Artwork by @mystupidsketchbook
WHO are they?
Patch & The Giant are Luke Owen (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin), Angie Rance (backing vocals, accordion, trumpet, flugelhorn, piano, harmonica, mandolin), Gabriel Merryfield (violin), Derek Yau (cello, double bass) and Nick Harris (backing vocals, bass guitar, percussion, acoustic guitar, harmonica, banjo). Their debut album All That We Had, We Stole is out on 10th February.
“We started out as the dregs of another band that never really happened. Throughout our first couple of years we saw friends come and go but the band as it is now just fell into place, initially by borrowing people from other bands or people stepping in to fill other shoes but then never left. We were once described as being ‘like characters from sitcom’, which we were never quite sure how to interpret but we’ll agree we’re definitely 5 individuals. We work together because there’s no competition between us, nobody trying to prove anything – something which we hope translates into the way we play together. We play off each other but never (rarely) against each other.”
WHAT is the inspiration behind their songs?
“All sorts – books, plays, films, poems, friends, family, love, death, water.”
WHERE did they grow up?
“We’re collectively from Somerset, Kent, Scottish borderland, Swindon and London. Thematically and stylistically there are definite nods towards our homes…some more than others….for instance Luke’s lyrics are probably a lot more derivative of his seaside upbringing than Derek’s cello screams as being from Swindon but there are times where you can definitely hear each of our homes in the way we play/write.”
The band is now based in London. “The music scene in London is rather like everything in London, gloriously full of variety and people who’ll put up with at times terrifyingly shitty conditions in order to pursue something they love. This aside, the circles we move in are also very supportive and collaborative and we’ve met some brilliant people and made some of the closest friends we’ll ever have through the London music scene, not least each other.”
WHY are they called Patch & The Giant?
“Ahhh….we knew we wanted an ampersand, then the rest just came to us.”
WHEN can I see them live?
Catch the band live on their UK Album Tour:
10th Feb – LONDON – The Brewhouse (Album Launch)
11th Feb – BIRMINGHAM – The Victoria
13th Feb – MANCHESTER – The Castle
15th Feb – YORK – The Basement
16th Feb – SHREWSBURY – Hole In The Wall
17th Feb – CAMBRIDGE – Cambridge Folk Club
18th Feb – IPSWICH – Cult Café
19th Feb – SURBITON – The Lamb