I first heard of Mason Proper back when they were known as Patterns in Paris in the early two thousands. I saw Patterns perform at a beach in my hometown of Charlevoix, Michigan, as a part of a local concert series held by one of my buddies. I remember hearing them play under the pavilion, looking at one of my best friends, and both of us being blown away by the new sound. At that point, I knew they were going to be huge. Their early music reminded me of Gameboy’s Kirby’s Dreamland mixed with The Postal Service. This, like many local small town shows, had a bunch of unsigned mediocre bands playing songs that they recorded in their basement. Yet, there was something about Patterns that made me freak out. They were so different that I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Holy shit these guys were amazing. They actually stated that this show wasn’t even a real Patterns in Paris show because one of their band members was missing. Still, without a bass player, they played a good enough show for me to spend $5 dollars (as I recall) on their demo CD. Six of my friends and I bought the demo and rocked the shit out of it. We showed it to everyone we crossed paths with. I can’t think of one person that ever heard this demo and didn’t like it. Now, about four years later, Mason Proper (formally Patterns in Paris) can be seen on Fuse TV, Canada’s MTV Live, and they are releasing their sophomore album entitled “Olley Oxen Free” on Dovecote Records. This band has been featured on Sirius Radio along with daytrotter.com, woxy.com, rcrdlbl.com and many other music websites and blogs. If you haven’t heard their music yet, or even if you have, you can check them out at their myspace or their official website.