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Patrick Lew Band
Patrick Lew Band
Patrick Lew's Voice Change (2002 to Now)
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Patrick Lew's voice change and musical progression or de-evolution (depending who you ask) based off recordings from the Patrick Lew Band.
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Active: 2000s, 2010s
Formed: 2001 in San Francisco, CA

Styles: Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, Post-Grunge, Punk Rock, Emo

Group Members: Patrick Lew, David Arceo, Eddie Blackburn, Jeremy Alfonso, Greg Lynch, David Hunter, Tommy Loi

Psychotic Love (2003)
Curb Your Wild Life (2009)
Let It Rise And Against (2009)
Murder Bay (2011)
To the Promised Land (2015)
Bubblegum Babylon (2015)
Fire in the Sky (2016)
Shortcuts to Fame (2016)

San Francisco based punk act that soared to notoriety and tiny publicity on social-media in the early 2010s atop with their eccentric, boastful, loose, anthemic and no nonsense rock.

"PLB is the type of solo project that involves me in the bedroom/living room working part by part while playing guitar and trying to experiment with ideas just randomly before I head into the bedroom, plug the guitars into my laptop and start laying down tracks. I have complete freedom musically in the creative process. I never wanted to invest too much money into my solo project, so I do everything DIY. I run the business myself as well. PLB used to be a "virtual" rock band with four friends from college, but that didn't go well as originally planned.

PLB is basically a garage-y kind of one man band. I can't really label my genre, but you can hear 90's rock influences for sure. We all live in the digital world and with the today's technology and social-media, I'm able to put all my music out there!"

San Francisco, CA -- Vocalist/guitarist Patrick Lew is introduced to lead guitarist Eddie Blackburn and drummer Tommy Loi through mutual friends at Raoul Wallenberg High School. The trio began jamming in Eddie's bedroom and form the garage punk band Samurai Sorcerers. Lew later came up with the new name Patrick Lew Band as it was going to become an outlet for Lew's musical ideas with friends.

Patrick Lew Band release about 50 cassette copies of their demo Live! Like a Garage Band!

PLB sign to Statue Records and record their first full-length album Psychotic Love on a 4-track Portastudio. The band begin putting themselves out there on the Internet.

Eddie Blackburn leaves PLB for the first time to focus more on his other band Nocturnal Rock Turtles. In the meantime, Patrick Lew devotes more time to his new band Power Trip with keyboardist Zack Huang, whom he met at City College of San Francisco, leaving PLB intermittent for the most part for the time being.

Power Trip records Revenge at an acquaintance's home recording studio. The album would be released on on November 15th of that year. Patrick Lew meets drummer David Arceo at Skyline College, becoming close friends quickly. Lew and Huang recruit Arceo and bassist Cory Gaitan to play music in their band Power Trip. Blackburn would sporadically contribute with the band in the studio.

Power Trip embark on a local tour across recreational centers with Tinkture and Elevator Love Letters in San Francisco in mid 2007. In the interim, Patrick Lew and Eddie Blackburn would perform at San Francisco's City Hall on May 26th that year, which would become Blackburn's final appearance in PLB as he would leave the band for a second time to focus on his other projects.

Power Trip breaks up in April. For awhile, Lew would lay low, granting no interviews and making no public appearances aside from focusing on his college studies and social life. In August of that year, Lew and Arceo decide to play music under the Patrick Lew Band name and the duo begins putting their music more out there on the Internet. They would record in their home studio often during the second half of 2008, PLB releases their second album Curb Your Wild Life by Christmas.

PLB recruits former Distorted Harmony guitarist Jeremy Alfonso to replace Blackburn on guitar. The band would become self described as a "virtual rock band" as the band members would collaborate through social-media and record their own parts separately in their own home studios before putting all of their music together as a team. The online collaboration was initiated because of the band members differences in priorities, city of residence and college life. After being slightly embraced by the San Francisco East Bay music scene in a small way, the band records their third album Let It Rise and Against, featuring viral songs "Little Miss Preppy" and "21st Century Wasteland." In October that year, Patrick Lew announces his engagement with his then-fiancee Faith.

Patrick Lew Band expands their lineup by including college friends: bassist David Hunter and multi-instrumentalist Greg Lynch. Alfonso leaves the band shortly after the release of Let It Rise and Against on CDBaby and iTunes. Meanwhile, the new lineup of PLB begins working on new music in the studio by jamming and doing band practices in Lew's home in Antioch, CA. The band receives an offer to perform at a benefit concert at UC Berkeley hosted by the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, but cancels their appearance due to schedule conflicts and the band members focusing on their college studies.

The band releases their fourth album Murder Bay in June of that year. PLB would play shows and tour locally across CSU East Bay and East Contra Costa County by playing secret shows, which some of these performances would be later uploaded on PLB's Facebook and YouTube accounts online. PLB would become the No. 1 local punk act in the Contra Costa County region on ReverbNation in September that year. Patrick Lew was also interviewed by and British indie music blogger Leicester Bangs.

