The Iron Heart, Standley
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
This event is 21 and over
Patrick Sweany likes the spaces in between.
On a given night (or on a given album) he'll swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic 50s rock, or a punk speedball. He's a musical omnivore, devouring every popular music sound of the last 70 years, and mixing 'em all together seamlessly into his own stew. Yet, the one thing that most people notice about Patrick isn't his ability to copy - it's his authenticity. Like his heroes, folks like Eddie Hinton, Doug Sahm, Joe Tex, Patrick somehow manages to blend all of these influences into something all his own.
It's no wonder that as a kid he immersed himself in his dad's extensive record collection: 60s folk, vintage country, soul, and, of course, blues. Patrick spent hours teaching himself to fingerpick along to Leadbelly, Lightnin' Hopkins, and other folk-blues giants.
It wasn't long before Patrick drew the attention of notables like Roy Book Binder, who, after hearing Patrick's self-released debut CD I Wanna Tell You, arranged his first appearance at Merlefest in 2002.
But Patrick wouldn't stay in the acoustic world for long. His love of 50s era soul and rock fused with the adrenaline-soaked garage punk revival happening throughout the Rust Belt pushed Pat to form a band.
After 3 critically acclaimed CDs (the last two produced by longtime collaborator Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys), Patrick has expanded his touring radius to 49 states and the UK. He's played premiere festivals all over the U.S., and supported national acts such as The Black Keys, The Gourds, The Wood Brothers, Wayne Hancock, Hot Tuna, and Paul Thorn on tour.
His upcoming record, Close to The Floor, hit the streets July 16, 2013. It was recorded analog to 2" tape by engineer/producer Joe McMahan (Luella & The Sun, Allsion Moorer) and captures Sweany's mix of vintage soul and raw, indie blues. Advance copies will be available at these shows.
The Iron Heart
The Iron Heart formed from the roots of old friendships and the ashes of old bands. Brought together again by their love of creating music Thomas Fine, Justin Altamura & Joel Fennie conceived the Iron Heart. After spending years together and apart, they brought their previous experience as well as individual influences to the table - developing a new sound described as "the new rock n roll". Molding a mixture of hard rock with a blast of blues and indie flare, the Iron Heart deliver a distinct sound.
Coming together in early 2013 with the intention of crafting some musical ideas, the band began developing their sound. After demoing some tunes, it became official - the Iron Heart was going to re-emerge into the world of music. Performing a few shows to get their feet back, including the BottleRock Festival in Napa, the band is poised to make a splash in 2013. Look out for them in the San Francisco bay area & all of northern California throughout this summer. Their debut "3 Song EP" is available over at http://theironheart.bandcamp.com.
Voice like Jeff Buckley. Soul like Otis Redding. Poppy like Jason Mraz. Slightly Quirky like Tom Waits. Smash them together in a bar fight... STANDLEY.
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