It all started with lighting water on fire. Vanessa Bley (lead vox, guitar), Robert Granata (guitar) and Anthony Marchesi (bass) met in 2011 while performing at a revolutionary anti-fracking (Pedal Power NYC) concert powered by bicycles or "natural ass." In early 2012, Vanessa Bley released her solo EP, a lush and vibrant alt-rock record which led to the band's formation as Beast Patrol. In October 2012 they released the EP "Fierce & Grateful," which received significant buzz leading to Rolling Stone's Band to Watch and a slot at Lollapalooza. After a year of extensive performing and the addition of Jacob Read-Harber on drums last summer, the four-piece has settled in and crafted their second record. Unarm Yourself Spring 2014. 

It’s not every day that you stumble across a world-class rock band playing in a park and using bicycle pedals to power their amplifiers. This unusual way to get loud has proven to be the right path as Beast Patrol emerged from the street and onto the stages of packed East Coast clubs. The alt-rockers have a clear nod to the past while using their influences to craft a vibe that draws from clever bass lines and luscious vocals. Pick up their new album Fierce and Grateful and look out for them on tour and at major US festivals.
— Rolling Stone, August 2013
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At a packed Cameo Gallery, Beast Patrol headlined on Saturday the Alt Rock stage of our Best of NYC Emerging Artists Fest 2013 (also known as The NYC B.E.A.F.), sharing the stage with Apollo Run, Seasick Mama, Teen Girl Scientist Monthly and Vuvuzela). Fronted by Vanessa Bley on vocals and guitar, the trio performs with confidence and precision songs that marry open melodies, rock’n’roll punch, and a dark and tense undercurrent. The band’s video for Disbeliever created a remarkable buzz last year, while the one for “Plaster” confirmed this band’s potential. With an appeal reminiscent of bands like The Pretenders and late Eurythmics, this is a group that has the potential to be enjoyed by many.
— The Deli Magazine, June 2013