12 QUESTIONS WITH ANDY PATALAN

Can you give us a brief history of your playing career?
I’ve been playing guitar in Sponge for near 10 years. But have been involved with the band since the inception (engineering and producing). Also played and recorded with Brownsville Station (of Smokin In the Boys Room fame) and The Bob Guiney Band (from ABC’s the Bachelor). I have been the lead singer and guitarist for (Throttlebody, Solid Frog and Slam Circus) since I can remember.

What inspired you to start playing guitar?
Ted Nugent Jumping off of Marshall stacks, whilst never looking at his fingers.

What was your first electric guitar?
I still have my first guitar a 80’s Ibanez, I call the flying X.

What are your top 5 favorite records?
1.Yellow Brick Road,Elton John
2.Faith Hope Love, King’s X
3. Any DLR Van Halen Record
4. The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, The Black Crowes.
5. Blast Tyrant, Clutch

What was the proudest moment and/or performance of your playing career?
Hearing that my 7 year old told her class, daddy’s music was her favorite kind.

How did you hear about Reverend?
My all time favorite amp is my Naylor SuperDrive Sixty. Joe Naylor made… I’ve had it since the mid 90’s and have been a fan of everything Joe touches.

What Reverend guitar(s) are you using?
Volcano, Rocco, Kingbolt RA

What do you like about your Reverend guitar?
Everything about em…tone being paramount. You can tell they sound good even before em plugging in. I Love feel the “jjjching of the strings” in my throat.

What amps and pedals do you currently use?
I play live through a Rebel 50 watt amp – Michigan made. My Naylor resides in the Studio. Pedals: TC Electronics Chorus, EP booster, Boss TU 12

Do you have any unusual hobbies, skills, or pastimes you’d like to share with us?
I am an out of practice Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and a bogey Golfer.

Do you have any advice for up and coming players?
Listen to who your musical idols listen too.

Please tell us about any of your current projects, tours, cds, etc. we should know about:
Sponge Just released “Stop the Bleeding” and were currently on the Summerland Tour with Everclear, Live and Filter. Throttlebody’s 2nd album, to be released soon! I’ve been producing many studio projects lately. (My day job) Alyssa Simmons soon to be released album is my latest work.
One of the best vocalists I’ve recorded.