"Patrolled By Radar (PBR) is a band surely making a name for itself by being honest
in their rhythms and passionate in their words." (Grateful Web) The Los Angeles based roots-rock
quartet blends alt-country, blues and soul with "equal parts British invasion, cow-punk and Americana songwriting respected as craft." (SoundSpike) "Jay Souza's full of character, melodic, yet rough around the edges vocals are perfectly suited to the music on these tremendously well written songs." (Americana Roots UK)
After dismantling his group 50 Cent Haircut, which had been an institution in the Southwest US for over a decade and performed over 1000 shows, folksinger and songsmith Souza formed PBR in 2010 along side lead guitarist and long time band mate Bosco Sheff, both of whom are from Boston, Massachusetts.
Shortly thereafter they were joined by drummer Ben Johnsen, a veteran of the New York City music scene and Hackensack, New Jersey native. Hailing from Paisley, Scotland, Emmy winning post-sound guru Preston Mann then joined the group on Hammond Organ and piano.
Managed for their first two years by Knitting Factory Entertainment CEO, Morgan Margolis, they released their debut full length "Be Happy" June 2011 on Knitting Factory Records. Recorded and mixed by Grammy nominated producer Peter Curry of the group Los Straitjackets, the record received high marks and stellar reviews. On that momentum they toured in direct support of Grammy winners Los Lonely Boys, playing to capacity audiences in concert theaters throughout the Pacific Northwest and Midwest. A review of their performance at The Wilma Theater in Missoula, Montana described PBR as "classic heartland rock and roll, providing an old school Bob Dylan and The Band vibe." (Relix)
In 2013 the group independently released a full length studio record of unique covers titled "Cards, Gifts & Caskets Vol. 1", and have finished a full length original record titled "Cool Your Jets" set for release early 2014. Both were produced again by Peter Curry.
"With a timeless narrative style" (No Depression) PBR is a consummate bar band in the 1970's Pub Rock tradition and have collectively played with Porter Wagoner, Marty Stuart, Taj Mahal, Dave Davies Kinks Chronicles, The Jayhawks, Tim Finn & Richard Thompson, Holy Golightly & The Brokeoffs, and the Gourds.