WORDS: HOLLY HAMMOND
Coming as a new project from the mind of Lo, frontman of Loading Data, Patron delivers on both eccentricity and rock n’ roll. What’s so special about Patron is that it features iconic musicians cemented in the rock genre, including Joey Castillo, Barrett Martin and Nick Oliveri.The 11 track self-titled album is manic, electric and sends you on a cinematic journey. Perfect for fans of Nick Cave, Buckcherry, and Kyuss, Patron is not afraid to blend genres and leave a mark along the way.
The first minute and a half of the opening track “Room with a view” builds up momentum and tension like when watching a thriller movie, until there is an explosion of sound. It maintains a backing guitar rhythm throughout the majority of the song, perhaps the tune is simplistic and repetitive, but Patron makes it work. To say that “Room with a view” makes its presence known and will stick around, is an understatement.
THIS ALBUM SHOWS THAT THERE ARE STILL UNTURNED STONES IN MUSIC, WAITING TO BE SHOWCASED
“Who do you dance for?” amps up the fearlessness of Patron through its electric, fast paced dance to mash into a groovy vibe. Lo’s vocals definitely take influences from Nick Cave and transport them into this crazy rock scene. The song lands into the moody Very bad boy which channels a laid-back rock opening and gives a more stoner rock tone at times with synth twists. The prominent drum work and riff work particularly comes into play during “Jump in the fire” which although seems stripped back is able to burst into an eruption of loud and heavier rock n’ roll. The song is almost hypnotic, probably unsettling given the title!
Just if you thought there was nothing Patron could not do, “The Maker” proves otherwise. It seems at the start to almost take Nordic influence, but then puts its own spin on an anthem-like song, feeling like it could comfortably fit in on a soundtrack. Following this theme, “Hold me tight” blends sci-fi and enchanting sounds amongst loud and heavy rock. It is an attractive song in the sense that everything manages to work very well together. It is a one of a kind track that will stick.
Patron is out now!