SINGLE REVIEW: Rubber & Glue by Patrick Ames

We’re excited to be able to cover Patrick Ames, and not just because he is a fellow Californian, but he is always giving us some really good music. The singer, songwriter, storyteller brings a new twangy, raw new single called “Rubber & Glue”, which features some very prominent figures in the music industry such as Jon Ireson, Chana and Mikaela Matthews. 

Now, forget what you may have heard in the past from Patrick because he is about to flip the script with “Rubber & Glue” because it’s not themed around the pandemic, but it’s actually playful and fun to listen to. It’s pretty refreshing to listen to music that is again lightspirited and able to make people feel good again. 

We are all for different types of creativity and Patrick can bring both sides of the sword but we’re glad to hear him have fun with this one. Shoot, we can’t wait to see him perform this one live because we know we’ll be able to feed off his energy and just have a good time.

Now, we want to hear what Patric thinks about his new single and what he had to go through to create it: 

The song Rubber & Glue has been around for a few years in my world and it has that nice worn leather kind of feel. It’s comfortable, you’ve heard it before, you like it, how far along do you start singing the lyrics? It shows my heritage. We were kids in the 1960s, playing baseball on Toledo’s streets at the height of Motown’s pull and songs like Rubber & Glue were everywhere on the radio – take a known expression and make it into a song. From I Heard It on the Grapewine to Cloud Nine I played my best baseball to those endless songs on a transistor radio tuned to CKLW.

For this Rubber & Glue, I recorded by mic’ing to the studio amp and then laying over the vocals. For some reason it got a little swampy, as in Mississippi river blues, which Jon Ireson, our producer, bassist, and acoustic guitarist, managed to save and embellish. The swampyness saves the song from going to close to pop. Dare I say Muscle Shoals. Chana and Mikaela recorded separate sessions, as I watched on Zoom with comments and direction. Chana has the high spots on this one with her Yeah, Yeah voice. Instant classic.

Be sure to give Patrick Ames a listen and have fun with the new “Rubber & Glue” as it blasts through your speakers!

Rubber & Glue

by Javier Zepeda

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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