Over the course of the two last years Graham Patzner’s revolving-door band has gone through more incarnations than the Dali Lama. In his search for the perfect cast to portray his edgy, hallucinatory soul songs, the 23-year old singer (brother of Judgement Day string players Anton and Lewis Patzner) has performed with party bands, stripped-down folk quartets, string-only duos and five-piece horn sections. For a while it was questionable whether Graham would ever give up his musical bachelorhood but he finally seems to have settled down with a permanent group of skillful psychedelic rockers. His new band Whiskerman goes into the studio in early April with producer Greg Ashley (Gris Gris) and headlines Bottom of the Hill April 10th.
Backed by his brother Lewis Patzner on cello and trombone, bassist Will Lawrence, singer Madeline Streicek and drummer Nicholas Cobbett, Graham takes to the stage wildly wielding guitar, violin, piano and a voice that’s both powerful and vulnerable. The resultant sound is a Frankenstein fusion of a simple folk backbone, rich classical core, wide-streching art-rock limbs and big jazz feet. Driving the songs are Graham’s lyrics, which dig deep into subjects of love and loss, and wander into the territory of ghosts and beyond to the archetypal landscapes of a vivid hallucination… arriving back safely into a lover’s vulnerability. Be the song spindly or fierce, the energy this Oakland 5-piece puts out is palpable.