Absent Friends

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    Sail Pattern don't just write songs, they also design all of their album artwork and carefully piece it together into a tastefully designed physical CD. For those with legacy cars (us included), good sound systems or just a penchant for reality, this will be a fabulous purchase.

    After each show, we are swamped with people buying copies of our album, and usually forcing us to sign them!

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    Ten tracks of wonderfully produced roots rock, in a format that might, one day, be considered as cool as vinyl.

    Artwork by Joe Alderson, photography by Sophie Traynor.

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As played on BBC Radio 2! Closing the album with a lilting, Caledonian vibe, Absent Friends is a song from the heart. It's for all those friends not with us, or long distant. The main message of the verses is to make the most of life while you can, and that we shouldn't take for granted how much of the world is open to us.

Since this is the last song, here's a few studio facts from recording Absent Friends: Rockfield Studios has an awesome drum room, with wooden panels that can either be opened or left flat against the walls to create roomier sound. We wanted the drums to sound big for Absent Friends, so went with the roomiest setup we could. In a typical show of rock excess we also switched between two different snare drums, with a tight piccolo snare for the brushes, and James's usual snare for when the sticks come in.

For the "pipe and drum" section of the song, we gave the bodhran its only outing of the album, then pitch shifted it down to the depths. Bob and Joe's grandad was a Pipe Major in the Scots Guards, so we had a lot to live up to with that section!

Alex's guitar solo is one of the only things on the whole album that we overdubbed later on (at a secret location we can't mention). It's a Fender Strat through a bonkers amp built in the style of an old TV (called the TV Tone or Teletone?). We had it cranked pretty high so Joe had to hold the valves in place to stop them from rattling during the takes!


from Sail Pattern, released May 4, 2016



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The Sail Pattern Halifax, UK

The Sail Pattern offer up a raucous broadside of folk, encompassing original songs, plus their own arrangements of shanties and other traditional songs.
With a shared passion for playing folk music they have gigged relentlessly all over the UK and won a reputation for energetic and memorable live performances.
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