It would be an understatement to say that I’m obsessed with this album. The last time I heard Brad, JJ, Cory, and Travis was back in 2013 when they released their “Split” EP with Seaway; Safe to say (which is conveniently their old name), that was a long, long time ago and I barely remembered that they once existed. Now after their two year break, Locket, formerly Safe To Say, is back with their first LP since signing with Fearless Records, All Out, on October 25th, 2019.
I find it funny because a few weeks back, we had Rarity in the studio for an interview and we asked them to bring in two names of bands who aren’t as well known for them to share over the air; Locket was one of them. I hadn’t made the connection that they used to be Safe To Say, but I loved their song, “First Blush”. When I first heard Brad sing, “I want to be totally reckless with you in suburban streets” in an airy, effortless voice during the chorus I had literal chills. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I grew up in a suburban area and that the instruments behind his singing gave me a nostalgic feeling of the fall when I was younger, but the emotional connection I felt had me hooked after I heard that song of off “All Out (The Singles)”. This album definitely contains everybody's next winter anthem that they will have on repeat for the remainder of 2019.
The album begins with Brad’s signature light and airy vocals singing “If I were the ocean I’d suspend/all of my waves from crashing” over a subtle guitar riff before the drums and second guitar kick in on “Out of Sight”. I want to say this is my favorite song off the album because I don’t think they could’ve picked a better song to introduce themselves as Locket, but I also can’t pick a favorite song because each song is so beautifully crafted that it would be impossible to pinpoint one song as my favorite. “Out of Sight” has ups and downs and showcases their ability to write beautiful, but hard-hitting lyrics like during the chorus when he sings in a much heavier voice “Taking two steps back whenever you run away/does it make you laugh when they say/all of us are looking for love in our own way/is anybody loving us back”.
Overall, the album has everything a pop-punk fan could want: singable, catchy lyrics, heavier, angry songs like “Sleepwalker”, and beautiful ballads like “Hunnie”, another favorite of mine. It’s rare that we punk fans ever get a love song that isn’t about being absolutely miserable or depressed in a relationship, but Locket delivers one of the most elegant love songs I’ve ever heard in pop-punk or punk rock with “Hunnie”. I’ve listened to it countless times since this album came out on Friday and I still get chills every time Brad’s vocals come in with the subtle drum roll on the cymbal singing “Bound to you/wrapped around your finger” halfway through the song; in all reality, I could just put that part on repeat and listen to it over and over again.
This album is literally Locket’s “breakout” album, but I think it’s also going to pave the way for the rest of their career. I think they learned a lot during the years that they were Safe To Say and it’s evident that they have applied everything they’ve learned to Locket and are about to be a force to be reckoned with. I have yet to hear one bad review of All Out, but I don’t think there is ever going to be one because this album is simply that good. All Out is currently streaming everywhere. If you are interested in hearing Locket play some songs off of All Out live, they are currently on tour with The Dangerous Summer. You can find the rest of their dates here.
Check out Locket