Explone is the music of Patrick R. Porter...
...joined by Nelson Estes, Kyle Stevens and Scott Andrew. Past members include Greg Garcia, Josh Williams and John Merkel.
Growing up in the Seattle area, Porter has played in many bands as a guitarist, bassist and pedal steel guitarist. He has recorded and performed with Joran/Crystal Radio, Red Jacket Mine, The Bourbonites, Andrew Norsworthy, Andrea Maxand and many more. He also currently holds down lead guitar duties with nerd-rock band Kirby Krackle.
Accustomed to standing behind other singers, eventually Porter resolved to step to the microphone himself. Teaming up with his old Joran/Crystal Radio bandmate Josh Williams on drums, he recorded the first Explone album Crooks at producer Shawn Simmons' basement studio. Crooks was released in 2005, and once John Merkel signed on as bassist and mentor, Explone was a fully functioning rock and roll band.
As he threw himself into writing songs for the next Explone record, the lineup evolved to include bassist Scott Andrew and guitarist Kyle Stevens. In 2010 this crew released the Dreamers/Lovers, celebrating with a triumphant release show at the new Crocodile, and scoring two KEXP Song of the Day honors (for "St. Yesterday" and "Michigan").
In 2012 Explone released the 6-song EP Telescope + Satellite, including the track that has become as close to an essential Explone song as exists: the anthemic, joyous "He's A Bat." Porter also contributed to albums by The Devil Whale, Andrea Maxand and many others during this time, providing some combination of guitar/pedal steel/bass/vocals in the service of artists he admired. The studio felt like home, and he wanted to spend as much time there as possible. On top of this, he joined Stevens' band of nerd-rock pioneers Kirby Krackle, lending lead guitar to four albums and touring extensively.
Drummer Nelson Estes joined the fold in 2014, and with this lineup Explone undertook their most ambitious project yet: the forthcoming album Suicide Fences. Recorded and mixed on delicious analog tape, Suicide Fences is, in Porter's own words, "a quest for joy." If you asked Patrick Porter, he might tell you that among other things, joy requires perseverance.