Patrik Mata founded his flagship musical endeavor Kommunity FK in Los Angeles in 1978, just as the aftershocks of the opposite coastâ€™s punk-rock shakeup were beginning to register in his area. A casual observer might be inclined to file Kommunity FK under â€śGothâ€ť and leave it at thatâ€”but to do so would be a clear indicator that said casual observer wasnâ€™t paying close attention.
Many components of the Kommunity FK gestalt are more literary than musical: Mata confesses to being inspired by Burroughs, Dali, and Dadaism. Sonically, Mataâ€™s influences are incredibly diverse. While some are more pronounced than othersâ€”nods to David Bowie are worn proudly on a crushed velvet sleeveâ€”others become obvious only upon repeat listening. [Read More...]
Patrik Mata/Patrik FK is the lead vocalist and guitarist for venerable L.A. death rock band Kommunity FK. He also heads up local hexabilly punk band Texylvania. That actâ€”which, full disclosure, includes the husband of yours trulyâ€”will be performing on Saturday in observance of Sanctuary Above the Cryptâ€™s Better Off Than Dead
Graveyard Bash. The one-year anniversary party for the monthly convening of goths also involves live music, suspension and dark arts performances, and a bevy of DJs. Black-and-white attire and creative makeup are requested ... so, you know, leave your tie-dye at home.
We asked Mr. FK to put an MP3 library on shuffle. Below are the random results, culled from a BlackBerry, with commentary written in his own stylized fashion. [Read More...]
Singer Patrick Mata (a presence both on club stages around town and behind the counters at Melroseâ€™s most trend-setting boutiques in the late â€™70s and â€™80s) has the menacing mojo and tortured soul of a rock star. [Read More...]