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Crappy rock and roll since 2001.
Patrick Lew Band * Band of Asians * The Steel Lions * TheVerse * The Tortured......
Is of Chinese-Taiwanese and Japanese descent.
Chairman of the indie label The Promised Land Inc.
Cord cutting advocate.
Musician, actor, artist.
Rock and roll music activist.

"I'm just a rock and roll garage band from San Francisco. I play and try to modernize early 90's hard rock/glam metal mixed with the punk rock. I'm your menace to society and I ain't your model minority. No, I won't make America great again or become your next boy band phenomenon on MTV. But, I will rock you. You guys can jump, rattle and roll with my freak show."

Definition of garage band:
"An amateur rock band typically holding its rehearsals in a garage and usually having only a local audience."

PATRICK LEW BAND

FORMED: 2001 in San Francisco, CA
YEARS ACTIVE: 2000s, 2010s
GENRES: Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, Grunge, Punk, J-Rock

BAND MEMBERS:

Patrick Lew (Itaru Shimaka) - All Instruments (Or Most)

FORMER MEMBERS:

Tommy Loi - Drums
Eddie Blackburn - Lead Guitar, Occasional Lead Vocals
Jeremy Alfonso - Lead & Rhythm Guitar
David Hunter - Bass
Greg Lynch - Lead Guitar, Keyboards, Occasional Lead Vocals
David Arceo - Drums


“Be Yourself. Imitation is suicide.”

This is one of the creeds that 31 year old singer, songwriter, and guitarist Patrick Lew has lived by in his life, and his music. Born in San Francisco CA, Lew is a second generation Asian-American of Chinese, Taiwanese, and Japanese descent, now based out of Antioch, CA. Whether by fate or coincidence, the eclecticism of Lew’s heritage is mirrored by the path his music has taken. Sometimes it’s credited to his Patrick Lew Band, and other times to his musical pseudonym, The Steel Lions, but the music is always a raw and loose mix of garage punk, grunge, and no nonsense rock and roll. Lew has been spending well over a decade practicing his craft, perfecting his sound, building an internet fan base, and putting himself into a position to take the music community by storm.

The Patrick Lew Band’s story doesn’t start off too atypically, it’s the age-old tale of a young thirteen year-old boy that picks up the guitar and finds out that rock & roll makes life a whole lot cooler than what it was. Flash forward through the years of friends, start-up bands, school, life in general, and eventually Lew found himself playing with his group, Band of Asians before having to invest his energies fulltime into college. Once he enrolled in California State University, going for his B.A. in Philosophy and Music, Lew found himself too busy to keep performing live. His musical talent still flourished in his writing and self-recording, especially partway through college in 2009. It was around this point that he began investing time into the Patrick Lew Band.

While primarily a rhythm guitar player, Lew’s been able to self-record much of his own music with a larger band sound by picking up the bass and programming some drum and percussion tracks to accompany him. Through the magic of the internet and home recording equipment, Lew’s also been able to collaborate with a lot of different musicians over the last ten years, each of them contributing to the library of songs in Lew’s arsenal. The legion of talented performers has included drummers David Arceo and Tommy Loi, basisst David Hunter and guitarists Eddie Blackburn, Greg Lynch and Jeremy Alfonso.

Amongst the reasons why so many musicians have been willing to lend their skills to the Patrick Lew Band and its various forms are the uniqueness and the sheer quality of the music Lew creates. With influences that span four decades worth of music, Lew has developed a sonic blend, inspired by some of the best guitarists and songwriters in the history of popular music. Musicians like Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Lindsey Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac, Paul McCartney, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, and songwriters like John Lennon, Joe Stummer of The Clash, Eddie Vedder, Noel Gallagher; they all have impacted Lew and elements of their work show up in his.

Most of Lew’s material is instrumental, and self-described as well as described by others as “garage punk and grunge meets 70’s classic rock.” When Lew does sing, his voice has been compared to Kurt Cobain’s and Liam Gallagher’s, a compliment held in high esteem by Lew, considering his love for those musicians. Regardless of vocal comparisons, Lew defines himself as an “unconventional yet interesting punk rock musician.” He fully acknowledges that some of his east coast contemporaries may be making music that’s more “radio-friendly,” but stylistically, Lew would, “If presented with the choice, I’d rather be an artist than an entertainer.” Ever since leaving Band of Asians, this is the direction his music has gone in, and the results have been very impressive.

Patrick Lew Band and Steel Lions has steadily been gaining popularity due to the entrepreneurial efforts of Patrick Lew and David Arceo. Popular independent music website, ReverbNation.com ranked the band as the #1 group on the Punk genre charts from the Contra Costa County section of the Bay Area in 2012, and again, in 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. Similar distinctions have been earned from the continued success of Lew’s music on other musical websites such as SoundCloud and SoundClick. Full versions of several of Lew’s songs can be found on these sites, and the reviews coming in have been stellar:

“I swear when it comes time to hear a tune by Patrick in our Critics Corner contest…I have an odd tingly feeling like you get when you realize the unexpected is happening.” Larry Ludwick – Sounclick.com Critics Corner

“Patrick is a great believer in free music, free thought, and his music reflects that; so it’s best not to expect too much in the way of conventional structure or any of the rigors of ‘normal’ music standards.” Steve Gilmore’s Rebel Riffs (Indie Music Reviews)

