Public Access T.V. is a quintessential New York band, and their latest drop — 2018’s Street Safari — is proof. A dedication to pure rock and roll and radio-friendly hooks, the album is a modernized homage to the NYC acts that rocked the legendary club CBGB’s back in the late 70s. The band recently brought that sound to our Herald Square store in the heart of Manhattan, playing with opener Honduras to a packed store. Read on for a quick Q&A from PATV lead singer John Eatherly, and check out the pics from the show.
What’s unique about playing a show in NYC versus other cities?
The best part of playing New York is that all our friends come to the show and we get extra nervous. It’s always a rush playing your hometown. Usually, it’s towards the end of a tour, and I start feeling the pressure a few days before — and every time it’s turned out to be fun as hell.
What do you hope people take away from your performances?
The best thing is when somebody comes up to me after a show and tells me we’ve inspired them to take a crack at it themselves. That’s the most rewarding feeling: to spark something creative inside somebody else.
What are you most excited about in your music right now?
I’m always just excited about moving forward. That’s what works for me. Always working, and not looking back or overthinking things. I’m just looking forward to album 3 right now.
Who did you see at your first show?
The first big concert for me was this music fest in Nashville TN called River Stages. The Cure was headlining. IT WAS EPIC. Interpol played also, who I love. A very early version of The Raveonettes played, and it just sounded like an awesome wall of feedback. I was 13 or 14 and had just started smoking weed and it all BLEW MY MIND.
What’s your fondest musical memory from the last year?
We opened for The Voidz here in New York. Getting to share a bill with those guys was pretty sick. Also opened for Kings of Leon. If only I could go back and tell 13-year-old me…that little guy would truly flip his shit. That’s what it’s all about.
Tell us about your first pair of Dr. Martens.
I got my first pair of Dr. Martens when I was like 13 or 14 also. My older sister’s friend gave them to me. They were huge and black and white. My feet were lost inside, but I wore them anyway ’cuz I thought they were so cool. If only I knew what happened to them…they had some serious mojo.