Watch Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury Debut His New Side Project Sam Patch
Back in June, Kingsbury announced his new band, Sam Patch, with Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara and Basia Bulat. Last night (Aug. 27), the outfit made their live debut at Montreal’s Passovah Summer Fest. Check out a couple of clips from that show below:
In an interview with Cult Montreal, Kingsbury described Sam Patch’s work as “weird rock music”:
It’s evolved a bit, but the feel of it is definitely rock music — I guess weird rock music. This doesn’t sound very rock ‘n’ roll but I started using a nylon-string guitar and this old Vox keyboard and a Moog synthesizer and I was using an arpeggiator with it, and a little drum machine as well. I was playing around between those things and composing ideas, often based on an arpeggio.
Kingsbury added that the creative process with Sam Patch is notably different than working with the Arcade Fire collective. “I’m used to playing with a big band and having lots of people around and everyone feeding off of everyone’s ideas,” he said, “but this way I was setting up parts myself and expanding on that.”