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Locksley
Be In Love
Feature Records
www.locksley.com


Wisconsin's Locksley acquired notoriety with their sophomore release Don't Make Me Wait in 2008, and have come into 2010 knowing what they wanted for their third recording Be In Love. Showing influences of '50s rockabilly reflective of Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, Locksley got their barings on blending the nostalgic with the contemporary, sowing catchy melodic hooks reminiscent of Hot Hot Heat and a power pop thumping akin to Razorlight. The quartet shakes up the mix demonstrating a bit of Americana with a power pop propulsion treading along the paths of '80s stalwarts like The Stray Cats and Chris Isaak. Locksley take modern rockabilly into the 21st century and shellac it with a power pop bronzing that puts them in the same ilk as The Raconteurs.

Tracks like "Love You Too" and "Darling, It's True " show melodic slabs that share properties with Razorlight's dance-based grooves as vocalist Jesse Laz stirs up the kinetic energy between the rhythm section of bassist Jordan Laz and drummer Sam Blair with the chunky swells of guitarist Kai Kennedy. The band shows a flouncy folk rambling in "Days Of Youth" fitted with handclapped beats and a positively charged vibe that gives the track an infectious pumping. "21st Century" has a fresh heartland rock breeziness wheedled with whipping guitar riffs and a lively beating that switches to swathes of soft balladry sweeps along "Away From Here" that smacks of rockabilly smoothness. The bolting tremors and vaunting strut of "The Whip" and "Down For Too Long" have a jubilant feel, which transform into the heavy metal-tinged conflagrations of "On Fire", letting the guitars loose and the drum strikes rip. "The Way That We Go" is modern rockabilly anchored by syncopated beats before closing the album with the well-oiled fluidity of "The World Isn't Waiting".

Locksley may have not completely separated themselves from their musical influences but they have something fun to offer that is genuinely Americana-based rock. Locksley show that The Raconteurs are not the only band in town who can wield the blade of nostalgic rock with proficiency.

-Susan Frances

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