Pat Nobody Interview:

'86 Frontline Records
by Kevin Allison

I'd been told that Pat Nobody tells you exactly what's on his mind. What was to follow lived up to that fact as we situated ourselves on the concrete shoreline of a man-made pond. It was California at its finest as the sun set behind the Orange Curtain.

Maybe I shouldn't have listened to Nobody Special, Pat's debut project on Frontline Records, on the way over. I'm torn between washing my hands, apologizing for groveling in self-pity or for letting humanity slip through my fingers. Pat's songs have that knack of twisting the thorn into your side as he screams hearty petitions, irritating the good, the bad and the ugly in each of us.

"I feel weird. Spiritual warfare in my head." (I wonder)

As we stare out across the serene waters, a passionate side of Pat Nobody is seen. It's the calm, yet descriptively probing nature of a man who feels a desire to communicate his pain and anger to all people especially those in punk circles. "I'll spill my guts", Pat claims. " I have nothing to hide and nothing to lose through self-disclosure. A lot of my friends think I'm weird because I talk about Jesus. They think I'm spun." Being involved in the punk scene has toughened Pat in a way that differs from being hardened. In fact, if there were a Pat Nobody doll it could probably convert GI-Joe, Rambo and the He-Man before recess was over. "There are kids who are junkies and strung out, getting their bodies tattooed at age 14. By the time they're 16, their lungs are black and their brains are damaged. These kids can hear the LP and they're hopefully going to know we're brothers, because I feel their pain. Sure, they may be hostile, but I'm prepared to be rejected by everybody and love every minute of it", he says smiling.

"When you have the guts to shake your self-pity, Look beyond the walls of your concrete city." (Come Around)
Due to the presence of pounding guitar, machine-gun drumming and righteous vocal rebellion, this album may not be suitable for middle-aged housewives, computer potatoes or guys named Lester. But, that doesn't bother Pat, whose honesty mirrors his songwriting. "I'm open to every response", Pat admits. "I'm ready for the hate mail and everything that goes with what I'm saying. If everybody liked what NOBODY SPECIAL was doing that would bother me. Appreciating something and liking something are two different things. I hope those who can't handle the music can still appreciate it."

NOBODY SPECIAL may become the most unique and popular Southern California release since Undercover's 1983 album "God Rules." This comes as no surprise, as Joey Taylor produced both projects, even writing "Get off the air", which appears on side two. Certain to be under critical acclaim, Pat Nobody promises that he does not intend to be a rock n' roll messiah.   "I often feel like a nobody", he says as he strives to be understood. "If kids can relate to somebody like Pat Nobody that's really my greatest goal, but I just don't want people to think I'm self-righteous. I'm not perfect in any sense of the word and I'm probably the most unworthy guy God could have chosen to do something like this."

"Forgive me dear Lord 'cause I was living in sin, Please help me to grow now that I see you again, There was so much pain, I was going insane, You took away my blues, help me to spread the news." (I was)

In the track, "Ain't that hard", Pat reflects on mistakes, made by himself and others. "I was there - all the drugs and junk", he reveals. "I was part of that and I even knew it was wrong, but people get blinded by the world and a lot of punks need to be screamed at to wake them up. They need to get pierced and broken." Many times they do, but Pat makes the effort to talk to them where they're at even when he himself gets berated. However, Pat is a gutsy, frontline individual who risks a lot to fight injustice. Recently, a friend told him he might have to tone down his message for secular venues - Pat's response? "I said, no way. I'm screaming Jesus at the top of my lungs to those people. Maybe I'll play there only once, but at least they heard it the right way."

Outside observers may call his approach witnessing, while others might label it de-programming, however, Pat would probably view his style as honest conviction at a gut level which is desperately needed for today's youth. "Kids are exposed to reality at a much younger age", Pat says. "They already have the anti-God, anti-church, anti-family thing built into them. It's easy and "cool" to hate Christians - probably because of the condition in which most of the church is in today. It's a joke. The problem for the punks is being able to isolate Christ from the people they see on TV, and finding the real truth."

Get off TV, Get on your face, Get off my back, Get on your knees, Get off the soapbox, Get on the stick..., Get the message? (Get off the air)

In addition to being uncomfortable with television evangelism, Pat also has certain reservations about some mainstream radio stations who utilize the airwaves to glorify Satan. Pat's hands and face tense as he reflects on bands that sell their souls to gain success. "These bands release songs about how to sell your soul to that "pip squeeck" Satan." Pat's adrenaline starts pumping - you can see the anger on his face. He gives me a strange look as I quickly move my chair over a bit.

It's that same raw emotion that carries over into all fifteen songs on the Nobody Special debut album (which could have easily been called "The rise and fall of Pat Nobody"). Pat ponders as our honest, revealing, yet mysterious conversation concludes, "Am I making sense? There are a lot of things going through my mind."

Pat Nobody/Nobody Special

"Call It Whatever You Want"
Descriptive write-up: '90 Broken Records

The Artist

Although new to Broken and Word, "Call It Whatever You Want" is Nobody Special's second release. The first self-entitled album was a favorite among alternative music listeners. Band leader Pat Nobody is one of the most authentic representatives of his style. He knows by personal experience (living in a car in L.A. during the peak of the thrash/punk era) the nihilistic lifestyles of those caught up in speed metal, punk and thrash. Pat was friends for years with many of the members of the most popular secular bands in this genre, even performing with some before his conversion. Since that time, he has been relentless in his mission of trying to extend the love of God to those people most would not want to even talk to.

The Music

Loud and fast... Louder and faster. This album is a MUST for the serious connoisseur of metal, speed metal, and punk. The lyrics: Battery acid, destined to melt through the toughest exteriors; yet intelligent - an uncommon virtue in most of the releases of this style. Nobody Special is quick to point out the lies and sin entangling not only the rough and unchruched but also the greed and apathy of many of the upwardly mobile, again, very representative of this musical category. Rebellious? NO! Revolutionary? YES! There are bound to be many parents who have children being drawn into the world of secular rock and heavy metal. Nobody Special  and "Call It Whatever You Want" are more than ready to be a part of the solution.

"Lucifer, there's a contract on your head..., We'll see it through, Oh yhea..."

Click Here for a Nov. '95 (Nine years later) Frontline Music Group interview with Pat about the 1st album and its songs, NS history, and other questions.

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