True Metal from the Pacific Northwest

Updated: 05/26/03

Jesters Moon are here to kick your ass with their thunderous brand of heavy fucking metal! Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, their self-titled debut is now available from MIB Music!

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Jesters Moon and how long the band has been together.
Hey, my name is Bryce Van Patten of Jesters Moon, I sing and play guitar & keys in the band as well as write a large share of the songs. We’ve been together since 2000 in this incarnation. Jesters Moon is really a conglomerate of two bands, Bangin’ Moon & Pipe Dreams. We play what I guess is classified as power metal in the traditional sense. In other words, no rap or alt influences here.

What is the music scene like in the Pacific Northwest and how does Jesters Moon fit into the scheme of things?
Portland has a lot of different things going on musically. I wouldn’t say it’s a strong metal community, though I think it could be if the local promoters were more inclined. Jesters Moon has developed a niche crowd by staying true to our musical beliefs and delivering solid performances. We’re getting ready to play with our good friends The Mentors and Hell Candidates on May 2nd at the Paris Theater. Should be a blast!

If you had to describe your music to a very old relative, what would you say?
Remember the really cool metal bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Accept and Saxon? Throw them in a blender and add a dark, modern edge. If you haven’t figured out what we mean, let me put it this way; no nu-metal, rap-metal or alt-metal! Just true metal!

Who came up with the idea for the name Jesters Moon and is there any deep significance behind the name?
Actually, Alvin made up a list of about 200 ‘Moon’ names in an insane effort to tie in somehow with the former Bangin’ Moon line-up. We all looked at the list and really dug the name Jesters Moon. Not a very dramatic answer, is it?

Have you ever played out here in the Los Angeles area or plan to do so in the future?
We have not yet had the privilege to play in L.A., though we are working towards some show dates this summer. We will keep you updated on any shows coming up. We’ve been very busy working on our second album due out this winter as well as a new single for the upcoming Defenders Of Metal CD coming out this summer from MIBMusic.

What is a live Jesters Moon show like for those of us who have yet to see you play.
Cranked up Marshalls, thundering bass and pounding drums with melodic, scraping vocals to make your hair stand on end. We are always working our asses off to deliver the highest energy show possible for the faithful metal fans here in the great Northwest.

Have you ever opened a show for any bigger bands? If so, tell me how it went.
We are actually opening for the legendary Mentors on May 2nd at the Paris Theater. We expect a great turnout at the show and a good time for all. The Mentors are in town to do some session work at MIBMusic Studios for the upcoming Church of El Duce album. It’s going to be a wild and wooly weekend for sure.

If Jesters Moon were invited to participate on a Judas Priest tribute, what song would you want to do and why?
If we were invited to do a Judas Priest tribute, I would want to do Dreamer, Deceiver. It’s always been one of my favorites. That’s such a tough question. I also think I would be very inclined to do Victim of Changes or one of my Dave Holland (drummer number?) favorites Desert Plains. Judas Priest, along with Black Sabbath paved the way for all the best metal to follow.

How did you wind up on MIB Music?
MIBMusic is our own label. We found that in order to produce the music that we love, we have to band together with other souls into metal to combine our strengths. We have our own studio and work to promote ourselves as well as several other great bands from the Northwest as well as worldwide. The response we’ve received in Europe and South America has been phenomenal! The major labels in the US seem to ignore metal bands completely. What a waste, with all the great metal fans simply waiting for a great release. It’s easier for the majors to ride whatever trend and whip out a thousand clone bands of whatever rap or alt metal shit is currently being pushed down everyone’s throat on the syndicated stations that control every playlist on the major radio stations. The bottom line I guess is that if no one else can get the job done, do it yourself! There are a lot of hungry metal fans that miss good power metal, and we want to bring it to them from every corner of the planet.

If there were one thing you’d like a listener to remember after hearing your music, what would it be?
I hope to God someone might just remember a melody or riff out of one of the songs. You always try to make music that sticks in one’s head and won’t go away. I want people to not like us at first and then find themselves walking around singing the tunes to themselves uncontrollably. If you listen to Devil’s Eyes on our CD you just might see what I‘m talking about.

Any final words of wisdom?
If you’re a fan of power metal with melodic vocals, crunchy guitars with lots of SOLOS, you should log on at: and check out some old school metal the way it was meant to be played. Thanks for letting me rant and keep up the awesome work promoting that thing we live for, METAL!


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