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Patersun: Melodic Rock From The Scottish Borders

Patersun: Melodic Rock From The Scottish Borders

Chris Peters

25 Jun 2022

Im sure my Dad won't mind me saying that if we had to work together one of us would probably end up serving time. Luckily not all parent child relationships are quite as volatile and it would appear that certain pairings can actually do some pretty amazing work. When drummer Alexander Paterson was ready to begin a new project back in 2019 his son Dylan was first in line to take the lead. After having performed and written together periodically over the years in some of Alexanders previous projects they knew the chemistry was there and with the addition of Rory Piercey on bass they had a line up. Patersun was born.

Patersun's schedule was cut short in 2020 thanks to that virus we don't talk about anymore. Thankfully they managed to record their debut single Little Wonder and get it released in February of that year. The sound that they brought to the world was a clean cut, melodic rock that would be comfortable being played by the band at the high school prom in a 90's college movie. The guitar led intro gives an early noughties indie rock vibe with its simplicity and bright tone. An enticing drum progression makes the transition to the first verse which brings with it clean vocals from Dylan with cushiony backing vocals that further emphasise that retro indie rock feel. The vibe of the impressive and flashy guitar solo 3 minutes in verifies the bands admission that 'The most significant influence is by far and away Bon Jovi'.

That debut single featured a B-side Hear The Call. A much more reserved acoustic number showing a different, gentler side to Patersun. Hear The Call also boasts a gorgeous music video in which the lyrics are signed by friends and family of the band. The video was created during lockdown and evidences how Patersun did not allow that period to put an end to all band activity. This plus numerous online gigs meant they continued to stay on top of their game and were ready to get back on to the live scene when the barriers were up again.

2022 has brought with it a new single, Getting There. The now familiar steely guitar sound keeps the tune moving with a catchy repeated riff throughout the verses. The vocals are layered at all the right times and the perfect amount of reverb on almost everything never fails in bringing you up. Yes there is a guitar solo and yes it is exactly what the doctor ordered.

As with many new bands over the last 2 or 3 years Patersuns journey to date has not been entirely free of roadblocks but these guys have made amazing progress in what little time they have had. There is a a debut LP in the works and plans to release a third single from that record prior to its release later this year. Patersun have a packed schedule over the summer which you can find out more about at www.patersun.co.uk. If you are not around Scotland and the North of England however you should follow these guys on your streaming platform of choice so you don't miss out on updates and future releases.