we work as one, like the jackson 5 and the temptations

Rooney's Robert CarmineThough things got off to a late start, the May 2, 2008 show featuring Rooney, Locksley, and The Bridges at Madison’s The Annex was worth the wait.

Opener The Bridges was an unexpected treat. Hailing from Alabama, the five-member band features drums, guitars, bass, and keys, but is set apart by its three- and four-part female vocal harmonies. The girls’ voices perfectly compliment each other, and the ease and style in which they perform hints at their roots despite there not being anything overtly southern about their music. Be sure to check out the live videos, as the posted album cuts don’t do The Bridges justice.

Following The Bridges were hometown heroes Locksley. Sporting a new bass player, the band was welcomed with enthusiasm by the crowd. The band has continued to grow as a live act, shedding the matching army jackets and synchronized bows of performances past and finally getting a few scratches in their pretty-boy veneer. The boys of Locksley still deliver tight instrumentals and impeccable vocal harmony, but have toed over to rock and roll from pre-fab pop.

Rounding off the evening was the indomitably happy Rooney. Bringing with them California’s good vibrations, Rooney played a mix of songs from both their LPs, as well as a few covers that clearly inform their sound (The Band’s “The Weight” and The Beach Boys’s “California Girls”). Vocalist/guitarist Robert Carmine had little trouble engaging the crowd, bantering with relatability and charisma. Rooney ended their set with the infectious single “When Did Your Heart Go Missing?“, leaving no one in the crowd standing still. Look for a new album from Rooney, to be recorded after the completion of their summer tour.

PARTIAL THE BRIDGES SETLIST: All the Words, Pieces, One I Love, Runaway

PARTIAL LOCKSLEY SETLIST: All of the Time, She Does, Why Can’t I Be You, Into the Sun, Get Off Of My Cloud, Hotel Yorba

PARTIAL ROONEY SETLIST: Blueside, If It Were Up To Me, I’m A Terrible Person, I’m Shakin’, Calling The World, When Did Your Heart Go Missing?, Are You Afraid?, Paralyzed, All In Your Head, The Weight, California Girls

Rooney

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if you wanna fall in love or just mess around

If you’re looking for a sound that you’ve never heard before, you aren’t going to find it on Locksley’s latest full-length album Don’t Make Me Wait.

If you’re looking for extremely well-crafted and catchy garage-pop that will remind you of The Mooney Suzuki, a bit of The Strokes, and more than a little of The Beatles, this is your album.

You may have encountered Locksley already without knowing it. Their title track is featured in the latest Cingular-now-AT&T commercial, and the band is responsible for the title theme of MTV’s thankfully short-lived ode to stalkerdom, Why Can’t I Be You?.

The album is heavy with jangly pop hits, the best of them being “She Does”. It is without question a great rock song, extremely catchy, and the highlight of the album. “Up the Stairs” offers a slightly darker sound, and “All Over Again” is more rock than pop.

Throughout the album the listener is bombarded with Beatles-esque vocal harmonies, which is no surprise if you’ve ever seen the band live. Shaggy hair, Beatle boots, matching outfits and synchronized bows are par for the course at any Locksley show. The fact that the band openly embraces being influenced by The Beatles is what allows them to succeed where Oasis failed. The best example of Locksley’s use of harmony is on “All of the Time”. The EP version is even more convincing – if played for an average listener under the premise that it was a previously unreleased Beatles tune they would most likely be fooled.

The first song on the album to sound like it’s not channeling another band is “It Won’t Be For Long”, but it’s not one of the album’s better tracks. Directly following it is “For You (Part I)” which is a complete departure in that the vocals sound like Coldplay’s Chris Martin as opposed to one of the Fab Four and the music is acoustic and hollow, leading up to “For You (Part II)” which kicks back in with the typical Locksley sound.

For what this album lacks in originality, it’s made up for in what it set out to accomplish. The album is full of great rock songs that you can hum along to and will have in your head for days to come. The band can play their instruments and can sing in tune, which is more than many can say. Also, they have a passion for what they’re doing and no one can fault them for that.

Don’t Make Me Wait dropped on 1/16/07.
Find out more about Locksley here.