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LATVIAN RADIO: Press

Having been charmed by New York's LR leader PATRIC WESTOO's winsome pop touch on 2012's Kill The Static, just as an exercise, i tried hating this follow up. You know, like a devil's advocate experiment. The result? Ha ha, epic fail! By track three, piano-sweetend, cheerfully picked, very East River Pipe-ish "North Of The Keys" and its horns-hitting title-track successor, my daft test had crashed and burned. We just happily invite his records to visit our stereos.
- Jack Rabid, the Big Takeover
Jack Rabid - The Big Takeover (Nov 20, 2014)
There is plenty to love here, from the jangle pop of "To Find You There" and "On Display" to more reflective numbers like "North Of The Keys" and "Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors". And with the uptempo melodies of the title track and "Oh No", For Love & Spite is like an instant party you can attend whenever you put on the album".
- Absolute Powerpop
- Absolute Powerpop (Oct 31, 2014)
Most power pop I like have punky/dirty guitars, like The Posies. But New York's Latvian Radio's third LP (after one as The B-Sides) reminds there's another good side, like Flamin' Groovies, Records, Rubinoos, Shoes, dBs, Nerves (Plimsouls, Beat) Real kids, Squeeze, etc.-a similar upbeat energy, but guitars are lighter/poppier, pianos and organs chime along, and vocals friendlier. Latvian leader Patric Westoo seems like a restless soul who might be a Beatles and Kinks fan (is that a "Death Of A Clown" reference on "Sons & Daughters"?), and Kill is like a happy, boppy, latter-day Supergrass album. On half the tunes, his band (including seasoned folks who've backed up Dream Syndicate's Steve Wynn and Television's Tom Verlaine) is heavier; for balance, others contain airs of roots rock/alt.country. But this is chirpy, smart, mellifluously melodic candy, the kind our waistlines allow. Dessert is served!
Jack Rabid - The Big Takeover (Jun 1, 2012)
Beyond similarities, influences and comparison, I must say that I find this record to be masterful and very difficult to pigeonhole in any specific style or label: it is good Music with a capital M, and there is no need to say more.
Kill The Static is a joyous power pop delight. A mix of Shins-like indie pop, Brendan Benson and Elvis Costello.
- Absolute Powerpop (Apr 13, 2012)
One of the most outstanding surprises of the year.
It's a conscious album, through and through, and if anything it shows off Westoo's skill as a songwriter.
Throw in a few hints of Big Star and Merge records indie pop ad you've got pretty much all the elements of a great pop-rock LP.

Raw and energetic. If music could run down hallways screaming "listen to me", Latvian Radio's songs would be the first to do so.

Buzz Worthy
Heartfelt, clever lyrics and sonically intelligent, the boisterous Latvian Radio relishes and underground garage sound with the feel of sunshine pop.
Like Elvis Costello, Westoo combines clever, intelligent lyrics with accessible melodies. Music as both entertainmentand art. Truly the best variety.
- Amplifier Magazine (Jan 30, 2008)

12 out of 14. Largely enjoyable and catchy pop record. The band excels at writing Replacements styled power pop.

Unabashed in it's pursuit of gentle indie-pop perfection.

Radio UTD (Apr 3, 2012)

An honest lo fi power pop album that succeeds based on it simple approach, guitar riffs and catchy harmonies.

