Patrick Lew Band: Artist & Band History

Crappy rock and roll since 2001. 
Patrick Lew Band * Band of Asians * The Steel Lions * TheVerse * The Tortured...... 
Chairman of the indie label The Promised Land Inc. 
Cord cutting advocate. 
Musician, actor, artist. 
Rock and roll music activist. 

Patrick Lew (劉冠達): Guitars, Lead Vocals (2001-2012; 2015-Present); Bass Guitar, Synthesizers, Piano (2015-Present)
Madeline Lew: Mascot, Live Backing Tracks, "Ghost" DJ (2015-Present)

Definition of a Garage Band: 

1) a rough-and-ready amateurish rock group.
2) an amateur rock band typically holding its rehearsals in a garage and usually having only a local audience.

Definition of a One-Man Band.

1) a street entertainer who plays several instruments at the same time.
2) a person who runs a business alone.

Asian-American males are not always one-dimensional model minority types who have careers in the medical or engineering field and making six figures and living large in the status quo. They're also not always nerdy, asexual and totally undesirable citizens of society. Sometimes, you find Asian-American men that rock like hurricanes and remind you how thrilling and universal music can be with guitars, bass, drums and impassioned vocals. And there's a second generation Asian-American male of Japanese, Chinese and Taiwanese descent looking to pull a Y2J move: "Stir up the pot and break the walls down" and become that self-proclaimed GNR of his kind. That man in his one-man rock and roll freak show known as Patrick Lew and this is how we do. Loud. Abrasive. Proud. Talented. And uber youthful and charismatic.

Patrick Lew Band (stylized as PLB) is an American rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 2001. The band currently consists of Patrick Lew who is the band’s only constant member. In addition to currently being the band’s only constant member, Lew plays most of the instruments on the recordings and performs live as PLB using backing tracks from a laptop alongside his guitar and voice. 

The Patrick Lew Band initially was formed in 2001 from three high school friends: Patrick Lew (guitar/vocals), Eddie Blackburn (lead guitar) and Tommy Loi (drums). Several lineup changes took place in the band’s history in indie music, with drummer David Arceo being the longest-tenured member of the band between 2005 to 2016. The band initially started their career playing lo-fi punk rock but eventually branched out to recording and playing many different styles of rock music, ranging from post-grunge to melodic hard rock to chiptunes to power ballads.

The band was originally recording and performing locally under the names Famiglia and Samurai Sorcerers. On Patrick Lew Band’s blog on August 2008, the band was officially rechristened as Patrick Lew Band.


The foundation and genesis for Patrick Lew Band began when 15-year old high school student Patrick Lew was desperate and insistent on starting a band to play music in with other people. Circa 2001.

Coming from a slightly dysfunctional childhood, Lew was a devoted fan and enthusiast of rock music and turned to rock and roll as a source of comfort. Coming from a loving working-class family who struggled financially, Patrick Lew’s life was altered forever when his paternal grandfather passed away when he was four and spent his childhood trying to find his own identity. He was also bullied in school and was often getting into trouble and misadventure with his peers. To escape the trauma he faced early on in life, Lew would listen to CDs from rock bands such as Nirvana, Guns N Roses, Pearl Jam, Metallica, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Green Day and Oasis and read about the success stories of the bands he grew up idolizing. 

Lew began playing guitar while he was a freshman in high school and immediately fell in love with it. His insistence and desperation to form a rock band were noticeable from the start, and through his schoolmate Joe Fitzgerald (now a journalist for the San Francisco Examiner), he met and acquainted with 12-year old guitarist Eddie Blackburn and the two became friends and would sporadically play music together. Lew’s close friend and schoolmate Tommy Loi would join the band as the drummer (now famously referring to himself as the “jar player”). The newly formed garage band would sporadically play music together and jam at a rehearsal space in San Francisco, and Lew went online and created the first Patrick Lew Band website in May 2001.  

The band at the time (with the exception of Blackburn) were very inexperienced musicians and novices at playing their instruments. 

When Lew's beloved mother bought him a four-track machine for his birthday, the band began recording demos in their own garage. Taping anything that was coming out of that ruckus they were playing. Shortly thereafter, the band began putting themselves out there by uploading their home-recorded songs on the Internet. At the time, the band was performing under many different temporary band names. When Lew was in college, he was playing rhythm guitar in the short-lived nu-metal group Band of Asians (which included long-time collaborator and Lew's close adulthood friend David Arceo) and recorded one album in the studio together (the eponymous "Revenge" in 2006).

