Monday, December 29, 2014

2014: A brief review

The start of 2014 was nice and tranquil. A detox retreat in the North Wales countryside involving plenty of raw food, clean water,  deep sleep, and meditation was just what was needed after a very damaging 2013. After getting the all-clear from the hospital I decided to take a few months out in Mexico to relax and put my feet up. Things didn't quite go to plan there though as I was left to sort out everything for the Alternative 4 album 'The Obscurants' on my own. So my Mexican siesta was disrupted by impending deadlines, finding hotels with fast computers, people with decent audio set-ups to listen to the masters (thanks Oscar!!), and so on, but I got things finished just in time for the deadline. 
My old bandmates from Anathema had offered us the support slot for the opening gigs of their European tour. So the plan was to have the album released in September, just in time for the gigs, which would be ideal promotion for it. Flights and hotels were booked, session players taught the setlist and that. A lot of planning and money went into it. More about that later.

After returning from Mexico I was invited to appear on prime time Irish TV by my good friends from the band Cronin. I had played numerous gigs with them before when they were called The Aftermath and they needed a Hammond player for the show. Why not?

Harry Potter was there as well, and they had free wine and an impressive cheese board backstage. Fame and fortune at last.

Look at them collars

As I was conversing with Danny Cavanagh (Anathema) about the September gigs he came out with the suggestion of doing some kind of Anathema reunion gigs in 2015 and wondered if Darren White and myself would be up for it. Everyone seemed to be into the idea for the right reasons, and in my mind this is our last opportunity to do something like this, so I got enthusiastic about it and I'm glad that it's all going ahead in April 2015. There are a few dates confirmed at the moment, headlining Roadburn Festival on the Sunday is an experience I'm looking forward to. And for the first time in many many years I can simply enjoy playing the music, without having all the other responsibilities on my shoulders. Accusations of "selling out" and doing it for the money couldn't be further from the truth, but that was always going to come our way. This is all in good spirit and that's stronger than anything. Hopefully more confirmed dates will be announced very soon.

Back to Alternative 4 now and it's time to come clean about the situation. Prior to the Anathema gigs (and the album release) I received mails from vocalist Simon Flatley stating he was concerned about playing live. I tried to make things easier for him by simplifying his parts and giving him all the encouragement that I could. Then, after a period of silence, I received another mail saying that he was quitting music for good. This was on the eve of the album release and the gig dates. And we subsequently had to cancel the gigs. Since then he hasn't replied to any emails or phone calls. It resulted in me losing a lot of money on flights and hotels, and also let down a lot of people involved. Plus it took the shine off the album release for us, and it has been difficult to keep quiet about it while trying to promote the album, but this is the situation we were left in. Im sorry that it wasn't mentioned earlier but we really had our hands tied, with a brand new album to promote.
At the moment the band is on a hiatus until we get a working line-up together. I'm sick and tired of working with amateurs and opportunists, which has been a consistent theme in my projects. I've been a soft touch for far too long. Time to change the record now.

After all that disappointment I decided to channel my energy into something positive and get my orchestral work into full swing. As I mentioned in 2013, I have been working on orchestral arrangements of picks from my discography. These have been divided into a trilogy of albums, each with a set theme. First up is The Eternity Suite which will contain tracks from the Anathema 'Eternity' album plus similar themes that I have composed over the years. There is also a brand new piece called Into Infinity which fits nicely on the tracklist. For this project I opted to start a PledgeMusic campaign to fund the recordings rather than go through a record label. So far the campaign has been a great success, reaching the target much much quicker than I imagined. As we speak it stands at 121% and there's still time to pre-order the cd and/or go for one of the exclusives that won't be available once the album is released. Check here for details

So a positive end to a year with its ups and downs, and a lot of things to look forward to in 2015. Thanks to everyone who has shown support again this year. And best wishes for the New Year!

Duncan Patterson

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

100% and beyond

We did it! The PledgeMusic campaign for The Eternity Suite reached 100% on Monday. Way quicker than I ever imagined when launching this project. There are still some exclusives left on offer that won't be available when the album is released. So you can still be a part of this.

