Interview with Garage Voice

I’m here with Garage Voice, an up-and-coming band, just back from their nation-wide tour. Photo by Ben Blood Who makes up the band? Tommy Panigot – the lead singer, plays guitar and piano. Bruce Pearson – plays bass, piano, and vocals. Patrick Toney – plays drums and vocals. How did GarageVoice start? Patrick: In 2001, … Continue reading “Interview with Garage Voice”

I’m here with Garage Voice, an up-and-coming band, just back from their nation-wide tour.

Garage Voice

Photo by Ben Blood

Who makes up the band?

Tommy Panigot – the lead singer, plays guitar and piano.

Bruce Pearson – plays bass, piano, and vocals.

Patrick Toney – plays drums and vocals.


How did GarageVoice start?

Patrick: In 2001, Tommy and I were on vacation in Mexico. We spent the whole day at the beach and as the sun was setting, Tommy and I were inspired to sing a few spiritual songs at an outdoor bar and grill because we wanted to share God’s love with people. It was kind of crazy. We asked one of the members of the house band, during one of their breaks, if we could do a couple songs. They said sure, and called us up. People responded well to us. Our waiter was excited and said we sounded like Blink182, even though we didn’t really. When we got back home to Michigan, Bruce joined us. And then we started practicing in a living room — not a garage.

So you’re a Christian band?

Bruce: For us, we’re Christian, and all our songs are Christian, but we don’t want to categorize our genre as Christian. Christian genre doesn’t describe anything about the music, just the lyrical content. We like to think of ourselves as jazz-flavored, indie rock.

Patrick: Though, in the future we plan to explore other styles.

What have you been doing recently?

Tommy: We just got back from a 3-month, nation-wide, coast-to-coast tour supporting our latest record, “Let Those Who Have Ears Hear.”

Bruce: … and the American gas industry. We spent $3800 on gas, drove 16,000 miles, and lost 2 hubcaps.

Tommy: This was our first tour, so we didn’t know what to expect.

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Photos by Ben Blood

So what happened?

Patrick: We accomplished what we set out to do. Take over the world.

Tommy: Don’t listen to Patrick… we played in numerous varieties of venues.

Bruce: Not numerous, a lot.

Tommy: But what band gets to do that?

Patrick: From schools, to backyards, pubs, music festivals, churches, to cafés.

Tommy: We also met and performed with other amazing musicians.

How many states did you tour?

Tommy: 27 states.

Tell us something interesting that happened on tour?

Patrick: We went cliff-jumping in Arizona. It was 105 degreees. The cliff was 25 feet high.

Tommy: NO, it was 30.

Bruce: I’d say 40.

Garage Voice CD

Album art by Karli Fairbanks

Let’s talk a bit about your new album, “Let Those Who Have Ears Hear.”

What is your most popular song on the album?

Tommy: “If anybody” because Bruce and I have a duet on the same piano together.

Bruce: People also seem to like the “Accountability Movements.” The song is pretty long and goes through different styles of music. It starts with folky then this rocky-part that sounds like a Russian march, and then goes to a simple blues bit.

Tommy: “Pardon Me My Friend” because it’s an upbeat Bossa Nova groove.

Patrick: Yeah, kids like that one because it’s spunky. Something we’re discovering is that people like the variety of music available on our album.

Bruce: It’s pretty cool because we’re seeing that our music is appealing to people that have differing tastes.

Tommy: As well as the age groups that listen to our music.

Can you be more specific?

Tommy: From high school, to college, to my grandparents generation.

What’s next?

Patrick: In September, we’re hitting the road for another two-and-a-half months. We’ll be heading from our home in Seattle, down the west coast, through California and New Mexico then back.

Garage Voice Tommy Panigot
Photo by Ben Blood

Where can we hear your music?

You can keep updated on what we’re doing at:

You can purchase our songs on:

Thanks for having us.

6 thoughts on “Interview with Garage Voice”

  1. I remember their first concert ^^.

    They’ve always been amazing. But better than their abilities is their mindset.

    They don’t stop to fill their egos, they keep striving. There is always something better they can do, or different, and always more ears they want to extend to. They have great hearts and good spirit that is poured into their music. That’s what makes them and their music so special.

  2. Great band, it sounds so fresh, i really like it, and they have a really good photographer, wish they could come to mexico some day soon , they have a lot of fans down south the border.

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