Interview with Patricia of The Soldier Thread

Eve’s Scene interviews Patricia, female lead of the indie-pop band The Soldier Thread. We first saw Patricia as they opened for Blue October’s acoustic show in Omaha, Nebraska at the Orpheum Theater and knew instantly she is one of the female leads we wanted to interview for Eve’s Scene. Eve’s Scene: I have wanted to interview you since I saw The Soldier Thread with Blue October at the Orpheum. I am happy that I finally was able to catch myself up and speak with you. Patricia: That was a really awesome show and I remember that one specifically. Eve’s Scene: I see on your Facebook page that you are doing another acoustic show in December. Patricia: We do acoustic shows about once a month just to do something different and keep it fresh. We have been doing it at this place called Frank in downtown Austin. It is a really cool little hot dog joint. We do low key acoustic shows with just me and Justin, sometimes with three people or the whole band Eve’s Scene: How do you adjust to playing an acoustic show? Patricia: It’s pretty easy. It’s especially easy if there are only two or three people. A lot of our songs are written on acoustic guitar to start out with and they translate really well down to an acoustic setting. That is how they originated to make it a full band experience. When it’s a full band doing a strip down acoustic setting it’s a little bit more difficult because you have to figure out exactly what the drums are going to do because they are not playing full on. We all really enjoy doing it. Eve’s Scene: When listening to Matador and your newer song Anybody the sound seems to have evolved from indie to more of a pop sound. Patricia: We enjoy experimenting with a lot of different sounds and I personally don’t like to box myself in into doing one thing. It’s really hard for me to commit to album art or a certain track listing because then you are forever defined by that release. If someone asked me to sing a country song I could sing a country song. It’s not really what I personally do. I like to keep it interesting. Eve’s Scene: You are a part of a Charity concert for The Answer for Cancer. How did you get involved and it’s a great idea. Patricia: We are not hosting it ourselves. The other band that is playing, they are called The Canvas Waiting, one of the guys sister I believe has cancer so they are really passionate about doing charity gigs like that. They asked us to play and Justin and I will be playing an acoustic set. Eve’s Scene: How did you come up with the band name and how did the band start? Patricia: The Soldier Thread came from a song. It’s the title of a song that I wrote before I even met the guys in my band. I was going to school at Texas State and I was playing a bunch of tiny shows. I even did the talent show at the university for fun and practice. Through some people in the recording program there Justin and Todd found me. They listened to the one song I had recorded and from that they were like let’s have her in to sing back up for an instrumental. Todd and Justin have been friends for a long time and they had been doing some instrumental stuff and wanted a female vocalist for one song. It just happened to work out to where we meshed and clicked To me The Soldier Thread means when something really shitty happens in your life. You have to get up and move on. Life goes on and you have to at some point keep going. I thought of a soldier and everything they have to deal with. It’s in no way political but about how a soldier has to get up and move on no matter what they are dealing with at the time. Thread is my idea of throwing on a patch or mending a wound. It’s a mesh of these two words and they happened to like it. It’s funny because when we were forming the band and deciding a band name was also hard for me to commit to Justin would always tease me and then he was like hey how about we call the band The Soldier Thread. I hit him in the arm and I was like shut up I hate you because I thought he was patronizing me and he was serious and really liked it. Everyone got on board and it has been our band name ever since. Eve’s Scene: What is the scene like in Austin? Is it competitive with you being a female lead as compared to a male leads? Patricia: I wouldn’t really use the word competitive. If used that way it’s friendly competition. I wouldn’t really even use the word competition. Obviously there are fewer females in the music industry than there are males. I actually just gave a college student an interview and they were doing a senior thesis on women in the music industry. It’s on the struggles and all the things you have to go through specifically being a female. I told him that there have been so many times that we will roll up to a venue and the sound guy will come out and start talking about what he needs to do and everything. He will shake everyone’s hand, even the tour manager, and not mine. He thinks I’m either a groupie or the merch girl and I think they all assume that is what I am. So I just stand there and wait until they realize that they are going to have to talk to me at some point. It happens a lot. I don’t really feel there is competition between females and males. I do feel that Austin is over-saturated with musicians. You can’t throw a rock without hitting one in the head. Most of them have day jobs but they are all musicians by night and weekend. This town is definitely a boot camp for bands. If you can be successful and make money in this town you feel like you can do it anywhere if you are willing to put in the hours. There are so many bands to go see in Austin every night of every genre. It is difficult to be successful here but I think it is the best place you can start. Eve’s Scene: When it came to your dreams as a musician who was your biggest supporters or influence growing up? Patricia: My dad listened to a lot of oldies music and my mom listened to a lot of soft rock. I actually listened to a lot of country growing up like Shania Twain. My dad loved Heart and so I love that band. I listened to a lot of Celine Dion. I have tons of female artists that I love like Emily Haines is one of my biggest