By 2008, the Band of Asians went their separate ways and Lew was going through an early 20s crisis trying to figure things out. With the money he collected through financial aid, he went out and purchased home recording gear and some new guitars and amps. Of course, he was still passionate about playing music but the haters stopped him dead in his tracks temporarily. After a brief period to recollect himself, he decided to form a "grandiose" rock and roll band in his garage under the Patrick Lew Band name after being intermittent for a couple of years. 

He then began recruiting members to join his project from his circle at CSU East Bay and ex-Band of Asians drummer David Arceo signed up to be on board for the Patrick Lew Band.

Between 2009 to 2012, the Patrick Lew Band was a collaboration between friends and schoolmates via Skype and social-media. Writing each song and recording each part individually through their own home studios. This form of productivity resulted in three albums together: "Curb Your Wild Life" (2009), "Let it Rise and Against" (2009) and "Murder Bay" (2011). One thing Lew missed during his short and failed run with Band of Asians was performing in front of a live audience and playing shows. In 2011, Lew began playing shows again acoustically in the East Bay and was planning an unsponsored and non-sanctioned tour across the Bay Area with Patrick Lew Band. While that plan was quietly dropped, members began flaking and not joining Lew during band practice. So in the Summer of 2011 upon graduating college, Lew and former PLB guitarist/vocalist Greg Lynch began playing surprise shows outside of Antioch, CA and playing house parties at Patrick Lew's parents former residence in Antioch.

In 2011, the Patrick Lew Band began receiving notice through online media outlets such as AbsolutePunk and were interviewed by renowned British music critic Leicester Bangs. Things were apparently looking up...

The masterplan initially was to reinvent and rebrand Patrick Lew Band as an actual performing and home recording band. Playing shows locally and recording songs in their own home studio in the East Bay. However, creative and personal differences and some band drama ripped apart the former PLB (in the interim, Lew and Arceo were playing together in The Steel Lions) and Lew and Arceo were trapped in loveless unhappy relationships with their former significant others and dealing with other demons.

For a time being, that almost served as the tragic abrupt end to the Patrick Lew Band story. But not going down without a fight and determined to stay in the game, Lew and Arceo reformed and relaunched Patrick Lew Band on New Years Day 2015 and continued where they left off. Lew was putting himself more out there on social-media platforms like Facebook and received an endorsement and became a spokesmodel for Antennas Direct, a digital HDTV antenna maker. Lew rebuilt his home studio and rehearsal space in his residence in San Francisco. And began playing music again. More determined to become better at what he's been doing. In 2015, the new Patrick Lew Band began self-releasing new music on social-media and through iTunes, Spotify and other digital platforms (including their albums "To the Promised Land" and "Bubblegum Babylon").

After dabbling with side-projects and some personal demons, the Patrick Lew Band returned to the scene better than ever. Lew won the award for "Best Experimental Rock Song" in July 2016 with the Akademia Music Awards. That same year, the PLB released their first official DVD and began working with booking company Afton to help get the PLB some shows to play locally. Even local Bay Area rock radio station 107.7 THE BONE mentioned the Patrick Lew Band on air.

By 2017, Arceo mutually left the band on good terms to focus on other life avenues leaving Lew in charge of the band's destiny, brand awareness and possible legacy. The loss of his mother and a scabies scare took a toll on Lew temporarily and for brief period, he laid low. But never the man to surrender his passion for rock and roll despite what he's gone through, he performed a blistering five-song set at San Francisco's Brick & Mortar Music Hall on October 8, 2017 and released perhaps the best PLB album to date "OAKLAND."

When he's not playing one-man band with his jump, rattle and roll freak show. Lew is playing guitar in his other band TheVerse with long-time friend Janny on lead vocals. TheVerse has played The Stork Club in Oakland, CA and recently played a bewildering high octane setlist at Brick & Mortar on November 26, 2017. One of the reasons why Lew had to return to music and be in a band again was to play shows once again because in today's world, touring has become the main attraction for bands and musicians. Nearing the end of 2017, Lew has officially reached semi-pro status as a musician and live performer. Be on the lookout for TheVerse's debut EP sometime in 2018 digitally!

