I had the unexpected pleasure of hearing Patrón a couple weeks back thanks to a suggestion from my Spotify Discover weekly playlist. The song was “Room with a View” and I was instantly captured by the slow chugging guitar riffs and the unique vocals of frontman Lo. His voice sounds vintage and unique, smokey and captivating, somewhere along the lines of Nick Cave and Johnny Cash with sexier vocal undertones. It’s definitely a powerful instrument in its own right and the main reason I saved this song in my exclusive “Great New Music” playlist.
It wasn’t until the second single Who do you dance for? did I really start to feel as if Patrón was going to be something special. The song was extremely catchy and grabbed my attention so directly, it made me think to myself “Who the heck are these guys?” so I did some research and was thrilled to find that this was a supergroup of sorts. Joining Lo to assist on the project were fellow rockers Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens of the Stone Age, The Bronx), Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Mondo Generator), Barrett Martin (Mad Season, Screaming Trees, Tuatara…), Monique St Walker (Blackbird Days) and others.
On May 29th the complete self-titled debut album was released and as cliché as it is to say, it just does not disappoint. Songs like Very Bad Boy, The Maker, and Room with a View are some of the sexiest “swagger” inducing songs I have heard in a long time. Slow undulating drum rhythms combined with Lo’s deep voice and I find myself lighting a post listen cigarette…if ya know what I mean. The music seems to give me a newfound sense of confidence. It’s especially great if you want to put on some headphones and walk down the streets feeling like a secret badass.
Some of the best tracks, such as Leave it all behind and She Devil help round out a truly complete piece of music. Overall, there is really nothing I don’t like about this album. It doesn’t feel forced or overdone and was produced nicely by extremely talented Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, Chris Cornell Band) Coming in at a perfect 51 minutes and 51 seconds, it’s been nothing short of a musical Godsend during this time of boredom and social distancing. They are locked solid on my radar for bands I will need to see live once the Covid-19 virus dies down. 10 out of 10 would listen to again!
- Derek Jones
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