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We were at the Chevere Latin Café, in Joliet Illinois.
Pat: This place is super sick. It’s one of those places you don’t expect. It’s kind of in the background, off the beaten path a little bit. When you first look at the front you think it’s a little hole in the wall. The aesthetic is sick and the people are really really nice. The food is also carb/ gluten free friendly. So if you’re rocking that Keto diet, this is a great place to go and they will work with you.
When I talk to people, I like to span across multiple subjects. I don’t like to focus on just one thing because it gets pretty boring hearing the same stuff over and over. Can you tell us about your musical upbringing?
Pat: So well take it back to the early childhood. I grew up in a house hold with a mother who liked R&B and disco. She liked pop music, and The Beatles. All these different types of music from my mom. Then my dad was into groups like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and ZZ Top. Mostly rock and roll, but also ventured into bands like Rush, Yes, some more progressive stuff from that time. All that stuff definitely plays into my favorites list for sure. If I had to pick my top 5 favorite bands, I’d say Slayer, Meshuggah, Steely Dan is probably my number one. Rush is up there, Yes is also up there. There’s a lot, almost too many to pick.
So your interests definitely vary from a lot of different genres.
Pat: Yeah definitely. I like some rap too. Not newer stuff so much, mostly older stuff like De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest. I really do enjoy just about everything. If it speaks to me personally, I like it.
Who were some of the early bands that got you into heavy music?
Pat: Well my brother Kevin was big into punk/hardcore and thrash metal. Back in the 80’s, when it mattered. So I was exposed to bands such as Slayer, Metallica, Cro-Mags, Black Flag, Bad Brains. All these different bands from a very young age. Maybe around 8 or 9 years old I was listening to Venom and Michal Jackson at the same time. I would say my musical growth has to do with my dad and my brother the most.
How has your musical upbringing influenced your current style of playing?
Pat: I’m just an aggressive guitar player. When I’m home I get into playing different things. But I’m sometimes too aggressive of a player. Sometimes I’m picking so hard that I’m throwing myself out of key. Because I grew up playing in the punk/hardcore scene, its very easy for me to play that way. I would say finesse is something I’ve been focusing on in the past 10 years.
One thing I definitely have noticed is the growth from The Process Of Human Extermination to The Great Collapse, is the growth of every consistent member.
Pat: Just so we're clear, its not easy. We have Will writing, then Tim and I influencing the writing. We don’t always grow at the same speeds. So the new record is going to be sick, because everyone is a the top of their game. We’re all playing really well.
So Fit For An Autopsy has been around for 10 years. How did the band come about?
Pat: Well Fit For An Autopsy was supposed to be a side project for a handful of local guys. It started as me and Will (Putney), this dude that sang for another local band, and a couple other guys. We did a demo, and played some shows. Then kind of sat back because the singer kind of dropped the ball on lyrics. It was taking up a lot of time, and we also had another project we were working on. So one night I was in this other band A Day Of Pigs, it was kind of this noisy stoner metal band. We played this festival, and Nate Johnson was singing for this band Since The Flood. So I was like “Nate, why don’t you sing for my band Fit For An Autopsy”. He was like “Oh I love that band”. So we reformed with a whole new lineup. Which was around 2008/2009 and it started becoming more serious.
I know Tim joined the band around Hellbound. How did you guys find him?
Pat: I’ve known Tim a long time. Mostly local scene stuff, he was in that band The World We Knew. We had crossed paths a handful of times. Tims just a good guy and great addition to the band.
FFAA has released 4 Albums in the past decade, which one is your favorite and why?
Pat: Thats really hard to say honestly. I like the ferocity and heaviness of ‘The Process of Human Extermination’. I like the growth on ‘Hellbound’. We started to find our stride on ‘Absolute Hope, Absolute Hell’. Then ‘The Great Collapse’ is a culmination of all three. Then this new record were working on now is even the next step from that. I don't think well ever find our “sound”, but we've definitely found what direction we want to head.
You are currently on tour with Unearth, The Agony Scene, Traitors and soon to be I AM. How excited are you to play with that group of bands?
Pat: This is probably the second or third tour we've done with them. They're good dudes, good people. They are all very down to earth and fun. Ken Susi is also one of my favorite people.
Do you guys plan on writing/recording after the tour?
Pat: After this tour were taking a couple months of, have Christmas with our families. In January, I'm doing NAMM with Mayones. I recently announced that I've signed on with them. Ive had 8 years with Ibanez, and it was incredible. But my tastes are changing a bit in certain places. So i had to go where my musical needs lay. We have a show in Puerto Rico February 2 (my birthday). February 16th we headline AURA fest in Savanna, GA. Were going to announce a tour very soon. That i don't think will get past day 3, its going to be THAT wild. Then were going to release a record sometime next year. Its been in the works for the past few months. It'll definitely be our most unexpected record so far. Were going to tour ALOT. Thats pretty much it.
Where have been some of your favorite places to play?
Pat: Australia and Japan are definitely at the top of my list. In these states, Texas and California are super sick. We've had great luck everywhere recently. Joliet here was sick last time. Last time we were here, it was still Mojo’s.
Do you prefer small more intimate venues? Or the bigger venues?
Pat: The only way to answer that is yes. I just love to play man. I would rather play a small room with 250 people going crazy. Than play a room with 1500 kids that don't give a shit. Its just one of those things that you got to figure out where you want to be. One of our favorite venues to play is the upstairs at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. Its about 400-500 cap room, and every time we play there, its just madness. Playing downstairs in the 2000 cap room is sick when its sold out.
What is your go to restaurant while on tour?
Pat: This place (Chevere Latin Cafe. Joliet Illinois) will definitely become a new stop when were in town. Armsby Abby, which is down the street from the Palladium. You know what, ill do coffee spots. Im a big coffee guy, and I'm getting ready to start my own coffee business. Ill do my top 4 coffee spots.
Cafe Valon, in Asbury Park, NJ.
OQ Coffee in Highland Park, NJ.
Heart Roasters in Portland, OR
Vivaci in Seattle, WA
If you're interested, I’ll be starting an Instagram page for the coffee things I'm doing. Get ready, i have this guitar obsessed website that I'm doing, its all strictly guitars. Then I'm going to have this coffee obsessed site. Im currently developing my own coffee with a roaster. Ill be doing seasonal releases, small batches and a couple holiday releases during the year. It will be super high end, very limited stuff. It will not be in any stores like Walmart/Target. It will strictly order by internet only. Ill be doing all my own fulfillment. Every order will be packed by me personally.
Where do you hope to tour in the near future?
Pat: I want to play Russia. I really want to play Mexico. Every time we get close to it, it keeps falling through. I want to go to Hawaii, just to say I've been there. I want to play everywhere. Anywhere that we can go and even 20 people come out. I want to go. I just want to bring music to everyone. Because culturally, we have a-lot of differences in the world. From how we raise our children, to what we think is right and wrong. But in every culture, we all have music. Its used to celebrate, or convey other emotions. Music is the last true glue holding all of our society together.
Anything else you want to add? Where can people find you on social media?
Thank you for your time!
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