Kevin Patrick (Field Medic, Rin Tin Tiger) has been doing this for three years consecutively. For the past three years, Patrick–under his moniker Field Medic– marks the 14th of February as a special release day for his Valentine’s Day E.P. This year, that beer called becks reminds me of a haiku i wrote commemorates the occasion. Field Medic, know for their knee-buckling heartache, has released a 5-song set that is both sweet and sour.
In Patrick’s unique style keeps pace with celebrated songwriters like Jeff Tweedy (Uncle Tupelo, Wilco), Gary Louris (Jayhawks) and Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes); regardless of stylistic alteration, the music is unmistakably his. that beer called becks reminds me of a haiku i wrote is just a further testament to his growing body of work.
The E.P. itself drives through a soundscape that touches on rock (“that beer called becks reminds me of a haiku i wrote”), classic Americana (“like a feather or a pawprint”) and solemn country-laced ballads (“OTL,” “not a normal boy”). The entire project reminds listeners that Patrick does need no stinkin’ full-length to bring you to your knees. The truth is, Patrick is one of the most emotionally disarming lyricists that the bay area has to offer.
As an added gift to you, I got to chat with Kevin Patrick regarding his take on Valentines, and the experience he draws from:
Q: This is the second year in a row you’ve released a project. What”s significant about this holiday?
A: (this is actually the third year, the first one ‘a book worth reading’ came out in 2013) i love cartoon hearts & construction paper & scissors & gluesticks & bumblebees & cartoon dogs with cartoon hearts for eyes & making cards for people. my favorite poet, ted kooser put out a book of poems that he’d written & sent to his single female friends for valentines day over the years & as the years past the number of people he sent them to kept growing because everyone enjoyed them so much. he had to stop one year & decided to publish them all in a book. he’s an amazing poet & i think any excuse to use art to brighten someones life for a moment is a good one. that inspired me a lot, secretly, now that i’m reflecting on my youthful love for that nebraskan poet.
Q: Your field medic stuff seems quite different from your Rin Tin Tiger stuff–more intimate. Would you agree? What’s all that about?
A: i wrote the RTT stuff that’s out now back when i was a girl disguised as a cowboy… now i’m boy in a scarf wearing capris that dances alone into the mirror at 1 a.m with a smile on his face.
Q: What if I told you that VD was just a corporate sceme to make some cash at the behest of our most intimate relationships?
A: i would say… i disagree. but, buy a tape a give it your girlfriend. lol!!
Q: Do you have any Valentine’s stories you’d like to share?
A: one time i made a girl a card with a construction paper bumblebee, & the mayan calendar on the front. on the inside it said: “bee mayan”. i also picked her up a rose from one of the ladies on mission. when i gave it to her she didn’t really laugh that much, & then told me she had begun making me a card but stopped halfway & never finished it.
Q:: It seems like there’s some heartache behind the FM stuff. Are there any experiences in particular that you pull from?
A: confusion, anxiety, weird paranoid fantasies, overstimulation, strange thoughts brought on by being drunk & high & surrounded by strangers, guilt, doubt, reconciling my own mistakes & others, questioning humanity at large, wondering what the point of life is, trying to stay positive in the midst of a world gone wrong, being willing to be open with myself & others about my true feelings without feeling ashamed or self conscious, being vulnerable & proud. realizing that it’s not over till it’s over & you create your own world. at the end of the day only you can bring yourself peace. chrz.
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