Patch William

Patch William are a London based four-piece consisting of brothers Will and Ed Adlard, and friends George Eddy and Ali Digby. Since their first gig at Bristol University in the summer of 2007, the band’s unique and crafted sound has seen them receive a host of acclaim. Following a lucky run-in with producer Steve Levine, a fantastic filmed Maida Vale session for BBC Introducing and ever increasing radio play, Patch William have released their debut, eponymously titled album. As fan Stephen Fry suggested on his twitter page, “Might Patch William be the next big thing? They seem rather wonderful to me.”

The band evolved out of Will and Ed’s Jimi Hendrix inspired jams in the attic of their house age 12 and 15. When Will started to write songs a few years later, having fallen in love with the works of Jeff Buckley, Bob Dylan, and with the blues, Ed started to write drum parts and soon they were recording homemade demos. Ed had played in a band at school with friend and guitarist George Eddy, who, when he got word that Ed’s brother was writing songs and in need of such a talent, jumped straight on the proverbial band wagon. For a year or so the band played small gigs, creating a buzz around London and also in Bristol and Leeds where the brothers were at university.

A series of coincidences would find Patch William under the guidance of producer Steve Levine who quickly signed the band to his label, Hubris records, in the summer of 2008. Levine’s daughter Rosie, who was studying at Bristol University, first mentioned the band to him. In the meantime, BBC 6 Music DJ, Tom Robinson had become something of a songwriting mentor to Will after they had met a few years previously, and had told Levine about the band but had never actually mentioned their name. It was nothing short of a miracle that pre-empting Levine’s first meeting with the band he happened to bump into Robinson, who asked if that band ‘Patch William’ had contacted him. Realising that he was referring to the very same band his daughter had told him about and which Robinson had suggested he meet all those months ago, his answer was “you must be joking” – as he was listening to a demo of their song ‘The Last Bus’ on his iPod at that very moment.

A matter of weeks later they began recording the first five tracks for their debut album. Whilst recording overdubs on “The Last Bus” Levine suggested that there should be a cello part, and George said he could get his cellist friend and god-sister Ali to do the parts. He also suggested that she could do some singing as she had a great voice. When Ali came to the studio, her voice worked so beautifully together with Will’s that she ended up putting vocals on all the songs on the album, at which point she was asked to join the band permanently.

The band have moved from strength to strength playing regular gigs in London, including a residency at the Troubadour, a filmed Maida Vale session for BBC Introducing’s one year anniversary, increasing radio play and sessions on Radio 2, Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music, and a series of music videos recorded in the Wood Norton BBC studio.

With the aid of a basement full of vintage amps where they rehearse at Will and Ed’s house and a high level of musicianship, Patch William have developed a raw but delicate live sound which moves from energetic, powerful guitar riffs and complex drum beats to atmospheric and lyrical sections with Will’s distinctive lead vocals holding it all together.

The band have recently finished their debut album which has been exclusively released through iTunes.


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