The latest release from Patient brings out a combination of classic and somewhat underground early 2000s or late 90s emo alt-rock that feels like it serves almost as a love letter to the bands that influence them and is performed with all the heart that you would expect from such a release.
The Fever Dreams: Stage One EP is something more of a double single that hits all the sweet spots that you'd want from the genre and comes through with a completely satiating sonic presence.
The songs are hard-hitting and edgy but are very melodically based which lets them create these choruses that just thrive and stick in your head for hours after the songs have ended.
The guitar tones alone are incredibly driving and with the songs, you really get that rhythm Section and usually a great sort of lead hook line that is layered on top of that and this is part of what creates that classic and for me, nostalgic underground emo rock vibe.
There is clearly not only a lot of attention to detail that went into this release but no matter what, it never loses that soul and that feeling of excitable energy that courses through its veins.
These guys put a lot into it, and you can tell by that vocal performance as well that this all comes from someplace genuine and real because those kinds of things are what show when you listen to music like this, especially when it's done right.
Now, what's most interesting to me about this is that the project itself is made up of a group of good friends that were likely together at one point but have since been spread out across the country and are creating these songs under those circumstances.
So, this should tell you something right off the bat. First of all, it's obviously all a passion project and when making records is a passion project, it's always done with everything that someone can put into it.
It's really quite a beautiful thing if you think about it.
But when you listen to the songs there's so much live energy in there as well. It almost feels as if the songs were recorded live on the floor because it feels like each player is feeding off of each other's energies the entire time.
To be able to capture that sort of energy in particular and be spread across the country like that nowhere near each other is unreal.
Aside from that side note, this record is intense and really shows an unbelievable presence as a band and project with just the right balance of edginess, honesty, and authenticity making it unique and completely refreshing.
There are some really cool layers to be peeled back with these songs, so I suggest listening to them more than once but once you get a hold of them you won't be able to let go.
Of course, I grew up in that time. Where the genre was at its peak and you, and your friends would go around introducing each other to bands that you found through various magazines.
But being that guy, I can definitely say the aesthetic is completely nailed and it's just nice to hear a band putting so much effort into making this music.
After talking with the band for a bit, I also found that the next EP is on its way hopefully this summer so I'm certainly looking forward to that.
Turn this one up.