Spitegeist: Hey, me! Thanks for talking to me.
Julie Jennings Patterson: Anytime. It’s not like I don’t talk to myself on occasion.
Spitegeist:: Touche. So, first things first. What’s the origin story of the band?
Julie Jennings Patterson: Don’t you remember? Man, we’re getting old…
Spitegeist:: Well of course I know. But the readers might not.
Julie Jennings Patterson: Alright. BreakingGlass is a duo consisting of myself, Julie Jennings-Patterson, on vocals and bass guitar and my partner Mario Cordova on other bass and sometimes electric guitar. Mainly I play “rhythm guitar” bass and Mario plays “lead guitar” bass.
Spitegeist:: So you have all your basses covered?
Julie Jennings Patterson: You’re hilarious.
Spitegeist:: No you’re hilarious, technically speaking. How did you get started?
Julie Jennings Patterson: Mario and I were asked to play an acoustic cover set opening for another band he was in at the time. And he’s a bass player. And I happen to own an acoustic bass. So I challenged him to learn the covers only using bass. And I sang. Gradually I got better at playing bass as well so we became a two bass band.
Spitegeist:: Like Mike Watt and Kira Roessler”s band Dos?
Julie Jennings Patterson: Oddly I was unaware of that band till BreakingGlass happened. Now I hear about it all the time.
Spitegeist:: So are you a cover band then?
Julie Jennings Patterson: Well, the funny thing about spending a good amount of your time immersing yourself in other people’s music, especially if it’s good music, is that you start finding yourself creating music in your head almost by osmosis. So, yeah the band still plays some interesting covers (Echo and the Bunnymen, Leonard Cohen, the Pixies) but we have a decent body of original stuff now.
Spitegeist:: Is the name a Bowie reference?
Julie Jennings Patterson: You would think so. And you wouldn’t be completely wrong. But it’s also a nod to the Hazel O’Connor early punk era movie Breaking Glass. And also an in joke of sorts. Mario and I are both kinda clumsy…
Spitegeist:: I know.
Julie Jennings Patterson: Spare me some dignity, will you?
Spitegeist: Sorry, me! So how did I…I mean how did you fall in love with rock and roll?
Julie Jennings Patterson: AM Radio, then FM Radio. Saturday Night Live. Early MTV. Creem Magazine. Import British music magazines Rolling Stone. Other people’s mix tapes.
Spitegeist:: Favorite bands of all time?
Julie Jennings Patterson: Bowie, Elvis Costello, the Pogues, the Plimsouls,the Monkees, Old 97s, Iggy Pop, Roxy Music, the Velvet Underground, Television, Nirvana, the Church, Echo and the Bunnymen, Psychedelic Furs, the Pixies, John Lennon, the Beatles, Leonard Cohen, the Stranglers, the Slits, the Clash, the Replacements, the Smiths, Bauhaus, Patti Smith, Big Star, X, Neutral Milk Hotel, Robyn Hitchcock, XTC…
Spitegeist:: This could go on forever. Local favorites?
Julie Jennings Patterson: If you want to know about all the local bands I love you should read the Tucson Sounds music column at TucsonSentinel.com every week. It’s kind of a love letter to local music.
Spitegeist:: Favorite gig of all time?
Julie Jennings Patterson: My birthday show at La Cocina. A bunch of friends in bands showed up. And they didn’t laugh or walk out. The legendary Kid Congo of Gun Club and the Bad Seeds was in the audience but I didn’t have the nerve to introduce myself. Hi Kid Congo. I’m a fan.
Spitegeist:: Funnest gig moment ever?
Julie Jennings Patterson: Playing a Violent Femmes cover with members of the band Stripes slam dancing in the audience.
Spitegeist:: Any touring or recording as of yet?
Julie Jennings Patterson: We recorded a three song EP at Midtown Island this summer but we haven’t “toured” any farther than South Tucson.
Spitegeist:: When’s your next gig?
BreakingGlass plays Saint Charles Tavern this Saturday night, September 14 at 9 p.m.