Patrick Lew


My music is Patrick Lew Band/The Steel Lions/TheVerse/Crazy Loser in a Box and right now you are viewing my story on social-media. Please to meet all of you! PATRICK LEW BAND (PLB) FORMED: 2001 in San Francisco, CA YEARS ACTIVE: 2000s, 2010s, 2020s GENRES: Hard Rock, Grunge, Brit Rock/Britpop, Pop/Rock, Punk Rock BAND LINE-UP: Patrick Lew (劉冠達): Guitar, Compositions, Lead Vocals Madeline Lew (劉凛和): Representation RELATED BANDS: TheVerse, Crazy Loser in a Box, The Steel Lions, Pleasure Gallows, The Tortured, LewNatic PArk “What is Patrick Lew Band?” The jump, rattle and roll freak show. Taiwan’s “self proclaimed” greatest and crappiest rock band. Against all odds and doing you and putting it out there for the era of social-media. "WHO ARE WE?" San Francisco’s very own Patrick Lew Band/Steel Lions are the first and only Asian-American grunge and punk rock band in the world. They offer hard-hitting beats, anthemic hard rock ready hooks and a chaotic, unpredictable yet bewildering live show thou shalt not miss (Watch their “Brick & Mortar” concert video on YouTube) with socially conscious and introspective lyrics. PLB always likes to offer something special and new and fresh to the table by tinkering in their home studio crafting punk-fused arena rock anthems or sentimental slow jams. And putting it out there on social-media and the digital age! The music is a perfect marriage and fusion of 70’s and 80’s traditional American and British classic hard rock and melodic metal with the grit, angst and anger of the Seattle grunge sound (ex. Nirvana, Pearl Jam) and contemporary hard-edged punk rock from the 90’s. Frontman Patrick Lew likes to call it: “Jump, Rattle and Roll.” They’ve been featured on 107.7 THE BONE. Which is a Bay Area FM hard rock radio station. The PLB/Steel Lions has also been featured on a past issue of Recording Magazine and They have also made a televised appearance for 24 HR K-POP in the San Francisco Bay Area’s over-the-air TV market promoting their love for Smart TV’s at San Francisco’s historic Chinatown with their endorsement with Antennas Direct. They can also be easily found online: “If you’re near your computer or phone. Just Google “Patrick Lew Band.” In July 2016, the Patrick Lew Band won an Akademia Music Award for Best Experimental Rock song for their single “Game Changer.” Aside from music, members of the band has also delved into other creative avenues. Frontman Patrick Lew has acted in community theater and has filmed an uncredited cameo on the Emmy Award winning Amazon TV series Man in the High Castle. And also done social activism and charitable causes as well. Alongside writing a lot of the band biographies in regards to PLB and Steel Lions under a pseudonym. Bassist and DJ Madeline Lew has done semi-professional photography, amateur modeling and JAV videos on Pornhub. While predominantly a home recording band, the PLB/Steel Lions has also toured sporadically all over the San Francisco Bay Area. While seen live and onstage by relatively very few people, the band puts on one helluva rock and roll show at any dive bar or punk rock venue. Exploding in punk rock chaos and rocking their guitars out on that stage like it were themselves playing at a Coliseum. Active as an indie-level rock band for almost two decades, the band has experienced many ups and downs since their formation in San Francisco, CA back in 2001. From revolving lineup changes, personal tragedies and hardships and a critical backlash in the indie music scene over invalid reasons. But not going down without a fight, Patrick Lew Band maintains authenticity and finds his own success and recognition on his own terms. Staying true to himself, never conforming to please antiquated mindsets from society, the dating world and even the music business. This has made him sort of a pariah online and in indie music, but also what benefitted his music and his band in the long run. With stellar results in the end! Whether it’s rocking at the bingo hall in the Excelsior, being the “Jump, Rattle and Roll” show with every new post on Instagram or Facebook or just in the studio trying to make some good rock and roll music before it’s ready to go live on social-media, Spotify and Apple Music. It’s abundantly clear that Patrick Lew Band/Steel Lions infectious and brash brand of rock and roll will leave you all wanting some more. Their mission is to make it bigger, better and badder as an Asian-American in music!…







What is music to you? What does it give you?

It’s what I was born to do and to make my eternally mark on planet Earth! Haters gonna hate. Family is family. Rock and roll y’all.

What is your music dream?

To become the best at what I do and to live well and make my mark.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Shine light on things that matter most in the world.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

I grew up listening to grunge bands from Seattle like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. But I also kept an ear towards Oasis, punk and traditional heavy metal music. My mom got me into 60’s rock like The Beatles and Stones at a very early age from our Vinyl records in the closet. I also have a lot of East Asian musical influences such as J-Pop and J-Rock and also composer Jim Johnston was a huge influence. If you don’t know who he is, he used to compose the ring music for WWE and their wrestlers!

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

See the influences section on my profile on Drooble.

What inspires you to make music?

I have to. It’s in my blood and what I was born to do!

What is the message you want to send with your music?

I want to turn every negative into a positive with all things I do with my music and unite a strong community together.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Love it, love it. It’s my passion and it’s what I do!

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

The Internet changed the game and opened doors for a lot of bands and musicians out there. We don’t necessarily need the traditional major label format or traditional music industry tools to become heard anymore like TV and radio. But it also made the roster hella large and all that. Now you really have to stand out in front of millions of other bands out there online in the digital world these days. You can get easily lost in the card. Because since the new format is so huge and there’s so much, it makes it much harder for people to find you and check you out. But with the right people, hard work and blood, sweat and tears. You can make your mark. It doesn’t necessarily have to be millions of dollars although that would be nice. ?? But a lot has changed over the last 20 years. I started my music career when the Internet was just starting to become a medium for unsigned bands!

What do you think of Drooble?

I saw it on a Facebook post one day on my feed and said to myself, why not? I’ll put myself out there and see where it leads to.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Drawing numbers and being more appreciated for what I do despite my legit accomplishments since day one.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Of course. I network with local bands all the time and we all know of each other and they know of me.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Be new and fresh. Have the edge. And not be some bootleg or formulaic band you hear every too often. I’m trying to be that guy. I’m an Asian man playing rock and roll who is not your stereotypical Asian person and I’ve been doing this far too long! I want to break the mold and be like no one!

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Check out my friends: Hemorage, The Tortured, Cstlblk, Paradox, Say Bok Gwai, Akai Sky andTheVerse (my other band). More to be added later!