Once upon the ’90s, Joe Patt was the adrenalized drummer for the Hairy Patt Band, a batch of Punk crazies that made a big impression on local and regional audiences. The creatively and geographically restless Patt relocated to Columbus and started another acclaimed area band, Them Wranch, which notched a similarly slavish loyalty before Patt pulled up stakes once again and landed in Chicago in 2002, playing in bands like Cash Audio and The Country Teasers.
Chicago’s also where Patt assembled his longest lasting outfit to date, The Royal Pines. For this aggregation, Patt decided to leave the drumming to beatkeeper Joe Gerdeman and strapped on a guitar to join guitarist Brian Harper and bassist Brendan O’Mara at the front of the stage, showcasing his heretofore untested singing voice, a sonorous instrument reminiscent of the deep power of Nick Cave and Rank & File’s Tony Kinman.
Drawing on songs that Patt had been tinkering with for years, the Pines conceived a sound that gene-spliced Indie and Roots Rock, a dark, swirling, swaggering mix of twangy Americana, psychedelic Pop and edgy Indie Rock
THE ROYAL PINES play Mayday Friday, May 20 with guests BILLY CATFISH and THE SPEED HICKEYS. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.