Hero Pattern at Coney Island Baby, 23 February 2019.
|Origin||Sparta, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Genres||Rock, indie rock|
|Labels||Lonesome Recordings, Redi-Made Records, Fabtone Records, Mint 400 Records|
Hero Pattern was an American rock band that is from New Jersey.
Hero Pattern was a four-piece rock band that is from Sparta, New Jersey. They play post-grunge and modern rock that draws inspiration from the music of singer-songwriter Elvis Costello, and rock singer and guitarist Tom Petty, and music journalist Jim Testa calls Hero Pattern an "energetic brand of indie rock." Lead vocalist Jason Kundrath and bassist Rob Fitzgerald played in a band together, before being joined by drummer Mike Kundrath. When guitarist Pierre Marceau's band broke up, he joined the group of Fitzgerald and the Kundraths, and together they formed Hero Pattern, in 2001. Jason Kundrath acknowledges inspiration from classic rock and grunge, and mentions in an interview with The Signal that "The Beatles were my first obsession."
They released a split EP with rock singer-songwriter Val Emmich, entitled The Reception, in 2002. Hero Pattern became regulars in the New Jersey music scene, and played alongside the bands Pilot to Gunner, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, the Dismemberment Plan, and Superdrag in the early 2000s.
Cut You Out
Hero Pattern released their debut full-length album, entitled Cut You Out, on Redi-Made Records in 2003. It is described as having "robust melodies, heavy choruses, and big domineering guitars," and compared to the bands Sister Hazel, and Tonic. A positive review in Impact Press calls Cut You Out "catchy and fine tuned," and compares them to popular contemporaries Jimmy Eat World and All American Rejects. The reviewer contends that if you like their music, "I guarantee that you will like [Cut You Out]," and that "in six months when these guys get put on the radio and break, you can say you heard them first." The review closes with "if you skip the $5 shit bar tour these guys are on right now, then the next time you will be spending $15 to see them at some place like House of Blues[,] and the next time after that who knows, you may just be watching them talk to whatever tool MTV has employed to brainwash the kiddies now." They recorded a music video in Weehawken, New Jersey, for the song "Monster." In support of the album, Hero Pattern toured across the United States, and performed at the Midwest Music Summit, the NEMO Music Conference and the CMJ Music Marathon.
In early 2007, Hero Pattern released the six-song EP The Deception on Fabtone Records. Independent Clauses notes "whether it be their raging rock riffs, catchy pop vocals, or indie song arrangements, the quartet has developed the perfect formula to blend all three into six noteworthy tunes." They went on a twenty-four show tour in support of the EP with Jet Lag Gemini, National Fire Theory and River City High, over a twenty-seven day period. Their music is featured in the television show Jersey Shore. In 2009, Hero Pattern began to record a new album "when we made the decision to call it quits." In 2010 they played a reunion show at Maxwell's.
Rob Fitzgerald and Mike Kundrath have been working in music video promotion. A previously unreleased song called "Misleader" appears on the 2011 Mint 400 Records compilation, Our First Compilation. On 15 February 2019, Mint 400 Records digitally reissued Cut You Out, and Hero Pattern played a reunion show at Coney Island Baby in New York City, on 23 February 2019.
- Rob Fitzgerald – bass and vocals
- Jason Kundrath – vocals and guitar
- Mike Kundrath – drums
- Pierre Marceau – guitar and vocals
- Cut You Out (2003)
- The Reception (2002) with Val Emmich
- The Deception (2007)
- Appearing on
- Our First Compilation (2011)
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