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Patrick Lew Band
Patrick Lew Band
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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)

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 and street punk 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!"


The roots and origins of the Patrick Lew Band lie at Raoul Wallenberg High School in 2001 with a few teenagers making ratchet noise in their own garage in an amateur punk band called Samurai Sorcerers...
Samurai Sorcerers (also known as Famiglia) were an American garage punk band, formed by Patrick Lew in San Francisco in 2001, which eventually evolved into the Patrick Lew Band in 2008. Originally consisting of Lew and several schoolmates from Raoul Wallenberg High School and City College of San Francisco, the Samurai Sorcerers took their name from Lew’s fascination with his Japanese heritage and culture, particularly Anime. Lew began playing guitar at the age of 14 and began taking a few guitar lessons before shortly self-teaching himself how to play music.

Lew started a one-man punk project briefly under the name Famiglia, but changed the name to Samurai Sorcerers upon meeting his close friends and schoolmates Eddie Blackburn and Tommy Loi from high school. Some sources credit Lew coming up with the name Samurai Sorcerers, while other accounts credit his close friend Blackburn with the new name. The Samurai Sorcerers would mostly jam and play music at Blackburn’s house in the Marina District in San Francisco, record demos and song ideas using a four-track cassette recorder and would play at house parties, school, amateur local events until Lew began collaborating with his friends Zack Huang and David Arceo from City College in 2005, looking to take the local music scene seriously by forming the post-hardcore band Band of Asians while Blackburn began playing lead guitar in a variety of other projects with friends, including touring locally with his band Nocturnal Rock Turtles. Lew graduated from Wallenberg High School in 2003, while Blackburn graduated in 2006.

The group would record a large amount of amateur material in Blackburn’s home using a four-track cassette Portastudio. This included Patrick Lew Band’s official debut album Psychotic Love, which was later rechristened as Patrick Lew Band’s first indie recording featuring jam sessions, fragments of song ideas and rehearsals of raw material, which included Blackburn performing a cover of the Peter Frampton song “Baby I Love Your Way”. The band Samurai Sorcerers would get their start in the music business by posting their music on the Internet on several different websites, including MySpace and Soundclick.

Eventually, Lew would place more focus on Band of Asians during the mid 2000s in the studio and performing locally. Eventually, Lew and Blackburn would drift apart by 2007 and following a short tour across park and recreational centers in San Francisco and a dwindling lineup of band members, the Band of Asians would amicably break up in April 2008. This left only Lew and Arceo to still collaborate together creatively and to remain close friends, which they decided to perform under a variety of names, including Your Audio 2 Riot, Dexter Rotten and even playing music together under the Samurai Sorcerers name for a short while. Patrick Lew began putting his music more out there online, in hopes of becoming more recognized for his hard work. In August 2008 through a personal blog, the Samurai Sorcerers group officially changed their name to Patrick Lew Band, and went onto have an interesting recording career in the local Bay Area music scene. The Patrick Lew Band would slowly but surely move away from their lo-fi garage punk sound to attempt a more new and fresh take on late 80’s and early 90’s influenced American hard rock (primarily grunge). Largely because of changes in musical gear and new ways of home recording. In 2012, the Patrick Lew Band went on an indefinite hiatus as Lew, Arceo and other former members were doing side projects. In January 2015, Lew and Arceo revived Patrick Lew Band and continued where they left off in the independent scene. As of 2017, the Patrick Lew Band has released several home-recorded studio albums, EPs and a concert DVD independently through their own label The Promised Land Recordings and managed to achieve some minor success in the independents.
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?
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.
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
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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