Bang bang smash squeal
By Robin Ecoeur
WHO ARE YA?
Patsy's Rats is Patsy Gelb and Christian Blunda. We've been around for a year and played with at least five drummers and five bassists. We write hard 'n heavy Pop Rock & Roll.
3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
We started the band being called THE RAT playing heavier gnarlier stuff but couldn't resist the Pop...Almost every lyric to Rock & Roll Friend is lifted from a classic song that was adored by our late friend Mikey, who the song is a tribute to...Patsy took the cover photo of herself in the mirror of the bathroom of the rollerskating rink in Portland, from the toilet...
It was an hour before Tom Petty was playing at the largest venue in Portland. After lowballing everyone on Craigslist, Christian found some last minute tickets and took my 1970 Ford Falcon to drive across town and pick them up from a "Mary Jane". 10 blocks into it, he noticed flames rising up from the engine through the vents in the hood. Two minutes later I received the call that the Falcon had gone down in flames and burnt to a crisp. Christian snapped this photo as necessary proof to explain our predicament to "Mary Jane", luckily she was willing to deliver the tickets to us in the middle of this catastrophe. I arrived at the scene as the tow truck was positioning itself to transport the burnt car to our house. We now had our tickets and about 10 mins before the Petty concert but no way to get there...
TOP 3 POWER POP BANDS
Shoes, Cheap Trick and Phil Seymour.
"No modern styles I've encountered capture the spirit and attitude Rock & Roll has embodied for so long. That's not a case for playing retro-stylised music, but for keeping guitars, Pop and power in new music".
Everyone is prattling on about Vinyl, the new TV show produced by Martin Scorsese and good old Mick Jagger! It’s about a 70’s 'record man' describing his life whilst he sits in his old car buying cocaine from a dodgy drug dealer. The main character is in dire straits, selling off his record label. He’s looking for the next big band. You might have not watched the first episode and I’m not going to spoil it either, but Patsy’s Rats could have saved the guy!
Let me explain. Patsy’s Rats are a Portland, OR, based band who crunch 70’s Rock & Roll over simple power Pop chords. Well, on paper at least. When you listen to their first EP, released on Super Fan 99, you realise the outfit are arguably more in line with punk's premium forces on the three-chord front; raw-powered riffage, playful lyrics, and plain-clothed appearance. Trying to re-capture the 70’s rock arena sound, they achieve it easily and make it sound fresh again.
For example, you’ll always want dance to the opener Rock & Roll Friends. Always. It’s instantly catchy. It feels as though the outfit have a natural flair for melody, delivering a flawless performance in this debut EP. It’s not revolutionary, nor mind-blowing, but what they achieve here isn’t a simple task. The outfit is making good old Rock and Roll music and that's harder than you may think. Probably because it's a feeling, or an attitude...just look at the Tom Petty story; the trucker rocker ruled...he's got the Rock & Roll!
Truth be told as the record progresses the melody becomes more varied and reaches greater registers. The guitar solos are also a key point; full of joyous progressions. But most important are the twin vocals of singers Patsy Gelb and Christian Blunda which add such a vivid imagination to the story of Patsy's Rats. Hard Time Karen is the best example of this, with both singers shouting "goodbye Karen woo woo ohh". It's the idea of keeping "guitars, Pop and power in new music" and, in our opinion, that's imperative.