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Jump, rattle and roll to our rock and roll freak show.
Patrick Lew Band (better stylized as PLB) is a music project with roots in San Francisco, Japan, and Taiwan. Inspired by artists as diverse as The Beatles, The Kinks and The Rolling Stones, Patrick managed to come up with a melodic, yet energetic songwriting style that feels absolutely one-of-a-kind. From brit pop, to garage and punk, but also some dreamier textures, the possibilities are truly endless! Patrick has a diverse approach as a songwriter, and his trusty band is there to help him make his vision come true, one song at a time! PLB is one of the most interesting, eccentric and critically successful yet polarizing bands within the annals of Asian-American music history.
The group's principal members were all born and raised in San Francisco, California. Singer, composer, guitarist and bandleader Patrick Lew Hayashi started making music and putting himself and his band on the Internet since high school. His younger "fictitious" sister Madeline later joined the band on bass. They began making strides in the scene in 2016 by accumulating a series of bragging rights, patents and titles under their name.
Between 2016 and present day, PLB achieved stellar regional and independent success accumulated from their credentials in the underground rock music scene, alongside Patrick and Madeline's moderately influential public personas on social-media. The band is also very active on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook and their music also can be easily accessed on the Internet.
Patrick Lew Hayashi is also a 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame Class of 2019 inductee at his alma mater California State University, East Bay, being the first Japanese-American male and second Taiwanese-American male to achieve that honor for his respective services and contributions to Bay Area's music scene and the Asian- American community with PLB.
Don’t miss out on their most recent releases, including an full-length album and a handful of EP, detailing their journey through music and creativity!
HIS STORY & MUSIC CAREER...
In 2001, Patrick Lew-Hayashi formed a band under the banner Patrick Lew Band in his hometown of San Francisco, CA, when he was just 15 years old. Most of Hayashi's early years in the indie music circuit was playing in a garage band. In 2005, Hayashi was attending City College of San Francisco and was briefly signed to an indie label based in La Jolla, CA. After he was dropped from his developmental contract with the label, Hayashi decided to book studio time with the help of his friends.
Most of the time, Hayashi was on the Internet putting his bands music out there. On November 15, 2006, which was also Patrick Lew-Hayashi's 21st birthday, the Patrick Lew Band released their debut album JUMP, RATTLE, AND ROLL on CDBaby. Patrick Lew Band would begin to sporadically play small shows in the San Francisco area by 2007 with a frequently changing line-up. Their first single AZN GIRLS was posted online during late 2007, leading to a critical backlash among the band on social-media over unbeknownst reasons. Around this same period, the bands chiptune rearranged cover of the Nirvana song Drain You was published on Nirvanaclub.com.
During 2009, Patrick Lew Band began making their strides in the regional music scene and on the Internet. Their song Everyone Loves Ashley brought them to notoriety and initial indie-level fame. Between 2009 to 2012, the band would write and record up to as many as 60 songs per year in their home studio.To have something to fall back on, Hayashi taught himself the fundamentals of the indie music business and being his own entrepreneur.
During this period, Patrick Lew Band had aborted plans to tour locally. However, the group would perform live in the Antioch area occasionally during some of 2011. Some of these performances can be found and since leaked on Patrick Lew- Hayashis official YouTube channel.
Between 2009 to 2012, the Patrick Lew Band self-released their music online: Let It Rise And Against (2009), Murder Bay (2011) and the EP Angry Yellow (2012).
On February 4, 2012, Patrick Lew Band performed at Dolores Park in San Francisco. After taking a few years away from the indies because of a failed common-law marriage and very well documented personal problems, Hayashi made his return to music with the Patrick Lew Band by the beginning of 2015. Embarking on his most profitable and memorable run in the indie music circuit. 2015 began with Hayashi being appointed the Ambassador for Antennas Direct. And conducting a televised interview with the 24 HOUR K-POP music TV channel in the San Francisco Bay Area. Around this same period, Patrick Lew-Hayashi introduced a crossdressing M2F alter ego by the name of Madeline Lew-Hayashi into the band. Created from digital special effects, CGI and Photoshop. In a music marketing storyline, Madelines role in the band is described as, the long lost younger sister of Patrick Lew-Hayashi saving the band from failure and bringing his band and his music back to prominence.
Madeline Lew's introduction into the Patrick Lew Band as a virtual band member and mascot brought Patrick Lews profitability back to prominence in the music scene and helped Patrick Lew Band achieve publicity and moderate indie-level success that he did not accomplish prior to 2015. The success and exposure that the Patrick Lew Band received during this period included a couple music blogs writing about the Patrick Lew Band online and being mentioned on-air on Bay Area rock FM radio station 107.7 THE BONE.
The band was mostly recording in their home studio in San Francisco. By 2016, the band launched their own label and multimedia start-up Lewnatic HQ.
The band was often working on new music in their home recording studio between 2015 and early 2017. The Patrick Lew Band would release their album OAKLAND on Valentines Day 2017. He and his alter ego Madeline Lew would perform at Brick & Mortar Music Hall on October 8, 2017.
