(By Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor, RiffRelevant.com)
Truth be told, I was dumbstruck to be asked to guest spot on his show. Pat Harrington is a legendary gentleman in the underground heavy music world. His résumé boasts years of glorious riffage, notably starting well back into the early 2000’s as guitarist with the NYC band Slunt, later on with Killcode.
His main gig now is where he seems to have found his most musical joy, namely being the voice and man behind the long running Electric Beard of Doom radio podcast, and the lead beard in the heavy blues wonderment of Geezer.
While I could ramble on all day about Geezer, this evening I’d like to focus on the Electric Beard of Doom show and my first visit to his studio. I’m still not truly sure why he invited me to join him, but it sounded like a fun time and I thought I could learn a lot – both about Pat and from him – so I jumped head first into it. I’ve met Pat Harrington a few times at various live shows where Geezer performed. Not only is he a remarkably friendly and easy-going man, but the guy simply exudes ‘cool & relaxed’.
Last week was no exception, as he immediately welcomed me into his private abode where his studio is and introduced me to his family – who in their own rights are amazingly open, warm, and friendly. His son almost knocked me over with a level of adorable-superpower not typically possessed by humans. He stuck out his hand for a shake and confidently stated “Welcome to Kingston, it’s nice to meet you.” Pat then set about breaking the proverbial and literal ice, by making me a tasty adult beverage and sitting down to chat for a bit before the show recording commenced.
Without doubt, I am a rather quiet, anxious yet reserved person at first meet. Apparently there is a ‘thou must chill’ force field of some kind surrounding the studio of Mr. Harrington (maybe it was the rum, but I have my doubts), as within ten minutes we were yapping like old women at a yard sale clucking over the fifteen-cent fake flower bouquets and I lost any semblance of my standard timidness. It was a fine time.
Our conversation included heavy music, festivals, bands, and some notable figures blazing trails in the underground music scenes around the USA. I won’t discuss specifics of what we talked about, you’ll have to listen to the show for that. Suffice to say, I HAD A BLAST!
Pat had asked me to choose a few songs for the episode, which he set up in advance with his own selections. We did ‘World Premiere’ airing of a brand-spankin’ new tune by Wasted Theory, one of the bonus songs included as a special treat on their upcoming re-release on Argonauta Records (info here).
I’ll shush my fingers now, you have a listen to the show via Mixcloud embed below. On to the show!
Here’s the alphabetical list of all the bands whose tracks we played (with links):
Angus Black / Clouds Taste Satanic / Demon Eye / Greenbeard / IAmFire / Interstelar / Kadavar / KIND / Mos Generator / Motherslug / Radio Moscow / Sasquatch / Shroud Eater / Spacelord / Spaceslug / The Age Of Truth / Wasted Theory / With The Dead / Wo Fat / Year Of The Cobra
Electric Beard of Doom links:
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