The duo opened their set at Measure in Toronto on Wednesday night, part of the North by Northeast festival, with a cover of Johnny Cash’s ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ – quite possibly the most rock-n-roll country song ever.
And that’s the best way to describe The Lovelocks – they’re a wonderful combination of oldies rock-n-roll and country music. Their biography on the NXNE website described them as alt-country – a genre I had never heard of before. It’s like country is the base for the Toronto-based duo, and The Lovelocks infuse elements of jazz, rock, soul and bluegrass over top of that.
They use an incredible bevy of instruments outside of the typical drums, guitar, bass, like a banjo and violin, which is played by one half of The Lovelocks duo, Ali. Those instruments, combined with Ali and Zoe’s amazingly exceptional vocal harmonies, produces a sound that is entirely unique to them.
That unique quality is also evident when they do cover songs – which in my opinion are a great way to engage the crowd and develop new fans. The covers, which, in addition to the Cash song, included Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Go Your Own Way’ and even Katy Perry’s ‘Part of Me’, were each performed with a unique twist; and the Katy Perry song was virtuously unrecognizable – in a good way!
Ultimately, The Lovelocks bring their own personal style and flair to the country genre. Their music is sweet, fun and fun-loving. It’s joyously lazy at times, a treat for warm summers days.
And you won’t have to wait too long to take their lovely tunes home with you: they just finished recording their first EP in Nashville.
For more on The Lovelocks, visit www.thelovelocksband.com.