Don’t call it a comeback.
OK, so maybe local original band Patterns is billing their May 4 show at Brews Brothers West as such, but drummer Cody Healey is looking at it in a different way.
“It’s a chance to start all over again,” he said of the opportunity he and his bandmates – lead vocalist Geo Santee, guitarists Evan “Squid” Domanski and Eddie DeLucca, and bassist Justin Paul – have.
Patterns, in its original form, came together in 2009. According to Healey, a little over a year ago, one of the founding members and the lead singer left to pursue other projects, leaving the band to fill the space. They did, and, with a fresh outlook and sound, are playing new material at the Brews show during their first outing as this incarnation of Patterns.
Healey said that things are a little clearer for the guys this time around.
“For some people, starting over might not seem like a good thing, but it was for us. When we started, we were kind of just kids, and now we know how to book shows, what it takes to be a super tight band, what kids like, what they don’t like; we know the dos and don’ts.”
Patterns generally defines itself as a pop punk group, though Healey said the band’s sound is “all over the place.”
“That happens when you bring five people together and each one of those five listens to completely different music,” he elaborated.
Healey said the guys listen to everything from Balance and Composure and The Early November to rap music.
“I could listen to our most recent songs and tell you which part of which song came from which person, who had a hand in it,” Healey noted. “We all like different things, but it’s very distinct, the way that comes through.”
“On top of that, you want to write music that other people are going to want to buy and listen to, so it’s always like this tug of war,” Healey continued. “‘What do we like? What do they like? What sells?’
“That’s the hardest thing in music – writing things that five different people with different musical tastes absolutely love from start to finish and is also a song that other people will like.”
It seems, though, that Patterns has found that formula to work on the songs they’ve put out with the new lineup.
“We do have something for everyone,” Healey said. “Your 12-year-old daughter will like us, but your grandmother will like us, too. It’s a very universal sound that we try to create.”
Though Healey said the band has certainly hit its stride, coming up with the types of songs they do is no easy task.
“Oh, we argue,” he said when asked how the guys figure out if a song is just right or not. “We all play lawyer; we get our defense team, our prosecuting teams together. If we argue too much, we throw it away altogether, though.”
“It’s funny, our best songs, all the songs we love and that other people love have happened by accident. One person chimes in, then another, and it kind of just writes itself. It sounds cliché, but really, if you work too hard at it, that’s when things get sh—-y.”
Though it’s a fresh start for Patterns, Healey said the guys already see what they want the end result to be.
“Traveling and playing our music together, being able to support ourselves – that would be great,” he said of what he’d like out of the next five years with the band. “It’s not about the money for us. If we could do this every day and the necessities were taken care of, we’d totally play for free. We just love what we do.”