PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS is the brand-new group featuring the talents of current and former Spock’s Beard members Ted Leonard, Jimmy Keegan and Dave Meros as well as long-time contributing songwriter-producer John Boegehold. Of the musical direction, Boegehold comments: “My goal was to produce music that’s progressive and intricate while keeping things immediate and melodic. Whether a song is four minutes or ten minutes long, I didn’t want more than a few bars go by without some kind of instrumental or vocal hook.”
Originally, a vehicle for a few tracks John had been working on in early 2018, he quickly came up with enough music to work towards producing an album. With that in mind, he enlisted the talents of Jimmy Keegan (drums & vocals), Ted Leonard (vocals & guitar) & Dave Meros (bass), with Boegehold handling all the synths. He adds: “Besides live strings on a few songs and a female backing vocalist on another, it was all done between the four of us with Dave and Ted ending up as co-writers on some of the material.”
With the band obviously being closely associated with Spock’s Beard, John was conscious of exploring different avenues with Pattern-Seeking Animals, whether it was song structures, vocal arrangements, synth sounds or emotional textures.
“Pattern-Seeking Animals was a clean slate,” says Boegehold. “So, I found myself drawing on a few different musical influences and using some contemporary production ideas and sounds that I probably wouldn’t use with SB for various reasons.”
Besides producing, Boegehold played and programmed all of the synths yet points out how much input the entire line-up brought into the fold: “Ted Leonard is the vocalist and main guitarist. Besides his well-known vocal ability, he is an incredibly versatile guitarist. In previous bands he’s tended to take a backseat to other great players so I think a lot of fans will start to hear him in a different light with this album.” With Dave Meros on bass and Jimmy Keegan on drums and vocals, there is a definite powerhouse to be enjoyed on “Pattern-Seeking Animals” and more! “One big side benefit of having both Ted and Jimmy in the group is being able to get really creative with vocal parts since they blend so well together.”
As John notes, as the project came into being it quickly became apparent that they would want to take this material out live: “Originally it was intended to be a recording project, but as it was coming together we started talking seriously about doing it as a live band. Because of the complexity of a lot of the material, it’ll require an additional musician or two to pull it off live. The plan is to tour as much as possible and to come out with a new album at least once a year. In fact, work on the second album is already well under way.”
PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS – No One Ever Died and Made Me King (Lyric Video).