I discovered Lock Up Laura through word of mouth on Facebook. I fell in love with the band name and the artwork of the album and wanted to know more. They are a band from small town Lincoln, England and have been together since 2011. Turns out a lot of their influences happen to be some favourites of mine, like Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam. They also list Nickelback as an influence which was a slight disappointment.
Listening to these guys, I thankfully did not hear any Nickelback in their music. They still have quite a bit to work on, as far as originality goes, however. They sound like a lot of the bands I listened to growing up (as per the bands listed above). I have to admit, I found myself singing along to a lot of the songs and they stuck in my head for the majority of the day.
I like the soft playing guitars that begin “Hold my Breath” and how it then turns into something heavier and darker. I also like the old school grungy breakdowns placed in the middle of each chorus. I can hear this song being played in an action movie about cars or something. A bonus is there is a lot of diversity in this album. The songs generally all sound pretty different from one another. There are heavy tracks like “Crashing Down” which also has some of the old school grunge elements made popular by bands like Soundgarden. Throughout the album, softer songs like “Let go” and “Remember You” present pretty melodies and liftingacoustic guitar playing. It’s safe to say there is an almost country-poppy sound to it as well. So I have to give these guys credit for really exploring their musical abilities. It’s actually quite beautiful.
These guys are a band I’d definitely like to check out live, more so than kicking back at home and listening to the album. I want to hear more raw sounding vocals and less of the producers “cover up”, especially with the drums. I think there is a lot of potential with this band and I am looking forward to hearing more that comes out from them.
Lock Up Laura is Kareem Mafouz(drums) , Sam Buckthop (guitar and vocals) , Liam Giles (bass), Aaron Hall (guitar), and Lee McCusker (lead vocals).
Written by Liz Imperiale