By the end of 2017, the Patrick Lew Band no longer was a full-time responsibility as Hayashi began working a stable full-time job at Chocolate Heaven Pier 39. He also began only sporadically making studio recording appearances with the band as he branched his talents to other outlets and playing music with local bands outside of Patrick Lew Band.On June 7, 2019. Patrick Lew-Hayashi received the 40 Under 40 award at his alma mater CSU East Bay. He would become the first major Japanese-American male to receive the high honor.
Outside of PLB. Hayashi has also performed, recorded and toured with other bands in the Bay Area. And made a brief uncredited cameo appearance on the acclaimed Amazon TV series Man in the High Castle on Season 4 and Episode 1. He also is a moderately known and prolific social-media influencer and persona, most notably on YouTube and Instagram.
The Patrick Lew Band because of popular demand would eventually relaunch in March 2020, but for limited and sporadic one-off or once-in-a-while studio appearances and in- house performances.
Patrick Lew Hayashi: Guitar, Vocals, Compositions Madeline Lew: Bass
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BAND INTERESTS: Making Music, YouTube, Netflix, PlayStation, Fast Cars, Oakland A's, Pro Wrestling, Pizza, Sexy Curvy Ladies, Jamming
PERSONAL INTERESTS: Making Music, Playing Shows, Making YouTube Videos, Immortality.
PRODUCTS: Streaming Video & Audio, Digital Downloads, Digital Brochures, Band T-Shirts, YouTube, Photography, YouTube.
WHAT'S THE 411...?
“Jump, rattle and roll to his rock and roll freak show.” There’s nothing quite like this particular catch phrase from Asian-American rocker Patrick Lew Hayashi. There’s one thing you can probably say about this man - this guy knows how to make an impact wherever he goes and what he does!
During summer 2009, the Yay Area music scene witnessed this young, wild and hungry man rise against all his opponents and take his brand of punk rock music to a whole new and strange level on the Internet with his Patrick Lew Band. They got their worst nightmares and satisfaction delivered when on Dec. 11, the Patrick Lew Band self-released their second full-length album Let It Rise And Against through CDBaby. Auspiciously interrupting the masses and the underground who didn’t quite believe in the hype surrounding his almighty PLB, the brash and erratically unhinged upstart introduced himself to the world through the power of the digital age as a rock star who wasn’t afraid to be himself and take it to the next level.
The son and middle child of Winson Lew and Winnie Hayashi, Hayashi was born in San Francisco, CA, with ancestral roots to Japan, Taiwan and mainland China. A rock and roll fan at an early age, he began playing guitar at thirteen years old once his beloved cousin Andy was living with him and his family one summer as an international studies student at a local community college. And made his musical debut in 2001 at the ripe young age of fifteen. Starting out in the rigid amateur territories in San Francisco, Hayashi went on to play music for many regional start-up bands in Northern California, solidifying his repertoire along the way.
After briefly reaching notoriety and prominence in Band of Asians, Hayashi created PLB in its first proper form in 2007, firing up many detractors and putting his name out there on the World Wide Web among the legions of cult followers known as the “PLB Army” or “Lewnatics.” Growing frustrated with the music scene politicking that plagued his hard work, he sensed a brighter future in PLB and broke the walls down on social- media with his brash, edgy, straight-ahead and no-nonsense brand of punk rock in 2009.
While some people would grow rather cold and dismissive under the weight of such a hyped underground rock and roll idol, Hayashi reveled in it. In the years that followed, the Lewnatic himself grabbed himself quite a number of titles and bragging rights while serving under his Patrick Lew Band. He was handpicked by Dmusic.com as 2007’s Rising Artist of the Year, July 2016’s Akademia Music Awards Best Experimental Rock Song (the hit single “Game Changer”) and collected other credentials under his name such as being mentioned on-air on Northern California classic rock radio station 107.7 THE BONE and serving as the Ambassador for Antennas Direct for a few years. In 2019, he became the first Japanese-American man to receive the 40 Under 40 Award at his alma mater Cal State East Bay.
Hayashi has left and returned to PLB on several occasions. During his various hiatuses, he worked on himself, honed his craft with other Bay Area bands and even made an uncredited cameo appearance on the critically acclaimed Amazon TV series The Man in the High Castle, but he’s always found his way back home to the band that made his mark across the universe that he’s still got his more life in the tank.
After a few years away from PLB to work with other side-bands regionally, Hayashi made his shocking return to Patrick Lew Band in March 2020 as a direct response to the COVID-19 and the anti-Asian xenophobia related to it worldwide. His mission now was to break the walls down even further and push more buttons while doing so, referring to himself as the “Japanese-Taiwanese Rock And Roll Pariah” and “The Moral Compass of the Yay Area Music Scene” With eight full-length studio albums and several EPs already under his name, Hayashi continues to occasionally make new music, put it out there worldwide and to promise everyone that he’s here to stay and raise some hell.
With the heart of a Steel Lion, the voice of a rugged rocker and the will of a fighter. Patrick Lew Hayashi will always do what he does. To be here to break the walls down, break barriers and opposition in equal measure.
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