“She Lives on the Astral Plane” is available online everywhere. Profits from Bandcamp purchases will be donated entirely to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.
In May I was reunited with my friend and creative soul brutha John Theroux of CTPAK Film Crew to start work on our new creation. WHAT IS THIS CREATION, YOU ASK?! A new video for “Dying Days of Lois Lane”.
When we made the video for Center of Command last year, we came up with an intensely personal story loaded with implications and symbolism. We also felt we’d only scratched the surface of what was possible with that narrative. When the time came to make another video, we decided to write a new chapter and took meta to a whole new level.
I don’t want to spoil anything because the video isn't out yet. What I will say is this: once you face the past (and it kicks your ass like mine did to me in Center of Command), you have to face yourself/selves.
5 Things I CAN say
- There were sick costumes.
- I wore a legit man bun.
- We got an insane amount of bug bites shooting in a very old cemetery for 4 hours.
- I actually had somene body double for me.
- My co-stars are my fiancee Rachel (Hel Mary) and our daughter, Antoinette.
“Dying Days of Lois Lane” will debut soon enough but until then, here’s some shots from the set. And if you haven’t seen “Center of Command” yet, watch it below.
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!
Currently Listening to:
The Raincoats, “Odyshape”.
I love discordant records with fucked up timing and lots of strings. This album, as best I can tell, is not loved quite the same as their debut but it is my favorite. Ana De Silva, Gina Birch, and Vicky Aspinall prove here that artistic vision trumps technical brilliance every time. I always turn this on when I’m feeling a little…well…
Exposed and impatient
My daily pre-release ritual is sending dozens of emails to press outlets every morning. It is an exercise that is both cathartic and absolutely horrible. There are the inevitable rejections, which are better than the inevitable apathy, and then, every once in a while there is the “I love it!” email that I’m not-so-secretly hoping everyone will send.
Possibly my greatest talent, if it can be called that, is investing my whole self in my music. I leave it all on the stage, the studio, whatever the place, I leave it there. That said, sending your heart in to the hands of the press can be kinda demoralizing if you don’t harden yourself and stay focused on what really matters.
After more than 20 years, I must confess that my biggest blind spot is my sensitivity to rejection. But my faith is stronger than it’s ever been and, though rejections will continue, so will I.
That felt good to say.
Currently really digging:
Kikagaku Moyo "House in the Tall Grass"
Beautiful Japanese Psych Rock. I don’t think I need to say more but I will. If Can was Radiohead with a pinch of early Mogwai and everybody was pleasantly stoned, they would be Kikagaku Moyo. Highly recommended.
Currently hoping you are aware of:
The big release show on 11/17 at Sunset! You can get a copy of “Running from the Sun” on CD or cassette two weeks before the album drops and see a diverse bill of great bands. Let’s make this a bash to remember! You can buy tickets here and RSVP to the show here and/or here.
HAS TO BE HARD (LYRICS)
Don't give up on your dreams
Because when they're gone
You'll lose them forever
Love is not what it seems
It Has to be Hard
To keep it together
Love was all that I could give
Is all I can be
Do you ever drive to work, hastily swiping through Spotify or iTunes Music or Tidal or (insert your preferred streaming music service here) to pick something on your phone to listen to and then stumble across a recording you made 2 years ago of a song you wrote 8 years ago, realize that you really like it and then release it for free on Soundcloud...?! Well I did.
This song, "Has to be Hard" was written a long time ago when I was a completely different person living a totally different life. Over the last 3 years my existence has been one of unrelenting change, reformation and rebirth. The end results have been good. The process has been excruciating.
Along the path of these many existential crises, my faith in the choices I've made has been tested. Have all my righteous rebellions really been worth the price I've paid for them? Is the reality I've manifested the one I really wanted? Does everything really have to be this hard?
"Has to be Hard" is a simple lullaby with a very direct message. Don't give up. Don't lose yourself in your circumstances. It's cliche. It's not subtle. It's not particularly clever. That's ok. I've realized that there are times when things should be said as plainly and directly as possible.
A friend of mine called this song Beatles-esque and I get that. But I wrote this with Harry Nilsson in mind. If you haven't had the privilege of digesting Nilsson's catalog, he was the master of American art pop and a genuine treasure. I guarantee you've heard some of his stuff (perhaps this or this or this) but there is so much more to explore, I highly recommend it.
I believe in the power of art. Over my life, songs with the right message at the right time have changed my whole way of thinking. "Has to be Hard" is free to download on Soundcloud. I hope you enjoy it.
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....