The Lockhearts Get Their Freak On

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The Lockhearts
Rock and rollers The Lockhearts have unleashed their FREAKSHOW as they like to call it in terms of a song of the same name and even playing showcases it gets pretty freaky! Main man Tim Meaco discusses the band’ hit song and future plans for 2014!

AAM Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in The Lockhearts, and how long the band has been together.

Tim: I’m Tim Meaco and I sing and play guitar in The Lockhearts, occasionally faking my way through other instruments like harmonica and keys too. If I fake them badly, I get demoted to tambourine duty. The band has been together almost 18months now – since June last year (2012), I don’t think we’ve had any sleep since.

AAM Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Tim: I first met our Guitarist Age Vella at uni a few years back when we were in other bands, he burst into my practice room when he heard me playing “Achilles Last Stand” by Led Zeppelin, we became fast friends so when both our previous bands deteriorated we jumped at the chance to work together and start the rock band we’d always dreamed of. After much searching we enlisted the services of Jameel Majam on Bass for a “one time only” fill-in for a show.
A few days later I called Jameel and asked him to join because we had been approached by a record label and needed to walk into the meeting with more than 2 members, so we actually looked like a band! Soon after we began auditioning drummers (the list was enormous) but Brenton James was the clear front-runner, we clicked musically and personally so it was an easy decision. The 4 of us had all been playing in different bands since we were teenagers and all share the same passion and determination for playing music, we all wanted to start a band that wouldn’t compromise and settle for 2nd best, a band we could put our everything into and know that each member would do the same. A band that delivers.

AAM Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Tim: We’re based out of Sydney, in the heart of the City. The music scene here is, well, a lot like the way the city is designed. Slightly disjointed. There is so much incredible talent, and there seems to be segregated mini-scenes for every musical subculture these days. It seems like every week a live music venue is going under, and then another one pops up (or reopens) in its place. It’s difficult to know whether we’re on the rise or decline as far as places for local/young talent to develop and play live goes (My guess would be the latter) but one thing is for sure: the talent itself is not on the decline.

I could recommend many local bands, some of our favorites include: Blind Valley, The Bitter Sweethearts, Gay Paris, The London Keys, Fox Company, Shot In Chicago, Rattlesnake, What It’s Worth, Mucho Sonar, Raindrop… and many others.

AAM What type of band are you?

Tim: To put it simply: A rock band. Everything is melody focused, guitar driven and pretty damned loud.

AAM How and why did you want to go and call the band The Lockhearts? What does it represent and symbolize for you guys?

Tim: I came up with the name “The Lockhearts” because I’ve always been a guarded person and kept to myself, music is the only way I really open up and reveal what’s under the surface, which I think is true for all of us. And I’ve always loved band names that could be taken for surnames (i.e. “The Ramones”) because a good band should be like a family – they’ll know each other better than anyone else, spend more time together than spouses and fight like brothers, with love of course.

AAM What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

Tim: The great thing about lyrics is that they can have different meanings and interpretations to different listeners. Lately I keep gravitating toward the following topics: love, loss, outrage and the end of the world… sometimes inspired by personal events, and sometimes there is just a story to be told.

AAM Do you write your own songs? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)

Tim: Of course we write! The process usually starts with what we call a “skeleton” from one member (just a rough idea of the song) – we’ll flesh it out together in the studio until we’ve got all the music down and then I’ll pen the melody + lyrics. We all contribute to the songwriting, I’ll usually guide the arrangement, but every band member has a part to play in the process.

AAM. Who are your musical influences?

Tim: One of my biggest influences would have to be Queen. My first vivid memory is my Mother playing Queen records to my brother and I when I was about 5, and singing along to “Fat Bottomed Girls”. I’ve been in awe of them ever since. I got Queen from my mother, The Rolling Stones from my father and then after hearing “Colour & The Shape” by Foo Fighters as a teenager I picked up a guitar and never looked back. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Rival Sons, The Killers and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and everything I listen to ends up influencing my writing. When great music inspires you and makes you feel something, you want to recreate that feeling in your own way and pass on the connection to someone else.

AAM What’s the story behind “FREAKSHOW” both song and video?

Tim: Freakshow is about what music + the industry has become in our generation. Recorded music has become such a disposable commodity. Now we seem to get anyone and everyone scrambling to put together another polished turd, call it a “song”, manufacture an image, maybe attempt an outrageous publicity stunt and call themselves an artist.
And while it seems every artist around is trying one-up each other with outrageous looks, sunts and videos we end up wading through a Freakshow just to get to the music. Remember when it used to be about music? The video plays up on that concept with a visually striking aesthetic, using the black light and UV paint to make a bright & colorful impression.

AAM. Where does the song “FREAKSHOW” come from in terms of a release, does it come off an upcoming EP debut or a full-length debut?

Tim: For now FREAKSHOW is a standalone giveaway for the fans, it may be on an upcoming release, you’ll just have to wait and see! I can tell you though, that we will most definitely be releasing new material in 2014 including (but certainly not limited to) our 1st Single Release “Hush” which we are very excited about.

AAM. What’s new in the recording of your music?

Tim: Well every time we go into the studio to record, something blows up, so we always end up buying new audio equipment. And we’re always experimenting. We play with different sounds + instrumentation you wouldn’t expect in our brand of rock music, just to create a bigger sonic atmosphere and signature sound for each track.

AAM. How do you describe your music to people?

Tim: We usually just show them the song and ask them to describe it to us. We actually went out with an iPod and headphones one night and filmed people’s reactions to FREAKSHOW.

AAM. What image do you think your music conveys?

Tim: I don’t think image is something we’re ever consciously considering when writing music really, and I’ve never actively thought about it before. We just know that when we write, perform and play we are expressing something that’s very honest and genuine to us and we do it with conviction. I think that comes through in every medium in which we present ourselves. We just write music that we connect with knowing that the listener will find a connection there too.

AAM. Do you play live as well? How’s your live activity so far? Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there?

Tim: We love playing live; it’s our bread and butter. We’ve been playing a 9 month strong (and counting) residency at Ziggy Pop Tuesdays, Spectrum on Oxford St. Sydney. And it has been going brilliantly. We played every Tuesday night until Christmas Eve then continue it all over again for this year and other places. You should come for at least two reasons:
1. You won’t be able to get our songs out of your head.
2. So in years to come you can say you were there from the beginning.

AAM. What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?

Tim: That we’re one of the best around. We’ve played a successful 9 month long residency on Oxford St. in Darlinghurst and we’ve only been together for 18 months. Yes, we work hard just like every other serious band in the world but the chemistry/live energy we create together can’t be captured by anyone else but us, no matter how hard they work at it. The same goes for our song writing, it’s infectious, you’ll walk out high on adrenaline, with the words & melody lingering in your head every time and no one else will deliver what we do.

AAM. What plans do you have for the near future as a band?

Tim: We’ll be releasing our 1st single “HUSH” with a new video to accompany it. Can’t wait to film this one, Hush has an apocalyptic setting which is going to be really fun to create for the screen.

AAM. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Tim: Our song FREAKSHOW is absolutely free to download at www.thelockhearts.com – you can check out the video there too.

AAM. Anything else you’d like to say to the fans?

Tim: Thanks for making our residency shows so much fun every week! Stay Classy.