[Editor’s Note:] The following is a sincere correspondence with one of Orlando’s most loved musicians. My words, not his. One thing he did say which stuck with me, was the time he referred to the band as ‘Potatoes, Potatoes’.
Pathos, Pathos is:
Matt Walsh – Vocals/Rhythm
James Murphy – Drums
Frank Jesmar Palencia – Lead Guitar
I first met the Pathos frontman at our Memorial Day Bash this past May where he stood alone, without the cover of shade, watching the band, whilst the sun mercilessly laughed from above. His peers gathered in small wood shadows and beer tents but Walsh stood content, stoic, as if unbothered by the brutal heat beating.
It’s not much of an anecdote, I realize. He could have a inner superhuman strength equipped with a constant running cooling system which makes him more tolerant to warm temperatures. I don’t know.
But regardless of possible other powers at work, that’s the kind of person Walsh is; present, kind, and genuine. The guy that’s going to show up to your 2:30pm set on a balls-hot Florida summer day and stand directly front and center, smiling and clapping the whole damn time.
(So, does this make you guys baked Potatoes, Potatoes??? I’ll wait for laughter … and t-shirts.) 🙂
Sarah Schumaker, SIGT: Hello! Welcome back! You had a lot of people worried this past fall when you took a small hiatus. People were getting mutinous. Did you realize you had such a fan base here in Orlando? Pathos is a gang. What do you call Pathos, Pathos fans? Pathosians? PaTHOT’s? 😛
That’s like 10 questions, sorry.
SIGT: How was your time away? Were you guys thinking about music at all or was it a complete detox?
I think the thing that really pushed me to keep Pathos, Pathos together was going out and watching local shows in Orlando. It’s such a great community, and every time I’d see an awesome local band I’d say to myself, “I miss this.”. So, here we are.”
SIGT: One of my favorite things about a Pathos show is the bounce-ability factor. Have you ever seen so many people happily bopping around in a room before? Rhetorical. No. But you’re juxtaposing these high energy dance tunes w/ some pretty gut wrenching scenarios. Where does the skeleton start?
SIGT: Pet Names is incredible. The perfect bite. What’s next?
SIGT: Have you ever asked someone to a dance? Any horror stories? Give me the gory glory.
In middle school, my home phone rang and I answered it. There was a robotic voice on the other line that said something like, “Hi Matt. This is xxxxxx and I was too embarrassed to call you and talk to you in person so I used this automated device to call you and ask you if you’d want to go to the dance with me.” Sooooo, yep. Already weird. But cool? I guess? Turns out it was my brother using a computer to mess with me. I didn’t go to the dance. (BRING BACK THE KLEENEX)“
SIGT: Bowling or Roller rink?
SIGT: Where did music enter your lives?
SIGT: In your opinion, what is the best part of the music scene in Orlando? Are we growing?
Secondly, I would say the support (both from other bands and fans alike). Everybody seems to live by the “sharing is caring” motto and it’s great. I would certainly say we’re growing. We just turned 3 years old as a band and the scene is 3 million times better than it was when we started.”
SIGT: If you could pick any 5 artists, alive or dead, to play your funeral, who would they be?
SIGT: Last question, well, a proposition,
I don’t know why, but I have this vision for a video for “The Heart And The Hunter” with a guy dressed as BigFoot but he lives in the real world and has a crush on the girl, blah, blah and she gets made fun of by her friends for his attention but secretly likes him and she spurns him and then it gets to be cont…as she falls asleep on a bed then it segues into “Pet Names” and she wakes up but you’re not sure if it’s a dream or not and she’s a turning into a BigFoot now. What do you think? Production value could be like Wekiva. LMK:)
SIGT: I kind of feel like I just interviewed you for TigerBeat magazine or something. Sounds about right.
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Pathos Pathos Interview 2017 by Sarah “Sweaty Septum” Schumaker.
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