"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."
2001 in San Francisco, CA
2000s, 2010s, 2020s
Hard Rock, Grunge, Britpop/Brit Rock, Pop, Punk Rock
Patrick Lew - Compositions, Guitar, The Voice
Madeline Lew - Representation
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
What is Patrick Lew Band?
The jump, rattle and roll freak show. Taiwans self proclaimed greatest and crappiest rock band. Against all odds and doing you and putting it out there for the era of social-media.
Singer-Songwriter, Internet Pariah, Guitarist and Asian-American Actor.
"WHO ARE WE?"
Patrick was born on November 15, 1985, in San Francisco, California, to Winson Lew and Winnie Hayashi. He has two siblings, Ricky and Madeline (fictional twin sister). He was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area by his parents. Patrick had a slightly difficult childhood and upbringing, caused by the death of his paternal grandfather Wayne at the age of four and furthered, when he was battling a disability as a child and getting into trouble in school and outside with his peers and elders. Patrick Lews interest in music began with his mother Winnie introduced him to 60s and 70s British rock bands and acts such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart.
To overcome a slightly difficult childhood, Patrick often traveled with his family for vacations and turned to pro wrestling, video games and cable TV as a source of comfort.
In his pre-teenage years, Patrick Lews interest in music shifted to hard rock, J-Pop, alternative rock and eventually punk. He began playing guitar at the age of 13, after his maternal cousin Andrew was living with his family during the Summer as a foreign exchange student at a community college. His cousin Andrew was a guitar player and a huge fan of Jimi Hendrix and blues music. And he would often play the guitar and amp that Patricks elder brother Ricky left sitting in the closet. His mom quoted him saying, Im gonna make it one way or the other by playing guitar and singing writing weird rock and roll songs! He often practiced 45 minutes to one hour every other day.
Patrick Lew attended Raoul Wallenberg High School and graduated in 2003. He would later attend City College of San Francisco, before transferring to CSU East Bay. Graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy in 2011.
Patrick joined his first band Samurai Sorcerers in 2001.
They would often play music on the weekends in their garage as a hobby away from their studies. Patrick Lew would begin recording home demos on a 4-track Tascam and began uploading his work on the Internet as early as 2001.
In 2004, his band landed a record deal with a small indie label at the age of 19. However, they were soon dropped from their record label. Patrick Lew also roadied for the New Jersey based Asian-American rock duo FANTASIA for their San Francisco shows.
While attending City College, Patrick Lew played rhythm guitar and electronically composed for the deathcore band Band of Asians. Which also featured future former Patrick Lew Band drummer David Arceo.
In 2008, Band of Asians called it quits and Patrick was without a band to play music in. He was contemplating where to go next and what to do with his free time while not resuming his college studies and acting in community theater. He decided to take his original concept and ideas for his first band Samurai Sorcerers but rebrand it as the Patrick Lew Band. He would also use some of his college funds to buy musical equipment and began recording many ideas in his bedroom. He began using the Internet as a format to put Patrick Lew Band out there. He also began playing guitar more, learning the tricks of digital home recording and began composing and putting out what would become his signature work as a composer, guitar player and artist. Needing some assistance to carry the band to its potential, Patrick recruited a few former schoolmates from CSU East Bay and his bandmate from Band of Asians, David, to finalize the Patrick Lew Band lineup initially.
Patrick then relocated to live with his mother in Antioch, California. This would become the location for where Patrick Lew Band would record and self-release their albums Let It Rise and Against (2009) and Murder Bay (2011) online. Dubbed 3700 PIETA, this would also become the location for some of Patrick Lew Bands live onstage performances.
Critical reception towards Patrick Lew Band were initially very lukewarm on social-media and in the scene, stemming from the bands first controversial hit single Azn Girls. Which was written about wanting to finding a place to belong in a closed-minded community and circle. For unknown reasons, the songs original message was misinterpreted, leading to some polarizing reactions from the public.
Patrick Lew also got into a common-law marriage with his former partner Faith. They got together on Halloween 2009 and would eventually divorce on July 17, 2014.
