lock and key
LOCK AND KEY's unrelenting brand of post-hardcore is marked by an
unmistakable sense of purpose, not to mention a refreshing energy of
release. "If someone can hear our music and recognize honesty and passion
in it, then we've communicated all we need to" says vocalist/guitarist
Ryan Shanahan. Indeed, this is the hallmark of the band's style and
propels them beyond a great many of their contemporaries. This is a band
torn by depth, a raucous exterior, a pensive interior, rife with sonic
complexity from every angle.
Erupting from every direction with a barrage of rapid-fire drummer,
crunching dual guitars and agressive, striking vocals, it's instantly
apparent that the foursome is well on their way...not only album-wise, but
as a cohesive, single-minded, rock n' roll wrecking machine. Still, even
in their most aggressive tracks, LOCK AND KEY's true foundation lies in
sincerity. Their ability to mest ferocity with tried and true melodic
sensibilities immediately ignites, engulfs and absorbs the listener. Songs
like "Crutches" begin with an ominous strain, exhibiting the band's range
from tense to emotive to explosive in less than four minutes time. It's
impossible not to become invested in the infectious hooks of NO FATE,
which says a lot for a group characterized by their sheer volume.
In the short year since they've finalized their lineup, LOCK AND KEy has
already ripped through two East Coast tours and started work on their
debut full-length for Deep Elm. At that pace, there's much to accomplish.
"We're going to take it as far as we can. If we can quit our jobs and just
play music, I think we'll all be really fortunate and have experiences we
can only dream about now" says Shanahan. LOCK AND KEY will proceed as
usual: with thoughfulness, honesty and passion...at about four thousand
miles per hour. We'll continue to watch as LOCK AND KEY evolves, but it's
time for the rest of the world to pay their respects.