Cited this week as one of The NME’s “hidden gems” due to their barnstorming performances at Boardmasters Ffestival on the View and BBC Introducing stages, Pattern Pusher’s new single ‘Happy Place’ continues the band’s mission to inspire and uplift with their infectiously optimistic, vintage-tinged retro-pop.
Pattern Pusher are fronted by Alex Johnstone on the keys, whose soaring soulful vocals are evocative of Donny Hathaway, Ray Charles and Mick Hucknall, Benny G gives his wild energy to the bass and Benny C’s grooving drum rhythms underpin an unconventional line up with a classic sound. Their crusade of happiness has earned them a loyal and fast-growing fan base, accolades from BBC Radio 6, continued support from BBC Introducing, and a string of festival shows; now lining up on the same bills as their idols.
‘Happy Place’ will provide listeners of the fast-upgrading band with a form of escapism that gets the heart pumping quicker, endorphins being released more frequently and memories of better times being more prevalent in the mind.
This new single urges us to banish sadness by taking ourselves to places that bring us our own joy - something which the fruitful harmonies at the start of the song fittingly accomplishes, transporting us to an unknown paradise.
As frontman Alex explains: “Happy Place is a story of getting lost in your favourite place, even if only in your head. It was written on a morning when I was beating myself up for not having my life sorted. I was feeling down but then I remembered the good times, took myself to my happy places, good memories. There are always things I love where I can escape to and I hope it will encourage others to do the same and no matter how dark things seem, try to focus on the positive things in life.”
As we move further away from life in lockdown, and people are finding more ways of improving their happiness, the law of attraction has increasingly become a topic of discussion. As for Pattern Pusher, they will be hoping that their positive stories and uplifting encouragement will radiate in their musical progression, making their sharp rise to the top just that little smoother.