PATROL / Zirconium

PATROL / Zirconium
パトロール / ジルコニウム

09.04.10 ON SALE
CD / 1,890yen (tax in)

track listing :
1. Contortionist (10:10)
2. Summer of Violence (4:21)
3. Secret Knives (10:57)
4. Cerebella (6:48)
5. Comfort Women (6:57)
6. Skullfuckin' Sufjan Stevens (2:37)
7. Sahara Angel (6:21)
8. A Real Diamond in a Zirconium World (9:02)

about this band/release
エモやポストハードコアなどの括りも曖昧な90年代中期~後期に独自の音楽性を提唱し、後世に偉大なる軌跡と影響力を残したシアトルの"ROADSIDE MONUMENT"!TOOTH AND NAILから3枚のアルバム(J RobbinsやBob Westonがプロデュース)、そしてEMO前夜祭とでもいえるCRANK!からリリースされた名コンピ"(Don't Forget To) Breathe"にも参加、ヘビーに唸らすグルーブにマスロック的トリッキーなギターリフでシーンに旋風を巻き起こした。98年に惜しくも解散(*02~03年に一時的な再結成あり)。

そして、フロントマンだったDoug Lorigが新バンド"PATROL"を始動させた。Drは5440 Or Fight!からのリリースで知られるBUILDING PRESSに在籍していたEric Junge、そして新メンバーとしてex-AKIMBOのBurke EglingtonをBassに迎えての新布陣でのニュースタッフ。前作Destinations同様、録音はex-MINUS THE BEARでISIS, MASTODON, MINUS THE BEAR, RUSSIAN CIRCLES等を手掛ける敏腕プロデューサーMatt Baylesを迎えています。

QUICKSAND, JAWBOX, SHINER等のグランジ以降のオルタナティブロック/ポストハードコアサウンドとISIS, MINUS THE BEAR, THESE ARMS ARE SNAKESなどの現行するニュースタイルヘビーロック/マスロックサウンドを融合させたかのような懐古するも革新的で斬新なサウンドタイプを確立。収録曲の殆どを長尺にし曲内で壮大でエモーショナルなストーリー性を持たせ、ヘビーでトリッキーなツインギターサウンドやドラマティックでアトモスフェリックな演出も存分に混ぜ合わせ、前作Destinationsを更に進化させる事に成功しています。勿論、往年のファンを喜ばせるROADSIDE MONUMENTの面影残るDoug Lorigのボーカリゼーションやギターワークはオリジネーターの貫禄と歴史を感じさせる瞬間でもあります。



Zirconium is the second album from Seattle band Patrol, completed in the latter part of 2008 with producer Matt Bayles (Minus the Bear, Mastodon, Isis) at Studio Litho and Red Room. The final outcome is an eight-track masterpiece clocking in at just around 60 minutes. Zirconium is being released by Stiff Slack in April 2009. There are plans to tour in support of this release both domestically and abroad.

Zirconium is this group’s most ambitious and best work to date. Singer and guitarist Doug Lorig (ex-Raft of Dead Monkeys, Roadside Monument) is the driving creative force alongside drummer Eric Junge (ex-The Building Press, Vermilion, currently The Transport Assembly), bassist Burke Eglington (ex-Akimbo, currently Spirit of Radio), and guitarist Skip King. With enough years between the four band members touring and releasing albums to span three decades, Patrol is excited as ever about this record. This latest release is destined to help them gain a higher level of exposure and allow them to continue expanding artistically.

2006 saw the debut release of Destinations (produced by Bayles) and laid the foundation for Patrol’s musical vision. Through avid self-promotion and an exclusive Japanese release on Stiff Slack, the album received international critical acclaim and steady local exposure through radio airplay on KEXP and 107.7 The End's Young and The Restless. Destinations also landed in the Top 10 Selling Local Albums of the year at Sonic Boom Records. With determination the group toured the Midwest and West Coast completely independently playing Venues like the Casbah in San Diego and Abbey Pub in Chicago.

Patrol has been fortunate enough to share the stage with some very talented bands: Life and Times, Karate, Dead Meadow, Helms Alee, Thrones, Sleeping People, Unwed Sailor, Since By Man, Akimbo, The Valley, Bronze Fawn, The Ruby Doe, Truly, Bacchus, Roy, The Cops, Schoolyard Heroes, The Abodox and many others.