On 10th June 2004 at 14:28 Anonymous 1944 wrote...
I believe that they are playing at the exchange in bradford tonight
By The Lockjaws
Crawling out of the dingiest and filth ridden areas of Bradford come the alcohol fuelled Lockjaws. A band bred on old school punk rock, beer, Guinness, late nights, hangovers, lager, kebabs, vodka, cider, gin, whiskey... ok you get the picture. Anyway the result is their debut EP which is a punk rock classic in the making.
Combining the aggression of the Dead Kennedys with the Ramone's knack of penning a good tune, The Lockjaws manage to produce the kind of music that the current punk scene has been desperately crying out for.
Coffee & Cigarettes is a modern day musical anthem that any hard working human can appreciate. With Lead singer Mushy snarling and screaming the lines, "Coffee and cigarettes/ Are the things that keep me going" in a wonderful Yorkshire accent instead of the usual generic American twang that seems to be flying around a lot these days. It's like the flag of British punk has been handed down to a new generation.
Every song is packed with all the necessary ingredients for punk rock perfection. Whether it be the rippling bass lines, the Johnny Ramone styled chord changes on I'm a Portuguese Waiter, the exquisite drumming or the occasional oi oi as heard on Reclaim the Streets. Either way put together they make music that is fun and meaningful and in a live environment would get any crowd going.
On the subject of playing live the final two tracks on the EP: The Country Song and Soldier are taken from live performances and show exactly how crazy and intense The Lockjaws can be. I can only describe Soldier as awesome with one of the best drumming intros I've heard in ages.
If punk is meant to be dead then The Lockjaws are the kiss of life it needs.