Fast-rising Irish punks PROBLEM PATTERNS have dropped another new video from their forthcoming debut album.
'Letter Of Resignation' is a taster for the Bedlfast quartet's album Blouse Club, which is due out through Alcopop Records later this year.
“‘Letter of Resignation’ is for anyone who has left a job, space or situation because people there were judgemental of or discriminated against them or others for being different, and they stood up for who they believe in," says guitarist Beverley Boal. “For me, I grew up hearing the phrase ‘hate the sin, love the sinner’ in churches (always in the same context, as if being gay was the ultimate sin) and it still feels like an attack when I hear the preachers in the street. Genuine love does not force us to become what we are not. Genuine love extends beyond those who look, act and think like yourself. Genuine love doesn’t inspire violence. Two thirds of queer people have experienced violence or abuse due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. More than half of Northern Irish queer youth say they are not fully accepted by their family.
“Mental health struggles including self-harm are far more prevalent in the LGBTQ+ community," she continues. "Those perpetuating ‘traditional' views have a lot to answer for. And, after so many sexual abuse scandals in the church, it seems like they would be better off trying to keep themselves right.”
'Letter Of Resignation' is available to stream/download here.
Having just played a brace of support shows with Le Tigre, Problem Patterns his the festival trail throughout the summer with a London headline show lined up for the autumn. Full dates are...
15.07.23 - Berlin, My People Fest
22.07.23 - Liverpool, Crapfest
19.08.23 - Glasgow, Core Festival
26.08.23 - Kettering, Greenbelt Festival
17.11.23 - London, Sebright Arms
Pic by Carrie Davenport