You can trace an almost linear route from the unfiltered moments of Dylan and The Hawks through Gram Parsons, to Tom Petty (with a slight detour along the way for chunks of the Rolling Stones circa 1969-72 and a speedbump called 'Tom Waits in the '90s')...
You can trace an almost linear route from the unfiltered moments of Dylan and The Hawks through Gram Parsons, to Tom Petty (with a slight detour along the way for chunks of the Rolling Stones circa 1969-72 and a speedbump called 'Tom Waits in the '90s'). The latest extension of this musical highway is paved by Patrolled By Radar.
On their new album, Cool Your Jets, which will be released July 29th, the Los Angeles based band fuses the finer elements of the past four decades to craft rock songs whose appeal defies genre or classification. "At the core, our songs are rock and roll," says guitarist / vocalist Jay Souza. "You can't help where you come from. Growing up in Boston I loved all the blues-derived stuff like J. Geils and Aerosmith, the things close to the rock that was coming out of England; I always thought the Brit stuff was really clever. Now I want to write stuff that's cool and clever. I want it to groove, and also be satisfying melodically and lyrically. That's really where it all comes from. I think that what we're doing is rock and roll in the sense that its fun to listen to, and the way the record's made it had a sense of urgency, but it's also very precise and sonically pleasing."
Once again the band tapped Grammy nominated producer Peter Curry (Los Straitjackets) to record, mix & produce the album, as he's done with their first two releases, and the strength of that relationship translates to the confidence PBR displays in their songwriting and performance. Curry, who also plays bass (and sometimes drums) on the new release refers to Souza's songwriting as "flash fiction with music." Adding further praise, he says "Jay has more in common with The Kinks than any of the current crop of 'Americana.' His songs tell stories that are simultaneously funny, sad and ironic, and the music rocks. He's one of those rare songwriters who crafts melodies as strong as his lyrics."
Self-described as a "consummate bar band in the '70s Pub Rock tradition," Patrolled By Radar has shared the stage with an eclectic array of artists such as Los Lonely Boys, Taj Mahal, The Jayhawks, Tim Finn w/Richard Thompson, Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs, and the Gourds. The band just finished a run of shows opening for the legendary Dave & Phil Alvin.