Batiste. Shepard Fairey directed The Pattern's first video for the single Fragile Awareness. After the record's release on Lookout Records (in the US), Witchita Recordings (in the UK), and JVC (in Japan), The Pattern continued to tour the United States and the UK with bands like The Hives, The Datsuns, The Mooney Suzuki, and Clinic. They again played the Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2002.
Original bassist Carson Bell and drummer Scott Batiste left the band in 2003. The Pattern continued to tour the United States and then eventually called it quits in 2004.
Chris Appelgren now plays drums in Freddie & The Aztecs, Carson Bell went on to play bass with former Pattern tour mates The Mooney Suzuki 3, Scott Batiste plays drums in the metal band Saviours, Andy Asp plays guitar and sings in Freddie & The Aztecs, and Jim Anderson plays drums in Swann Danger . ClearartFanartBanner User Comments