Canadian alt-rock band Lockethas graced the music scene with their latest masterpiece, Superluminal, released through Fearless Records. Comprising core members, Garcia, guitarist Cory Bergeron, and bassist Travis Morrison, Locket’s journey has been one of tentacity and transformation, which is evident in the evolution from their early beginnings a decade ago under a different name to the release of their second full-length album under “Locket”.
The band first made waves with their 2019 album All Out, and now, With Superluminal, they’ve taken their sound to exhilarating new heights. The album kicks off with the love-letter track “Sonic Bloom”, a joyous celebration of love and an ode to appreciating life’s blessings. The high-energy, post-hardcore riffs and infectious choruses invite listeners to sing along and dance like nobody’s watching. It’s clear that the theme of love isn’t just coincidental; the band’s perspective has shifted with Garcia and Cory’s marriages and Travis soon to be wed.
“Blame My Brain”, the second track, is a perfect embodiment of Locket’s talent for crafting catchy tunes. With big hooks, bold harmonies and hard-charging guitars, it’s a track that’s impossible not to get stuck in your head. It delves into the struggle of keeping thoughts to oneself, an experience many can relate to. When we listen to the third track “Kilayear”, a power-pop gem, you directly notice the razor-sharp riffs in combination with the singalong choruses and emotive verses. A song that dives deep into the core of what Superluminal represents – the journey of coping with the rapid changes that come with getting older. It’s a reflection on how much can happen in just a few short years, and the mental gymnastics required to reconcile where one thinks they are with their actual place in life.
The album’s final track, “Finale”, takes on a more introspective tone, serving as a heartfelt farewell. Laden with emotions, it’s the perfect conclusion to the album, leaving listeners dreaming and contemplating the things they have and the things they desire.
It’s not just another album in the alt-rock genre; it’s a defining work that breathes new life into the genre. The combination of heartfelt lyrics, infectious melodies, and the band’s ability to infuse deep emotions into their music makes this album a standout gem. It’s a must-listen for every alt-rock fan. Be prepared to be moved!