Tobacco Pat (Alt/Indie/Rock)

Written by Jonny Havoc

Tobacco Pat
Posted Aug 16, 2010.

How is everything going lately, Patrick?

Every thing's been great over here

This will be our second interview, the last one was over 2 years ago and we're excited to finally be doing another one with you.

My pleasure.

You have a new CD out right now called "Talk To Me Like The Rain And Let Me Listen". Did you record it with Tyler, the same person that recorded The War E.P.?

No. We parted ways a while back and I've been recording myself ever since. It feels a lot more independent that way, and it allows much more breathing room for experimentation and such.

Tell us a little more about your new CD, "Talk To Me Like The Rain And Let Me Listen".
I started work on Talk To Me in January 2010 in a haunted room at fellow songwriter Cici Ross's house. I brought over my own equipment and we hung out, it was nice. The album itself is much fuller sounding than anything I've done in the past, and I experimented with more digital effects this time around.

I'm digging the album artwork on the new CD, Who took it and where?

I found the cover while scouring the National Archives Administration Of America website. I don't know much more than that. One of my favorite things about this country is the many archives available to the public.

In our last interview I asked you how the music scene was in Florida, you said the underground music scene was pretty strong and it had an abundance of hardcore bands. How is the music scene today and how is it different then 2 years ago.

I really have no idea. I would guess it's probably the same as always, and possibly declining in quality. There definitely isn't an abundance of singer-songwriters, but it's alright. There are a few wonderful people, and a few not-so wonderful people. It all has a lot to do with who your friends are, naturally.

How is your side project humanshmoomen doing?

It's kind of faded into nothingness. A lot of the experimental elements of Human Shmoomen have blended into Tobacco Pat, but I'm so erratic with my musical endeavors that nothing ever really pans out the way I expect it to. I think I'm going to make a rock band soon though (laughs)

A tour was talked about in our last interview, did that ever come about?

Not exactly. I've been playing here and there, a little in Florida, some in Ohio. Like I said, my mind changes constantly and I tend to be a little flaky about my plans. I would love to tour though, it's just a matter of money and time.

Any plans to tour in the future? Orange County or LA by any chance?

I would love to head out there. I love the west.

So, what's new with you other than the new CD and this awesome interview?

Well I'm working on another new album, entitled Vimanas, that should be released digitally in the next month or so. It's sort of my explicit political beliefs set to music, with a few lovely tunes and some ambiance. I'm really excited. I plan on releasing it with a pay-what-you-want type deal, with all of the proceedings going to, this nonprofit organization I've gotten into and maybe some other charities or something. I'm also trying to get this book published, I wrote it last spring and have been submitting it to independent presses and contests ever since. I was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Faulkner - Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, which is neat.

In 2 years we'll do another interview, where do you see your band in 2 years?

I'm going to play on Good Morning America wrapped in an American Flag, reciting my favorite passages from The Communist Manifesto.

I'm going to hold you to that.. ha.

Thanks Pat for the great interview, any last words to your fans and readers?


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