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Lock And Key

Lock And Key: Pull Up The FloorboardsPull Up The Floorboards (2004)
Deep Elm Records

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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For those who like their punk rock emotional, but not overdone...for those who like their music dirty-sounding, but not underproduced...for those who love the chords grungy, but not sloppy-sounding...for those who weren't too enthused with the new sound on Hot Water Music's latest album: Deep Elm gi.
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For those who like their punk rock emotional, but not overdone...for those who like their music dirty-sounding, but not underproduced...for those who love the chords grungy, but not sloppy-sounding...for those who weren't too enthused with the new sound on Hot Water Music's latest album: Deep Elm gives you Lock And Key.

The four-piece Boston-based outfit delivers ten songs that each carry the urgency, conviction, and somewhat raw tendencies of earlier Hot Water Music. Frankly, every detail is there. There's the overlapping, powerful dual guitarwork and purposely-messy production that manages to fit the music perfectly. And of course, there's the guitar-slinging lead vocalist, who happens to be a dead ringer for Chuck Ragan with his throaty roar (pre-New What Next, obviously), and smooth, clean backups from another guitarist.

Arguably, standouts include "303" and "Albatross." There's sincerity if not simplistic yearning in the former's key line of "if anybody's got my heart, it's you" and a catchy, somewhat more uptempo venture in the latter with competing riffs that close it out (and form an unintentional yet perfect segue into "Cover The Tracks").

Although the band and album name might scream hardcore, you really need to add the "post" prefix to guess it right. The album keeps its moods and pace consistent, and even when it takes a tempo-shifting chance in a song like "Beneath The Surface," its late-record presence makes it a nice fit.

This is the type of album where I'd probably be inclined to end the review with "For fans of:" and then repeat the same band name over and over again. In most cases, though, that would automatically label the band cheap, watered-down rehashment, whereas Lock And Key is the exception. They certainly push the borders of "similar to," but pull it off well. Their influences are worn visibly on their tattered short sleeves (they also list Small Brown Bike and Leatherface as such on their pureVOLUME site) but narrowly avoid a complete rip-off scheme.

MP3s
Alchemy
Process Of Molting
303
Albatross
Opening

 

 
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Anonymous (November 1, 2004)

mm... dessert city

Anonymous (October 29, 2004)

Clair De Lune wasn't signed to Deep Elm when the last sampler came out. In fact, at the time, Deep Elm never knew that Clair De Lune even existed. That's why the band isn't included.

But yes, Clair De Lune is awesome...both live and on record.

Desert City Soundtrack and Motion City Soundtrack are two entirely different bands who have never shared any members. Yr an idiot.

Lock And Key play hardcore / punk like they mean it...the way it should be played. Go see them!

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

You mean Motion City Soundtrack which is memebers of Dessert City Soundtrack?

(both of which, to me, are very overrated)

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

i just played with these guys in PA and they were awesome.

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

This band annoyed me on the free Deep Elm sampler.

Why didn't they put some Clair de Lune on that thing? Best band to sign on DE since Desert City Soundtrack.

-Chinatown

(There's a "new band" called Motion Soundtrack. Really. Look it up.)

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

(says boldredletters)

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

I posted about this band on IHM like a year ago, sheesh

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

wow! i love pilot to gunner, tho havent heard their newest album get saved.

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

this band and this record are awesome, and you're a bunch of morons.

true and passionate music is not a thing for you, go and listen to the new good charlotte album.

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

Id reccommend to fans of the now dead Small Brown Bike.

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

I remember when everybody liked Hot Water in 98. Spirit of 98, what?!?

This music rocks.

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

remember in '98 when everyone liked hot water? I do.

What's funny is that everyone is comparing this band to HWM and not the other way around. So I would say you are wrong.

Anonymous (October 27, 2004)

Get Saves i pretty awesome, but don't take it over this cd, this cd is the shit, and everyone should download it, then buy it. It's fucking awesome.

Remember in fall of 02 when everyone liked hot water music? ....They should've liked this cd instead.

maverick (October 27, 2004)

The dude below me knows his shit. Get Saved is a fucking jam of an album. Very Honor System-esque, too.

-Scott

Anonymous (October 26, 2004)

Skip this and pick up Pilot to Gunner "Get Saved."

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