Australian prog metal newcomers Patient Lounge have an impressive knack for dovetailing intricate, melodic moments with full-on heavy metal riffing and intensity.
The Brisbane band’s intriguing proggy approach fuses everything from pop and classic rock to jazz and death metal. All of that brought together makes their sound approachable and engaging yet intense and hard-hitting, which for us makes it a fascinating listen.
They sent us their second single, the impressive, near eight-minute-long New Man, which was released in February, to get a feel for their sound.
It starts out with a light flickering guitar that continues under a delicious little lick and gives way to a heavy smash of guitars. That drops into light guitars again, then big stabbing guitars alongside a couple of flurries of fast high notes.
A laid-back verse takes over with light bass and guitar support, which slowly builds into a chorus of powerful vocals over lively guitars. Light guitars come in and give way to chugging guitars, which feed into another section of engaging vocals.
This time it drops into a funky little bassline then palm-muted guitars under repeats of “I won’t waste away with you, said I won’t waste away.” A cool stabbing guitar joins in and leads into another singalong chorus.
The band loves to go from a heavy chorus and drop straight into a light, moody section, which is exactly what builds up to the heavy outro. Wild high guitars and a rolling lick give way to stabs of heavier guitars that build in intensity as the track comes to a big proggy ending. Give it a listen below:
That followed debut single All You Want, which starts slowly with a light guitar lick under laid-back vocals. That drops into a funky little light bass lick, then it gradually increases in intensity with the vocals picking up and a stabbing guitar lick.
It soon explodes into life with heavy guitars and rolling drums under big powerful vocals of “All you want is nothing to change.” A cool riff takes over and continue under repeats of “What do you know?” then big guitar chords support another powerful chorus with a little guitar lick in the background.
That drops into a stabbing bassline with palm-muted guitars that feed into a repeating little guitar riff over some heavy bass that feed into a big final chorus. Check it out in the video below:
We had a chat with drummer Nick Keogh to find out more about the band. Read on below…
GR: Who are Patient Lounge?
NK: “We’re a rock band from Brisbane Australia passionate about creating something new and exciting that people haven’t heard before. It’s a cliché we know, but we find music really empowering, and by doing something new and surprising in the rock sphere we can pass that love of good music on.
“We are Nick (drums), Zach (guitar/vox) and Eric (lead guitar). Zach and I have been playing music together since we were kids and we met Eric a couple years ago through Uni.”
GR: You just released New Man. What should people be expecting from the song?
NK: “Expect some fun riffs rhythms and hooks in an authentic performance. We had a few basic musical ideas and spent the length of the song exploring those ideas and the relationships between them as much as we could, sometimes pushing it to places we didn’t imagine the song would go.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
NK: “Short answer: Progressive rock. Long answer: Tool meets Pearl Jam with the intention of pumping you up. We write music we enjoy playing because we love it, and we love sharing that experience with other people.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
NK: “Tricky question as we all grew up on very different things (think Cattle Decapitation crossed Bruce Springsteen crossed The Mars Volta), but there’s a few bands we all agree are brilliant; Tool, Hiatus Kaiyote, Pearl Jam.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
NK: “Lots planned for 2020! We’ve been hitting the studio since the start of the year and have a heap lined up ready to go, the question is when! Obviously things are a bit weird at the moment with COVID-19 so it makes touring and the like tricky, but we’re seeing it as a great opportunity to create different kinds of content that our fans can connect with in the meantime.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
NK: “It’s early days for us as we formed in 2019 and we’re really proud of what we’ve achieved so far with some great support slots and 2 releases. This is only the beginning, so expect a lot more music in the next 12 months! If you dig us or have any requests for covers and content to keep you amused during isolation, slide into our DM’s and say hey!”