R.I.P.

Kevin Pate Remembered by Brian Smith of Beat Angels and Gentlemen Afterdark

Brian Smith, onetime member of Gentlemen Afterdark and Beat Angels (and onetime New Times staff writer) reminisces about his late great bandmate, Kevin Pate.

My old band Gentlemen Afterdark once had a demo deal with A&M Records. We were very, very young, and living in L.A, and recording at A&M Studios with this guy Rob Jacobs producing. He'd recently engineered and mixed some huge multi-platinum albums, including U2's Rattle and Hum.

Now, we knew Kevin Pate was incredible, that his was a skill that couldn't be taught. We just figured Kev slid from the womb that way, cigarette dangling.

His musical intuition stunned us; he had that sense of when to pull back, when to sustain, when to push, when to flood.

See also: - Serene Dominic remembers Kevin Pate. - Two Kevin Pate memorials scheduled for this weekend.

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