Interviewed by: Jeff Palmucci & Ilya Mirman
At Rocklahoma, we caught up with the members from the Vegas band Otherwise – frontman Adrian Patrick, his brother and lead guitarist Ryan Patrick, bass man Flavio Ivan, and drummer Corky Gainsford. We found the guys were real, funny, and engaging – though you can decide for yourself if you check out the video above.
It was only recently that brothers Adrian and Ryan started playing together. “We weren’t as aggressive when my brother and I first started jamming, but then things started to happen – people died, relationships ended and life got more real,” says Adrian. “Our writing was a lot simpler when we started, but as circumstances forced us to grow up, our music matured with us. Tragedies and loss are part of life, and our music is one of the ways we maintain a positive outlook despite the setbacks.” This is clearly evident on the band’s breakthrough single, “Soldiers.” The song began as a metaphor for the battle that unsigned bands go through to get their message heard as artists, then quickly transformed into an anthem for everyone living on the front-lines of life. “When I started writing the lyrics, I was staring at my bandmates and thinking that they are my brothers in arms,” says Adrian. “It was going to be our anthem, but by the time I finished I realized it was an anthem for our whole nation. We are all soldiers fighting for something, whether it’s to put food on the table, to be heard, or just to be happy. Every soldier is human, and we’re all human.”
Hailed by Fox News as the No. 1 unsigned band in America, “Soldiers” became the song that brought the local Vegas rockers to the national spotlight, helping them get a spot to perform alongside Avenged Sevenfold and Five Finger Death Punch on the main stage of the inaugural 48 Hours Festival in October 2011. In a matter of weeks, the single reached the top of Sirius XM’s Octane channel charts, sold more than 10,000 units independently, and the Vegas boys were making tremors at a national level – recording their debut album with acclaimed producer Jay Baumgardner [Godsmack, Bush, Papa Roach, Seether, Sevendust, P.O.D.], and embarking on a national tour opening for Pop Evil.
In this video interview, they not only open up about their writing process, but also reveal their fear of wasps and the group shower movement allegedly sweeping the underground metal scene.