PLB is looking to refine and hone his craft and put himself more out there and stick it to the man and break the walls down for everyone who has always felt awkward in society. Musically speaking. There's only more to come when it comes to new music, more shows and more of everything else. Stay tuned for the latest exciting developments fellow PLB Army. 



Psychotic Love (2003) - Vocals, Guitar
Watashi No Ongaku: Tokyo Pop Star (2004) - Vocals, Guitar
Curb Your Wild Life (2009) - Vocals, Guitar, Electronics 
Let It Rise And Against (2009) - Vocals, Guitar, Electronics 
Murder Bay (2011) - Vocals, Guitar, Electronics, Sampler on "Let This Change Ignite" 
To The Promised Land (2015) - Vocals, Guitar, Electronics, Sampler, Bass on "Reloaded" 
Bubblegum Babylon (2015) - Guitar, Electronics, Sampler, Synthesizer 
Oakland (2017) - Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Electronics, Synthesizer, Sampler, Virtual Drummer 
Cold Sirens (2017) - Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Electronics, Sampler, Synthesizer, Virtual Drummer, Piano on "Try A Little Harder", "The Good Lady, Pt. 2" and "Antioch"


Taiwanese Rebel: The Fall and Rise of an Anti-Hero (2012) - Vocals, Guitar, Electronics, Synthesizer, Sampler
Voyager (2013) - Vocals, Guitar, Electronics, Synthesizer 
Unfinished Relics (2016) - Vocals, Guitar, Piano on "Rejects of America"


TheVerse (EP) (2018) - Guitar


Revenge (2006) - Guitar, Keyboards, Slide Guitar on "When the Movie's Over" 
Band of Asians, Live (2007) - Guitar, Electronics, Sampler, Keyboards


Deceiver of Fools (2018) - Tokiomi Sakuya Hearth (Voice) 
Patrick Lew Band: Live at Brick & Mortar Music Hall (2017) - Himself
Patrick Lew Band: Live! Tonight! Not Really Sold Out...LMFAO! (2016) - Himself
Outlaws (2007) - Horace

The Future of PLB, The Steel Lions and TheVerse!

"What the future holds for PLB, Steel Lions and TheVerse..."

I will still do music in The Steel Lions. All the B or C material I record and compose will be directly self-released under The Steel Lions name. Any of my least impressive pieces of music that I record will be demoted to Steel Lions. 

There's a possibility there might be fewer Patrick Lew Band albums in the future. I always save my best material and piece of music for PLB and also with TheVerse. 

Considering I'm working on playing shows again with TheVerse and recording and writing with those guys who are my closest of friends in the studio. There's little time for me to actually record a new Patrick Lew Band album at this point. 

I think Patrick Lew Band will go the same route that many long-lasting rock bands would do. Record fewer albums as I age and doing occasional live shows whenever TheVerse isn't touring or taking a break after an awesome show we just played or recording an LP or something. I've been such selfish bastard for so long, that I might go ahead and build a new lineup for Patrick Lew Band with new members if that ever becomes a thought. 

Expect more from TheVerse. But don't expect too much from PLB. Let everything happen on its own of course. Always be unpredictable.



I just want to break the walls down!

I'm probably the only member in my band who did something major outside of music. In a way, I'm the "John Lennon" of my band. I'm technically not the best musician out there. But can be very innovative and creative in some sort of way. Plus, I did things in my life and career outside of music as well! Like acting, social activism, softcore pornography (as Madeline Lew), creative writing and etc etc. If that doesn't get me into heaven someday, then it was probably one shitty ride. Ohhhhh my shitty chicken! Ohhhhh my shitty beef! Lol.

Life's Been Good!

I might be best known for my work with Patrick Lew Band.

But I've also been a part of many other side-projects and one-off bands outside of PLB! Such as the Band of Asians (2005-2008), The Steel Lions (2012-2017) and TheVerse (2015-Present). In 2016, I also filled in for my friend's band The Tortured as a touring bassist for a few shows.

I also was a cord cutting advocate and had a celebrity endorsement with Antennas Direct. Because of my gig with those guys, I was interviewed by a local TV station.

I've also acted in a friend's YouTube animated series this year and I've also acted in theater on camera while I was in college.

So I've done a lot in my life creatively and artistically. Lol. Life well lived! Not to sing a song from Joe Walsh. But life's been good.

