FEATURE: NO, THIS IS PATRICK! TALK DEBUT ALBUM
WRITTEN BY: MEG
There are a handful of bands in the rock and alternative scene playing and reviving a subgenre known as easycore, and one of those many bands is Tennessee based No, This Is Patrick! The quintet dropped their debut EP “This Is Not Ideal” back in 2017, and two years later, released their long-awaited self-titled debut full-length.
“It feels AMAZING. We worked super hard for over a year on this record, and hit almost every speed bump possible,” guitarist/vocalist Matt Isaacs says about finally releasing the record after all this time, “At points it felt like we may never get it finished, but it was worth it to make the songs sound as good as we believe they do now.”
“It’s twofold - It feels like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders, but it’s also very rewarding to see the physical CD,” drummer Truman House adds, “Between scheduling conflicts, gear malfunctions, and all of these components that are at play when recording an album; it can get frustrating at times, not to mention doing one’s best to gel with the other guys in the group. I’m very pleased to see that these songs are seeing the light of day!
Not long before releasing the full album, the band put out its lead single and opening track, “Where’s The Giant, Mansley?.”
“It was one of the first songs written for the band, so it had a special resonance with us for that reason. We felt it deserved to be the first single for how long it took us to finally get it into a release, and was also a good representation of the sound of the band for any new listeners,” guitarist Sean Naples says about the song, “Since it was written early in the band's formation, it connects back to the sound of our EP while benefiting from fantastic new production and the newer members.”
“Mansley just feels like a great opener to us, especially with the lo-fi guitar intro at the beginning (which was actually recorded back before the EP and we just kept it around for this very purpose),” Matt adds, “It was one of the first songs written for this band and so it felt like a good way to open up this new chapter, like saying ‘here is this example of who and what we are, now prepare yourself for even more’.”
As mentioned before, the band previously released an EP called “This Is Not Ideal” just around this time in 2017, and kept in mind a few things from that experience when working on this album.
“For me it was about writing better bridges, or at least songs that go somewhere and then come back around. That and trying to have a different feel on each song,” Matt answers.
“The songs from the EP were written either before this band formed or in isolation by one member. Most of the songs for this album had demos, but our three joining members rewrote their parts where they felt an improvement could be made. A solo album of songs that I wrote for this album would only be half as good without the enhancements from the rest of the band,” Sean adds about how the band works together during the writing process.
"This is just music we love and believe in, and its purpose is to demonstrate that we’re finally ready to show the world what we’re made of.”
The songs on that EP were just a preview of what was to come later on. No, This Is Patrick!’s self titled full length does have moments reminiscent of the sound on that EP, while also adding in a bit of variety and experimentation.
“The EP is almost like an appetizer, and the album is a full multi-course meal. The EP songs are fun but short, whereas the album has much more substance and variety,” Matt says.
There’s not only variety in the music, but also in the lyrical topics and themes throughout these songs.
“All of the lyrics on this record are personal to at least one of us. All of the lyrics I wrote/co-wrote are based off of personal experiences,” Matt reveals, “Mansley is basically venting the frustrations of getting the band together and finally getting rolling, Alas, Earwax is about finally leaving behind a long and unhealthy on and off relationship, Ehhh, Dan is about anxiety, and M.C.B.'s original lyrics were about the same relationship from Earwax, and then Andrew rewrote them and elevated the song to a new level. (They were kind of terrible before he wrote the new ones). Buttz Carlton is about a specific job and manager that will go nameless…”
“I think we’re a band that will always be one that backs a positive message to those who feel disenfranchised or different because of who they are or the circumstances around them. It’s an upbeat sounding record,” lead vocalist Andrew Dorn says, “Though we do touch on some very real struggles with mental health, socioeconomic indifference, love, heartbreak - we ultimately wanted to leave it up to the listener to take away whatever they want from these songs, in a way that’s uniquely ‘us.’”
With the band’s newly released debut LP finally out, there are a few things they want to achieve and that they plan to do next.
“I want as many people around the world to hear this album, get joy from it, and pass that joy and love on. And for it to help us make many many more albums and tour the world playing music.” Matt says about what he wants to achieve with this release.
“My goal with contributing to these songs is to write parts that I like, and hope that the audience likes them too. Henry (NTIP bassist) and I have started writing ideas and jamming for new song ideas, which will be fleshed out later,” Truman explains, hinting at the new music that the band has already started to work on, “I don’t necessarily have any expectations with the album, it’s more of a direction - Going in the direction of putting out meaningful creations, not just “content generation” for the sake of hype and buzz. Overall, it’s been a blast!”
“To me, releasing this album is our paramount achievement as a band so far. Going forward, we finally have a defining assortment of songs we all love - and can point to it and say ‘this is who we are’,” Andrew adds, “This record was never about trying to change the world or reinvent the wheel. This is just music we love and believe in, and its purpose is to demonstrate that we’re finally ready to show the world what we’re made of.”
no, this is patrick!'s self-titled debut album is available now. listen to it here: