Patrick Shawcross
… swamp chords, big swell reverb and classic tube tone…


“I’ve spent a lot of time in the past couple of years really working on my sound, trying different things, new things, putting what doesn’t work to the side and always shaping, improving and moving forward”.

“The sound is currently gaining momentum”, he says. “With the acoustic shows there’s a stripped backed immediacy about the songs, whereas with the band it’s more of a synergetic sum-of-the-parts type of deal”.

“I can be my own worst enemy at times because I just love so many different styles of music”. This can be heard in recent compositions where there are clear influences of rock, blues, reggae, rockabilly, folk and country. And it doesn’t stop there… but on the flip side, it shows diversity and adaptability. “I don’t really see boundaries within music… as long as it has the three T’s (tone, timing and in tune) then it’s good. I think that’s why I enjoy classical music so much”.

Song writing brings a lot of satisfaction but also has its challenges. “I always love to hear about how other writers go about the process. I once heard someone say writing is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, and there are often times I’d have to agree”. Song writing is also about making decisions… “Procrastinating is something I’ve been guilty of in the past, always searching for the perfect word, the perfect phrase, getting tied down in an unnecessary quest for perfectionism. Nowadays I feel I’m more efficient and subsequently my output has improved significantly”.



Colac, Victoria, Australia

Patrick Shawcross

Colac, Victoria, Australia

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