Story: Jack Foley
IT'S difficult to describe the music of the Lockdown Project.
Hip Hop beats, with ferocious rap, fused together with Latin
guitars and an infectious pop spirit is just one of the many attempts.
However, you need not bother, as charismatic front man, Ollie,
puts it: "It's not something we tend to worry about. We are
what we are. It works for us. Anything else is a bonus."
2003 proved to be a big year for them.
With a stadium tour of Europe, as support on Herbert Grönemeyer's
gigantic MENSCH tour, a performance at the prestigious Montreux
Jazz Festival and support slots consisting of Kosheen, Fun Lovin'
Criminals, Ozomatli and the legendary Cypress Hill already in
the bag, it seems the band are right not to worry.
Lockdown Project were founded at the South coast of England,
by brothers Ben and Ollie, who sought to build on a fusion hardcore
guitars, metallic beats and ferocious rap.
After independent releases, UK tours and even storming gigs in
Japan, it was only when guitarist James arrived that the Lockdown
sound began to evolve into where it stands today - but only with
bass player, Lawrence, the band was completed.
The line-up has been breaking down barriers ever since, with
their rousing live performances.
LDP toy with their audience with delightful ease, savouring
the experience as they build the tension and energy, and then
release one climax after another, after another.
The combined talents make Lockdown Project a force to be reckoned
Hence, comparisons are many and varied, but the band is difficult
to pigeon-hole into any one category - everything from the Red
Hot Chilli Peppers to the House of Pain, to the wide pop appeal
of Justin Timberlake to the ferocious energy of Rage Against The
Machine appear to be catered for.
Inevitably, given the number of US influences, the Lockdown Project
sound has now reached America.
Their first single Everybody In The Morning has been selected
as the soundtrack to the HIV awareness TV campaign (www.istodaytheday.org)
in the US!
Hence, a new audience of over 70 million will be exposed to
the hypnotic brilliance of LDP.
The band will release their eponymous debut album on March 22,
on Gronland Records, featuring the trademark mix of sounds.