Mrs. Life in the Vinyl Lane and I have a trip to Asia planned for later this spring, with stops in Seoul, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hiroshima. I’m sure I’ll be bringing back a DJ bag packed full of vinyl, with even more music on CD in our checked luggage. So in an effort to get into the Japanese music mindset I pulled this little obscurity off the CD rack, a little something from a band called The Pat that came out back in 2014. I’m guessing that Holly brought this home from a work trip she took to Osaka back in 2016, but I can’t be sure – it’s possible we picked it up on our last trip to Japan together. It’s all just a blur at this point.
I can’t tell you much about The Pat other than that I’m kicking myself for not playing this more – I almost certainly listened to it once at some point, and hearing it again today I can’t understand why it isn’t on my iPod. What I have managed to surmise is that The Pat are a trio from Tokyo, two dudes and a chick, who describe themselves as noise (or more precisely “noize”) and hardcore. Musically they’re a blend of punk and hard techno, and photos of live performances show drums, synths, and a singer, which feels about right for what I hear on 移動 / 自粛. (♠)
Given that the packaging is in Japanese and that it doesn’t appear to be listed on Discogs, I can’t do much about telling you about specific tracks by name. I mean, I can tell you that I dig track 10 with it’s long synth notes or the sort of surf-meets-pop-punk of the second song, but it’s really something you need to hear for yourself. The vocals are raw more shouted than sung while the synth tends to hold longer notes, especially on the low end, functioning almost like a bass. Most of the album’s 11 tracks are under two minutes long, with only one coming in at more than three minutes, which is perfect for The Pat’s style – get in, do it, and get out before it gets old.
One thing I was able to find out online is that this CD was limited to 500 copies. It looks like you can still track it down from some Japanese retailers online if you’re interested. The Pat also posted four tracks on Soundcloud that you can listen to HERE.
(♠) The Googles tell me this translates to Move / Self-Control.