Back in the early sixties, there was a fairly obscure group comprised of four young men who called themselves the Beatles. Although you may not have heard of them before, they were instrumental in single-handedly acting as a nexus between syrupy fifties pop and drugged out acid rock of the late sixties and early seventies. Another group who may have evaded your radar is the Brooklyn by way of Madison, WI band Locksley. They, like the Beatles in their early days, are a foursome, wear the same outfits, have mostly two to three minute uptempo songs and each sing on the record.
Locksley Why Not Me mp3
Okay, you may have actually heard of Locksley. Their song “Don’t Make Me Wait” was recently used in a Payless Shoes television commercial. It is an extremely upbeat, catchy song that owes 100% to the little known group already mentioned a couple of times in the preceding paragraph. All of the songs fit into this description. The one exception of a song that sounds at all different from the others is “For You (Part I),” a slower one minute acoustic song, which in turn goes into part II, another two minute fast paced pop/rock song.
Their voices, although I have no idea who is who, sound annoyingly like Lennon, McCartney and even at times Harrison. The one who even imitates John Lennon’s “Twist and Shout” shrieking vocal style to a tee has done his homework, but clearly does not know or have his own voice. They often sing their harmonies with multiple backing vocalists, making them sound like even more of an undignified rip off group. Sonically, they don’t sound like a sixties band because they record using modern, computer based technology, yet you can’t get from one song to the next without thinking about the Beatles. In fact, I can’t even think of another comparison because Locksley tries so desperately to recreate every facet of their heroes’ signature sound.
Locksley sound like an early Beatles cover band except that they write their own songs. They must have spent hours on end trying to replicate the monumental band down to every last “sha la la la.” The only thing that they don’t try to carbon copy is the slower, more melodic R&B material that the early Beatles were fond of recording. They are fast, poppy and fun if you like that kind of music. However, if you are not a fan of bands that have zero originality or autonomous merit, then you probably want to avoid this one.