Patrolled By Radar

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, the Los Angeles based band fuses the finer elements of the past four decades to craft rock songs whose appeal defies genre or classification.

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," Aside from multiple rounds of touring on their own across the entire country throughout 2013 and 2014, 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, the Gourds, and a recently completed run of shows opening for the legendary Dave & Phil Alvin.

Dirty Impound

Cool Your Jets reminds one of Americana’s first great flowering, an album that sits comfortably next to Wilco’s A.M., The Jayhawks’ Hollywood Town Hall and Son Volt’s Trace – all worthy descendents of the roots-influenced, energized, off-handedly skillful rock tributary stemming from The Band. Like the best children of Levon, Robbie, et al. Patrolled By Radar possesses a unique, hard to pin down individual spark, extenders of a tradition rather than mimics, where something heartfelt and quietly moving wanders the curved roads and smoky haunts of their tunes. Heck, even ol’ Lawrence Welk makes a champagne cameo so you know it’s good!

Dennis Cook
The Daily News Pittsburgh Metro

PATROLLED BY RADAR, “Be Happy” (Knitting Factory) 4.5 Stars

About a minute into “Be Happy,” the debut full-length from Patrolled By Radar, I was hooked. That’s because the man behind PBR, singer/songwriter Jay Souza, has the type of nasal drawl that I enjoy so much. With an eclectic sound that incorporates indie folk, country, rock and soul, this 10-track gem should appeal to most listeners. There’s not a clunker to be found on “Be Happy,” as Souza has crafted a near-perfect platter. Among the keepers here are “Widow Next Door,” the haunting “Dressed for the Drought,” “Coat of Disappointment,” “Haywire” and the title track. Patrolled By Radar will stay in heavy rotation on my iPod.

Jeffrey Sisk



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