A band that I had heard nothing of, and almost over looked if I had not noticed that they are ex Men as Trees, which makes me feel like a dumb ass. I feel like this band is going to go places, or has, or will continue, I don't know, but this is honestly some of the best emo to take hold of me. The first and third song are pretty long, but not boring or overall lengthy in a miserable way, all three songs on the bandcamp page have awesome guitar lines which sound really good, nearly perfect, accompanied with gutteral/shouty vocals and competent drums. These guys know what they're doing, the production of each song is awesome. It's not overproduced either like a lot of screamo/hardcore/whatever nowadays, with over the top sounding snare drums and vocals that overtake the rest of the music. It's almost perfect. Poetic lyrics, that they seem to be proud of, if you're into that. Check out their wordpress that has updates and some other stuff. You can preview it on their bandcamp page.
So Locktender is a conceptual hardcore band from Cleveland, OH with all of the members of Men as Trees. All of our songs are about and inspired by different works of art and our albums will focus on specific artists. This 'Collected' release is three songs that are all being released on vinyl splits this year. A 7" with Cassilis from Philadelphia, a 12" with Brighter Arrows from Chicago (ex-Lautrec, Mans, Phoenix Bodies), and another 12" that is still TBA. Our singer Nick will do the CD release through his label Mopsorden and Utarid Tapes will do one in Malaysia. As with MAT, everything will be free to download so we are just trying to get this out there as much as possible before our Euro tour this July with Sailing On from Germany.
Locktender - Collected