TheVerse (SF) Concert History

TheVerse (SF) Concert Timeline:

May 5, 2016: The Promised Land Inc, San Francisco, CA.
May 10, 2016: The Promised Land Inc, San Francisco, CA. 
May 18, 2016: Stork Club, Oakland, CA.
January 9, 2017: The Promised Land Inc, San Francisco, CA.
January 14, 2017: The Promised Land Inc, San Francisco, CA.
November 26, 2017: Brick & Mortar Music Hall, San Francisco, CA.
December 21, 2017: Brick & Mortar Music Hall, San Francisco, CA. (CANCELED/RESCHEDULED FOR FEB 18, 2018 - SEE NOTES) 
January 13, 2018: The Britannia Arms, San Jose, CA.
February 18, 2018: Brick & Mortar Music Hall, San Francisco, CA. (RE-CANCELED - SEE NOTES) 
March 17, 2018: Thrillhouse Records, San Francisco, CA. (SEE NOTES)


1) The 12/21/2017 show was initially supposed to happen as TheVerse was supposed to headline the event. However, two previous bands who were on the event lineup before TheVerse was to go on overplayed their setlist unprofessionally and went over their setlist time slot. The venue had a 12 AM curfew. The show's GM decided to reschedule the band to perform Brick & Mortar at a later date.

2) The rescheduled show that was supposed to take place on 02/18/2018 was re-canceled as the booking agency that TheVerse was working with was forcing the band to "pay to play" the show after low ticket sales from the previous two shows they were booked. Contractual loopholes forced TheVerse to refuse to perform the event and severed ties with the booking agency they previously worked with in protest.

3) The 03/17/2018 show was actually a last minute impromptu jam session featuring members of TheVerse and The Tortured after finishing a music video shoot for The Tortured's single "She's Gone" earlier that same day.

Patrick Lew Band Concert History

Patrick Lew Band Concert Timeline:

Date / Venue / Location

Oct 08, 2017 Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco, CA
Aug 06, 2017 Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco, CA (CANCELED/RESCHEDULED - SEE NOTES)
Oct 07, 2016 Red Hat in Concord, CA (SEE NOTES)
Oct 02, 2016 The Honey Hive Gallery in San Francisco, CA (SEE NOTES)
Jan 11, 2016 The Promised Land Inc in San Francisco, CA 
Oct 28, 2015 Music Touch at Shops At Tanforan in San Bruno, CA 
Aug 14, 2015 Cafe International in San Francisco, CA 
Sep 13, 2013 Mama Art Cafe in San Francisco, CA (SEE NOTES) 
Feb 04, 2012 Dolores Park in San Francisco, CA
Aug 10, 2011 The Lew Residence in Antioch, CA 
Aug 05, 2011 Chichibu Park in Antioch, CA 
Jun 25, 2011 The Lew Residence in Antioch, CA 
Jun 12, 2011 Barnes & Nobles in Antioch, CA 
Jun 04, 2011 The Lew Residence in Antioch, CA 
May 17, 2011 The Lew Residence in Antioch, CA
Apr 07 2011 The Lew Residence in Antioch, CA
Feb 09, 2011 California State University, East Bay in Hayward, CA 
Aug 25 2010 University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, CA (CANCELED - SEE NOTES)
May 11 2010 The Lew Residence in Antioch, CA
Sep 01, 2009 California State University, East Bay in Hayward, CA 
Oct 10, 2007 City College of San Francisco in San Francisco, CA 
Aug 11, 2007 Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA 
Aug 10, 2007 Bazaar Cafe in San Francisco, CA 
May 25, 2007 San Francisco City Hall in San Francisco, CA 
May 02, 2007 City College of San Francisco in San Francisco, CA 
Apr 13, 2007 Glen Park Recreational Center in San Francisco, CA 
Mar 25, 2007 City College of San Francisco in San Francisco, CA
Mar 15 2007 City College of San Francisco in San Francisco, CA 
May 08, 2006 Vibo Music in San Francisco, CA 
Feb 04 2006 Skyline College in San Bruno, CA
Feb 13, 2005 Balboa High School in San Francisco, CA 
Sep 12, 2004 The Promised Land Inc in San Francisco, CA 
May 27, 2004 Raoul Wallenberg High School in San Francisco, CA 
May 04, 2004 Raoul Wallenberg High School in San Francisco, CA 
Jun 16, 2003 Ocean Beach in San Francisco, CA
May 20 2003 ??? in San Francisco, CA
Apr 04 2003 ??? in San Francisco, CA
Dec 09 2002 ??? in San Francisco, CA
Jun 30 2001 Pier 30/32 in San Francisco, CA (SEE NOTES)


1) The Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity invited Patrick Lew Band to perform at a benefit concert at UC Berkeley during the Fall 2010 semester on campus. The appearance was canceled because of Greg and David Hunter's lack of commitment and drive to putting their effort to do the show and Patrick Lew's martial issues with his then-wife Faith.

