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The Lost Patrol

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The Lost Patrol began in 1998 as a solo project for Dennis Lyxzén, singer for Swedish political punks the (International) Noise Conspiracy. His band, hardcore legends the Refused, had just broken up at the time, and Lyxzén wanted to move away from noise. He ended up releasing a record, 1999's Songs in the Key of Resistance, that was very much influenced by the political folk of artists like Billy Bragg. At the same time, he was forming the (International) Noise Conspiracy, which took most of his time and effort until the Lost Patrol was reinstated in 2003 with the release of Songs About Running Away for Burning Heart Records. The album was much poppier than the first, dealing with the melancholy results of a broken love affair and featuring the talents of over 20 musicians. Although his main band was still going strong, Lyxzén devoted more time to the Lost Patrol. In 2005 the solo project became a real band with a name change to the Lost Patrol Band, a set lineup (Lyxzén on guitar and vocals, Robert Pettersson on bass, André Sandström on drums, Anders Stenberg on guitar, and Jonas Lidström on keyboards), and the release of the more straightforward and poppy The Lost Patrol Band (also on Burning Heart). ~ Tim Sendra
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