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Richard Patrick
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Patrick performing in 2013.
Background information
Birth name Richard Michael Patrick
Born (1968-05-10) May 10, 1968 (age 50)
Needham, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres Industrial rock, alternative rock, industrial metal, post-grunge, alternative metal
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, programming
Years active 1986–present
Labels The Firm Records, Machine Shop, Reprise
Associated acts Filter, Nine Inch Nails, Army of Anyone, The Damning Well

Richard Michael Patrick [1] (born May 10, 1968) is an American musician. He is the frontman for the rock band Filter and a founding member of the supergroups Army of Anyone and The Damning Well, and has served as a touring guitarist for Nine Inch Nails. As a teenager, Patrick was the frontman for The Akt.

Filter (band) American band

Filter is an American rock band formed in 1993 in Cleveland, Ohio by singer Richard Patrick and guitarist/programmer Brian Liesegang. The band was formed after Patrick desired to start his own band after leaving Nine Inch Nails as their touring guitarist. Their debut album, Short Bus, was released in 1995, and ended up going platinum, selling over one million copies, largely due to the success of the band's single "Hey Man Nice Shot." After the album, the band would go through the first of many lineup changes, leaving Patrick as the only consistent member across all music releases.

A supergroup is a musical performing group whose members have successful solo careers, are members of other groups, or are well known in other musical professions. The term is usually used in the context of rock and pop music, but it has occasionally been applied to other musical genres. For example, The Three Tenors—composed of opera superstars José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, and Luciano Pavarotti—has been called a supergroup.

Army of Anyone was a rock supergroup formed by Filter frontman Richard Patrick with two members of rock band Stone Temple Pilots. In addition to Patrick on vocals, the band featured brothers Dean DeLeo and Robert DeLeo on guitar and bass respectively, and Ray Luzier, formerly of David Lee Roth's band, on drums. The band released one self-titled album in November 2006, which was well-received, but sold well short of the member's multi-platinum selling releases of their other bands, even despite the success of their first single, "Goodbye", which peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart. After releasing a second charting single, "Father Figure", and touring in support of the album, the band went into hiatus in mid-2007, with members returning to their respective bands, except Luzier, who joined Korn. Despite being relatively inactive since 2007, all members have stayed in contact, and have independently shown interest in working on a second album if the logistics and scheduling of their commitments to other bands ever aligned.


Nine Inch Nails

After a chance meeting with Trent Reznor in a Cleveland music store, Patrick landed a gig as guitarist in Reznor's live incarnation of Nine Inch Nails from 1989 to 1993. His only recorded contribution can be heard at the end of "Sanctified" on Pretty Hate Machine . Patrick also appeared in the music videos for "Down in It", "Head Like a Hole", "Wish", and one of the two promo videos for "Gave Up" (along with Marilyn Manson), which was filmed in the living room of the infamous house where Sharon Tate was murdered in 1969, as Reznor had leased the house and installed a recording studio in it. Patrick chose to leave the band during the recording of The Downward Spiral in 1993.

Trent Reznor American musician

Michael Trent Reznor is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and film score composer. He is the founder, primary musician, and principal songwriter of the industrial rock project Nine Inch Nails, which he founded in 1988 and of which he was the sole official member until adding long-time collaborator Atticus Ross as a permanent member in 2016. His first release under the Nine Inch Nails name, the 1989 album Pretty Hate Machine, was a commercial and critical success. He has since released eight Nine Inch Nails studio albums. He left Interscope Records in 2007 and was an independent recording artist until signing with Columbia Records in 2012.

Nine Inch Nails American industrial rock project

Nine Inch Nails, commonly abbreviated as NIN, is an American industrial rock band from Cleveland, Ohio, founded in 1988. The band consists of producer and multi-instrumentalist Trent Reznor, as well as English musician Atticus Ross. Over the course of their three-decade existence, the band has signed with several major labels, the most current being Capitol Records, under the name The Null Corporation.

<i>Pretty Hate Machine</i> album

Pretty Hate Machine is the debut studio album by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, released on October 20, 1989 by TVT Records. The album is compiled of reworked tracks from the Purest Feeling demo, as well as songs composed after its original recording. Production of the record was handled by Flood and Trent Reznor, among other contributors.


Following his departure from Nine Inch Nails, Patrick formed his own band, Filter, with Brian Liesegang, who left the band after the recording of the band's first album, 1995's Short Bus . Four years later, Richard Patrick released Filter's second album, Title of Record with help from guitarist Geno Lenardo.

<i>Short Bus</i> (album) album by Filter

Short Bus is the debut studio album by American rock band Filter, released on May 8, 1995 by Reprise Records. Lead singer Richard Patrick said in an interview that Trent Reznor had told him he should make his own record while he went off to work on Nine Inch Nails' 1994 album The Downward Spiral. Patrick, while still retaining industrial elements in the music, chose to focus on the guitars, which he felt was something missing when he played with Nine Inch Nails; he also chose not to go with the standard industrial rock look, which he felt would set them apart.

<i>Title of Record</i> album by Filter

Title of Record is the second studio album by American rock band Filter, released on August 24, 1999 by Reprise Records. The album's earlier sessions were marred with slow progress due to line-up changes and frontman Richard Patrick's decision to construct his own studio for recording. Upon solidifying the line-up and bringing in further production help, progress improved, and the album was a commercial success, being their second of two platinum-selling albums, selling over one million copies.