“Patrick has good form, direction, energy, and an ability to beautifully convey organize chaos. Great stuff!” Howard Billington’s Indie Music Podcast

“Patrick stands firm in his relationship with his style and nothing anyone can say will sway him. For this, I applaud him.” Gabriel – Soundclick.com Critics Corner

In Patrick’s own words, “I want to be successful in my music career by playing gigs across America and overseas, while making great and interesting rock & roll music in the studio. Then I can help give back to the local music scene that I found my muse in.” That success may have originally been coming in fits and spurts, but the last few years have seen a consistent string of album releases. 2009 brought about the releases of Curb Your Wild Life and Let it Rise and Against. These were followed up by 2011’s Murder Bay, 2015's To the Promised Land and Bubblegum Babylon and 2017's Oakland. And if you want to hear the progression of Lew’s music, you can also find the albums he released with Band of Asians, Band of Asians, Live!, Revenge, and The I Product. All of Lew’s catalog can be purchased through iTunes.

The phrase, “guitar hero” has been tossed around lately with an almost casual disregard, but Patrick Lew embodies many of the qualities one needs to have to truly be a guitar hero. Through the years he’s worked his way up from being a young Taiwanese boy with a passion for music, to a one-man, garage, punk, grunge, hard rock band. By always remaining true to himself, true to his music, and true to his artistic vision, Patrick Lew has created in the Patrick Lew Band and Steel Lions, a dynamic sound, unparalleled in the burgeoning music industry.

Websites:
ReverbNation - http://www.reverbnation.com/patricklewsband
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/patricklewband
MySpace - http://www.myspace.com/patricklewsband
SoundClick – http://www.soundclick.com/patricklewband


Written by Heath Andrews (www.reviewyou.com)
Do you play live?
The Patrick Lew Band has never toured outside of the San Francisco Bay Area even if I have some fans outside of NorCal. Lol. Most of the time. Live shows for Patrick Lew Band are often sporadic and intermittent.

Usually, I use a laptop with backing tracks and play guitar and sing to present PLB onstage.

The only reason I use pre-recorded backing tracks to play live as Patrick Lew Band is because of the shortage of a live band of real-life (AKA human) musicians. I would have tried to find someone to go along and play with me. But there's a shortage of that to find and there's not enough time before a show. Not many people are willing to commit and be dedicated to do the show with me. And that becomes a problem. And there is a shortage of finding touring members.

Now before you knock me saying "I'm fake and not real." I will address to you that I have actually played stripped down "raw" performances with the PLB before with just two guitarists onstage with me and my former friend/bandmate Greg.

As tacky as a rock band may sound with me singing and playing guitar alongside an iPhone or laptop playing pre-recorded backing tracks plugged onto a PA system/mixer with an AUX cord. At least what you hear onstage, I'm not faking or pantomining my guitar playing or what I'm singing. Lol. I'm trying to give everyone a glimpse of what PLB sounds like as a one-man rock show given the absence of a live band. I'm not lip-syncing either man!

So what you hear is a balance between real and artificial.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
The lesser known can finally get heard and put themselves out there.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Preferably with an indie label. As long as they provide me the right accommodations as far as creativity and salary. And everything else.

I started my own indie label called The Promised Land which is a digital multimedia venture where I release anything Patrick Lew Band or Steel Lions related such as music, YouTube videos, photos and everything else. I also run Promised Land Inc exclusively as a home recording studio for my bands and solo projects to rehearse, jam and record.

After many problems with getting my music out there through more traditional forms of distribution and exposure in the music business, I created this indie label as a way of getting my body of musical work with Patrick Lew Band and Steel Lions out there today in the digital age. I am basically running an indie record label and music business in my own home for the most part and being my own boss.

The Promised Land Inc is a limited liability company ran solely by Patrick Lew and is based out of San Francisco, California.
Your influences?
Nirvana * Pearl Jam * Green Day * Blink 182 * Mother Love Bone * Guns N Roses * Tesla * U2 * The Beatles * The Fall * Def Leppard * Bon Jovi * The White Stripes * Silverchair * Dead Kennedys * Metallica * The Sex Pistols * Oasis * The Stone Roses * Jim Johnston * Steve Vai * Coheed and Cambria
Favorite spot?
San Francisco, Boston, New York City, London, Toronto, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Taipei.
Equipment used:
Epiphone Les Paul * 2008 iMac * 2014 MacBook Air * Apple GarageBand * Apple Logic Pro X * Apple MainStage 3 * Vox AC30 * Line6 TonePort * Digitech RP50 Multi-Effects * Boss DS-2 * Fender 25 Watt Frontman
Rig
Live (08/14/2015)
Filling in for The Tortured!
Madeline Lew
Madeline Lew
Madeline Lew
LIVE
July 2016 Akademia Music Award Winner
INVALID /
Before playing the Stork Club in Oakland!
Whole Foods Ocean Ave
Madeline Lew
FRINGE
MOD
Producing
Whats the point of saying sorry now?
Maddy
Madeline Lew AKA The Duff
Patrick Lew Band on Spotify. Courtesy of PS4.
Maddy
Home Recording Studio
Maddy
The Taiwanese Guitar Man
Mod
2009
2005
CSUEB c/o 2011
A good movie from 2001
Patrick Lew Meme Photo
Pearl Jam collection
Antioch, CA
Who is Patrick Lew?
Patrick Lew GH video game
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