Ben Tessman, 31, is the bassist for Patient Zero, performing at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Hull Avenue Tavern, 834 Hull Ave.
Q: How did you first get into metal?
I distinctly remember Metallica’s “And Justice For All” being my first exposure to the genre. I was raised as a pastor’s son, was an overall good kid, and heavy metal was a way to feel more rebellious. It was pure adrenaline. I should have picked up a bass right then, but didn’t start playing until almost two decades later. It came naturally, and once I felt confident, I started looking for a band to join.
Q: How did Patient Zero come together?
Our drummer, K.C. Kelly, and I have been performing together since 2010. A mutual friend introduced us to our current ax-man, Blaze artist Ben Christopher, who manages BRG Music in Perry, Ia. He has clearly taken us to the next level.
Q: The band posted about having a vocalist tryout last week. Will there be a new frontman for the Hull show?
To put it bluntly, no. Finding ‘the new face of your band” is probably the hardest thing we’ve experienced as our lineup has shifted. We are committed to finding the right vocalist and we’re not going to waste anyone’s time if they aren’t a fit. Even as an instrumental set, we bring a lot of energy to the stage and hope that continuing to play shows will be the best way to attract a high-caliber musician that matches our level of dedication and style.