Filter's third album, The Amalgamut , was released in 2002, with Patrick canceling most of the supporting tour to check into rehab for alcoholism, a problem that had been plaguing him for years. An experience where he drank on an airplane inspired Filter's hit single "Take a Picture." [2]

<i>The Amalgamut</i> album by Filter

The Amalgamut is the third studio album by American rock band Filter, released on July 30, 2002 by Reprise Records. Unlike their first two albums Short Bus (1995) and Title of Record (1999), which were both certified platinum, the album stalled prior to hitting 100,000 copies sold, in part due to frontman Richard Patrick cancelling its main tour in order to enter a rehab facility. The album still had two singles released in its promotion: "Where Do We Go from Here" and "American Cliché". The Amalgamut was the last album to feature band members Geno Lenardo, Frank Cavanagh, and Steve Gillis, with Patrick starting up the band Army of Anyone upon getting out of rehab. It was the last Filter album to be released until six years later, when Patrick reformed the band with new members and released 2008's Anthems for the Damned.

Take a Picture (Filter song) song by Filter

"Take a Picture" is a song by American rock band Filter, released on November 16, 1999 as the second single from their second studio album Title of Record. The song became a major hit at the start of 2000, peaking at number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

After a five-year hiatus, Filter released a fourth record on May 13, 2008, entitled Anthems for the Damned . Patrick did the vocals and the majority of the instrumentation on the album except for the drumming, which was done by Josh Freese. He also worked with Wes Borland and John 5 on a few individual songs.

<i>Anthems for the Damned</i> album by Filter

Anthems for the Damned is the fourth studio album by American industrial rock band Filter. Started in 2003, the album saw many delays, as the band sole member, frontman and founder Richard Patrick, took several breaks to pursue other musical interests, notably The Damning Well in 2003 and Army of Anyone from 2005 to 2007. Upon the breakup of Army of Anyone, Patrick decided to revisit the old material and finish it up for a final release. It was released to the public on May 13, 2008 through Pulse Records. It sold 13,000 copies its first week and debuted at #87 on the Billboard 200.

Josh Freese session musician

Joshua Ryan Freese is an American session drummer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and composer.

Wes Borland American musician

Wesley Louden Borland is an American rock musician and artist. He is best known as the current guitarist and backing vocalist of the American rap rock band Limp Bizkit and as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the alternative and industrial metal band Black Light Burns and the metal band Big Dumb Face.

For the first time in the band's history, the band released an album without a 3 to 5-year break in between, with their fifth record, The Trouble with Angels , which was released just over 2 years after Anthems on August 17, 2010. Patrick recorded the album with the Anthems for the Damned touring band, Mikea Fineo, Mitch Marlow, and John Spiker, but recruited a new guitarist (Rob Patterson) and bass player (Phil Buckman) for touring in support of the album.

Patrick returned to the studio in April 2012, to work with producer Bob Marlette and Kill Hannah guitarist, Jonny Radtke, on his next Filter album, under the working title Gurney and the Burning Books. [3] After Filter was signed to Wind-up Records in September 2012, [4] Patrick released his sixth studio album The Sun Comes Out Tonight on June 4, 2013.

In early 2015, Patrick reunited with Ben Grosse, Michael "Blumpy" Tuller, Brian Virtue and former Filter guitarist Brian Liesegang to begin recording Filter's most recent album. After launching a PledgeMusic campaign, Patrick and contributing artists Oumi Kapila, Chris Reeve and Ashley Dzerigian released Filter's seventh studio album Crazy Eyes on April 8, 2016. [5]

Army of Anyone

While writing songs for Filter's fourth album, Patrick called up the DeLeo brothers of Stone Temple Pilots to help him write a song. The result was a song called "A Better Place." Due to the chemistry the trio had while writing the song, they decided to form a supergroup, which became Army of Anyone.

On September 29, 2005, the formation of Army of Anyone was announced. Along with Dean and Robert DeLeo, the former drummer for David Lee Roth, Ray Luzier, was also added to the line-up.

Army of Anyone's self-titled debut album was released on November 14, 2006. The album's first single, "Goodbye", peaked at number three on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

On May 26, 2007 Army of Anyone played their last concert to date in El Paso, Texas. The band has since been on hiatus. [6]

Film Composition

Patrick composed the score for Alexandros Avranas's 2016 film True Crimes , [7] a crime thriller based on a 2008 David Grann article published in The New Yorker . [8]


On August 25, 2008, Richard Patrick wrote an editorial, Talking about War, for the Huffington Post. [9] He has since started writing a column, called Filtering The Truth, for Suicide Girls. His first post, about politics and religion, was posted on Election Day 2008. [10]

Personal life

Patrick and his wife Tina have a daughter, Sloan Patrick (born February 23, 2008), and a son, Ridley Patrick (born September 2, 2009). Patrick graduated from Bay High School in Ohio in 1987. He is an atheist and has been sober since September 2002. [11]

Patrick's older brother is actor Robert Patrick. He is of Scotch-Irish and English ancestry. [12]


With Filter
With Nine Inch Nails
With Army of Anyone
With The Damning Well
Other collaborations

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