Otherwise is living the dream


Adrian Patrick is living the rough life. Calling from his Las Vegas home, the lead singer of the band Otherwise is just begging for “sympathy.”

“I’m enjoying a couple more days at home before we leave for ShipRocked,” he says. “We unfortunately have to go on a cruise and play The Bahamas.”

By all accounts, it went well. The cruise featured once-in-a-lifetime performances and musical collaborations during the roundtrip ocean voyage from Port Miami onboard Norwegian Pearl, with two days at picturesque Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas.

Couple ShipRocked with gigs at the NAMM Convention and the Radio Contraband Conference and 2015 has been “amazing” for Otherwise. The shows and the forthcoming date at the Marquee in Tempe, Friday, February 20, are Otherwise’s chances to support its fifth album, Peace at All Costs.

“The title speaks for itself,” Patrick says. “It’s our journey to find inner peace. After two years on the road with True Love Never Dies, we came back (to Vegas) even more frustrated with even more angst and feeling like we have something to prove even more so.”

The result is a collection of songs that are stylistically different.

“We definitely wanted to have a little bit of diversity from song to song,” Patrick says. “When you listen to our album, we don’t want it to sound like one long 40-minute song. We want to take everyone on the journey. Rock ‘n’ roll is a rollercoaster. We want to touch on every emotion in the human condition.”

That mission was completed thanks producer David Bottrill, who worked with Tool in the past. Otherwise guitarist Andrew Pugh aided in that endeavor.

“We learned a lot about ourselves,” Patrick says. “It was an incredible experience to work with David Bottrill, who is an amazing talent. He brought out the best in us and we were able to explore different facets of us as artists.”

That includes Patrick, bassist Tony Carboney, drummer Corky Gainsford, and Patrick’s brother, guitarist Ryan.

“Musically and instrumentally, my brother has a very unique guitar style,” he says. “David helped me explore different voices—the different tones that I hadn’t really used before.

“I was really fortunate. The guy’s worked with some of the top vocalists in the game, from Peter Gabriel to Aaron Lewis to Corey Taylor. For him to take interest in our project and believe in me as a vocalist, it was intimating at first and then very encouraging. He was so open and warm and so easy to work with.”

The Valley has been good to Otherwise as well. The radio station KUPD has “championed” Otherwise, according to Patrick.

“Phoenix has been a great place for us,” Patrick says. “We hope to do some other cities in Arizona. It just takes a spark to start a fire. We’re just so happy to just get out on the road and live the dream.”

10 Years w/Otherwise, The Glorious Sons, Luminoth, Marquee, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829.0607, luckymanonline.com, Friday, February 20, 6 p.m., $17


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