This was the original bio we had for Patience
“Sometimes, timing is everything. Patience is a perfect example of people being in the right place at the right time to form something beautiful. The five members of Patience – vocalist Lakota Gordon, drummer Mason Dickerson, guitarist Mark McClanahan, guitarist Miles Stelzig, and bassist Charlie Dungy – knew that something was right from the moment they began writing together. And after hearing the end product, you’ll find it hard to argue that the chemistry couldn’t have been better. Influenced by the raw power and creativity of bands such as Glassjaw and Underoath, the melodic art of those such as Circa Survive and Incubus, and the addictive pop of bands like Cartel and The Starting Line, the end result can only be described as original and undeniably good.
Patience began tentatively in the basement of a small-town home in Culleoka, Tennessee. Bassist Charlie Dungy had the beginnings of a band formed and needed a vocalist. Lakota Gordon was more than happy to answer the ad and began practicing with the then 3-piece band. After searching, Mason Dickerson was found through a friend and was instantly the perfect match for a drummer. Newly named Patience, the band moved into a practice space in Nashville and began writing. But things still weren’t entirely right. After more than a few guitar players, the slots were finally filled with Mark McClanahan and Josh Baker, and the band really began to take off. At the end of 2007, Josh Baker left the band to pursue other interests, but the position was quickly filled by a great and motivated guitarist, Miles Stelzig.
The band played their first show in February of 2007. The response was huge and apparently, contagious. News of the band spread like wild fire. Patience’s intricate musicianship and mature songwriting ability, combined with Lakota’s individual and strong voice and stage presence, earned them nearly instant attention. In what seemed like no time at all, they acquired an avid fan base and recognition from several fellow local bands. They were also offered studio time to track an EP with local producer/engineer Kyle Mann.
After intense and non-stop work at Tombstone Studios in Nashville with Mann, the band released their 5 track EP, Just Wait, in August 2007. With barely six months under their belt, Patience played their CD release show on August 3rd to a sold-out crowd at The Rutledge. The crowd response was undeniable proof that the band had moved much faster than anyone could have imagined. The energy of Patience is felt from beginning to end during their live shows, and their explosive on-stage charisma makes them impossible to forget. Seeing Patience live makes it easy to see why they aren’t “just another band”.”
Not much has been heard from them since 2013, though Lakota still has a Facebook page