Eventually, the Patrick Lew Band wouldnt function well long-term as a huge creative and personal conflict led to the bands initial demise during September 2012. In the meantime, Patrick retreated from playing music and pursuing his passion seriously and decided to work a full-time day job as a visual merchandiser for a tech start-up. Which was his first time working a traditional paying job outside of playing music. He would record on-and-off during his break and would secretly self-release new music under the name The Steel Lions.
Patrick eventually returned to the local music scene and social-media as Patrick Lew Band on January 2, 2015. Continuing where he left off. The Patrick Lew Band would still remain predominantly a home recording solo act. With some assistance from David until mid-2016 when he stepped down from the band to pursue other things in life.
Some time around that same period, Patrick Lew introduced a female alter ego into Patrick Lew Band named Madeline Lew. Which was created from cutting-edge modern technology and editing. Intended in storyline and social-media marketing purposes, as a fictional twin sister and Guardian Angel for Patrick Lew. Madeline plays a prominent role in the current era of Patrick Lew Band as the brand ambassador and has been credited on the recordings as a bassist and DJ.
Eventually, Patrick became close friends with his long-time acquaintance Janny and founded the post-punk/garage rock duo TheVerse. Janny was initially an EDM producer under the stage name GEM JEWELS. His collaboration with TheVerse also gave Patrick Lew his first success and major exposure in music for the first time in his life.
TheVerse helped Patrick truly pay his dues finally in the local music scene and indies, which also included an intermittent tour across the Bay Area which lasted from May 2016 up until their most recent live performance at El Rio in San Francisco, California, on August 22, 2018. TheVerse digitally released their first EP on streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music in January 2018. TheVerse is currently at work in the studio on a new EP while enjoying a well deserved off-season.
In October 2016, Patrick Lew became a fill-in touring bassist for the San Francisco punk band The Tortured for two live performances.
Patrick also played guitar and joined his then-girlfriend and close friend Sigyns band Crazy Loser in a Box. Often contributing guitar parts in separate studios with the band as collaboration. He can be heard on a few tracks off Crazy Loser in a Boxs 2018 debut album such as Freckles, The Lie and Have Youve Met My Friend? Patrick Lew is still officially a member of the band under his translitered Japanese name Ryukan Satoru. They are currently working on a 4th album in the studio!
Approaching closer to the end of the 2010s, Patrick Lew entered the annals of history when he was named the recipient for the 40 Under 40 Awards from his alma mater Cal State East Bay for his work with the Patrick Lew Band on June 7, 2019.
By the end of 2017, the Patrick Lew Band was no longer a full-time project for Patrick Lew as a recording artist and semi-pro musician. Patrick stated on his social-media, The Patrick Lew Band will now be a sporadic part-time thing and it will always be there. Whilst still active, the band was now a part-time responsibility for Patrick in the studio and all over the digital age of punk rock music. The Patrick Lew Bands most recent albums were released all over streaming services digitally in 2017: Oakland and Cold Sirens.
Let music be the labor of love! Patrick Lew's goal is to become bigger, better and badder in rock music despite his ethnicity or shortcomings. He will always be what he is, what he does and will continue to try and rock a million faces on the World Wide Web. And of course, the Bay Area.
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.
Oct 08, 2017 Brick & Mortar in San Francisco, CA
Aug 06, 2017 Brick & Mortar in San Francisco, CA (CANCELED)
Jul 30, 2016 Best Buy in Colma, CA
May 10, 2016 Promisedland Inc in San Francisco, CA
Jan 11, 2016 Promisedland Inc 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 [billed as The Steel Lions]
Feb 04, 2012 Dolores Park in San Francisco, CA
Aug 05, 2011 Chichibu Park in Antioch, CA
Jun 25, 2011 3700 Pieta Ct in Antioch, CA
Jun 12, 2011 Barnes & Nobles in Antioch, CA
Jun 04, 2011 3700 Pieta Ct in Antioch, CA
Feb 09, 2011 California State University, East Bay in Hayward, CA
Aug 30 2010 University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, CA (CANCELED)
May 10, 2010 3700 Pieta Ct in Antioch, 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 04, 2006 Skyline College in San Bruno, CA
Feb 13, 2005 Balboa High School in San Francisco, CA
Sep 12, 2004 Promisedland Inc 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
Dec 08, 2002 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
Jun 30, 2001 Pier 30/32 in San Francisco, CA
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