Thanks to everyone who has pledged for making this thing happen!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Eternity Suite 92%

The Eternity Suite PledgeMusic campaign is now at 92% and we're hoping to hit the target this week! Theres plenty of time to pre-order the digipak though, or you can go for one of the exclusives while you still can. Thanks a million to everyone who has supported this project.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pledge Music update

Hello hello. I'm delighted with the response to The Eternity Suite campaign on Pledge Music. Within a week we have already raised 78% of the target. There are still plenty of exclusives left for anyone who has yet to get involved in the project. Check it out here!

Thanks a million


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Eternity Suite by Duncan Patterson

Hello there. After many months of scoring strings, arranging piano melodies, and working in a completely different way than ever before, I am happy to announce that my first 'solo' album is ready to record.

I have decided to launch a Pledge Music campaign to raise funds for the studio, musician's fees, and so on. This way everything is done directly between myself and the listener, and the pledgers become an invaluable part of the process.

This album 'The Eternity Suite' is the first in a trilogy of orchestral/cinematic releases, documenting and spanning my discography. It is based around songs that I wrote from the 'Eternity' album that I recorded with Anathema back in 1996, and subsequent themes that fit musically and conceptually within the project. This is the first release that will contain the 'missing' Eternity parts plus some brand new material.

I invite you all to be a part of this project, and I have added some exclusive material for you in exchange for your support.

'Do you think we're forever?'

Duncan Patterson

Monday, November 10, 2014

Anathema To Play Special ‘Resonance’ Set at Roadburn Festival 2015

Anathema To Play Special ‘Resonance’ Set at Roadburn Festival 2015; To Be Joined By Former Members Duncan Patterson and Darren White. 

“Roadburn festival is a hugely respected institution and has to be the most fitting launch for the Anathema 'Resonance' tour. It will be a celebration of the band's entire history, and to be joined by our old friends and comrades Duncan Patterson and Darren White for these exclusive shows will be a very special, potent and positive event for all of us. We hope you can join in this once in a lifetime celebration” - Danny Cavanagh.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Alternative 4 promo postcards

If you would like to help us promote the new album our kind record label will be happy to send you a load of promo postcards to spread around bars, gigs etc. Drop them a line here and dont forget to leave your postal address:-

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ALTERNATIVE 4 - Lifeline video

We finally have a full song for you to listen to from the new Alternative 4 album 'The Obscurants'.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

Alternative 4 - The Obscurants preview

We now have a preview of the new Alternative 4 album 'The Obscurants' online.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Obscurants release date

We finally have a release date for the new Alternative 4 album 'The Obscurants'.

Alternative 4 - The Obscurants
The fight for disclosure and justice 

With "The Obscurants", Alternative 4 - the current main sphere of Duncan Patterson (ex Anathema, ex Antimatter) - release their second full-length album and continue the line of enquiry that began with their debut "The Brink" in 2011. Like its predecessor, "The Obscurants" stands out due to Patterson's particular songwriting style, which is occasionally echoing the works of his previous bands, yet it is offering his most mature and sophisticated material to date. The album explores avenues such as soft 1960s tremolo vibes, analogue synths and vocoders, to cranked up distorted guitars, with new lead singer Simon Flatley's crooner-like vocals perfectly completing the album's musical expression. Lyrically "The Obscurants" turns out to be a thought-provoking concept album on the subject of cover ups. Be it the media, police, government, or personal deceptions, it's about the obscuring of the truth and the subsequent fight for disclosure and justice.

Release date: 12.09.2014
North-American release date: 16.09.2014 (just distribution, not shop)

Available editions:

- CD Digipak
- Gatefold LP (180g vinyl) incl. poster and PVC protection sleeve (500 copies)
- 2CD hardcover book edition (18x18cm, 60 pages) incl. liner notes, studio report, background info, additional artwork and bonus CD feat. 10 additional tracks (500 copies)



1. Theme For The Obscurantist
2. Paracosm
3. Returning The Screw
5. Dina
6. Lifeline
7. The Tragedy Shield
8. Mr Black
9. Closure

CD2 (Bonus CD)

1. Theme For The Opportunist 2. Chilling Effects 3. Reality Clash 4. Revisionists 5. Lincoyán Berríos 6. Dina (Ars Arcanum mix) 7. Lifeline (36 floors mix) 8. Lifeline (Nîm mix) 9. Lifeline (Spermblaster mix) 10. Lifeline (VÆV mix)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mailing List

Hello there. I'm currently transferring the Mailing List over to ReverbNation so click here if you wish to subscribe.
Theres a lot of news and activity on the horizon. All the best!