My name is Pat and I play guitar in a band called Polar Bear Club. When I am not playing I am out on the road with Against Me and Four Year Strong.

This is a blog where I ramble about music, guitars. musical equipment, touring, and whatever else that sparks my interests. Occasionally I will post some interviews with friends and artists, and some entries from the road as well.

When I'm not on tour I do a Podcast with my buddy Kris Hayes (@ludakrishayes), where we talk gear with other friends, musicians, builders, and gear nerds. You can subscribe to our show on iTunes.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions on this blog are mine and mine only. I will try and answer any question to the best of my knowledge and If I can't then I will at least guide you in the right direction.


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    Day 11 // Detroit, MI. Another city I enjoy being in very much. Show tonight at the Fillmore, followed by five days off in Flint, MI.

    Day 10 // Toronto, ON. Never a bad view of this city.

    1962 Fender Strat refinished at some point during the 70’s. Everything else all original, and sounds fantastic. These pictures were taken several months ago and have just been withering away in my drafts folder. I wouldn’t call myself a strat guy, but this one is pretty awesome.

    Song of the Day: Violent Soho, “Covered in Chrome”

    I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz recently about this Australian band named Violent Soho. So I checked it out one day and was instantly hooked. They are Australia’s next big rock band, from what I gather. There full length I believe is set to drop in the States at the end of the month. Feel free to head bang as much as you see fit.

    Day 04 // Gaslight playing with a lot of lights to a lot of people for their hometown show.

    Day 02 // Good view over Philadelphia today. Getting to watch Jimmy Eat World today and tomorrow ain’t so bad either. (at The Mann Center - Skyline Stage)

    Back to work… (at 9:30 Club)

    For anyone looking into building & designing your own pedal(s), read this article…

    The iPod Classic Is Dead



    The iPod Classic has been removed from Apple’s online store, which marks the end of an era for Apple. Read a report from 9to5 below.

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    This is funny, because I just bought one yesterday because I miss having all of my music while on tour.

    Song of the Day: Cheap Girls Slow Nod (Live at Hurley Studios)

    Time to bring back a new song everyday, and what better way than to start if off with a live track from CHEAP GIRLS. I love les pauls, and I love AC30’s. So, if you’re on the same page as me, you will dig this video too. 

    Well, it was fun being home while it lasted, but now it’s time to hit the road again with Against Me, alongside the boys in the Gaslight Anthem. I still can’t really believe that I am apart of this tour let alone working fora band that I have admired for years. It’s going to be a fun and very exciting run. 

    Sorry for the lack of podcasts lately, time has not been on my side lately. People have been asking if we stopped doing episodes and the answer is…NOOOOO! I promise ill get my shit straight and make it work while out on the road. I have a couple new and fresh ways to go about podcasting while on the road and I hope you all enjoy it.

    Come out to the shows, say hello and talk gear with me and lets have a beer!

    Sep 10 9:30 Club Washington, DC
    Sep 11 9:30 Club Washington, DC
    Sep 12 Skyline Stage at the Mann Philadelphia, PA
    Sep 13 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ
    Sep 16 House of Blues Boston Boston, MA
    Sep 17 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
    Sep 18 Métropolis Montreal, QC
    Sep 19 Sound Academy Toronto, ON
    Sep 20 The Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI
    Sep 27 Fox Theater Oakland, CA
    Sep 28 The Palladium Hollywood, CA
    Sep 30 House of Blues San Diego, CA
    Oct 1 Marquee Theater Phoenix, AZ
    Oct 2 Launchpad Albuquerque, NM
    Oct 3 Cain’s Ballroom Tulsa, OK
    Oct 4 House of Blues Dallas, TX
    Oct 6 Capone’s Johnson City, TN
    Oct 7 Buckhead Theater Atlanta, GA
    Oct 8 Marathon Music Works Nashville, TN
    Oct 10 Civic Theater New Orleans, LA
    Oct 11 Warehouse Live Houston, TX
    Oct 12 Stubb’s Austin, TX
    Oct 14 Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO
    Oct 15 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
    Oct 16 Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL
    Oct 17 Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA
    Oct 23 Halifax Pop Explosion Halifax, 07
    Nov 13 Bierkeller Bristol
    Nov 14 O2 Academy2 Birmingham Birmingham 
    Nov 15 King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut Glasgow
    Nov 16 The Cockpit Leeds
    Nov 17 Wedgewood Rooms Portsmouth
    Nov 18 Manchester Academy 2 Manchester
    Nov 19 Electric Ballroom London, United Kingdom


    TERA PEDALS!!!!!!

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    Hi Pat. I know that you're a big Soul Food fan, but have you tried stacking it with a big muff? I'm doing this with a TS clone at the moment, which gives the muff more clarity in the mix. I'm increasingly tempted by the soul food, so if it plays nicely with a muff, I could be sold...


    I have yet to do that surprisingly! As of light I have been using a DOD 250 overdrive and that stacks up nicely with a big muff. I imagine the Soul Food stock would match up great because its a very bright and would match well with the big muff lows. Im going to try that now actually… Ill keep you posted haha.

    This dudes playing and guitar tones have been a huge inspiration to me. Also he has one of the few ESP/floyd rose guitars that I would find myself playing. 

    Rewiring this jag for @erik_henning Usually she is blue, but this photo is in black and white. The more you know…

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