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The Lost Patrol began in the late 1990's as an experimental project of soundtrack music. The band consists of musicians/writers Mollie Israel, Stephen Masucci and Michael Williams. Their music is characterized by lush, resounding electric and acoustic guitars, deep synth textures and, most importantly, hauntingly distinctive female vocals.
Although some of the names and faces have changed over the band’s brief history, their signature eclectic soundscapes and captivating timelessness remained a constant throughout their vast body of work. It was only after finding vocalist Mollie Israel in early 2008 that The Lost Patrol gained a new strength and consistency in both the writing and performing they needed to complete their most powerful lineup to date. Assisting in the bands recording efforts over the years is Grammy Award winning engineer Larry Alexander, who has worked with other notables such as Sisters of Mercy, Suicide, and David Bowie.
Over the past few years, their albums "Midnight Matinee" (2008) and "Dark Matter" (2010) have received much critical acclaim. Both albums reached the #1 slot for multiple weeks on various CMJ charts. Additionally, these releases made several top album lists of 2008 and 2010, respectively. The band has been featured in New York’s longstanding music magazine, The Big Takeover and were given nods from Magnet Magazine on the video work for their songs "Nobody There" and "Calling Your Own Name", both of which were directed by Mollie Israel. The Lost Patrol's music has also received positive recognition from fans and critics around the globe, including Australia, Serbia, Japan, Italy, Spain, and Peru - transcending the borders of nations and genres and creating a world of its own.
Since early 2010, The Lost Patrol have been gaining momentum with music placement in The CW's hit television show 'Gossip Girl', and noted film director Hal Hartley's new project 'Meanwhile'. The band will also appear on the big screen in writer/director Amy Heckerling's new film 'Vamps' (2012) with tracks from their albums 'Midnight Matinee', 'Dark Matter' and some new music from their 2011 release 'Rocket Surgery.
The Lost Patrol continues to grow and evolve with their elegant mixture of cinematic soundscapes and retro-futuristic pop, playing live performances on both the east and west coasts. Some of their favorite tour spots include New York, Nashville, Detroit, and Los Angeles, where they have had the immense pleasure of playing the 2011 Sunset Music Festival.