While PLB was still going strong during early 2012, Lew and Arceo would form the side project The Steel Lions and would record "rejected" musical ideas from PLB in Lew's newly built home studio in San Francisco, CA known as The Blizzard of Sound. There will be great dissension within PLB because of creative, personal and religious conflicts and differences. PLB would perform at Dolores Park on February 4, which would become the band's final public appearance until three years later. PLB member Greg Lynch would become the band's co-leader and the original idea was to recreate Patrick Lew Band as an actual rock band that records in their own home recording studio and plays shows instead of being a "virtual rock band." However, cracks would begin to show within the band over various types of conflicts. During mid 2012, the band would participate in a lackluster recording session in the band's old rehearsal space in Antioch, CA. In the meantime, Steel Lions would sign with ANN Records and would release two albums that year consisting of purported PLB demos: Taiwanese Rebels and Voyager. On September 5th, Lew announces that PLB will be going on an indefinite hiatus.

Lew's relationship with his then-fiancee Faith would decline considerably at an accelerated pace. Disillusioned with the state of his music career and the politics of the music business and conflicts with negative people, Lew would take a two year sabbatical from playing music. However Lew and Arceo would perform two new songs at Mama Art Cafe in San Francisco, CA on September 13th of that year under the Steel Lions name. However, unsettled conflicts and rising tensions with his then-fiancee would cause Lew to further retreat from music and being a part of the scene.

July 17, 2014
Patrick Lew ends his tumultuous six-year relationship with his former fiancee Faith.

September 11, 2014
An interview broadcasted on Patrick Lew's official YouTube account is uploaded in which he hints a return to the music scene under the Patrick Lew Band name. He also would go on further to discuss the tragic turn of events beginning from the band's indefinite hiatus leading up to the day the video was uploaded on Lew's YouTube page. He also reveals he is working on a solo album and new music with Steel Lions and that his relationship with his close friend and bandmate Arceo has been restored.

January 1, 2015
Patrick Lew Band head into their home studio Blizzard of Sound to record new musical ideas.

January 2, 2015
Patrick Lew Band officially returns to the Bay Area music scene and social-media.
Why this name?
For a long while, I experimented with many different names for my band's music. We had band names like Samurai Sorcerers and other random shit. But this was meant to be my solo project with the help of some friends. Me and my friends would do a collaboration online putting pieces of the music together online. Like we would send each other instrumental parts we've recorded in our own studios when we had the time to. So we basically Frankenstein the music together through online collaboration. So I guess calling it Patrick Lew Band it was then.
Do you play live?
Alone, I just come up with some idea here and there, record them on my laptop, and post the songs online for some recognition or to put myself out there. Like I would sit in my home studio, record some songs and put it out there on Spotify and iTunes to supplement my income along with my 9 to 5 job. I have toured with Patrick Lew Band sporadically between 2009 to 2012. But the problem with touring was that everything came out of my own pocket and I had to deal with a lot of difficulties trying to go onstage such as Pay to Play (which I'm against), former bandmates flaking and sounding up to par at least considering our limitations.

I've always had a love/hate relationship with touring and playing shows for personal and creative reasons which I won't get into. But I just revived PLB during 2015 and I have played a few shows here and there at small places like open mics! I just play a show with PLB whenever I feel like it and whenever I feel 100% that I can reload onstage. But usually, despite how bad I sounded live, most of the audience liked my performances on the stage. But my main focus when it comes to touring is with my band TheVerse. Because me and our singer Janny wants to take that band to places even if it's just a hobby at the moment. Patrick Lew Band is now limited to being this artsy digital media concept these days.

I toured the San Francisco Bay Area sporadically over the years. Me and my former friend and bandmate Greg did a bunch of secret shows in Contra Costa County and later uploaded them on YouTube and Facebook in 2011. In my old band, we played a couple of shows in San Francisco, we were touring with Tinkture and Elevator Love Letters at the time. This was in 2007. I also played an outdoor event at Dolores Park in San Francisco in February 2012. Since then, I played live whenever I felt like it and had the time to. I didn't had anything really to prove by being in a band, I just wanted to be known as an artist rather than just being this dude in a rock band.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
I came during a generation, where bands and musicians didn't need to sucker themselves into signing with a major record label, getting on TV and radio, and doing mass live performing as a way of bigger exposure. I came during a time where the computers and social-media made it more possible for the little or middle fish in the pond to get themselves heard.
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. But as of right now, 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 was previously signed with Statue Records in 2004 with early PLB and right before the indefinite hiatus with Greg's version of Patrick Lew Band, ANN, which is an upstart indie label based in the Pacific Northwest.
Band History:
Crappy rock and roll established 2001.
PLB * TheVerse * The Steel Lions * Power Trip
Musician and actor of Taiwanese descent.
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
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 * Vox AC30 * Line6 TonePort * Digitech RP50 Multi-Effects * Boss DS-2 * Fender 25 Watt Frontman
Parody of Patrick Lew Band on Rolling Stone.
Before playing the Stork Club in Oakland!
Whole Foods Ocean Ave
Madeline Lew
Whats the point of saying sorry now?
Madeline Lew AKA The Duff
Patrick Lew Band on Spotify. Courtesy of PS4.
Home Recording Studio
The Taiwanese Guitar Man
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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