Americana

SNEAK PEEK: Behind the scenes of "Center of Command"

Director John Theroux of CTPAK Film Crew is editing my new video "Center of Command" but gave me some great pics from the set. We are so excited to get this out!

My co-star is the incredibly talented Cole Ibach. This was his first acting job and he gave an excellent performance. You might notice a passing similarity between the two of us. Good for you because I just told you so now you have to notice.

Click the pics below and stay tuned for an official release date announcement coming soon! In the mean time, buy tickets or RSVP here or here to the big release show at The Sunset in Ballard on 11/17!

Psych-Folk Yourself: August Shows

We've got a TON of big news to share soon but first and foremost we've got some great shows coming up in August.

On August 7th we'll be headlining a show at LoFi with Gregg Curry & Ragged Glory and Willow Steps. Justin and I will be playing at the Seattle Acoustic Festival on Sunday, August 28th. This is a 3-day event with a bazillion great singer-songwriters. Check out their website and support this awesome festival. 

The Soundtrack to Your Tears

Welcome to me. I’m Patrick Galactic. I’m a songwriter, performer, recording artist, radio co-host and now a blogger. So…fuck yeah! Since this is my introductory post I thought it would be cool to talk about my songs and my artistic philosophy a little bit.

I’m a singer-songwriter but not in the conventional sense. I wouldn’t call what I do folk. I’ve been called Indie, Americana, Psych Pop, Cool Guy (by my mom) etc. but those are just aesthetics. At the end of the day a song, no matter what genre it’s in, is just chord structures and melodies (unless it’s instrumental or classical buuut…no).

So with that, here is my fanatical songwriting ideology….

A single note, well-placed, can destroy an army of perfectly-plucked guitar solos. I like less. There is a power to being understated. Songs need to breathe. I like songs with great melodies that don’t get too repetitive. Commercial music today seems to fill every bit of sonic space with layers of sound, choruses repeat until they are brainlessly memorable. To me that seems like...catchiness at gunpoint. If I hear a bass part or a vocal hook I like, I can always just listen to it again, right?

Lyrics. I like ‘em. I try to give each set of lyrics their due. A lot of people don’t give a shit, they want a beat or just want to lose themselves in the vibe and that’s cool too. I will spend days, weeks, sometimes months trying to get them just right. I don’t expect people to understand exactly what I’m talking about, I focus on creating a scene and hope the listener can find a meaning for themselves in it.

I love sad songs. I write sad songs…only. I do this so that I don’t have to be a sad person. Duality exists in everyone and my art is reserved for my darkness. So if you wanna dance or listen to something that will get you smiling and loving life, you should probably close this right now and move on. If you love ironic, snarky odes to pop culture, GET OUT. I write heady sad jams with lots of atmosphere. If you wanna hear the inside of my mind, drink yourself to sleep or just need a soundtrack to your tears…you are in EXACTLY the right place.

So that’s me. Who are you? What kinda music do you love to love?! Leave me a comment, let’s talk art and feel important.

PG