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Lock-In | Uncut - #003

London-based five-piece band Lock-In have only been around since 2018, but they're already making big waves across the industry.

For Sunset Sessions' Uncut series, the boys recorded a cover of The Smiths' "Bigmouth Strikes Again" and sat down to chat about their inspirations, and plans for this year.

Lock-In will be playing live at our next Sunset Sessions show on June 19th.

Tell us about yourselves...

We are a London-based band that originated from Sawbridgeworth. Sam spoke to Gus about an idea to form a band, and, a couple months down the line, we invited Benjy along to a practice. We played numerous gigs in 2018 before meeting Paddy from East London at Finsbury Park’s Community festival, followed by a close friend suggesting Ollie to join on drums.

Why did you choose this song to cover?

The Smiths are a massive inspiration to us. The greatest bands are timeless, and, even to this day, hearing The Queen Is Dead record still seems like the future. Marr’s guitar work intertwined with Morrissey’s poetic lyrics make this song stand out on its own.

Who are your biggest influences?

We all bring different influences to the table in an attempt to produce music that is fresh to the listeners' ears. Whether it be the Australian Surf-Rock scene, 70s Soul/Disco, or Modern Indie bands. One thing is, we all draw influence from is great Pop songwriting throughout time.

How was it being an artist during the pandemic?

It was a weird one for us. The timings weren’t great. We’d rehearsed for months preparing for gigs and then suddenly we’re told we can’t do them. So, naturally, we were pretty devastated. But we didn’t dwell on it for too long. As soon as we were allowed, we were back in the studio working on new music. So for the most part, we would all agree with saying it was very productive!

What's your plan for this year?

Gigs! And Plenty of them to make up for last year. Maybe some new music too.

By Samuel Clucas & Ezra Folan

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