Fire Drills
They say time is the enemy... not always...in the case of Patric Westoo's new project, "the B-Sides", time is indeed a close friend. While some doctors are prescribing Prozac for your rainy days I am prescribing "Troubleshooting", a high-energy indie/pop debut that should earn them a spot touring college campuses for the next few years. There is a vintage vibe to this album... you know...before they layered 40 guitar tracks into a single song... I hear a little Buddy Holly and that is just fine by me. The album is consistent from beginning to end, rarely straying, but not repeating what it does best...fun rock and roll.
- South of Mainstream (Jan 20, 2005)
Patric Westoo, came back to Morgantown to team up with local veterans Brian Porterfield and Kim Monday to create the B-Sides, a raw pop group with old-fashioned flair but fresh poetics. Their debut "Troubleshooting", has as much grunge as as pop. "Off Broadway" sounds like it came from one of the Austin Powers movies. Very retro, the good-time feel almost makes you want to get up and do "the monkey". "Beautiful & Broken Things" overflows with bitterness that seem to fit the music. The guitar work on this track is simply raw, but delicious, giving character to the overall theme. "Troubleshooting" stands out as an excellent first efford.
Old style rock mixes with acoustic punk to create the unusual sounds in "Troubleshooting" from the B-Sides. Coming from this strange mix of sounds is a fun breath of fresh air in the tired mainstream music scene. The tale of finding someone to be with comes with some great lines of desire. "You don't know me yet/but you will/it's closing time/and I am feeling ill". This funny twist to the pick up line shows how Westoo can invoke witty, sometimes blatantly honest emotions by putting a twist on the sugary lyrics top-selling musicians prefer. The eclectic mix of sounds ranging from artists such as Buddy Holly, Elvis Costello and Tom Petty give Westoo's Dylan-esque vocals a strong background. The music is something to be heard. The fun and exiting music of "Troubleshooting" can bring up any sour mood and bring life to any party.
"Be Good or Be Gone" captures a great mixure of mellow and poppy songs that blend together in a great musical painting. The album is a folk-rock record that sounds eerily like a combination of Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. Patric Westoo's lyrics take the listener on a journey through relationships, hardships and scenes of American culture. Westoo's lyrics on "Perfect Fit" and "You and I Should Get Rid of Me" are captivating. This is an album worth checking out.
the Daily Athenaeum, Morgantown, W.V
First there was ABBA, then Ace of Base. and most recently the Hives. Patric Westoo doesn't sound like any of them but he definitley is Scandinavian. With the fourth track "Perfect Fit", Westoo's music take on a Tom Pettyesque feel. The song touches on the themes that are common throughout the cd, including the drudgery of small town life. The themes are most obviously captured in the lyrics, "you shoot for the stars/but settle for awkward sex in cars". Westoo's Scandinavian roots are most apparent later on in the album. Though the lyrics are sometimes sad, the uptempo, cherful music tends to mask the lyrical content with intriguing results.
Columbia Daily Spectator
WVU tennis standout returns to town with A brand-new racket
The first time Patric Westoo came to Morgantown, it was as a tennis
player.

He did well, becoming WVU's No. 1 singles player and ranking 38th
nationally. He's now a coach at New York's Columbia University.

This time, he's coming to Morgantown as a guitar player.

His band, The B-Sides, will perform Friday at 123 Pleasant Street.

If that seems like a long way to travel for a show, maybe you should know
that Westoo's bandmates, Kim Monday and Brian Porterfield, live here.

"I've been doing the acoustic thing for 10 years and finally got to the
point where I had to do something different," Westoo said.

"I wanted to start a band and I was thinking about doing something in New
York."

But putting together a group in the Big Apple proved frustrating, so
Westoo turned to his longtime friends.

"I called Kim and Brian because they've played on my stuff in the past
and it's always been singer/songwriter sort of stuff and they always had
to hold back."

Porterfield is also a singer/songwriter and for years fronted Cheap
Trucker's Speed, Morgantown's top (and now defunct) alt-country band.

Monday produced and played on a substantial number of records that came
out of Morgantown for decades, including everything from jazz to rap,
before he closed his Frozen Sound Studio a few years ago. He plays bass,
drums and keyboard for Westoo.

The B-Sides have released a CD, "Troubleshooting," but have yet to play
the songs for an audience. Friday's show, with local stalwarts The
Emergency and Billy Matheny and the Frustrations (of which Monday is also
member), is the band's live debut.

Westoo's lyrics alone should be enough to keep the crowd entertained.
He's not your typical singer/songwriter.

"I've always been into music that pulls you in different directions and
as a songwriter that's what I'm looking to do as well. Lyrically, I shoot
for a mix of heartbreak and humor with some heavy and trivial stuff mixed
in," he said.

"I try to be a straight shooter and stay away from cliches and what is
expected of a certain type of song."

"I've written pop songs about depression and organic acoustic songs about
phone companies. For The B-Sides, I wanted to write creepy grown-up songs
and get a band that could play them with an unpolished adolescent and
catchy energy."

"Everybody seemed inclined to jump on the punk rock bandwagon, but I
wanted some grown-up themes people with mortgages and families and to
play it with a catchy kind of punk rock energy."

But why would a coach, a married man with two small children, want to
write about weird relationships, odd people and the like?

"You behave and you do good things for so many hours a day so when you
sit down to write you have this outlet for the other side of things," he
said.

"I didn't want to write a bunch of drinking songs. I wanted more mature
writing played in an unmature way."

Westoo came to the United States from Sweden in 1987 and, after a couple
years of junior college in Alabama he was an All-American ended up at WVU
on a tennis scholarship.

"I didn't pick up a guitar until my senior year and pretty much started
writing songs right away. Shortly after that, I tapped into the
`singer/songwriter with an attitude Morgantown scene' that was pretty
happening at the time," he said.

He kept at it for more than 10 years and has done shows around the East
Coast. In addition to The B-Sides recording, he's released solo CDs,
"People's Bills and Thrills" in 1996 and "Be Good or Be Gone" in 2000.

He finds his way back to Morgantown frequently to play and to record.

"I'm fond of the place," he said.
Michelle Wolford - The Dominion Post