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Active: 2000s, 2010s
Formed: 2001 in San Francisco, CA
Styles: Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, Grunge, Punk

Group Members: Patrick Lew (2001-2012; 2015-Present), David Arceo (2006-2012; 2015-2016), Eddie Blackburn (2001-2005; 2007), Jeremy Alfonso (2009-2011), Greg Lynch (2009-2012), David Hunter (2009-2012), Tommy Loi (2001-2005), Madeline Lew (2015-Present)

Related Bands: Nocturnal Rock Turtles, Distorted Harmony, TheVerse, The Steel Lions, OC Bay, Band of Asians, The Tortured


Studio Albums:
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)
Oakland (2017)

Home Videos:
Live, Tonight, Not Really Sold Out, LMAO (2016)

Fire in the Sky (2016)
Shortcuts to Fame (2016)

Live! Like a Garage Band (2002)

“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, 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 – 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 – 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.

Written by Heath Andrews (
Why this name?
Before 2008, Patrick Lew Band was known as Samurai Sorcerers.
Around the Summer 2008, when we became an online collaboration with friends from school at first. That's when the name was officially changed to Patrick Lew Band. Not to sound conceited, it does have a ring to it!
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.

I also have filled in for the local San Francisco punk band The Tortured a few times as a bassist for a few shows in 2016. Their bass player left the band and moved to a different State and they asked people on their Facebook page if anyone played bass, so I contacted them and I got to do a few shows with them filling in. I also played at The Stork Club in Oakland, CA with TheVerse, the same venue that Green Day had performed. The audio recording for TheVerse's show can be found on my YouTube.

But my main focus as a musician is through home recording. And making my records look like a HUGE art project for the most part.

Date / Venue / Location
Oct 07, 2016 Red Hat in Concord, CA
Oct 02, 2016 The Honey Hive Gallery in San Francisco, CA
May 18, 2016 The Stork Club in Oakland, CA
May 10, 2016 The Blizzard of Sound in San Francisco, CA
Jan 11, 2016 The Blizzard of Sound in San Francisco, CA
Oct 28, 2015 Music Touch at Shops At Tanforan in San Bruno, CA
Aug 14, 2015 Cafe International in San Francisco, CA
Sep 13, 2013 Mama Art Cafe in San Francisco, CA
Feb 04, 2012 Dolores Park in San Francisco, CA
Aug 05, 2011 Chichibu Park in Antioch, CA
Jun 25, 2011 The Blizzard of Sound in Antioch, CA
Jun 12, 2011 Barnes & Nobles in Antioch, CA
Jun 04, 2011 The Blizzard of Sound in Antioch, CA
Feb 09, 2011 California State University, East Bay in Hayward, CA
Sep 01, 2009 California State University, East Bay in Hayward, CA
Oct 10, 2007 City College of San Francisco in San Francisco, CA
Aug 11, 2007 Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA
Aug 10, 2007 Bazaar Cafe in San Francisco, CA
May 25, 2007 San Francisco City Hall in San Francisco, CA
May 02, 2007 City College of San Francisco in San Francisco, CA
Apr 13, 2007 Glen Park Recreational Center in San Francisco, CA
Mar 25, 2007 City College of San Francisco in San Francisco, CA
May 08, 2006 Vibo Music in San Francisco, CA
Feb 13, 2005 Balboa High School in San Francisco, CA
Sep 12, 2004 Patrick Lew's House in San Francisco, CA
May 27, 2004 Raoul Wallenberg High School in San Francisco, CA
May 04, 2004 Raoul Wallenberg High School in San Francisco, CA
Jun 16, 2003 Ocean Beach in San Francisco, CA
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. 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.
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
Live (08/14/2015)
Filling in for The Tortured!
Madeline Lew
Madeline Lew
Madeline Lew
Playing shows!
July 2016 Akademia Music Award Winner
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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