Hell Mary

Reawakening the Beast

Photo by Tim Basaraba

Photo by Tim Basaraba

There is a part of me that has always been  a stranger…a shadow…a passenger that sees with my eyes and feels with my skin and crawls through the echoes of my mind. It’s angry. It’s desperate. It’s heartbroken and distrustful. It feeds on the validation of performance and it hates me for needing it. It is a monstrosity of ego, aggression, and rebellion…and I’ve missed it terribly for a long time.

I spent my whole life in bands until last year. When Death By Stars broke up it felt like something inside of me broke too. I dedicated my life to sharing my creative abstractions with a select group of people I could trust. It hurt to let it go and I refused to get hurt again. I didn’t want to leave myself at the mercy of anyone. I was mad and when I'm mad I'm stubborn. Fuck’em all! I decided to do music completely alone, for once.

And I did. Learning to be a solo performer, standing on stage with nothing but my guitar, my voice and my stupid glasses, has been a profound and powerful experience. Having a bad night? No drums or bass or keyboards to hide behind. It’s just you and everyone around you. I had to hold myself to a higher standard and deliver the goods each and every time. I gained a new respect for my craft.

BIG BLDG BASH 2014, Photo by James Toohey for NadaMucho.com

BIG BLDG BASH 2014, Photo by James Toohey for NadaMucho.com

But this guy was still lurking inside and screaming to be let out.

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I love playing acoustic shows. I'll always play acoustic shows. But there is something intangibly different about a band with a beat. 

When the stage is shared, there is more room to breathe. With more instrumentation it's easier to set a scene. And once the scene is set, the actors know how to inhabit their characters. 

A few weeks back I performed at NadaMucho.com's #41for2015Fest with my friend and fantastic drummer, Justin Pascua. We had rehearsed for a while and felt good about our work but I think we were both a little nervous about bringing the songs to life on stage.

When the moment came and the music started, worries didn't matter. I gave in completely. The world I inhabited minutes before was a distant, unneeded distraction. I felt myself surrender. My thoughts wandered until they disappeared entirely. The pulse of the beat hypnotized me until I had achieved a focus, a command of my presence that felt both familiar and brand new. The personification of ego and aggression that I wasn't sure existed anymore was alive and well.

There are moments in life where the truth becomes evident beyond all doubt.  

#41for2015Fest with Justin Pascua, photo by Marcus Klotz

#41for2015Fest with Justin Pascua, photo by Marcus Klotz

Tomorrow, November 7th, for the first time I will take the stage with Justin Pascua on drums and Brenden Smith of Clearly Beloved on viola.

This is also the launch of the soundtrack for CJ Kinton's forthcoming book, "Edge - The Novel". I recorded a duet with Hell Mary, "Look Through the Window" that is featured on the album and will performed live for the first time!  Show details below.

Soundtrack release party for "Edge - The Novel", Saturday, Nov. 07

ALL AGES till 10pm! $8, Doors at 6pm, music start at 7:00pm

Skylark Cafe - 3803 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

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The Monster in Me

TBASA. Hell Mary. Patrick Galactic. The Triple Headed Monster Tour. 9 days, four thousand miles, and a Chrysler 300. It’s done. It was awesome. It’s…weird. I was happy to come home, see my cats, my roommate, and sleep in my own bed but I was JUST getting used to waking up early in some strange-ass room, silently listening to tour mates talk in their sleep, take a shower and get the hell back on the road. 

Things I Learned

-        Instagram is the best thing ever when you’re traveling and seeing new cool shit all the time. It also prompted me to think about how to make my day-to-day life more interesting. In short, Instagram saved my life.

-        Everything is expensive when you have no money. This was a DIY venture through and through. Thanks to our amazing family of artists and assorted creative types in Seattle, we made enough money at our send-off show to pay for nearly all our lodging. My total hotel bill for the tour was $21. Thanks friends!

-        Gas costs a lot more in the desert where there are only a few places to fill up over several hundred miles.

-        There is no such thing as a bad dancing meth girl in the audience. ‘Nuff said.

-        Big cities like Portland, San Francisco, and LA are cool. Very cool. But the weird in-betweens are also pretty amazing. Jamestown, California is a one-road old gold mining town that is still set-up to look period-correct. Lots of weird history, weird tourists, and great pictures. Just as rewarding as any other place we visited.

Most Important Thing I Learned: playing a show every night brought me closer to my songs. Performing for me is like a waking dream. When things are going well I'm not paying attention to anything or anyone around me. Without a week or several weeks in between shows, I spent more time in that trance-like state and felt the regenerative, medicinal effects of it. When I got home I was exhausted but in a way I felt stronger than I had when I left.

Tim's wife, Pauline (aka PBASA) ran our merch stand and gave our swag the swagger it needed on a nightly basis. She managed a lot of aspects of our tour and deserves a huge thanks! It is SO worth to bring someone to focus on the non-musical aspects of putting on a show. Whoever it is probably won't be half as rad as Pauline but it's worth a shot.

