Recorded to tape in an old stone barn turned recording studio south of Nanaimo, "In The Blood" is a comprehensive album inspired by Alexandre's road life, historic and current events that shape our world, and his Metis heritage, which traces back to both rebellions. Much of the album was written in complete solitude in an abandoned candy factory in the gritty North end of Winnipeg. You can hear the influence of his surroundings on songs like "One more," "Boneyard," and "Hold on me."
"It's the perfect spot to find some real blues, right here in Winnipeg" he says of the building, "between systematic problems with poverty, racism, and addiction right outside the window, and the ghosts spooking the tunes right out of me from inside the building... inspiration was never far away."
Joined by the Nor'West Players, Dwayne Dueck on guitar and Jeffrey Laird on drums, the group manages to capture the intensity and energy of their powerful stage show by recording live off the floor. This, along with the warmth of reel to reel tape gives the record the honest and earthy feel Alexandre is recognized for.
Throughout his career, Patrick has explored unconventional studio spaces, while using analog recording whenever possible. From his uncle's old barn where Little Miss Higgins' Juno nominated "Bison Ranch Recording Sessions" was recorded, to an old church in Saskatchewan, where he recorded Chicken-Like Birds' new Album, Alexandre finds inspiration and character in these settings.