It’s been a pretty big year for Perth’s Patient Sixty-Seven who dropped their Home Truths EP back in Feb (our review here) then recently signed with US Label InVogue Records in the states and frontman Tom Kiely has been keeping busy hyping the band (and the scene) on Twitter.
His infectious passion for the heavy music scene is so great to watch and we all can’t wait to see what they do next, especially considering they’ve hooked up with the man and legend Kellin Quinn from Sleeping With Sirens and got his full support in the process!
Keep your eyes on this band and check out Tom’s Year In Review below…
TOP 5 RELEASES OF 2020?
5. Polaris – The Death of Me
4. Kingdom of Giants – Passenger
3. Slaves – Better Days
2. Like Moths to Flames – No Eternity in Gold
1. The Word Alive – Monomania
BEST SONG OF 2020?
My favourite song of this year has to be ‘MONOMANIA’ by The Word Alive.
BEST MUSIC VIDEO OF 2020?
To be really honest with you – I don’t watch a lot of music video’s aside from shorts I might see on social media. I really thought what Bring Me The Horizon did with some of their visual stuff was cool, and kind of cutting edge as always.
LAST GIG YOU PLAYED BEFORE COVID?
Our EP launch was the last gig we played, only a week or two before we went into lockdown. The timing was really lucky as we managed to get a show without any restrictions. It was our most memorable show to date and it feels all too long ago.
Looking back we probably knew there was a chance things would have to slow down in the near future, it made us enjoy it that much more and remember how important live music is, and always will be!
HOW DID COVID AFFECT YOU/YOUR BAND?
Honestly it just made us appreciate live music more than ever before. It also made our band a little more resourceful, we knew that shows were off the table, so we tried to stay creative and give back to our supporters in other ways.
We did a live stream playing songs from our new EP, more stuff over social media with Q&A’s and just trying to stay connected to people. It was cool in that way, sort of re-focusing on that connection aspect that I think matters more than we probably realised.
We also made sure to stay busy in writing and recording new music for people, releasing some follow up material from our EP. We also re-recorded some of our first demo’s and put them out for people to hear – we had a blast honestly. We had never put too much emphasis on live shows and having that define our band, so this was an opportunity to get productive and follow up on our EP in the best way we could.
BIGGEST THING YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF IN 2020?
I learnt that it’s important to focus on what I can control, and to stay positive even when things seem dire.
It’s been a really challenging year for pretty much everyone, so I think finding ways to kind of recharge and unplug are also really important. Having that downtime, taking time to manage and work on your mental health. It all matters, and we have to be there for each other as well! It’s been a year full of learning and trying to grow both personally and professionally.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2021?
Hopefully more shows! More new music from our favourite bands, more Patient Sixty-Seven. I can’t wait!!
Words by Tom Kiely. Twitter: @TomKiely_