Preview: Via Audio with Pattern is Movement

viaaudioTotally forgot to put this in as I’ve been totally hectic this week. Thanks to Heather McKeag for writing up this preview, her debut on Mission Freak. Look for more from her in coming weeks. Via Audio will be headlining a show at The Mill on Thursday, March 11th with opening acts Pattern is Movement and Oh! Kuso.

Since their arrival on the music scene, Via Audio has been critically acclaimed.

Is it their collaboration with Jim Eno of Spoon or is it the clear influences of Mates of States, Rilo Kiley and Prince that makes their sound so engaging? I vote all of the above. These Berklee School of Music students live up to their acclaim.

Their sound isn’t ostentatious but rather a complex arrangement of indie rock, pop, and funk supplemented by fat synths, slinky guitars and gorgeous vocals. Spin magazine referred to their first album, Say Something, as “a catchy pop record that’s serious: not gloomy, not mournful, and not pretentious.”

Their sophomore album Animalore, released March 9th, lives up to the standards set by their debut. Self-described as “an album that plays like a pop-up book for adults, bursting with vivid colors and secret corridors at the turn of every page.” Tunes from this versatile new album will be performed Thursday night at The Mill.

Pattern is Movement will be opening for Via Audio. Their music is composed of clever lyrics, plural sounds and climactic rhythms. They are one part indie-cabaret and two parts lovely deconstruction of sound. Using drums and keyboards, Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward create rich layers of melody and harmony that achieve a sweetly erratic symphony.

Not a show to miss.

Download: Via Audio - Babies

Download: Pattern is Movement - Peach Trees

Who: Via Audio with Pattern is Movement and Oh Kuso
Where: The Mill
When: Thursday, March 11, 9pm
Cover: $8

About the Author


Todd is a transplant from the East Coast who came to Iowa City to live life, love music, and enjoy cheap beer. In addition to working on Mission Freak and Mission Creek Festival, he writes semi-regularly for Tiny Mix Tapes and Daytrotter and books music and other events at local non-profit venue Public Space ONE.

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