Patrick Stickles - "Hey Tonight"

Three years ago at SXSW, I saw Titus Andronicus and Free Energy play back-to-back. Both bands wrecked shop, but my favorite thing about the show was the way Titus stayed to watch Free Energy, taking over the front row and dancing hard and singing along to everything. Both bands toured together that summer, and when I saw Free Energy again at last year’s SXSW, Titus frontman Patrick Stickles was in the crowd again, and once again singing along ecstatically. Stickles generally loves the shit out of Free Energy in an absolutely infectious way, and so it’s not too much of a surprise to hear Stickles recording his own ragged, committed version of “Hey Tonight,” one of the many anthems on Free Energy’s very, very good sophomore album Love Sign. Below, download the Stickles version and check out Free Energy’s tour dates; be advised that you should absolutely go see this band if you get a chance.

And now, those Free Energy tour dates:

2/27 – San Francisco, CA @ Petty Fest
2/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Noise Pop Festival
3/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar
3/02 – Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door
3/04 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
3/05 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
3/07 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
3/08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
3/11 – Austin, TX @ The Blackheart (Sennheiser/Paste party)
3/13 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
3/16 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa (Rolling Stone party)
3/17 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
3/18 – New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar
3/19 – Hattiesburg, MS @ Thirsty Hippo
3/20 – Birmingham, AL @ Workplay
3/22 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder (free show)
3/23 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
3/24 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
3/25 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre Rooftop
3/26 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
3/28 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade
7/11-7/13 – Pattersonville, NY @ Camp Bisco Festival

Love Sign is out now on Free Energy’s own Free People imprint.

Comments (8)
  1. This also sounds like it could have fit nicely on Local Business if it went down a pop gesturing Nude Beach route.

    But yeah, dudes bromance is totally legit. I don’t think it was the same summer as the one mentioned above, but maybe two summers back, there was a train wreck of a music festival in Hartford, CT (it was moved to the ghost town within the Comcast Center from Danbury College due to parking concerns, which served as a strange backdrop for a bunch of mostly indie bands like Real Estate and Woods) and even though Free Energy and Titus Andronicus played early in the day, they ended up chilling out together with the crowd and watching everyone after them. The place was so empty, they probably enjoyed the irony of playing it all.

  2. “train wreck of a music festival”

    dude, this made me laugh so hard. that’s awesome that you were there. you were among a very elite few, haha.

    you politely left out that the free energy set was a beautiful disaster as well. (patrick was supposed to play guitar with us but titus vandronicus got a flat as they sped to the festival. luckily, a dude named “Angel” (no shit) stopped and fixed it. Meanwhile free energy paced nervously backstage. I picked up the guitar and went for it. Scott had to remind me of the chord positions and the keys before each song. yes. live. in front of a crowd. super professional Just a complete fucking blooper. But it was kind of awesome. I recall Woods totally killing it on the outdoor stage. They had like a 10 minute kraut-rock jam that blew my mind. And i got to hang out with Brian from Weezer. MIND BLOWN.

    Have a good day!


    • Is this really happening? Best morning ever.

    • Hah! I remember the van breaking down and all of the on-stage on-the-fly set, too, now that you mention it — If memory serves correct, a crowd of young ladies dictated the end of your set, deciding that “Something In Common” was the way to go out. And they had representatives from all the festivals sponsors introduce the bands before they came onto stage, with the outdoor stage one being this blonde and tan cougar business-type lady in a who would read off a note card, “This next band is a new band from New Jersey. They’re considered an ‘indie’ rock band. Please welcome Real Estate.”

      Good times. I’m glad I am not the only person in the world who has any recollection of what was a bizarre “festival” experience.

  3. I got to interview Free Energy’s lead singer Paul Sprangers for our college newspaper and that guy is awesome! Really sincere, cool dude. I’m seeing them in SF tomorrow and I can’t wait.

  4. Patrick Stickles played guitar at Arden Gild Hall for Free Energy in May 2011, I think it was their first show after their Delaware born guitarist left the band. He looked different than this photo, he had a long beard and he was blazing that night in a great show! Here are photos. by Joe del Tufo.

  5. Yeah patrick played i think 3 or 4 shows with us that summer to help us out. He even played this crazy show on a street corner in the west village for fashion week. patrick stickles is as real and as grounded and generous as he seems. he is a unique, brilliant guy.
    Also, i’m going to try to convince him to do stand-up. cause the dude is SO funny onstage. stay tuned for how that works out.
    be well guys!

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