Interview With Pit Er Pat
A BEGUILING HOTCHPOTCH OF RATCHET CRANKS, BLIPS, DUSTBIN LIDS AND WOBBLING HARMONICS
Welcome to Pit Er Pat, population: you. If we’re talking milestones, they’re our first negative narrators from across the pond. They’re here to give us an insight into the American dream as well as a tidy little taster from their new LP.
Pit Er Pat begin in Chicago in 2004 as a trio and have since scaled down to a duo (albeit once with guest instrumentalists providing woodwind and brass) and relocated to Los Angeles. As well as touring with the Fiery Furnaces and playing ATP, they have now released ten records. They are atmospheric and darkly ambient; simple and climactic; fractured yet focused. They are simultaneously an obtuse contradiction, a vague statement and a seedy gatecrashed party. Pit Er Pat’s new LP – The Flexible Entertainer – is out in the UK as of today (on Thrill Jockey) and is a bewildering yet enlightening hotchpotch of ratchet cranks, laser guns, hazy blips, dustbin lids and wobbling, drunken harmonics, complimented by psychedelic mantras and caterwauling basslines. Originally written specifically as an experiment in simplicity for a European tour the initial foundations for this record have subsequently been thicked-out and beefed-up with additional audio flesh layered and looped on top, creating a spooked-out, bizarre fug of cacophony, that is a confusing yet captivating conundrum for these uncertain times in which we dwell. You can buy it here, or download our favourite track for free here.
Check out these photos that Butchy and Faye have taken the time to do for us, and give their hot wax platter a sturdy workout with your ears. Then kick back, turn off the lights, close your eyes and revel in the simple majesty that their instrumental odyssey conjures up, resplendent in chaotic uncertainty, confusing u-turns and unpredictable patterns. If you like your audio quiche niche, then take an exploratory nibble of this great steaming pie.