MUSIC NEWS: Problem Patterns Sign To Alcopop! Records & Release Video For New Single ‘Who Do We Not Save?’
Feminist queer punk quartet Problem Patterns have signed to Alcopop! Records. The band have confirmed the release of their debut album this year via the label, details of which will be revealed in due course.
The band have also released a video for their new single Who Do We Not Save?.
“Our healthcare system has been falling apart for years due to cuts, and the pandemic only sped up the process,” they comment. “We constantly see campaigns telling people to ask for help, especially in regards to mental health, but the reality is that the services we need are under too much pressure. The line ‘We’re one or two paychecks away’ refers to the fact that many of us will be in a lot of trouble if privatisation becomes reality here. The title itself is lifted verbatim from Dominic Cumming’s photo of the white board used to plan the UK government’s early response to COVID. We thought it would be fitting to use it for the single’s cover art, too.”
“I wanted the video to capture the chaotic energy of the song,” says band member Alanah Smith, who directed the video shoot. “I pictured the storyline as soon as we’d finished the song. In the first half, you have stressed out healthcare workers trying to save a life without the tools to be able to do so. Meanwhile, there’s a shady business deal to sell off what little is left of public healthcare, big menacing grins and all. I wanted to approach this with a bit of comedy, because if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry.”
“I made the medical supplies and instruments (except the toy drums) with things like cardboard and yarn, as I wanted everything to look extremely cheap and ultimately useless. The death scene in the ambulance was inspired by the film ‘Dave Made A Maze’, where they used things like confetti and glitter in place of standard fake blood.”
Like what you hear? You can stream or purchase Who Do We Not Save? HERE.
See Problem Patterns live at one of the following dates:
Wed 15th – BELFAST – The Black Box (Pink Pound)
Fri 17th – LONDON – The Garage (w/ Fight Like Apes)
Fri 7th – BELFAST – Oh Yeah Music Centre (Friday Fest w/ Axis Of, Mob Wife)
Sun 30th – MANCHESTER – Bollox (Sound Of The Other City Festival)
Sat 15th – BERLIN – Ost Hafen (My People Fest w/ FAIM, Dying For It)
Sat 22nd – LIVERPOOL – EBGBs (Crapfest w/ Crapsons, Piss Kitti)
Sat 19th – GLASGOW – Core Festival