reviews - May 20, 2013
The return of The Lost Patrol is always welcome. They are one
of music’s true originals. Heaven knows there aren’t that
many. They hail from Piermont NY, but I have always said that they come
from the wrong coastline. Their music is west coast. It’s cowboy,
Hollywood and surf. I get frustrated when other writers refer to their
music as “ear candy”. It isn’t some ‘pass the
time away’, pretty ephemera. It’s serious, quality music.
Michael Williams and Stephen Masucci’s guitar axis is so distinctive
and Mollie Israel’s vocals so perfectly in alignment that it is
something of a surprise that there aren’t more Lost Patrol wannabe
bands. But yeah, it’s fun, it’s sparkly. Shiny Happy Lost
Patrol are back to put a smile on our faces.
And things seem to be going pretty well for TLP these days. Having
banged on about their cinematic sound, they’re now getting used
in soundtracks. I think they’ve been in Vamps, Chronicle and Gossip
Girl. Nice work if you can get it. Maybe there’s more to come? TLP
are steeped in 50’s sci fi, American Gothic and drive-in double
features. Their own double feature of course being a giddy marriage of
siren vocals and sunburst guitars.
The Lost Patrol zing and zang as Mollie sings and the Mosrite
I am so pleased how Mollie Israel has settled into the task
of fronting TLP. She really has made the position her own now. My only
reservations from the beginning cantered around her vocal prettiness.
Could she evoke the danger or bitterness that The Lost Patrol’s
music has always dealt in? Driven goes some way to answering this. Yes
she can. And does. There are harsher riffs here – (‘See You
In Hell’ and ‘Invincible’) At times Driven is less UFO
and more ‘FU’, if you get my meaning?
All the songs on Driven are around the three minute
mark. ‘Burn Me Down’ is very sweet. ‘Tell Me’
shimmers like a marriage of late period Cocteau Twins and reformation
period Chameleons – and should please the fanbase. The whole album
will satisfy the fans in fact. Any surprises? Hell yeah, ‘Just Go’
….goes all honky tonk, ‘tickle the ivories’ jazz club.
It’s only a bit of fun before ‘In Too Deep’ drops us
back into fifties rock n roll again. ‘Disguise’ closes the
album threatening to take us to another level with its epic, ‘Say
Hello, Wave Goodbye’ Moog. It’s the classic showbiz trick
of leaving us wanting more.
Driven is one of TLP’s strongest collections overall.
Maybe there are no standouts as a result, just another solid addition
to an already admirable back catalogue. Speaking of which, please don’t
try to sell me on the idea of this being their fourth album. It categorically
isn’t. I know why people are saying it but I dislike the attempt
at airbrushing TLPs previous incarnation out of the bands history. No
matter. Driven works. You knew it. I knew it. We all knew it before even
playing it. The Lost Patrol albums are a home run, guaranteed.
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