Because we were in a large sedan and not a van, I don't think there are many people I could have made this trip with. We had very little space to spread out and, as it turned out, that was just fine. I had a blast with my tour mates! We listened to a ton of music, talked a ton of shit to each other and laughed our asses we off. We saw burning cars on the highway, drove through the Redwood Forest, walked the streets of Los Angeles in 108 degree weather, almost got our balls bit off by a really sweet dog, drove through the desert and eventually got an entire bar to sing "Stand By Me" a capella in Bend, OR when the karaoke machine broke down. 

Now it’s back to getting my EP done so that there’s a reason for me to tour next year. Very special thanks to Erika, Ryan, and Seth for putting us up along the way! Thanks to everyone who tuned in to our social media bombardment and to everyone who came to our shows and bought our merch. 2016 is already shaping up to be a very big year for me, I’m excited to share it with you!

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Photo by Pauline Basaraba

Photo by Pauline Basaraba

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PBASA - tour manager and resident legend. Photo by Tim Basaraba.

PBASA - tour manager and resident legend. Photo by Tim Basaraba.

Photo by Tim Basaraba

Photo by Tim Basaraba

Photo by Patrick Galactic

Photo by Patrick Galactic

Saturday - Seattle Acoustic Fest + 2 Other Things

I’m gonna be playing this Saturday at 12:45pm, NOON 45, at Seattle Acoustic Fest hosted by All Pilgrims Christian Church in Seattle. It’s a stacked bill featuring a ton of great songwriters: Saint John and the Revelations, TBASA, Star Anna, Tobias the Owl, Big Sur, Dark Hip Falls, The Beatles…ok, one of those acts isn’t playing but I refuse to say which one. Anyway, this is an easy way to hear a ton of great music: it’s cheap, it’s all day and most importantly, it is QUALITY! Don’t miss this, buy your tickets now to be sure you can get in! More info here or here or here….or HERE.

Last week I played bass for the incomparable Hell Mary on The Spud Goodman Show’s 2nd Anniversary episode. She was great, the show was fun and we were joined by Derek Terran of the thunderous Wind Burial (don’t be a dope, check them out NOW) on drums. Watch the video or listen to the whole podcast here.

Seattle - girl, I need you so bad. TBASA, Hell Mary and I getting ready to depart for the Triple Headed Monster Tour in September. Substation in Seattle will be hosting our send-off show on September 4th. This is also Hell Mary's EP release for her debut "Worship Games". All we need you to do is show up, have a few drinks, buy an EP and/or a t-shirt, shake your sexy ass and get the hell home (safely). This simple act of fun and good times will help us buy gas, food and cheap hotel rooms in our bid to fill the world with love, laughter and our commercial wares. Save the date! September 4th at Substation! RSVP here.

3 Things I Did/Will Do This Summer

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Hellloooooo.....hi. While it may have seemed pretty quiet on the Patrick Galactic front the last few months I've actually been inCREDIBLY busy making it look like nothing is going on. I present to you this list of things that I've been doing to justify the extended public silence I've forced you all to endure.

1. I'm Touring the West Coast in September

For my first piece of awesome...I will, alongside my co-consipirators TBASA and Hell Mary,  be embarking on the Triple Headed Monster Tour of the BEST coast from September 4-12th! I promise we will almost be half as good as this AMAZING poster by Jim Nadorozny of Superbeast! Check out the Shows page for complete details.

2. I'm Recording My Debut EP

I’ve been working on my debut EP since May and am SO excited to share it with you….when it’s done, which it isn’t, but we (that would be me and the fine people at CTPAK Records) have been crafting some very tasty tones, textures and other “t” words that I hope you will love! I promise you new sounds. 

3. I Am Now a YouTube Sensation

The benevolent overlords at MountainHouse TV were kind enough to give me unfettered access to the bands performing on their much-loved YouTube series "The Cave Sessions" AND my very own show on their channel. The first episode of "The Pat Down" is up and ready for your filthy little viewing pleasure! We'll be dropping one of these every month, stay tuned....

Tonight Never Knows


TONIGHT

I'll be joined by Abi Grace, Hell Mary, Champagne Sunday and TBASA at Substation for TBASA's Lo-Fi All-Stars #66! This is a great bill, don't miss this! $6, 8pm, 21+

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The good folks at The Spud Goodman Show put together a very cool video of my new song "Strychnine". Check it out, give a thumbs up, leave a comment and SHARE! Thanks to the TSGS crew!

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FINALLY


Possibly the hardest question to answer in all of music history is answered by 550 artists. For the record, I pick John but they both were strongest when they wrote together.

Who do you pick?!

Join the All-Stars June 3rd

TBASA’s Lo-Fi All-Stars, an ongoing series of shows featuring up-and-coming songwriters from around the Northwest, has found a new home at Substation in Seattle. They’re kicking it off in a big way with featured performances by Abi Grace, Hell Mary, Champagne Sunday and me. It’s a great bill and a cheap way to hear new music from some of the area’s best! Click the pic, watch the show trailer and get yourself to Substation on Wednesday, June 3rd.