John Patterson of The Grates talks new babies, award shows and what he’s got planned for Brisbane in 2015.
2015 is shaping up to be the year of The Grates.
The Brisbane rock band, consisting of founding members Patience Hodgson and John Patterson and current drummer Ritchie Daniell, have been named finalists in the 2015 Queensland Music Awards, but their Best Rock Artist nomination for Holiday Home is just the beginning.
“It was just a really fun and easy song to write,” Patterson says. “We could be ourselves and not over think anything. It’s great, I’m excited. It’s always nice to be rewarded.
“I’d never won any awards before I was in a band and then I won a couple and now I’ve got a taste for it. “
Although he’s keen to have another accolade to add to his collection, the ARIA nominee said the band doesn’t have any full proof award show rituals that will guarantee them the win.
“We don’t do anything special for awards shows but we have a ritual that we always do before we go onstage,” he says. “We pretend to be lions and pull faces at each other. We’ve been doing that for more than 10 years. I don’t know if it works, but we’ve never had bad luck from it.”
Pre-show rituals aside, the musician has certainly been lucky in love, marrying bandmate Hodgson and recently welcoming a little girl named Soda.
“We’ll be touring later in the year, but we won’t be announcing exact dates yet because Patience and I just had the baby a few weeks ago. So we’re waiting for that to settle in, so far it’s been awesome.
“It feels like we’re taking a big night time drive. Like, I feel as tired in the mornings now as I would if we drove all night across America. Other than that we’re handling it pretty well. We’re looking forward to the tour and taking the baby with us. First family holiday. “
According to Patterson, Brisbane is currently the place to be for musicians and creatives.
“Brisbane bands and musicians are taking more chances and making things happen,” he says.” There are a lot of easy collaborations and just being able to put out your own records.
“We’re building a beer garden out the back of our business the South Side Tearoom, which we crowd-funded. We’re also building a bar next door so that’s all launching in the next few weeks.
“At the moment Brisbane is ripe for opportunity. I think people have always kind of rejected us or not given Brisbane enough of a chance but there is a great culture here.”
The 2015 Queensland Music Awards will be held on 30 March at The Brisbane Powerhouse.