From Dreadlocks to Darth Maul, a Phone Call With Pat Seals of Flyleaf


By Samantha Darling


“Correct me if I’m wrong,” Pat Seals, bass player for the band Flyleaf, said. “But doesn’t Lawrence have the smartest people per capita or something like that?”

I told him I wasn’t sure, but that’s a reputation I’m sure the people of Lawrence, Kan. are happy to have. After further investigation, I found that Lawrence is ranked fourth on the 2014 list of “Most Educated Cities” in America by the financial website So, close enough.

Pat Seals and the rest of the rock band Flyleaf were last in Lawrence about 10 years ago when they had a show at The Bottleneck, Seals said. Now the band is on tour for their newest album, “Between the Stars,” which was released September 16 of this year. When the band plays at The Granada on Friday, Oct. 24, Kansas will be the 12th state they’ve visited since the start of the tour at the beginning of October.

Since their last visit to Lawrence, the band has been busy. Their self-titled debut including the hit “All Around Me” went platinum.  The band’s next album, “Memento Mori,” hit the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200. Their single “I’m So Sick” is on the first Rock Band video game and the single “Tina” is on Guitar Hero III. In 2012, then-lead singer Lacey Strum stepped down after the release of the band’s third album, “New Horizons.” Without missing a beat, the band’s current lead vocalist, Kristen May, stepped in. When I spoke with Seals over the phone, the band was in Milwaukee preparing for their show that evening.

Seals said he looks forward to playing in Lawrence because it’s a college town and the crowd is more laid back. Everyone is just out to have a good time and as a result, the band feels more relaxed and has a good time too.

In that carefree spirit, we switched it up and I started sentences and had Seals finish them.

If I were an animal I’d be…
PS: a raccoon, because I’m always digging around in the refrigerator in the middle of the night.

My favorite part of Halloween is…
PS: oh man, the candy.

For Halloween I’m dressing up as…
PS: The band’s going to have a Star Wars theme. I think I might be the Darth Maul, maybe.

If I weren’t in a band I’d probably be…
PS: an art teacher… or a garbage man.

It’s embarrassing now, but in my early 20s…
PS: I had dreadlocks.

The best part of being on tour is…
PS: getting to do what I love.

But, the thing I miss most about home is…
PS: my wife.

The craziest thing to happen so far on this tour is…
PS: I got attacked by two German Shepherds while I was practicing outside the venue in Philadelphia! It reached 5 o’clock and the co-owner of the lot let them out to start watching it. I just happened to be standing on the inside of the fence, on the wrong side, and I had my headphones in. All the sudden I hear barking and I look over and they’re just right at my hand. I immediately yelled for help and the guy came over and called them off.

What we disagree about most within the band is…
PS: thermostat temperature, always.

If that’s the worst of their woes, I’d say the group has got it pretty easy. Lawrence awaits what is undoubtedly going to be a kick-ass show. We’ll even overlook the fact that you’re not a Royals fan and haven’t been following the World Series, Pat.


Edited by Katie Gilbaugh

Photos provided by Pat Seals