Pattern Animals is a new music ensemble, and they consists of Jimmy Keegan (Spock’s Beard) – drums & vocals, Ted Leonard (Enchant, Spock’s Beard) – vocals & guitar, Dave Meros (Spock’s Beard) – bass and John Boegehold – synths. Their self-titled debut album on July 5th, 2019. The track No One Ever Died and Made Me King ,
Of the musical direction, Boegehold comments: «My goal was to produce music that’s progressive and intricate while keeping things immediate and melodic. Whether a song is four minutes or ten minutes long, I didn’t want more than a few bars go by without some kind of instrumental or vocal hook». The track No Burden Left To Carry,
Originally a vehicle for a few tracks John Boegehold had been working on in early 2018, he quickly came up with enough music to work towards producing an album. With that in mind, he enlisted the talents of Jimmy Keegan Ted Leonard & Dave Meros , with Boegehold handling all the synths. He adds, «Besides live strings on a few songs and a female backing vocalist on another, it was all done between the four of us with Dave Meros and Ted Leonard ending up as co-writers on some of the material».
With the band obviously being closely associated with Spock’s Beard, John Boegehold, «I was conscious of exploring different avenues with Pattern-Seeking Animals, whether it was song structures, vocal arrangements, synth sounds or emotional textures. Pattern-Seeking Animals was a clean slate so I found myself drawing on a few different musical influences and using some contemporary production ideas and sounds that I probably wouldn’t use with Spock`s Beard for various reasons».
As John Boegehold notes, «As the project came together it quickly became apparent that they would want to take this material out live. Originally it was intended to be a recording project but as it was coming together we started talking seriously about doing it as a live band. Because of the complexity of a lot of the material, it’ll require an additional musician or two to pull it off live. The plan is to tour as much as possible and to come out with a new album at least once a year. In fact, work on the second album is already well under way!».