Pop Punk Quartet Locket's New Name and Label, Canadian Tour with Belmont
Pop punk band Locket— formerly known as Safe to Say— recently signed to Fearless Records and will join Belmont and Bearings for a quick tour in Canada this June. Along the way, they will play in Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, and others, finishing in London, Ontario on June 23rd at Rum Runners.
On their first new track in three years, the Ontario quartet bend and push through the sound that defined the early days of Safe to Say, a far distance from the aggressive and raw tracks from 2012’s Sick to Death. Weighted with lighter cords and clean melodies, “Out of Sight” showcases thoughtful guitar arrangements with controlled drums that soar and crash through the almost four minute track.
Willing to dive into new territory, Locket makes a move that can cause some artists to choke on the dust of their precarious risks. The stylistic progression of punk bands like The Story So Far and Homesafe— both on the Pure Noise Records roster—into lighter territories can be jarring for those who just want to punch the air and crowd surf in a sweaty mosh pit for thirty minutes during a show.
But it’s often not about the shift towards a new sound that reeks havoc, it’s the erosion of impeccable lyricism and fewer pivotal, frenzied moments typically found in every pop punk bridge or chorus. “Out of Sight” retains the energy and contagiousness of prior tracks like “Only Rain,” with a little less distortion and teenage angst, while completely abandoning the indie melancholic sound of slower songs like “Tangerine,” both off 2016’s Down In The Dark.
Singer and guitarist Brad Garcia discusses the band and what happened with Safe to Say on a personal level, explaining, "Two years ago, we decided to walk away from touring or playing shows altogether. As a band, and in my personal life, we weren't in the healthiest of places. We put things on hold in order to figure out what it was we wanted from this band if it were to continue. Looking back to those first couple months, there was always a chance we'd just put things to bed entirely — especially if the time to ourselves didn't give us that sense of clarity we were looking for. Thankfully, that wasn't the case. This break gave us a chance to make adjustments to our personal lives, to rediscover our love for writing and playing together, and, most importantly, to re-solidify those relationships as people rather than just bandmates."
Check out the video for "Out of Sight" below and be sure to catch Locket on their upcoming Canadian tour next month.
June 13th, 27 Club | Ottawa, Canada
June 14th, Bar Le Ritz Pdb | Montreal, Canada
June 15th, L'anti | Quebec City, Canada
June 16th, Oshawa Music Hall | Oshawa, Canada
June 19th, Maxwell's | Waterloo, Canada
June 20th, Warehouse | St. Catharines, Canada
June 22nd, Absinthe | Hamilton, Canada
June 23rd, Rum Runners | London, ON