01. Feels Like Drowning
03. Get Ready
04. Hanging On
05. Pick Me Up
06. A Girl Like You
07. A Dose Of You
08. Let Me In
09. My Heart Is Still A Mess
10. Can't Stand The Quiet
The Lost Patrol Band
The Lost Patrol
Although this album is brimming with dissent towards the global political structure and full of painful expressions over the profound loss of a lover, The Lost Patrol Band and Dennis Lyxzén still want to have fun!
They have created a spontaneous and free “punky,” “powerpop” record with an authentic early-eighties sound that features ten catchy songs that you can’t help but sing along to…
The Lost Patrol Band
The Lost Patrol
Recorded at 2nd Home Feb-March 2004
Mixed and enginneerd by Daniel Berglund
Produced By Stefan Granberg and Daniel Berglund
Mastered at Tonteknik by Pelle Henricsson
All songs by The Lost Patrol Band
Artwork and Layout by Robert Pettersson
Photos by Josephine Julen
US Rel. Date: 08/23/2005
EU Rel. Date: 08/22/2005
Interestingly, Lxyzen's most inspired songs still betray his roots. "Golden Times" rides a chugging mod rock riff and could pass for a T(I)NC single with a little more swagger, while "Pick Me Up" might have been a punk barnburner, had a more hyperactive drummer been involved. These minor variations aren't regressions, though -- cheery keyboard lines keep them squarely within the confines of radio pop. By keeping one eye fixed on his rowdier work, Lxyzen establishes himself as an able appropriator.
It's nice to see Lyxzen making pop music for pop music's sake; without the burden of a message or the lofty goal of shattering preconceived notions, this playful side project is the most honest set of songs he's ever recorded.
This time around, Lyxzen taps a band and develops his songs further than the simple acousta-Dashboard songs that defined his solo project’s first two albums. Darn near anyone who doesn’t have pictures of Chris Carrabba tacked up in their locker will thank Lyxzen for taking the time to record proper songs. However, The Lost Patrol Band still pales in comparison to Lyxzen's previous efforts, the (I)NC and Refused.
Lyxzen plugs into the same general vibe that’s guided the Conspiracy for years – swingin’ ’60s garage-ish tunes. Without the political ax to grind, The Lost Patrol Band opts for a more pop take on the period. Where The Small Faces and The Kinks serve as the Noise Conspiracy’s general blueprint, The Lost Patrol Band takes a more fun-loving spin, messing with sounds that let everything from the tones of Paul Revere and the Raiders to modern Midwestern post-emo pop drive the bus. It’s not going to change the world – or, if the album’s sniffling songs are any guess, bring back Lyxzen’s departed baby doll – but they’re a fair to middling shot at jangly guitar and wheezing-organ power pop.
Serving as the natural foil to The (International) Noise Conspiracy’s hard-driving rock’n’roll, The Lost Patrol Band brims with doses of lighthearted pop. “Get Ready” taps into lime-green and tangerine ’60s pop that sounds like a less fashion-conscious (and less enthusiastic) version of Dressy Bessy; the clap-and-stomp rhythms of “A Girl Like You” sound as if learned from a million Merseybeat bands; and the act’s droning Hammond alludes to the era’s teen-safe psychedelic pop aces. “Pick Me Up” and “My Heart is Still a Mess” seemingly retread the same G-rated psychedelia for a bit of bite.
For a dude who’s better known for an all-out ideological attack on capitalism, Lyxzen sure sounds like a pantywaist on The Lost Patrol Band. Part of that’s from the act’s bubbly West Coast mod pop, for sure – it’s hard to sound like a badass when you’re playing music that could be pumping at an amusement park. It’s even harder to be a badass when you pine away over a lost girlfriend in virtually every track (just like your last album did, no less) as if you’re a 1onely 19-year-old boy whining about your first broken heart.
Lyxzen’s finally on track with The Lost Patrol Band’s rock’n’roll dynamic, but he still has worlds to go – and some serious time on a psychologist’s couch working on abandonment issues – before the Patrol can challenge the Conspiracy for rock’n’roll dominance.
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