When I first heard the lead single of Patrick McCallion’s EP titled “Keep Smiling” early last month, I knew I was in for something special. I interviewed a different Patrick last year. His music gave the impression he was in a different place creatively at the time. This Patrick definitely has a harder edge and, while he combines it with his original acoustic, alt-country roots in tracks such as “Voices”, this Patrick lets a few more cats out of the creativity bag and releases a more wide-ranging selection engineered to have you “keep smiling” by balancing on the fence with roots on one side and personal preference on the other. This is a deeper listen into the songwriting side of Patrick with five tracks written for the stage and performed for the crowd. The evolution continues!

About Patrick McCallion
“A socially charged musical force”, Patrick McCallion is one of the most exciting singer-songwriters to come out of West Yorkshire in some time. Taking inspiration from acts as diverse as Nothing But Thieves, Muse and Bruce Springsteen, Patrick has created a distinctive sound, crafting lyrics that transition from socially aware protest songs to emotionally intriguing acoustic numbers. With his European tour this month and the EP on the way in April with production credits from David M. Allen (The Cure, Sisters Of Mercy, Depeche Mode) it’s going to be a busy year for the Yorkshire writer.

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