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Patrón's debut album: sleaze-tinged desert swagger from star-studded lineup

A feel good hit for the summer on Patrón's self-titled debut

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It’s a reasonably reliable rule of thumb that you can’t go far wrong with an Alain Johannes production, and this debut from Loading Data frontman Lo (aka Patrón) is a prime example of the master’s work. 

Recording for the final time at his 11AD Studio in LA, Johannes (who also covers guitar, bass and keyboards) accentuates Lo’s characteristic, timber-shivering alpha-male vocal with contributions from fellow Queens Of The Stone Age alumni Joey Castillo (also Danzig, The Bronx) and Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Mondo Generator) to predictably glorious effect. 

The Johannes sound – familiar from the Queens, Masters Of Reality, Them Crooked Vultures – is honed to perfection. Huge sleaze-tinged desert lilting, groove-heavy stoner swagger, all bolstered by Lo’s lascivious lupine howl (Room With A View) and the merest suggestion of diabolic lounge act bump ‘n’ grind (Very Bad Boy). 

It’s a fearsome record, boasting similarly titanic glam-informed dynamics to Mechanical Animals-era Marilyn Manson. Highly recommended.

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Classic Rock’s Reviews Editor for the last 19 years, Ian stapled his first fanzine in 1977. Since misspending his youth by way of ‘research’ his work has also appeared in such publications as Metal Hammer, Prog, NME, Uncut, Kerrang!, VOX, The Face, The Guardian, Total Guitar, Guitarist, Electronic Sound, Record Collector and across the internet. Permanently buried under mountains of recorded media, ears ringing from a lifetime of gigs, he enjoys nothing more than recreationally throttling a guitar and following a baptism of punk fire has played in bands for 45 years, releasing recordings via Esoteric Antenna and Cleopatra Records.