Arcade Fire Offshoot Sam Patch Make Live Debut, Hint at LP

BY Gregory AdamsPublished Aug 28, 2015

As planned, last night (August 27) saw the live debut of Arcade Fire bassist Tim Kingsbury's new Sam Patch project. If you missed out on the set, don't worry, as an album is also in the works.

As previously reported, the outfit finds Kingsbury joined by Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara and folk artist Basia Bulat. Their debut performance took place last night at Montreal's Bar Le Ritz PDB, as part of the Passovah Summer Fest. Some footage from the concert was captured on film an posted to Instagram. As Pitchfork points out, you can see the clips, filmed by Montreal musician Bilal Butt, down below.

While it was unclear if any Sam Patch recordings would surface when the project was formally announced earlier this year, Kingsbury has now confirmed that an album is on the way. He apparently began writing for the as-yet-unnamed LP when Arcade Fire wrapped their world tour behind Reflektor.

"It's evolved a bit, but the feel of it is definitely rock music — I guess weird rock music," he told Cult Montreal. "This doesn't sound very rock'n'roll but I started using a nylon-string guitar and this old Vox keyboard and a Moog synthesizer and I was using an arpeggiator with it, and a little drum machine as well. I was playing around between those things and composing ideas, often based on an arpeggio. I'm used to playing with a big band and having lots of people around and everyone feeding off of everyone's ideas, but this way I was setting up parts myself and expanding on that."

A due date for the first Sam Patch full-length has not been set.

A video posted by Bilal Butt (@buttmusic) onAug 27, 2015 at 8:56pm PDT


A video posted by Bilal Butt (@buttmusic) onAug 27, 2015 at 8:33pm PDT

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