Monday, January 15, 2007

Locksley: Don't Make Me Wait (Feature/self-issued)
release: January 16, 2007
styles: Rock around the clock indie rock.
sounds like: Sloan, early Beatles, That Thing You Do
rating: ***1/2

We can whine all we want about bands ripping off other bands or doing something that's been done a thousand times. Last year, She Wants Revenge, though they all but replicated the best elements of Joy Division, Interpol and Fischerspooner, possessed something else necessary for success: good tunes. (though very few people seemed to care!). And while Locksley wouldn't be around if it wasn't for the Beatles, the Brooklyn quartet doesn't try to mimic the band's latter psychedelic days like most other followers. Instead they love to clap their hands and say yeah to the early years of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Twist and Shout." Although the record loses some of its steam towards the close and Don't Make Me Wait is hardly revolutionary, the self-issued album is full of upbeat backbeat, jangly Strokes-like guitar and of course a ballad here and there. They'll be opening some dates for the Rapture/Under the Influence of Giants in February and at least a few of the teenage girls will be swooning. -Kenyon

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