2) Patrick and David performed the 09/13/2013 show as The Steel Lions as potential legalities from former band members prevented them from performing the show under the Patrick Lew Band name.

3) Low ticket sales forced the 08/06/2017 show at Brick & Mortar to get Patrick Lew Band's appearance onstage to get rescheduled to 10/08/2017 instead from the booking agency the band was working with at the time.

4) The 10/02/2016 and 10/07/2016 shows were Patrick Lew filling in as a touring member for the San Francisco punk band The Tortured on bass.

5) The first Patrick Lew Band show took place at an impromptu jam session at Vans Warped Tour 2001 at a guitar kiosk where concert attendees could play an electric guitar at a kiosk. Patrick also attended this concert.

The Patrick Lew Band was previously an sporadic online collaboration project between friends and former schoolmates from California State University, East Bay. They performed under many “guises” such as Famiglia, Samurai Sorcerers and so forth,. After a few home-recorded demo albums between 2009 to 2012, the former band talked about making their band to transition from being an online collaboration to becoming in between a live performing and home recording local rock band. However, tensions flared within the band over creative and religious differences. Lew wanted to take his band and put it out there to see where the band’s music would go, whereas the other band members were uninterested in pursuing a secular area in the music business.

The idea eventually was abandoned, and Lew was dealing with a loveless relationship with his former fiancee which affected and drained him mentally. Having played in the indie scene in many failed startup bands and false starts for over a decade, Patrick Lew seemed to have lost his passion for music. When his relationship with his then-fiancee ended, Lew decided to rekindle his passion for playing music and doing home recording.

The Patrick Lew Band as we know it now started in 2015 as a home studio project where Lew would write songs or compose instrumental ideas and post them on social-media to see what comes out of it. It was at this point, Lew uploaded a raw and unmastered copy of the song “Cut the Cord” on his page. Digital HDTV antenna makers Antennas Direct heard the song and contacted Patrick Lew for an exclusive interview and endorsed Patrick Lew Band as their “cord cutting” spokesmodel. [Read More...]
Why I use backing tracks with Patrick Lew Band live.

The only reason I use pre-recorded backing tracks to play live as Patrick Lew Band is because of the shortage of a live band of real-life (AKA human) musicians. I would have tried to find someone to go along and play with me. But there's a shortage of that to find and there's not enough time before a show. Not many people are willing to commit and be dedicated to do the show with me. And that becomes a problem. And there is a shortage of finding touring members. 

Now before you knock me saying "I'm fake and not real." I will address to you that I have actually played stripped down "raw" performances with the PLB before with just two guitarists onstage with me and my former friend/bandmate Greg. 

As tacky as a rock band may sound with me singing and playing guitar alongside an iPhone or laptop playing pre-recorded backing tracks plugged onto a PA system/mixer with an AUX cord. At least what you hear onstage, I'm not faking or pantomining my guitar playing or what I'm singing. Lol. I'm trying to give everyone a glimpse of what PLB sounds like as a one-man rock show given the absence of a live band. I'm not lip-syncing either man!

So what you hear is a balance between real and artificial.

The Definitive Patrick Lew Band Biography
To describe Patrick Lew Band is to describe a phenomenon in the unsigned music world that many musicians have experienced but that this one artist exemplifies. It is the world of the underground celebrity. The presentation of a musical vision to a smaller audience, but with no less heart then that of a rock legend on a world wide stadium tour.

We spoke to the titular front man, and today we'll be taking a closer look at a singer/songwriter with an online following, lots to say, dedicated musical collaborators and a somewhat relatable story. There may not be paparazzi hiding in the bushes, but Patrick Lew Band has found it's very own brand of celebrity along the way.
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Patrick Lew Band: History, Part One (Album Review)
Based out of San Francisco, the Bay Area lo-fi songwriter and musician Patrick Lew recently released an overwhelming 47-song compilation – titled History, Part One – of demos, outtakes, instrumental jams and original tracks, covering years of his home recordings spanning from 2001 through 2016. [Read More...]
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