It’s difficult not to find yourself singing “Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man” when you hear the ingenious band name Patti Cake, but this band’s sound is far from a children’s nursery rhyme. They’re a little bit rock n’ roll, a little bit 60’s girl band and a healthy dollop of 90’s grrrl groups. Patti Cake front woman/guitarist, Kritty Uranowski, is gifted with a memorable voice. And last year the band was selected by NOW magazine as one of the top must-see acts.
This year Patti Cake will be debuting music from their forthcoming album. Here Kritty shares the embarrassing songs we can find on her iPod, musical influences and a dream involving RuPaul. Chaka V.
Q: When did you first discover that big voice of yours?
A: Around 14, I started singing Bette Midler, Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand songs around the piano with my high school best friend Jesse at her Nana’s house.
Q: Which artists and/or records have influenced your direction as an artist?
A: I really took to Melanie records when I first heard them. Her voice is insane and her songs are both specific and very welcoming. Songs like ‘Baby Day‘ and ‘Ring the Living Bell‘ is how I want all music to sound, always.
On the other side of sound, a group that really influenced me is the Dismemberment Plan. The way Travis Morrison uses his voice is unique and illuminating and delightful no matter how many times I play it. The band makes you rock out emotionally–I guess some people call it emo. It just rules so hard. It’s like Sondheim. Emergency & I is their Sunday in the Park with George — this is a good one.
Q: What embarrassing songs do you secretly – until now–hide on your iPod?
A: Sometimes, when I need to get pumped up I like to listen to Donny Osmond singing ‘I’ll Make a Man Out of You’ from Mulan. Also, Ace of Base.
Q: Will we be hearing new music from your upcoming album?
A: You will – at our NXNE show and online very very shortly. We are very psyched to share what we have been whipping up. It’s been a while.
Q: Describe a dud gig (that you’ve had so far)?
A: I always have fun on stage with Patti Cake, but once I got hired to play solo on a patio – that was a bit of a disaster. I guess they wanted me to play covers of nice dining music and I was there wailing these odd punky tunes. Everyone was plugging their ears and stuff. But even then, I still got $100 [bucks]. So, no complaints.
Q: Dream gig?
A: To have Patti Cake as part of one of the challenges on RuPaul’s Drag Race.