Sudbury’s Patrick Therrien paving his own way

New band specializes in songs written in Sudbury

Local musician Patrick Therrien has started his own band, under his own name. Supplied photo

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For the first time in his music career, Patrick Therrien is calling all the shots.

Therrien, known for his time as a member of Elephant Band that entertained mostly during the late 90s and early 2000s, has set out on his own, developing his own band, under his own name.

“I’ve been in a bunch of bands since, but I’ve never really had a chance to play that music again, because the guys I’m in the band with are too far away, and we try to get together at least once a year, but it doesn’t work out,” Therrien said. “They’re too far away, the drummer has quite a young family, so it’s understandable.

“But I need a way to be able to play my music again. I didn’t want to do it under Elephant Band, because those guys are way too much part of that group.”

So, he started the Patrick Therrien Band, along with Andre Proul on bass, and Sam King on drums. Therrien serves as a guitarist and vocals. All are from Sudbury.

“I’m making the setlists, picking all the songs,” Therrien said. “And what I’ve envisioned is doing a bunch of local covers, people I grew up with on the scene.”

He mentions the brilliant sounds of the Easter Dogs, Freudz Couch, Mondo Idols, Statues and the Havocs as examples.

 

“None of the guys of my vintage are doing that anymore, we’re not doing our originals,” Therrien said. “These songs are so amazing, and I think they need to be featured again. It’s not like I’m bringing this big spotlight to it, but I really love these songs.

“It’s really like a vanity project. I want to do songs that I want to do.”

The Patrick Therrien Band will also perform songs from some of his favourites like The Smiths, Radiohead and Jeff Buckley.

Therrien said he’s enjoyed the process of putting together a new band and being in more charge of its direction and sound.

“What really, really helps is I have two guys in the band that have been really supportive and they really understand what I’m trying to do,” Therrien said. “They get it. They’re excited by it.”

And they enjoy the challenges of it all, too, he said.

“When you go to play a Jeff Buckley song, it isn’t easy,” Therrien said. “There’s lots of dynamics and they love it. They don’t care what we get paid. That’s really encouraging.”

Therrien said this band is six years in the making.

“It took six years to get this band together because I was having a really hard time finding musicians to see what I was trying to get to,” Therrien said. “The timing worked out for the best. I found the best two guys.”

The Patrick Therrien Band will perform original material in the near future, but for now, they’re finding their identity performing songs written by Therrien in the past, and covering songs that hold a deep meaning to him.

“Another idea that I had, one I’m really passionate about, is that if everything goes well, as successful as I’d like it to be, I’d like to get these singer-songwriters that I’m covering, to do a set with us,” Therrien said. “I want to grow it properly, get a following, some interest.

“I hope people dig what I’m trying to bring. I’m not trying to recreate the wheel or anything, it’s just music that I love and it’s an interesting twist that I’m doing music written locally that people are not playing anymore.”

For now, the Patrick Therrien Band is getting ready for gigs No. 4 and No. 5. – a performance at Poutine Fest on Saturday at 9 p.m., and on Aug. 30 at the Townhouse.

“I’d like to play every other month at the Townehouse and fill in little (shows) here and there,” Therrien said. “I kind of grew up at the Townehouse. That was the scene for a while. That’s where I’d like to develop it again.”

To find out more about the Patrick Therrien Band, check them out on their Facebook page.

Twitter: @keith_dempsey

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