Brian Patrik has found his band.
The singer-songwriter (aka Daily Gazette music writer Brian McElhiney) is set to release his first studio album, “Go Deaf With the Hearing Aides!” with his band – the aforementioned Hearing Aides – on Friday night at the Hudson River Coffee House in Albany.
“For me, I wanted to have this experience, and I needed to have this experience,” said Patrik. “After years of recording on boom boxes and in people’s basements, I wanted that full professional recording experience.”
Originally, Patrik intended on releasing the album under his own name, but that soon changed as he and his bandmates – bassist Arya Chowdhury and drummer Mark Adamo – gelled in the studio under the direction of producer/engineer Don Fury.
“I didn’t think the Hearing Aides would exist after this, but over the course of the recording [process], we became a band,” said Patrik. “I asked Arya if he’d be willing to stay, and he said yes. I asked Mark if he was willing to stay, and he said, ‘Dude, I’m in this for the long haul.’”
Patrik credits Fury for bringing out the best in each band member and helping them become a well-oiled rock machine.
“I think what he taught everyone in the group has helped us,” said Patrik. “We’re a much better group than we were before we recorded the album. We really focused on creating a tight performance.”
The 12 songs on “Go Deaf With the Hearing Aides!” showcase a variety of musical styles from all-out power pop and punk to folk and country.
“In general, I’ve always just considered what I play to be rock,” said Patrik, who cited a wide variety of influences including Nirvana, Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr., John Lennon and Johnny Cash. “I don’t really want to sit around and try to categorize it.”
Patrik wrote all of the songs and originally performed them acoustically until he met Chowdhury and Adamo.
“For the most part, Arya and Mark are great players, so I just showed them the songs and let them go to work,” said Patrik.
The Hearing Aides played several shows before hitting the studio in February. Once ensconced in Fury’s downtown Troy studio, the band hammered out all of the songs in a short period of time to capture a live feel to the album.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better producer who really understood what I was trying to get across,” said Patrik.
You can hear the results of Fury’s work with the Hearing Aides when they play Friday at the Hudson River Coffee House in Albany. Singer-songwriter Olivia Quillio and Bennington band Immune Friction will also be performing, kicking off the evening at 8pm. Admission is free. And in addition, “Go Deaf With the Hearing Aides!” will be sale for just $7 at the show.
Story by Rob Jonas
Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk