Field Medic captures being an independent touring musician on ‘used 2 be a romantic’

Taken from upcoming album ‘fade into the dawn’ out April 19th via Run For Cover Records

Field Medic, the moniker of Los Angeles-based folk artist Kevin Patrick, has just released new single ‘used 2 be a romantic’ from his forthcoming album ‘fade into the dawn’ that will be released on April 19th via Run For Cover Records. The FADER premiered the song and said the album is his, “most complete and, in parts, surreally beautiful record to date — drifting off into lush acoustics more often than it relies on tinned noise, laced with twilit reflections on ruin without succumbing entirely to darkness.”

‘used 2 be a romantic’ by Field Medic on YouTube

When asked about the origins of the song, Patrick gave this statement to The FADER:

“I was on tour supporting rock bands as I often am, & generally when I take the stage audiences are willing to chill out & listen to some mellower songs for my set. Sometimes it’s a game of give & take, but for the most part it turns out all right & I hear a lot of “I don’t like acoustic music, but I liked you.” (haha)

There was a particular show in New York at this venue that was sold out at 500 capacity, but I swear could fit another 500 people. It’s this giant warehouse in Brooklyn & the stage is in the far corner & the bar on the complete opposite end. I fought my way through the crowd with my two guitars & boombox to set up, & when the house music died people were still raging & chatting & clinking their glasses. I started off with a number with a huge beat hoping to win their attention but it became clear to me after a few songs in, people just weren’t going to be quiet & listen at all. I’m not the kind of person that feels like people should pay attention to me just because I’m standing there on the stage – I’m more than willing to work for it, but when it becomes obvious that I’m not even going to get that chance it can feel very disheartening. This particular show was a record breaking case of what my friends & I call “clam chatter”. I powered through the set & walked off stage early. Disgruntled, all I wanted was to go have a smoke & get a few drinks in me to forget what just happened, but since I was far from home & tour without a tour manager or merch person I had to put my stuff away & immediately face the fray to go stand around at merch hoping to make some sales to turn the night around in some spiritually meaningless, but financially sound way.

I was hungover on amtrak on my way to Boston the next day & wrote the song in my head. I played it that night & then the first thing I did when I got home from the tour was record the song in a frenzy to expel those bad feelings. It was never even written down on paper, it was just a blast of internalized feelings & I’m glad to have it out. The lyrical content actually makes me a little uneasy listening now because it’s so revealing. Tour is weird.”

‘henna tattoo’ by Field Medic on YouTube

Recently, The Line of Best Fit called ‘henna tattoo’, the first song released from the album, “disarmingly honest” while Paste Magazine said, “…his anxious infatuation is presented as a passing, unadorned outpouring, conflicting thoughts and emotions rushed to paper, then tape, using only the implements Patrick had at hand.”

‘fade into the dawn’ tracklist:
1) used 2 be a romantic
2) i was wrong
3) this bottle’s my lover, she’s just my friend
4) henna tattoo
5) hello moon
6) tournament horseshoe
7) songs r worthless now
8) mood ring baby
9) everyday’z 2moro
10) helps me forget…

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