Patrick shares his favorite HLM songs. Listen to Patrick’s playlist here.
A triumph of the broken-hearted. At the time, I was going through a break-up in real time and this song was my catharsis. It was the only way I could vent it out that actually did any good. It really seemed to register with people like no other song we'd written. A major highlight of my musical life is when it hit #3 most requested song 4 weeks in a row on a radio station in Amarillo, TX that took requests for both signed acts and independents. I think the chart was "When September Ends" by Green Day, "Vertigo" by U2, and "Sin" by Hot Lava Monster.
House of Cards
No one expected this song before we went into the studio. Mike took another song we'd worked on for months and sped the chords up during a warm-up and sound check, probably just to mess with Wes (editor’s note: this is true). The producer liked it and pushed for us to throw something together. I usually slog with lyrics and mostly dread the process entirely, but I sat down at a table and wrote the song from scratch in about 10 minutes. I probably like it because I have no memory of every struggling with it! We also got to do so much fun stuff with it. Xylophone and hand claps, who is this band?! After overdubs, which was just me and Mike, we listened to this song on repeat the entire drive home from Atlanta.
Man this song is just a beast! It's got 4 on the floor rhythm, a ripping guitar solo, and overdriven harmonica. I got in an argument with my wife, and she kind of scared the hell out of me, so that's how the lyrics came about.
The End Cometh
This song has everyone of my heroes in it. It reminds me of Iron Maiden, Queen, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Clint Eastwood. We got to put so much in this one.
Pellerin Farm Blues
We are all from the South, and this is just a damn good Southern Rock hoe-down. Mike keeps showing us another new genre he can slay! Plus, I just like saying fat lighter in a song.
Billy The Devil
2 chords is all you need! Yet another night where I was beating myself up for not being able to write lyrics. Mike calmed me down, and wanted me to do a simple exercise. He said he was just going to play two chords for as long as I needed to just write whatever came to me. I stopped him after about three minutes and we hit record. One take.
For What It's Worth
I am so glad this is on the Legacy Edition. I love Bob Seger and this is my Seger song.