Gladyss Patches was a rapcore-influenced hard rock band from the city of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. The group released their debut album, titled 'A Wish This Simple', on October 9, 2001. Although attracting some attention from underground music fans, they seemed to fade into obscurity.
Back in 1994, Mike Hooton started a band with some of his friends. What began as garage band meanderings soon became Gladyss Patches. The band has no real explanation for the bands moniker, and there is no story behind it. Yet they chose to keep it, because no matter what they are called, the songs will remain the same. Over the next 4 years, the band underwent numerous lineup changes as they evolved and honed their sound. In 1996 they recorded a now hard to find EP entitled “Tijuana Crackwhore.” In 1998, Mike, drummer Jordan Sokoloski, Bass player Brad Laviolette and then-vocalist Darren Robinson had hit a creative brick wall, so they decided to enlist the help of longtime friend Alex Roque to help write songs and to create a larger, more textured guitar sound. Over the next two years, Alex used his song ideas combined with Mike’s arrangement skills to create their second full-length album in 2000 called “Novelty.” In September of 2000, they inked a deal with the LA based indie label called NFE records and began working on 11 songs that would become the album entitled “A Wish This Simple.” With major label distribution courtesy of EMI, countless tours in the US and Canada, plus positive radio support for the singles “Peeled” and “Vanishing” Gladyss Patches seemed set to take on the whole world. Due to various creative differences within and without, the early 21st century saw Gladyss Patches undergo numerous changes. Darren Robinson and Brad Laviolette both quit to pursue different personal goals and so Mike, Jordan and Alex were given the opportunity to create something greater from the ashes of their departure. They decided to enlist their good friend Cam Jarvis on Bass and backup vocals, thus creating a more coherent sound with strong players, balanced singers and a drive to create music that can change the world. The evolution into a 4 piece outfit also saw the evolution of a sound. Gladyss Patches moved away from the hip-hop tinged sounds of “A Wish This Simple” and began to stretch out their more melodic muscles. With the help of local producer Larry Anschell (Nickelback, Pearl Jam, Sum 41) Gladyss entered Turtle Studios in White Rock, B.C. to record a 3 song demo of some of their newer material. These new songs immediately began to turn heads and heralded a new beginning in the annals of Gladyss Patches history. The songs also garnered the attention of Brian Howes (DDT, Closure) who, while still writing music for his own band, was also becoming a producer of critical acclaim in the industry. With the help of Brian and his partner Jay van Poederoyen they wrote and recorded 3 brand new songs which took the new sound to greater heights than the band thought they could reach. With the onset of such great new songs and with their managements future looking uncertain, they decided to amicably split with both NFE records and their long time manager Clyde Hill. Now, armed with songs that could make the whole world sing, Gladyss Patches is on a quest to find new management and a new record deal so that they can bring pure rock back to North America.
Alex Roque (Vocals/Guitar) Mike Hooton (Guitar) Cam Jarvis (Bass) Jordan Sokoloski (Drums)
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