THE MORTON REPORT
NYC's The Lost Patrol Gets Even Better
With Rocket Surgery
The new album is the band's third
with Mollie Israel
September 14, 2011
New York City delivers. You can check the names off a list
of great bands and often enough they’re a fixture from the big city.
With a large collection of diverse music found in the ceaseless dynamo
of New York City, it’s no surprise that talent thrives there.
One such band radiating from that energy is The Lost Patrol.
The Lost Patrol brings together a cool blend of styles that is, at times,
rockabilly, and at other times, dream pop. They can produce a flawless
‘60s sound, or play a song that reaches into the ‘80s for
its spark. But no matter what styles they bring to the table, they’re
all wrapped in a distinct gothic sound creating standout uniqueness.
The band’s current lead singer, Mollie Israel (daughter of Hollywood
director Amy Heckerling) has a great dreamy voice perfect for this kind
of music. Her voice effortlessly compliments the band’s work.
Michael Williams' 12-string acoustic guitar adds a defining touch to the
skills of guitarist Stephen Masucci (who also provides bass, keyboards,
Moog synth, and programming to the mix), and Israel's vocal and instrumental
The Lost Patrol has already released quite a few albums, all of them notable
for their sound. However, it wasn’t until 2008’s Midnight
Matinee that they were fused with Mollie Israel’s voice.
Midnight Matinee separates from the band’s earlier albums
with a determined effort that the inclusion of Israel seems to have brought
out in full force. From the first song, “On The Run,”
with its Stephen Masucci surf-a-billy guitars, The Lost Patrol feels solid.
Their next release was Dark Matter, issued in 2010. The
Lost Patrol more tightly explored the psychedelia of their previous release
with eerily echoed rockabilly guitars, and an otherworldly sound that
engages your attention from the start. With excellent songs like
“In Your Blood,” the ‘60s-like “Before I Go,”
the entrancing “Nobody There,” and the memorable “Leading
the Blind,” The Lost Patrol is setting the stage for a good future.
For their newest album, the band turned to Kickstarter to raise the money
for production. Kickstarter, a funding site that encourages
fans to help in recording costs in return for an often personalized
copy of the album and other considerations, is a trending option for new
and established artists wanting to retain full control of their music.
Without problem, The Lost Patrol gained the necessary money to
finish their new album, Rocket Surgery, which will release in
October 2011 with eleven tracks.
“Lost At Sea,” and a rich tune in “This Road Is Long”
are songs from the forthcoming album and can be downloaded or streamed
from the band’s BandCamp page. A newer version of “This
Road Is Long” will be released on the new CD. These songs
promise an even richer experience than the band’s earlier albums.
With each release, The Lost Patrol gets better.
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