That’s all for me
Effective July 2015, I am retiring from both recording and live performances.
To those who listened and to those who provided guidance, music, voice, a place to sleep, a bite to eat: you’ve taught me everything I know.
Feature in Dum Dum Magazine, FR
New York I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down
“Je suis arrivé à New York City il y a onze ans. Dans les flammes. J’étais en tournée avec un groupe d’Indianapolis, The Nods, quand notre van Ford Econoline de 1983, qui nous avait transporté à travers l’Ohio et aux quatre coins de la Pennsylvanie, pris feu juste à côté de Manheim. Il y avait de la fumée dans tout l’habitacle. Nous avons donc dû nous arrêter au bord de la route et sortir l’extincteur.
Interview with Up Key Notes
“Patrick Bower has a clever take on Pop, his music uses reflective and sophisticated imagery that doesn’t clash with the simplicity within the songs.” – UKN
We recently spoke with the Italian/English blog Up Key Notes. Check out the conversation here!
Chinese Water Torture on Radio France
Chinese Water torture has been getting some airplay on the Le Mouv’ show on Radio France. Thank to Nico Prat and the rest of the Le Mouv team! You can stream the show here. This is what Nico from Le Mouv’ had to say:
PATRICK BOWER“Chinese Water Torture”, c’est le nom du nouveau single du new yorkais Patrick Bower. Le supplice de la goutte d’eau, en français. Une torture physique, soit tout ce que n’est pas la musique de Patrick Bower, musicien inspiré et inspirant, à la discographie foisonnante. Après une pause, il revient, plus que jamais bouleversant.
The World Without Magic
One Day Soon, I Will Break You
Death Dream (Live at Sofar Barcelona)
Holy Ground (Mandolin)
See Ya When We See Ya
Calle Guardia, 10, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
11 rue de Charonne, Paris, France
PARIS – DJ set
Patrick Bower + Daltonians
Le Sans Souci
65 Rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, 75009 Paris, France
Calle Velarde, 13, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Planeta De Los Wattios
C/ Sorgo 53, Madrid
“Patrick Bower’s music will transport you to a completely intimate space where his deep voice involves all emotional shades of his soul. His new album Pink Room is an amalgamate of textures and nuances…”
– Tunica Magazine, 2014
Patrick Bower is a singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. With a story telling style that ranges from painfully honest to honestly strange, he has modeled his career after eccentric forebears like Lou Reed, Harry Nilsson and Daniel Johnston.
He founded his first band, Even Homer Nods (later, The Nods), in his native Indiana in 1999. The Nods were influenced by 1960s psychedelic movie soundtracks, Harry Nilsson and the Elephant Six collective. They released 2 EPS and a full-length, touring regionally and opening for bands like My Morning Jacket and Yo La Tengo. Along the way, they worked extensively with Paul Mahern, producer for John Mellencamp and singer for seminal hardcore band The Zero Boys, eventually signing to his label Affirmation Records. In 2003, The Nods’ tour van caught on fire on a Pennsylvania highway en route to a New York show. The band, already internally strained, abandoned the van and dispersed. Patrick stored his gear at friend’s place in Philadelphia and hopped a train to Brooklyn where he couch-surfed while working on new music.
In Brooklyn, he would team with childhood friend Jon Wiley and drummer Chris Egan to form the rock trio Max Fox. Bassist Darren Will joined as the band transitioned into a more theatrical rock act, dubbed The World Without Magic. The band in this form released a single EP (self-titled), which they recorded at Marcata Studios in Harlem.
The World Without Magic toured the east coast and midwest, opening for The Honorary Title and, for a memorable benefit at The Knitting Factory, The Wrens. But by 2006, other ventures began to draw band members away from the project, and The World Without Magic faded away slowly over the next year.
Patrick proceeded on his own and began preparing his debut solo LP, Beach Closed, which was released in 2007. As live shows and recordings began to feature a greater variety of musicians, he once again dubbed the backing band and collaborators, in its various forms, The World Without Magic. In 2009, Patrick began to focus his efforts in Europe, releasing the self-titled, band-oriented LP, Patrick Bower & The World Without Magic. He followed this with “The Dark Lord (of love) EP and several singles before releasing “Pink Room” in 2012, named after his newly-founded development studio, The Pink Room.
In 2014, Patrick began to release a series of singles, culminating in a collection of singles, b-sides and other favorites from 2008-2014, Nighttime and Time Again. Available worldwide at all digital outlets.