Gloom Balloon

After spending years establishing himself as an icon in Des Moines while performing in a local favorite band, The Poison Control Center, musician Patrick Tape Fleming began a new journey with his high-energy, attention-grabbing recordings and performances with Gloom Balloon. Born in 2012 and still going strong today, Gloom Balloon has garnered a following that thrives in the euphoria, or dysphoria, of Fleming’s eclectic performances. As said best by Fleming himself, it’s “a sad psychedelic dance party or something like that!”


Photos by Joelle Blanchard

Des Moines Photographer

“I'm not looking to be perfect, but to capture a moment. My goal is to present you with an organic and honest experience.”