Kansas City Art Rock Duo The Splatter Pattern capture the experimental spirit of late-70’s Bowie coupled with ample psychedelia, post-punk and progressive rock sounds on their dynamic new album “While We Were Making Plans”, out now on digital platforms.
The band name ‘The Splatter Pattern’ is quite appropriate, chosen to represent the wide range of influences wantonly thrown into the band’s unique musical gumbo, one they’re constantly stirring. Their self-produced new album was written and recorded during the pandemic, hence the title “While We Were Making Plans”. Life had other plans for them, and they rolled with the punches.
“While We Were Making Plans” covers a wide range of compelling themes to compliment the vast musical range displayed in this 10-track collection. “The Wheel” describes the metamorphosis of life, time in the corporate world, and trying to build your own world amongst the constant outer chaos. “The Space Between the Seconds” tells the story of a coincidental meeting that leads to a lifetime love. “Giants” reflects on the fading away of the great musicians of the 60’s/70’s, and the shock and adulation that follows their leaving. “The Corner of My Eye” imagines the loss of someone close, and how it resonates in everyday life. “Siblings” is about interpersonal relationships and the loss of communication. “Walking To The Water” riffs on the struggle for clean water and survival in African 3rd World countries. “Higgs Boson” is a stream of consciousness acknowledging the chaos thriving in the world today. “Forward and Back” reminisces on the passing of time and the frailty of memory, while album closer “Please Go Away” laments on focusing too much on the past or the future, pointing out that now is, in fact, the only thing that’s real.
All in all, this album is a must-listen for fans of everyone from The Talking Heads and David Bowie to The Beatles, Brian Eno, Genesis, Pink Floyd or Dire Straights. Fans of innovative rock fusion will find much to get excited about in this trailblazing release.