Inspired 70's rock n roll act The Lockhearts have been making a name for themselves in a quiet manner. Thus, due to their eclectic sound and performance style, that is reminiscent of The Black Keys and Queen, the band has gotten around to writing and recording, what would be their debut EP in the form of a double release entitled "Tales from the Sea". The band is made up of three incredible musicians, Tim Meaco (Vocals and Guitar), Samuel Sheumack (Guitar) and Jameel Majam (Bass Guitar). They will continue to rotate within the music scene, expanding their musical traits for as far as they can take it. Frontman vocalist and guitarist Tim Meaco discusses this said release and future activity for the group.
1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Tim: We all grew up in different towns around Sydney and were inspired by our parents’ record collections since birth. All of us picked up instruments as kids and have been playing in garage bands since we were teenagers. Once we were all old enough, we packed up and moved closer to the city to find bands and play shows.
The Lockhearts started with me in my bedroom and a handful of songs a few years ago. I’d been playing in another band for a while and needed to break out on my own and find the right musicians to play this music with. That’s when I found Jameel, who was playing in 2 other bands at the time yet was still looking for something more, so we started the Rock band we had both always wanted to be in.
We soon landed a residency at Brighton Up Bar on Oxford St to tighten up as a live act. What was meant to be a 3 month run of weekly shows turned into 18months spanning across 3 venues and breaking a record for the longest running residency of an original rock band in Sydney.
After that we hit the studio to record “Tales From the Sea” with producer Mo Mayhem and found our missing pieces in Woodie (drums) and Sam (guitar) and started touring the record.
2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?
Tim: I’ve always liked band names that sound like a family name. There’s a unity and camaraderie that comes along with it and that represents what I think a band should be, a family of dysfunctional, misfit scamps.
3. Where does the band originate from and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
Tim: We’re based in Sydney’s inner west and the music scene is ever-changing and eclectic. I would highly recommend Papa Pilko, The Bin Rats, Gay Paris and The Lockhearts.
4. How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Tim: Bluesy Hard Rock. Cap’n Geech, The Shrimp Shack Shooters, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Jack White, The Bronx and The Rolling Stones.
5. What's your take on the EP "Tales from the Sea" as a whole?
Tim: My take on ‘Tales From The Sea’ is that it’s a musical recount of events; past, present and future that are told with the heavy growl of the blues, the drawl of southern harmony and the primal scream of electric guitars. All the things we hold dear about rock music. But talking about music is like dancing about architecture. Have a listen on Spotify or iTunes.
6. What's your favourite song on your EP "Tales from the Sea" as of right now?
Tim: It changes all the time, but currently it’s “Hope” - track 1, Volume 1.
7. Can you tell us about your next set of shows/tours and why we should be there?
Tim: We’ve just finished our ‘Tales From The Sea’ national tour, so we’ll be celebrating in style with a homecoming show/party at Brighton Up Bar on August 8th with some of our favourite Sydney acts The Persian Drugs, Wild Honey and The Swamp Crocs.
8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?
Tim: Plan A, Plan B, Plan C & Plan E. Plan D was deemed unfeasible as it involved moving Bronwyn Bishop a few millimetres to the left, and we just don’t have that kind of cash.
9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Tim: “Tales From The Sea” Volumes I & 2 are both available on Spotfiy & iTunes now.
10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time? Website link for more info
Tim: The beautiful thing about music is that it speaks for itself and everyone takes something different from it. Every listener’s experience is unique and personal, so telling anyone what to feel would defeat the purpose in the first place.