A man drawn to narrative and substance, Pat Dam Smyth gives voice to the voiceless. His new single ‘Juliette’, set for release on 19th of May is a story about a young woman who escapes an abusive relationship.
The song’s protagonist is a symbol for escaping from violent situations and a beacon of hope in an often dark and murky world. Sonically, the track is a moody, atmospheric affair and one that highlights Pat’s unquestionable gift for telling stories.
A raconteur in the truest sense of the word, Pat grew up in rural Northern Ireland, in the midst of The Troubles. These turbulent times were the backdrop to his teenage years in the 90’s, a constant humming in a world of noise. Like any teenager though, Pat was obsessed with what felt universal to him and his peers. Love, laughter, heartache and most profoundly, music, occupied most of his time. Pouring himself into his art, he developed a knack for creating rich, personal songs, as a form of escapism. Hatted, bearded and with a bellowing laugh, Pat’s presence is magnetic. Simply put, he’s charming and someone you want to be around and listen to.
Following a 2016 that saw him play packed out sets at Reeperbahn Festival, The Great Escape, and several London showcases, including a sell-out in The Roundhouse’s Sackler Theatre for the MVT #Fightback benefit, as well as a thunderous Lexington show, Pat and his band’s live shows are always passionate, engrossing spectacles.
Leaving behind the lo-fi sound of his critically acclaimed record ‘The Great Divide’, Pat is writing bigger, bolder songs these days, having formed a telepathic bond with drummer, co – writer and co – producer Chris McComish.
‘Juliette’ is the first piece in the puzzle that forms upcoming album Kids and a symbol of how his music has progressed. Determined to write from the heart and to tell stories that matter, this is Pat at his most powerful and enchanting. Inspired by the likes of Nick Cave, John Grant, Beck, Pink Floyd and Timbre Timbre, his ability to draw you in to his world is the mark of a great storyteller.
Set for release on the 19th of May, ‘Juliette’ is an enthralling delight and a delicious first taste of what Pat Dam Smyth has in store in for us in 2017.
‘Your lover’s wearing leather to hide her broken bones. Juliette’s running, Juliette’s running, Juliette’s running miles and miles away’ Juliette, Pat Dam Smyth.