Shield Patterns create intense, infectious and detailed dark-pop music. Debut album Contour Lines was released in June 2014 via Gizeh Records and has gathered heavy praise from the press including perfect marks from The Skinny magazine who claim it “carries enough charge to burn a hole in your heart”.
The Manchester-based duo of Claire Brentnall and Richard Knox (also of: A-Sun Amissa/The Rustle of the Stars/Glissando) began working together in 2013 after a chance meeting in Manchester’s Night & Day venue where Claire was performing her very first Shield Patterns show. The project had started life as a solo endeavour in late 2012 with Brentnall working alone on a bunch of home recorded demos. Soon after this initial meeting the duo began to write, record and perform live together and at the end of an intensive six months of work they had crafted the ten songs that would becomeContour Lines.
Throughout 2014 Shield Patterns toured the UK extensively in support of their debut album whilst beginning work on a new set of songs, four of which can be found on their new EP ‘Violet’ – released in March 2015.
One live review from 45 magazine suggests that Shield Patterns; ‘Borrow the dense, yet richly stratified compositions from masters of rippling electronic realms like Actress, Forest Swords and even (at times) Joy Orbison and marry them to effortlessly avant-garde vocals that sound like Kate Bush calling out to you from the unknown extents of of a whirling vortex’.