influences as a musician. She is the singer from Metric. The Dead Weather and there are tons I listen to constantly. At our Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin and I am going to see The Joy Formidable and Ritzy Bryan just rips on the guitar and I am really excited to see them. I listen to a lot of female artists. Eve’s Scene: What is the biggest challenge that you have had as a band? Patricia: We have been really fortunate and I still consider us a baby band and we are doing everything ourselves. We have been together for four years which isn’t that long as a band. I wouldn’t say that we have had very much adversity and we have been really lucky and fortunate up until now. It is tough being in a band I will say that. There are five people in our band and five very different personalities working together. Different schedules because everybody has a job to work around to schedule rehearsals and shows. I would say a challenge in our band is figuring out what works for five people. I get asked the question what’s it like being the only girl in the band. I love that question because my go to response is I’m not the only girl in the band. There are challenges to being the only girl in the band and I know the guys would say it’s challenging to have a girl in the band. We have already gotten a small taste of how crazy the music industry can be. We were on an independent label when we first got together. It was a local independent label and they kind of screwed us over. I don’t want to go into too much detail but they own the masters to our old cd’s and have all the rights to them. We can’t even sell our own music which is why we are going into the studio soon to record a new EP and self release it doing it ourselves. There is nothing out there that anyone can buy and it’s really disappointing. That’s just the tip of the ice of how cutthroat the industry can be. It’s a business and really all about money and you have to protect your art and remember why you are doing this in the first place otherwise you get caught up in the bullshit. It is a business and it can be taxing but there are those moments where you realize that is why I am doing this. Eve’s Scene: What is your most memorable performance? Patricia: We played a Wakeboarding event and we only did it for the money. Sometimes you have to do that as a band and only play for the money and not because you really want to play the show. There were maybe ten people there but sometimes the shows that you want to get in and get out are the ones that you have the most fun in. It wasn’t like playing in Omaha with Blue October was kind of nerve wracking walking onto the stage. I’m like You have to do really good. Don’t screw it up. You don’t feel that when you go into a show you don’t care about and you can really let loose and let go. We ended up having a lot of fun. A dog even came up onto the stage and in the middle of a song Todd was petting a dog. Eve’s Scene: Obviously you had toured with Blue October. Is there anyone you would like to tour with and why? Patricia: There are so many bands that I would be happy to tour with. I would love to tour with Metric. For me Emily Haines is a major influence and an idol in my brain and she is awesome. Anyone that I think is awesome and I consider an influence I really don’t want to meet them. It sounds weird and she probably really is awesome but meeting her gives her the opportunity to become a bitch. So it’s like I don’t ever want to meet you because in my mind you are awesome and I want to keep you on that pedestal. Eve’s Scene: I know exactly how you feel. We got an interview with Munky of Korn. I have loved Korn forever and I was like OhmiGosh what if I go into that interview and I end up hating him. But he was the coolest guy ever Thank God and really intelligent. It’s that worry thinking I love them so much and I don’t want anything to ruin it. Patricia: Absolutely. Eve’s Scene: Is there any advice you can give other aspiring female artists? Patricia: I have a small anecdote for you. I think it was in Omaha at the Orpheum and this girl, I think she was eighteen, and she was asking me this exact question. She is an artist herself and she is a singer, songwriter and she was telling me where you are is where I want to be. I think a lot of people look up to artists and think that it’s what we do and it’s our occupation. Probably not a whole lot of people realize that we actually have jobs when we go back home. Of course we will like to do this full time but it takes a lot of work to get to that point. I let her in on the secret that I don’t do this full time. All of us have jobs and I told her to keep doing what you are doing and to keep practicing and getting better. She told me she didn’t think she was going to go to college and focus on this. I told her that I went to college and that is where I met my band. College is an important time of your life. You grow and learn and gain a lot of experiences and I told her that if there is something that she would like to study even if it is music that she should go to college and have that experience. It’s part of growing up as a person and finding yourself artistically. I told her to keep living her life and keep that dream in the forefront of your mind. Everything you do think about where you would like to be in five, six, seven, ten years. For a lot of people it comes with luck but I think it’s a combination of hard work and maybe even the right place at the right time or who you know. Some people have a natural ability but I think it comes from hard work. Eve’s Scene: Is there anything else you would like to add? Patricia: We are going into the studio on November 12th and we are going to be making some EP’s but I don’t have a release date for you. I would like to say early February. We will be having pre-sales on line where EP’s and shirts can be pre-ordered. The pre-order money will be helping us with all of our production costs. All of the information can be found at TheSoldierThread.com or our Facebook page. Eve’s Scene: Thank you so much and I am glad that we were able to catch up and talk.

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