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The Black and White Years have been around since early 2006, after band members Scott Butler, Landon Thompson, and John Aldridge met at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. They began to play music together on the local scene and recorded their first EP just before adding drummer Billy Plotts into the mix in 2008.
Two years after producing their debut album, the Black and White Years are back with their sophomore album, Patterns. Butler and Thompson are at the forefront of the album, bringing with them not only their relaxed vocals, but also the power-pop background sounds that are present throughout the entire album. If The Black and White Years are one thing from the opening song “Up!” to the closing “Promises”, it’s consistent; each and every song unites the band’s desire to produce songs with complex lyrics with upbeat, electronic background music, encouraging listeners to not only take them seriously as musicians, but to enjoy it as well.
Listen to the opening track, "Up!":