Californian singer-songwriter storyteller Patrick Ames recently released a track that is filled to the brim with classic guitar twang, and raw, howling, vocals. This track is named ‘Rubber & Glue’.
Patrick affectionately speaks about his newest creation by lovingly saying the following about it: “The song ‘Rubber & Glue’ has been around for a few years in my world and it has that nice worn leather kind of feel. It’s comfortable, you’ve heard it before, you like it, how far along do you start singing the lyrics?”
As I’ve stated before, I love when artists are just so in love with their own creations and speak about them in a new way. Patrick continues by speaking about the recording process: “For this, ‘Rubber & Glue’, I recorded by mic’ing to the studio amp and then laying over the vocals. For some reason it got a little swampy, as in Mississippi river blues, which Jon Ireson, our producer, bassist, and acoustic guitarist, managed to save and embellish. The swampyness saves the song from going too close to pop.”
The track starts off with a nice beat that reminds me of ‘Billie Jean’ by Michael Jackson. A very clean acoustic guitar starts coming into the mix followed by a very Rolling Stones sounding electric guitar. To round out the intro, a beautiful female voice bellows. Patrick’s smoky voice starts to croon filling out the track like a cigarette’s smoke fills a bar.
The track itself is one direction which makes it simple to listen to on a long drive. One part I really like is how the snare drum emphasizes Patrick saying “smack!” at about 1:47 into the listen.
Patrick hit the rusty nail on the head with his unique vision for this classic rich track. While the rough and tumble rawness of the vocals might not be for everyone in the current era of auto-tune and pitch correction; it’s wonderful that Patrick Ames did what he felt and wanted to do.
At the end of the day, ‘Rubber & Glue’ is influenced by tracks of the 1960s. I could easily see this being a hit back then. I’ll be looking out for this to be at the end credits of an upcoming Quentin Tarantino film or in a scene to an upcoming Breaking Bad sequel.