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Taking a quick break from his main focus with Loading Data, Patrón has recruited an all-star cast on his debut solo LP including members of Screaming Trees, Kyuss, Mondo Generator and Danzig. The new self-titled album delivers a sleazy melting pot of 50’s rock n’ roll and 80’s pop.

We spoke to the Patrón about the origins of the band and what’s coming in the future.


Stoner Rock

Los Angeles, USA

Queens Of The Stone Age / Clutch / Like Moths To Flames



DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard Patrón before?
Patrón: Patrón is a brand new project. It’s a mix of plenty of influences. From 60s crooners to soul, from rock n roll to 80s synth pop, to stoner rock. Imagine Barry White fronting a rock band somewhere in the Californian desert in the 80s, if that makes any sense.

DP!: How did the band form?
Patrón: Aurélien Barbolosi (guitar) and Rob Hudson (bass) were friends of mine. We were looking for a drummer and a friend recommended we check out Simon Lemonnier. As soon as we heard him play, he was hired.

DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
Patrón: We just released our first album on May 29th. So now we want to tour to promote the album. Unfortunately all our gigs have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus apart for a mini tour in the Netherlands in December.

DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Patrón: Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Tiki/Exotica music : Arthur Lyman, Les Baxter, Martin Denny… I’ve also been listening to HUM, Alain Johannes’ upcoming album, as well as FANGS, the upcoming album of French band Dust Lovers. Very cool stuff. Definitely worth checking out.

DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
Patrón: The Rolling Stones for their longevity, Art Blakey for the swing, the Beach Boys for their harmonies, Led Zeppelin for the legend, Devo for the fun, Albert Ayler for the freedom, the Stooges for the raw power… and so many more.

DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
Patrón: Well hard to say with Patrón because we haven’t really a had a chance to get out there and play yet. So I guess I’d have to say the album recordings, at 11AD, Alain Johannes’ (Chris Cornell band, Eleven, Them Crooked Vultures) studio in L.A. We were lucky enough to have Barrett Martin (Mad Season, Screaming Trees), Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Mondo Generator), Joey Castillo (The Bronx, Danzig, Queens of the Stone Age) and Alain play on the album. That’s quite the stand out moment!!

Patrón‘s new self-titled album is out now, via Klonosphere.

You can order the album online from the band’s official BandCamp (here), Apple Music (here), Deezer (here) and Spotify (here).

You can keep up-to-date with the band online over on Facebook and Instagram.