With approximately 40 years of experience in the music industry, guitarist John DePatie has some stories to tell. He worked with Leif Garrett and Nancy Sinatra, performed under his own name in Europe and the USA, and, as a songwriter, been featured on HBO and the Billboard Top 40. Of course, these are only a few of his achievements with him constantly creating new stories of sound. One of his current projects is The DePatie Melt.
A group of rotating musicians, The DePatie Melt truly is a melting pot of artists bringing their diverse influences. The members range from long-time associates of John DePatie to session musicians and guest singers. When speaking of The DePatie Melt, Troubadour Music News mentioned “a really good band is the sum of all its parts…” – it’s quite obvious to anyone who has heard the act that this is a relevant description. The latest addition to their well-received discography is the sentimental ‘The Song We Will Remember’.
Penned as a tribute to a friend who died of SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy), ‘The Song We Will Remember’ is sincere in both its meaning and sound. More upbeat and toe-tapping than the previous release ‘I’ll Miss You’ (read our review here), ‘The Song We Will Remember’ nods to classic rock tunes with its classic rock flavour. Lyrically, there is a nostalgic tenderness as there are references to the deceased friend. According to DePatie, the song’s muse “was young but…fond of classic rock acts like Queen, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, so we tried to put that feeling in the music.”
While there is a sombreness in the track’s message, ‘The Song We Will Remember’ has a lingering sense of peacefulness. The powerful instrumentation fuses with gruff vocals forming a bubble of heartfelt nostalgia. Reflective in both sound and lyrics, this significant song has a kaleidoscopic soundscape with a smile-inducing atmosphere.
In addition to the single, The DePatie Melt released an official music video for ‘The Song We Will Remember’. Filled with images of previous live sessions atop a person searching through albums, the video contains a sense of nostalgic joy – a perfect visual representation of the song’s tribute.