Thursday, January 31, 2013

Des Moines Juice 1/29/2013

Ben Tessman, 31, is the bassist for Patient Zero, performing at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Hull Avenue Tavern, 834 Hull Ave.

Q: How did you first get into metal?

I distinctly remember Metallica’s “And Justice For All” being my first exposure to the genre. I was raised as a pastor’s son, was an overall good kid, and heavy metal was a way to feel more rebellious. It was pure adrenaline. I should have picked up a bass right then, but didn’t start playing until almost two decades later. It came naturally, and once I felt confident, I started looking for a band to join.

Q: How did Patient Zero come together?

Our drummer, K.C. Kelly, and I have been performing together since 2010. A mutual friend introduced us to our current ax-man, Blaze artist Ben Christopher, who manages BRG Music in Perry, Ia. He has clearly taken us to the next level.

Q: The band posted about having a vocalist tryout last week. Will there be a new frontman for the Hull show?

To put it bluntly, no. Finding ‘the new face of your band” is probably the hardest thing we’ve experienced as our lineup has shifted. We are committed to finding the right vocalist and we’re not going to waste anyone’s time if they aren’t a fit. Even as an instrumental set, we bring a lot of energy to the stage and hope that continuing to play shows will be the best way to attract a high-caliber musician that matches our level of dedication and style.

originally published here »

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Monster Line-Up at Hull Ave Tavern, February 1st

We're baaaaack...

is excited to be sharing the stage with our good friends:


Iowa heavy metal is alive and well! These bands will be proving that fact tonight as well:


For those attending, we will be up 2nd. Approximately 10pm. Get there early to catch the entire set. Tshirts will be available first come, first serve. (or hit us up ahead of time)

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