It wasn’t like let’s start a band, 24-year-old singer and main songwriter John Eatherly says of the formation. We already were playing music and hanging out together all the time. We were all doing different things, playing as hired guns for anybody just to pay the rent, and then one day I came in with these songs I wrote and we all just knew this was something we wanted to do for real.”
What followed was a whirlwind of activity; singles “Monaco” and “In the Mirror” along with last spring’s Public Access EP, lead to critical acclaim, and tours in the US and UK supporting acts like Weezer and Gang of Four. Everything was moving on the correct trajectory when in April 2015, while PATV were on tour in California, they flicked on the TV to see live pictures of their Manhattan loft on every single news channel. It was on fire from a gas explosion and then collapsed into rubble.
We wrote there, rehearsed, recorded, lived, everything,” says John. It was home and then it was completely gone.
Demoralized and thousands of miles from NYC, PATV did the only thing they could think of. As John says: We told our agent to book as many gigs as possible – because we didn’t want to deal with the reality of the situation. We actually had nowhere to go.
But, as things happened, that chain of events was to set PATV on an entirely new and fruitful path. Among those frantic gig bookings were a bunch of festivals in Europe, as well as dates with The Strokes, Fidlar and Palma Violets.
After playing live so much, the band felt the need to get into the studio right away to capture their new momentum. The group released their double A-side single “In Love and Alone / Patti Peru” this fall to critical acclaim. In Love and Alone was debuted by Zane Lowe on Apple’s Beats 1 with him exclaiming, We Love Public Access T.V. and giving the track his signature stamp of approval by playing it twice in a row. The track has since gone onto receive multiple plays on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6, and is in rotation on Radio X. With the release of these songs, PATV took off on a nationwide tour supporting Hinds.
The band’s latest release On Location premiered online at Fader and on radio with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1. Fader went on to write, “a rhythm that emphasizes the joy of being by the sea and going with what feels as good as the waves.” It has since received plays on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 in the UK.
“Sometimes you just gotta go with your gut instinct, even it leads to being down and out. A lot of people think they know better than you, and are gonna tell you what to do in life. This song is about being fed up with those people and doing whatever the fuck it is you wanna do anyway, says Eatherly about the On Location single.
On Location will be featured on the band’s debut album this year.