review - April 28, 2010
Will "The Thrill" Viharo
New Jersey's (yo!) indie heroes The Lost Patrol can only be considered
a "retro" band in that they boldly and artfully implement "old-fashioned,"
seemingly long-lost musical qualities such as rich melodies and lush instrumentation,
echoing previous eras—ranging from the Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazlewood
folk-pop of the '60s to the Chrissie Hynde/Pretenders new wave rock of
the 80s—without sacrificing their own unique identity as a vital
rock-noir band of the 21st Century.
Moody, moving images of yearning, star-crossed, fate-challenged
lovers taking a moonlight drive through a timeless, David Lynchian landscape
dance provocatively in the listener's mind as ethereal yet earthy vocalist
Mollie Israel passionately interprets such original poems of joy and pain
as "Calling Your Own Name," "Nobody There," "Lay
in Wait," and "Ever After." She is comfortable with any
tempo, communicating soulfully sonic reveries with charismatic conviction.
Stephen Masucci (guitar, bass, omnichord) and Michael Williams (acoustic
guitar) skillfully envelop the voluptuous vocals in a multi-layered yet
perfectly woven blanket of soothing sound. Plainly put, this is darkly
romantic music for darkly romantic dreamers.
Will "the Thrill" Viharo is a freelance writer, beatnik
lounge lizard at large, and host/producer of the long-running live cult
movie cabaret "Thrillville," which he hosts with his lovely
assistant and patient wife, Monica Tiki Goddess. The Thrills live on the
exotic isle of Alameda, CA with their cats Chungking and Tiki. When in
the mood for a cheap thrill, please swing by www.thrillville.net
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