Brandon writes heart-sore longings and manic freak-outs that capture the difficulty of steering when you can\'t find the wheel. File under acoustic, self-deprecatory, tender-hearted ex-rock, ala Elliott Smith/Aimee Mann/Eels/Wilco/Badly Drawn Boy.
In 1998 he formed the hard rock trio \'three against four\' with guitarist Anand Nayak (currently of Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem) and recorded the album ??Some of Us are Here??. Drummer Jay Skowronek (currently of Maxeen) joined in 1998 and three against four began touring extensively, playing dates at CBGBs in New York, the Middle East in Boston, and colleges across the Midwest and Northeast. By 2000 the group had built up a following, ??awkwardly schmoozed it?? at the Sundance Film Festival, placed music in ??an Hollywood movie??, and been ??coughed on by many a skeevy bar hag.??
They decided to disband in 2000, and recorded the album ??Hey, Sparkle Eyes?? as their last act. Songs from ??Hey, Sparkle Eyes?? were later heard on episodes of MTV Real World, MTV Pop Stars, and Monster Garage (Discovery Channel).
\'Should Confusion\', completed in the fall of 2003 and released in 2004, is a chronicle of the journeys Patton has undertaken since striking out on his own. The difficulty of long distance relationships (??3100 Miles??), stark self-appraisal (??Counting the Paces??) and memories of an abused friend (??What??s the Worst That Could Happen???) mingle with lighter notes on classroom fantasies. The threads that run throughout are Patton??s thoughtful, honest lyrics and his acoustic guitar playing, which varies from expressively simple to fiercely rhythmic. Like some found diary from a lost wanderer, Should Confusion is a collection of heart-sore longings and manic freak outs that capture the difficulty of steering when you can??t find the wheel.
FOR THE ALBUM, \'SHOULD CONFUSION: --
??brilliant and captivating... a masterpiece of modern clever pop songwriting.??
-- Ed Docktor, Inquisitor Magazine
\'A five-star album... From the lyrics, the sound of the album and even the cover art you are spared nothing.??
-- Chris Coleman, radcyberzine.com
\'Quirky. Enigmatic. Skillful. Clever. Very Clever... This collection of songs is an absolute must for fans of well written acoustic guitar based songs...\'
-- Embo Blake, Hybrid Magazine