Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Otherwise at the Gramercy Theatre

Adrian Patrick of Otherwise
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, two-year-old Adrian Patrick begged for his guitar at bedtime and plucked the strings until he fell asleep. He started playing in bands in the early 2000s and in 2005 launched Otherwise with his brother, guitarist Ryan Patrick, playing the local hard rock club circuit. Adrian became the featured male co-singer with Maria Brinks on the song “The Promise” from In This Moment’s 2010 album A Star-Crossed Wasteland. His subsequent national tour with In this Moment opened opportunities. Otherwise has produced two albums and an EP; the newest album is True Love Never Dies.

At the Gramercy Theatre tonight opening for Filter and Red, Otherwise seemed to feed off of the bright lights and broken dreams of Las Vegas. Avoiding standard hard rock posturing, Otherwise bravely ventured into sensitive lyrics backed by powerful riffs and pounding drum beats. Whether through hard-hitting heavy rock songs with screaming vocals or Queen-styled melodic ballads, the band’s sound was built upon clearly-heard lyrics that were about love, loss, struggle, survival, overcoming adversity and redemption. The band’s music was aggressive and even dark, consistently powerful and dynamic. Each song featured Adrian Patricks passionate soul along with his strong voice and stage presence. He sang fearlessly and optimistically about persevering through life’s many trials and tribulations, and promoted that positive message in between-song introductions. The song “Soldiers” was a metaphor for the battle that unsigned bands go through to get their message heard as artists, but also was a rallying anthem for everyone living on the difficult frontlines of life.  Other highlights included “Vegas Girl” and “1000 Pictures (I Don’t Apologize).” Honest, heart-felt and hopeful, the band’s performance will be rewarded with a loyal fan base.

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