Patrick Ames Sticks to the Script on “Rubber & Glue”
‘I’m rubber; you’re glue—whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you’. So goes the schoolyard ethos about name calling which surfaces, interestingly enough, as the title and motif of Patrick Ames’ latest single, “Rubber & Glue”.
Ames has been putting it down on his guitar—and in the vocal booth—for a couple of moons now and he’s truly perfected his style on this one. He touches down with his deep-voiced, twangy blues expressive singing that always seems more than a little contiguous to talking. He plays this card for all its worth on “Glue”, spouting out an assortment of terse pickup lines that would certainly have someone laughing at the bar, if not gobbling the bait hook, line, and sinker.
His guitar sparkles equally as effervescently with a punchy melody readily picked up by bass player Jon Ireson, who also produced this four-minute affair and manned the second guitar. Ames’ playing has an updated bluesy feel that work well on this mid-tempo tune. It sets the pace with a recurring guitar riff that Ireson eventually doubles up on with a rhythm guitar in the latter half of the cut.
Other than Ames’ vocals, the most immediately discernible element about this one is the drums. They’re abbreviated, ending half a beat or so less than a full bar, which imbues the tune with an influx of energy the vocalist takes full advantage of. Moreover, parts of the drums distinctly sound live but alas, this vital element of the composition appears uncredited, unless it somehow pertains to Ireson again behind the boards.
Very few of Ames’ recordings are complete without his angels, Mikaela and Chana Matthews. They titter in and out of the track at their leisure, sometimes hitting a few high notes to harmonize with him on the hook, other times breaking into spontaneous ad-libs.
With this cast of characters in place, the song builds to a climax which predominantly consists of Ames repeating the refrain “I’m stuck on you,” which, as you might’ve guessed, produces the effect of getting stuck, as it were, in your head well after the song’s completion. This device is a testament to Ames’ accomplishments as a songwriter. Things don’t always have to be deep, innovative, or novel to work well, as “Rubber & Glue” makes abundantly clear.