– Pat Hargreaves is a little known Singer-Songwriter from New Zealand. He grew up in the heartland of the North Island and began playing and writing...Read Biography
Pat Hargreaves is a little known Singer-Songwriter from New Zealand. He grew up in the heartland of the North Island and began playing and writing songs after meticulously restoring an old guitar he found in the attic of his parents home.
In the summer of the mid 90’s he moved to the Scottish South Island town of Dunedin, which produced highly acclaimed Indie artists such as The Chills, The Clean, Straight Jacket Fits and The Verlaines. Here he spent almost a decade writing and performing music and established himself in the underground music scene. After winning a songwriting competition with a composition he wrote two days beforehand, he made several appearances in renowned venues of the city.
By this time it was 2003, and Pat moved with his whole kit and caboodle to Switzerland, where he promptly joined the Indie Rock band Valium 21. He simultaneously began work on his first debut album “Sequestered Luminosities”, which is an assortment of songs that he gradually collected during his time in Dunedin.
Pat originally comes from the Singer-Songwriter-Corner, but he has grown with his music over the years and now pushes effortlessly into Pop/Rock regions. Pat’s music is maybe best described as “a soundtrack to an Art-house movie”.
While he described his first Album “Sequestered Luminosities“, (2005) as a collection of melodic and melancholic songs that reflect the depth and non-chalance of the universe”, his brand new Album, Shipwrecked Shoes (2012), contains more varied tones. The heavy sweetness of the previous album has been thrown off and leaves place for faster paced and more rock orientated tracks. While the occasional track seems to hark back to the previous album, Shipwrecked Shoes is in reality, its own Beast.
Since early this year, Pat is back on the road presenting his new work along with his blood, sweat and tears. With numerous gigs lined up in Switzerland, it should be possible to see Pat somewhere in all his 3D glory.
As of May 2012 he also has a new Website www.pathargreaves.com.
Aside from his solo career, Pat is also the singer and guitarist in the Indieband “There Will Be Lions”. Last year he and the lads won the 2011 Magden Rocknight Contest.