Patrick Lachman, January 28, 2004

 

Written & Photos by: Jason Perlman

 

Jason: Patrick, you were a guitar player for Rob Halford. Now, you are singing here. Was it hard to switch and move from guitar player to front man?
Patrick: It’s like a professional sports player, if I went from forward to center on a basketball team would that be so radically different. I guess that’s just the way I see it in my mind. I mean I’ve always worked with all these vocalists that allowed me to be myself. And because I’ve always had a lot of good ideas and always sang back up, picking up a microphone wasn’t weird for me. Putting down the guitar I guess was more weird.

 

Jason: And that is actually leading to my next question, as a singer and now songwriter, is it a big switch when coming from Halford, who did a lot of the writing to being a full-time writer versus writing mostly guitar parts?
Patrick: That’s the big picture you know. I listened to drums, I listen to bass, vocals, guitars, everything. I don’t just think of myself as a guitar player. I mean that’s so fucking close minded and one dimensional. I listen to the whole thing. Every project that I’ve ever been a part of I always sort of stepped outside myself and tried listening because that’s the only way to get better and move up to the next level. I’m very self critical so I had to make sure that the lyrics and the melodies and the vocals that I wrote for this record was nothing short of the best thing I could possibly do.

 

Jason: It’s kinda funny because a couple of days ago I actually got the Brides of Destruction review CD which has Nikki Sixx and Tracii Gunns who hit the top in the 1980s and are coming around again. So you kind of have similarities of these artists, but I think music has also kind of come back in that time again where it’s not grunge and all seriousness...
Patrick: (laughing) Right...a whole different society. There’s a lot of stuff that people where artists are just trying to be radio friendly and I think that part of the industry is always there. Where no one is cutting edge and everyone is the same. You can turn on any station in Anytown, USA and I don’t know who the fuck is playing. There’s absolutely no identity where as when you hear Vinnie Paul beat the hell out of the drums or you hear Dimebag Darrel get a hold of a guitar, you know exactly who that is. So, I feel definitely blessed to be the voice of that band.

 

Jason: Is it a bit different going into a situation where maybe Dimebag and Vinnie are probably almost reading each other’s thoughts. Was it any kind of struggle getting into the flow of things or did it just fall right into place for the entire band.
Patrick: Well you know it’s funny because when I first met Dime and Vinnie, it was almost like we had that instantaneous relationship. It’s hard to put into words, but it’s like we think the same things. Me and Dime just have that fucking bizarre connection where we often say the same shit at the same time. It’s like any kind of brotherhood, we’re all thinking on the same lines and it’s a pretty cool thing.

Jason: How do you think, obviously you guys are rehearsing in the studio and all that, but going out and touring for the first time, how do you see this band kind of take the next level and become a live band verses just the two dimensional recorded CD?
Patrick: Well that’s an easy one man. I mean we have the best fucking guitar player and the best drummer on the fucking planet and Bob’s totally a monster on bass and shit without a guitar weighing me down, I can get up there and destroy. It’s total freedom. We’re trying to bring that live aspect back where we don’t need flame throwers and explosions and fucking laser lights or whatever. We’re just gonna have a bad-ass, band-kicking ass on stage playing good music front to back and whatever kind of production we end up having is just going to be the icing on the cake.

 

Jason: How long do you see this band going on or is this going to be just an on the road possibly type band or is it more of a play some gigs, head back home and...
Patrick: No....no...I mean live music is why we’re out, that’s the joy for us. Getting out there and fucking destroying shit. I mean cranking it up that’s what it’s all about. The studio’s great, it’s a lot of experimentation and discovery and stuff like that. It’s an amazing process, but really it comes down to we want to go out there and just kick fucking ass!! I know there’s a lot of people that want their asses kicked.


Jason: Personally, what was it like when they finally decided, ‘Okay we’re going to do this other project and you’re going to be the singer and let’s go get this thing done.’ Or at least, how long were you hung over after that?
Patrick: I’ve been drunk for about two years straight...(laughing). It’s fucking great and then really to answer your question, honestly there was really no like, ‘Okay kid you got the gig.’ It was really a process. There was no time to sit there and just celebrate. It was more like I started writing tunes. I wrote my first song and I demanded to be a part of this band. It was so bad ass...whatever the fuck I gotta play, just give me a tambourine, but just let me get a piece of this fuckin’ thing because I knew it was going to be huge. So I convinced Dime and Vinnie to give me one song and one song only to work on. That was sort of like my vocal audition and the first track I wrote for damageplan and after that, we just started rocking the shit out of the music.