Surrounding the release of their latest album back in May, Adventures in Your Own Backyard, Patrick Watson joined Andrew Bird for a few dates as openers on a short Northeastern tour. But over the summer, the band got back out on the road for a much more extensive tour, this time in the headlining spot.
Patrick and his eponymous band have now claimed a personal record for most headlining dates in a year, with their tour schedule currently keeping them on the road for the remainder of 2012, save for a couple of short breaks.
We chatted with Patrick earlier this month, ahead of the band hitting the stage at the 930 Club with Great Lake Swimmers. Patrick, who has a young family back in Canada, spoke to us of how he’s adapted to fatherhood as a touring musician, and making the most of his time in front of the piano. Adventures features more straight ahead instrumentation than some of their previous work, and steering the conversation away from eccentric choices in arrangements that helped draw attention to the band on those earlier albums, Patrick talks about a renewed focus on and strengthening of his singing and songwriting.
You can check out our interview above, which including performances of “Into Giants,” the album’s title track, and more. Much of the performance during the evening was punctuated by Patrick’s chatty onstage personality and you’ll get a sampling of that as well.