In Rear-View: Pandemic Pat & The Murder Hornets

Packing up his life as an EMT/firefighter in Grand Rapids, Patrick Sheufelt moved to Ferndale, MI for a lifestyle change. These days, Pat is using his skills as an audio engineer and musician to run

Packing up his life as an EMT/firefighter in Grand Rapids, Patrick Sheufelt moved to Ferndale, MI for a lifestyle change. These days, Pat is using his skills as an audio engineer and musician to run I/O Detroit, a DIY recording studio as well as punk collective/booking group called Scheme 13.

Working with Detroit’s finest, Pat produced “City Limitations,” Suicide Machine’s killer track on the Ska Against Racism Comp put out by Bad Time Records, Ska Punk Daily, and Asian Man Records. Pat’s latest project is Pandemic Pat & The Murder Hornets. His goal is to get his music out to the world and also to showcase the studio’s capabilities. 

Not Dead Yet is a seven track EP mastered by Stephen Egerton of Descendents, coming out Halloween 2020. 

“New Year’s Resolution” kicks off the EP and delivers a melodic punk rock sound. Immediately, I was reminded of The Bouncing Souls. I instantly gravitate towards this kind of punk and I felt even more connected with the lyrics. “And maybe I’m a fucking wreck, but that’s okay cause I won’t be looking back,” hit me in the feels, especially during this time in my life. The chorus is very sing-a-long and makes me wanna belt it out every time. I feel like everyone can relate to this at some point or another in their lives. 

Politically fueled tracks such as “Firelight” and “Sleep” reflect the current state of America and push for unity and revolution “to make this world something more.” I enjoy how these tracks are both fast and anthemic. The music is as honest and raw as the lyrics. 

My favorite track comes mid EP with “Another Time, Another Place, Another Life.” Again, I was sucked right in with sounds similar to The Loved Ones and The Bouncing Souls. This is a tune I could picture screaming my heart out to live with my arms around my friends. “Another time, another place when punk rock saved our fucking lives” and “this one is for you my friends, may ever you be well” make my heart beat a little faster when Pat sings. Songs like this are the reason I fucking love punk rock. 

“The Parting Glass” is the closing track on the EP and reminds me of something you’d hear Dropkick Murphys put out. It’s quite a bit different than the rest of the tracks and showcases Pat’s ability to change his style up. The song really kicks in after about a minute and is the perfect farewell song with lyrics like “goodnight and joy be to you all.” 

Pat has been keeping himself busy during the pandemic and really honing in on his skills. “Keep fucking going. No matter what, even in the face of a pandemic, fascism, violence, and all the other horrible things we are confronted with in this seemingly cursed decade. That’s it in a nutshell. This recording is a statement that we will not stop, we won’t quit and we won’t equivocate. Do the right thing, keep the lights on, never say die. All the great cliches. I believe the music reflects those values, as does my organization as a whole,” are just a few things Pat had to say about his latest venture. Not Dead Yet drops on Halloween and can be purchased on Bandcamp. For more info in Pat’s studio, follow I/O Detroit on Facebook. 

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