DEBUT FOR NEW VOCALIST
live review - June 2008
Stephen Bailey/Cultural Exchange Advocate
The Goldhawk, Hoboken
Ah to be nervous on stage. To feel that vibrating
anxious energy rapidly flowing to every nerve. To giggle, shake and shy
away. To eventually sink into a comfort zone. To never miss a beat. I
got to live all of this again vicariously thru vocalist Mollie Israel.
Tonight was her debut with the band.
Guitarist Stephen Masucci And I have known each
other for quite some time. He co-produced and mixed an EP my band Ya-Ne-Zniyoo
recorded back in 2000 called 'Paid Platycake'. He's always been a bit
of a gadget junkie. Whether it's refurbishing classic analog synths or
getting the perfect guitar tone thru a series of electronic effects or
making a drum machine part of the band instead of just a tool.
The music of The Lost Patrol is remarkably human
and sci-fi at the same time. Lush tones and rich pads of sound are set
out for emotional vocals and surf-inspired guitar riffs. Adding to the
rhythm of the sequenced parts is the full acoustic strumming of Michael
Over the years, they've had their share of member
shifts (like any band). I've seen them with a full line up. With drums,
bass and the whole lot. Stephen told me that, after a while, worrying
about keeping a full band in order became a headache. But with their grasp
of the sound, nothing is lost to the reduced human presence.
In fact, the use of machines seems the most comfortable
to me as a listener. It could be because it is how I first experienced
the band many moons ago. Or it reminds me of hanging out at Stephen's
home as he spun tales of Mellotrons gone bad and Moogs gone surreal and
No matter, this was a really nice night of music–and
a very impressive debut for Mollie. I look forward to not letting so many
years go between catching them again. I'm ashamed to say that the last
time was in June 2001. Ouch!
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