"It wasn't like 'let's start a band,'" says Public Access T.V.'s singer and main songwriter John Eatherly. "We were already playing music and hanging out together all the time. We were all doing different things, playing as hired guns for anybody just to pay the rent, and then one day I came in with these songs I wrote and we all just knew this was something we wanted to do for real."
After uploading only one song on SoundCloud, NME declared, "Meet New York City's hottest new band." The group played their first live show ever shortly there after at the legendary East Village bar Niagara, to a packed crowd of NYC press, who's who, it girls, and record label representatives.
What followed was a whirlwind of activity. The band hit the studio to get some new songs down, and then went right back out on the road, sharing stages with Weezer, Wavves, and Gang of Four. They released singles "Monaco" and "In the Mirror", and the EP Public Access. Everything was moving forward.
Then, in March 2015, while on tour in California, the band flicked on the TV to see live pictures of their Manhattan loft on every single news channel. Their home was on fire from a gas explosion and had collapsed into rubble. "We wrote there, rehearsed, recorded, lived, everything," says John. "It was home...and then it was completely gone."
Demoralized and thousands of miles from NYC, PATV did the only thing they could think of. They stayed out on the road. As John says: "We told our agent to book as many gigs as possible - because we didn't want to deal with the reality of the situation. We actually had nowhere to go."
That chain of events set PATV on an entirely new and fruitful path. Among those frantic gig bookings were slots on European festivals, UK house parties, and dates with The Strokes, FIDLAR, Palma Violets, and Hinds.
Before the end of the year the band signed to NYC label Cinematic Music Group and finished recording their debut album. Upon hearing the news, NME declared, "When their album drops next year, expect to have your mind fully blown."
PATV released their debut album Never Enough on September 30, 2016 via Cinematic to critical acclaim, with The Guardian calling it "a debut fans of rock n' roll will love…it's absolutely fantastic". Since the release, the band has headlined tours throughout the US and Europe, as well as played shows with Dinosaur Jr. and The Pixies. This summer, the band continues their never-ending touring with dates throughout the UK and US.