The Pattern Theory met through a common love of instrumental music and a desire to combine rhythmical complexity with minimal harmonies and melodies. Formed in Leeds, England in spring 2007 they self-released their first EP (EP1), which received excellent reviews (including The Guardian and Drowned in Sound) and extensive radio play (including Steve Lamacq’s BBC Radio One show) They re-located to Berlin in 2008 to work on their much anticipated self titled debut album which will be released on Valeot Records in May 2011.
They have toured throughout Europe and have shared stages with Epic45, Russian Circles, The Drift (Tarentel), Plants & Animals and Library Tapes, as well as performing at Friction Fest (DE), Urban Explorers (NL) and End of The Road Festival (UK). Damo Suzuki chose The Pattern Theory as his backing band on his world tour, accompanying him with a fully improvised set.
Live, the band play six instruments simultaneously, with no backing tracks being used at any point. Outside of The Pattern Theory, James drums for Epic45 and The Declining Winter (Hood side project),while Carl works with Andrew McInnis (ex-Asva/Sunn o))) side project) and performs together with Lukas as Sunken Sails.
“Very promising, like Yo La Tengo in mellow mood doing an Ali Farka Toure tribute.” THE GUARDIAN
“Interweaving individual threads of guitar, bass and drums which fit together into something that’s part melody, part algorithm... like Battles but much more organic” MANCHESTER MUSIC
“From the stunning promise evident on every track, it seems like a rather invincible EP.” (10/10)
LEEDS MUSIC SCENE
"The Pattern Theory strive for perfection, (and) are definitely walking the walk outside of the regulation box.” DROWNED IN SOUND
"The Pattern Theory bring out the best qualities in post-rock... its quiet, restrained approach harks back to a time when Tortoise and Labradford focussed on human feeling and addictive melody as much as they did on experimentation." LEONARD'S LAIR