Coming Up: 11/5/15 – 17/5/15

Posted May 11, 2015

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Play It Forward returns this Thursday to present Kotu, Deina Andreou, Stevie Appleton and Repptwa for a unique show. The artists names are put into envelopes and pulled out at random and this then forms the running order of the night. Each artist takes to the stage to perform three tracks of their own choice, and afterwards joins forces with the artist before and after them to collaborate on a track. So head down for the opportunity to catch a once in a lifetime show!

We enjoyed Racket 808’s DJ set at the Lock Tavern Festival so much that we begged them to come back and do an event with us. So on Friday we are super excited to introduce to you their debut night featuring Bugged Out and XOYO Resident Lemmy Ashton! On support two-piece Yours will be performing their special blend of intimate electronic music.

Cool for Cats All-Dayer: Sunday 10 May

Posted May 9, 2015

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Cool for Cats host their spring all-dayer this Sunday!

London’s indie pop duo Yoofs will be headlining, alongside noisy slacker-pop courtesy of Warm Brains and fuzzy alt rock from Home Clouds. DIY-loving Beds in Parks will also be joining the line-up, along with the post-punk/shoegaze SHE, solar pop Mooncreatures and mumblecore folk from Lake Michigan.

The fun kicks off at 4pm with Cool for Cats DJs, and with a delicious range of roasts from the Lock Kitchen, you won’t to be anywhere else this Sunday.


 

C.A.R. – Friday 8th May

Posted May 7, 2015

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C.A.R. is the new project of Chloé Raunet, singer of the former London coldwave band Battant. Known for her energising and mesmerising performances and the perfect blend of icy snyths, punky bass lines and heartbeat drums, C.A.R’s music sits on her own edge, between realism and dreams, pure pop and acquired taste.

Her latest EP has already received support from the likes of Rob Da Bank and Andrew Weatherall, with the latter stating “I know for a fact ‘Spitfire’ will be one of my favourite tracks of the year. Bittersweet pop music from the future haunted by ghosts from the past.”

So come on down and catch Raunet’s unmissable performance at the Lock ahead of her Great Escape appearances this weekend, you won’t regret it.

 

Coming Up: 4/5/15 – 10/5/15

Posted May 4, 2015

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Monthly residency Viral Nights never fail to put on a great show! They return on Thursday to present Weirds and their gargantuan wall of sound. Truism and Tsuki will be in support, and we expect another packed out show.

C.A.R. play live on Friday with support from High Lucia. C.A.R. is the project of Chloé Raunet who writes, composes and produces her own music. Described as ‘luminous, poetic and radical’ her live show is guaranteed to be brilliant.

A killer all-dayer comes to the Lock Tavern on Sunday courtesy of Cool for Cats. There is an awesome roster of indie pop bands including Yoofs, Warm Brains, Beds In Parks, SHE, Moon Creatures and Lake Michigan, and with dancing tunes betwixt this is going to be an awesome jam-packed day of fun. Come and celebrate your Sunday in style!

Ride Official Aftershow Party – Sunday 24th May

Posted May 1, 2015

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On Sunday May 24th Ride perform to a sold out Roundhouse to mark their first headline show in the capital! The Lock Tavern will be hosting the official after party, featuring some of London’s finest selectors and a very Special Guest…

Ashley Beedle : Balearic Set
Richard Sen (Padded Cell)
Arveene (Bad Life / Pias)
Boggy & Alvin C (Asbo)
+ Very Special Guest

We will also be playing a fine selection of shoegaze inspired musical gems to get you warmed up and ready for the Roundhouse gig from 12 noon onwards.

NXNW – All-dayer Sunday 3rd May

Posted April 30, 2015

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MAY IS UPON US! On Sunday we have another bank holiday all-dayer to celebrate all things new music! Alongside tacos & margaritas on our roof terrace, you can hear live music from the likes of Many Things, Kagoule, Sulk, Peluche, Bete Noire, Blueprint Blue, Mellah, Climbing Boys, Phobophobes and MANY MORE. And best of all it’s free! Bring on the bank holiday.

Coming up: 27/4/2015 – 3/5/2015

Posted April 27, 2015

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Countrier than Thou brings its’ long running Country, Roots & Cosmic Americana night to the Lock Tavern on Thursday! Davey James will be debuting his brand new band, with support from Dave Santos and his quirky blend of Garage Americana. Resonance FM’s Bonanza & Sons DJs will be carrying on the party ’til late with the best Honky Tonk and Roots releases, so head down for a night like no other.

There are food festivities on Saturday with our very own Cinco De Mayo. Our chefs will be conjuring up the tastiest tacos in town, including fish, pulled pork and beef! You can enjoy all this on The Lock terrace with a cheeky cocktail or two.

On Sunday we have another bank holiday all-dayer celebration in all things new music! Alongside tacos & margaritas on our roof terrace, you can hear live music from the likes of Many Things, Kagoule, Sulk, Peluche, Bete Noire, Blueprint Blue, Mellah, Climbing Boys, Phobophobes and MANY MORE. And best of all it’s free! Bring on the bank holiday.

Coming up: 20/4/15 – 26/4/15

Posted April 20, 2015

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On Wednesday night Linn Oberg will be performing live, with support from Luna Green and Honeymilk. Oberg creates music that is both uplifting and dreamy that contrasts perfectly with the strength behind her vocals. As always entry is free, so come down and be enchanted by this Swedish songstress.

Viral nights return to the Lock on Thursday for a night of the best up-and-coming bands. Performances from the spacey Blonde Bunny, the glam-rock Lupo and dark brooding psych from Lucifer’s Sun. Doors are at 8pm.

On Sunday Mojo Filter are hosting an all-dayer in celebration of the release of their debut album! There are a whole range of special guests including Zero 7, Tythe, Leo Zero and The Secret Garden Party’s very own Head Gardener. So come and kick back in the sun, and enjoy a roast alongside some heady daytime grooves.

Coming Up: 13/4/15 – 19/4/15

Posted April 13, 2015

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Play It Forward returns to the Lock Tavern this Thursday for a night of live music with a difference: The artists names are put into envelopes and pulled out at random, this then forms the running order of the night. Each artist then takes to the stage to perform three tracks of their own choice. They then join forces with the artist before and after them to collaborate on a track. Expect performances from Dan Owen, George Pelham, NADINE, XY&O and Lauren Tracey.

Clockwork takeover the Lock on Friday for another evening of guaranteed live music fun. Avante Black and Son Joan will be supporting a mystery headliner, and it’s the perfect way to kick off a great weekend.

Lock Tavern Festival: A Few Words With Post Louis

Posted April 9, 2015

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London duo Post Louis agreed to speak with us around their excellent Lock Tavern Festival set last week. Check out their track ‘Fragility’ below and read their enlightening interview here!

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Hi, Post Louis. How do?

I’m good thanks, how are you?

How would you describe the Post Louis sound?

Textured guitar music. The vocals and guitars tend to fight a bit. That’s only partly a euphemism.

What does London mean to you? Does your neighbourhood influence your sound? 

London is my home and I have grown up here. I love living in London. When we write instrumental parts we’re strongly influenced by other musical reference points and by what we want each song to achieve. Meanwhile, the lyrics focus on human relationships and damage. Concrete imagery is fine but I tend to prefer the very granular (pharmaceuticals, skin, hotel rooms, body-building, pilots) to anything that gives away a specific geography or a time. So I’m not sure you’d guess we are from London from the music – apart from the accent, maybe.

Favourite shade of blue and why? 

RGB = 151.170.184 – i.e. the one in these images: http://www.haser.org/new-gallery-1/. Did you ask the other bands this question too?

In early April, you’re heading back into the studio. Anything you can divulge about the new stuff?

The pieces we have written already are a bit soggier and darker than the second EP. The songs are pretty expansive and we are allowing ourselves to be fractionally more upfront with how direct they are (lyrically and musically). Let’s wait and see if this works. 

Do you have any favourite venues to play?

We’ve played a couple of headline shows at the Sebright Arms with Parallel Lines – the sound there is great and it’s a lovely venue. Mattis (our drummer) lives and works at the Norwegian Church in London (http://www.sjomannskirken.no) and we spent some time last summer staying there and rehearsing in the church. It’s beautiful. At the end we had an open rehearsal and party for our friends, and a Norwegian family were visiting the church on holiday came with their little kids to watch us.

In terms of venues that are still on the list… a friend of ours called Will who’s a tour manager has a house boat, and used to put on shows on it. He has put a drum kit on top of the boat before. So next I would like to play on his boat (which also doubled as a hat shop called “Chapeau Bateau”)

How do you feel that playing with an expanded lineup changes the dynamic of your music?

The line up has swelled and changed quite a lot over the last couple of years. It’s gone between 2 and 6 people and at points it has felt much like a collective, with many close friends and family involved – including both of mine and Robbie’s younger brothers. Now that we’ve spent more time working on the live show, we can write with it in mind. The playing styles of the band members are important. Adam (bassist) has been in a few punk bands previously; Andy (guitar) has hands shaped/marred by years of classical training; Mattis (drummer) is a tough drummer but his playing is also very responsive. So this has had an impact on what we are capable of live. 

It feels like a tight unit now and is intense on stage. There is a lot of trust. This might be why the new material is quite raw – we feel we have the band to carry it.

What’s next for Post Louis?

We are playing this current run of shows in London (named Passover Shows in homage to Yo La Tengo’s Hannukah series’ at Maxwell’s, though we could hardly have picked a less appropriate holiday). Then we plan to spend the summer focused on writing and recording, as well as our day jobs… We’ll be back towards the end of the year to do some touring and share new material.

Famous last words?

It’s a great song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIlTOaeqajI

Thank you for your patience.