Music Journalist, Photographer

  • Exeter
  • 2 reviews
My name is Emily Lockey, a passionate metal head from South Somerset, now living in Exeter. – My fondest memories of growing up is seeing local live shows. This experience shaped my love for rock and metal music and the connection to the community around the music scene. Whilst living in Southampton, Angry Wolf Music Reviews was born following a career with a music promotion company. I have been fortunate for the opportunities presented to me and have been able to work with bands such as: Soulfly, Trivium, Architects, Bury Tomorrow, Saxon, Lower Than Atlantis and more. From this experience I started a side project of reviewing the shows and albums and interviewing bands on my website www.angrywolfmusicreviewssw.co.uk - Angry Wolf Music Reviews South West. When I moved back to Somerset, I took what I have learnt and experienced to keep the rock and metal scene alive in the South West. I believe this is done by encouraging fans to get involved in live shows again, to make them aware what is available around this part of the country and to explore local music. Also, to support the bands to keep creating and playing shows with confidence and passion. I have now moved to Exeter and plan to expand around the Devon area as well as Somerset, reviewing larger shows in cities, but still also remaining loyal to promoting the smaller and upcoming artists in this part of the UK. I have recently joined the On The House team, which is a great opportunity and a privilege to be part of an ever expanding team of reviewers whom are constantly posting some great material from all over the UK and reviewing bands from all over the world. This is a fantastic website that gives opportunities to reviewers and bands/artists to really connect over their love for music and to promote pure creativity.

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Emily Lockey reviewed POISON CROW 1 year ago

Poison Crow

Poison Crow, the coven of gothic misfits from Bristol, are able to gain a place within your heart swiftly. They are able to captivate their audience with a unique style by fusing together attitude, dark fashion and their refined sound to create a sensation of gothic darkness, while still providing some great catchy hard rock tunes.

The single ‘Cyanide’, is accompanied by a professional-looking music video (available on YouTube), it immediately enchants those that do not fit the traditional mould, who are struggling to find their place in the world and are ready to look for a good time; who are able to experience their deepest emotions and explode with spirit. – Very much like the band, it seems. The catchy, groovy riff will get you moving and the strong, deep bass cuts through the layers to provide the perfect punch to support the sound. The female vocals have a clean sound, however the melodies bend and slide like a snake moving through the grass – which adds an eerie tone and unique edges. The lyrics are catchy and will leave you wanting to listen to this song again and again as the words run through your mind.

Poison Crow’s 2018 single is named ‘Paradise’ – it begins with a playful riff; then the eerie, female vocals commence and are layered over the chaotic instruments beneath. There is a great breakdown within this track, the guitar becomes chuggier, the drums become punchier and there is a collectively heavier vibe to accompany the mysterious vocals. –Close your eyes and you are running alone through dark woods, escaping a shadow which has been chasing you, vines of thorns catching your skin as try to escape this – ‘running for your life’.

Something a bit different is ‘Stop’; this track is comprised of a heavy, energetic introduction which leads into a fun, catchy riff. There is an aura of rebellious pop-punk with a burst of modern darkness and mystery. This track is full emotion and drive, a surge towards a crusade for change in ones’ life following difficult times. There is a well executed break down which features a speedy guitar riff with deep bass underneath which adds texture and strength to the fire of the vocals. This track also shows diversity in vocal styles and production techniques – from soft, clean melodies into a reverb-heavy ghostly ambiance; this gives the listener a full and varied experience.

Poison Crow had their first headline show, which sold out in their hometown of Bristol, Halloween of 2019. -This demonstrates the large following of fans that they have around the South West and how they are being supported within their music scene. It is evident that the band have worked hard to progress and by using their influences and by working well together, they are able to sculpt a unique style of gothic chaos.

Emily Lockey reviewed CROOKED LITTLE SONS 1 year ago

Crooked Little Sons – Live & Loud at the Junction Album Review

The Exeter boys make you vigorously crave live music again with ‘Crooked Little Sons – Live & Loud at the Junction’. This album is a recording of the full set at the Crooked Little Sons ‘Snake’ Release show on 30th August 2019 in Plymouth, UK; it was then released in this album form on 22nd May 2020.

This has been recorded, mixed and mastered by Rich Robinson; and he has done a fantastic job. -There are live albums out there in which the sound quality is muffled, tinny and over-driven; however the purity of the sound is unblemished – listening to this album catapults you into the heart of a great local punk show.
The album begins with some background feedback and distortion; this fills the room and sets the scene for an intimate gig atmosphere. The intro is a great touch, it is a memory of a sound-check and encourages complete submersion. An atmosphere builds, like the calm before the storm; a slow drum beat. You are able to feel the excitement of the audience build.-

And then it hits you like a wave – the unruly high energy of a band that are unapologetically strong minded, doing exactly what they want and love. ‘Snake’ is a punks’ ‘fuck you’ at someone or society. This is old school sweaty punk rock – it has worked all these years and it works now – they have the passion, the attitude and the drive to captivate the audience and include them in this rollercoaster of a ride they have created. The vocalist’s performance style radiates confidence and really completes the high energy feeling of the band. It makes you want to go to one of their shows. ‘Fick’ has a lyrical hook in which the audience can join in and connect with the passion and angst; they are then able to flood themselves in the fast paced, high energy riffs throughout these first songs.

‘Coolest Copy Cat’ showcases rhythmic, distorted, shouting vocals in-between a strong, fast drum beat and distorted fast paced guitar parts. -This is an affective pattern to push through the anger and the intensity of emotions to transmit this to the audience – like a message needs to be heard.

‘Heavy Sunday’ keeps the audience participation at the forefront, it starts with a sing-along part, then blends into a melodic use of toms and a fun guitar and bass riffs. The crowd is clearly enjoying every second of this, a great tune to move to.
The room fills with distortion, and ‘Rats’ is introduced – ‘For all the rock and rollers out there!’ The fast-paced punk atmosphere remains; however this is combined with a bass groove that carries the song and adds a new spice of old school rock and roll substance. This track demonstrates that the band is able to experiment with their sound and take influence from a number of resources outside the world of punk rock.
The low bass blends well into the next song in the set, ‘Morning After’ – the sound becomes more rocky and the bass continues to cut through, providing a funky riff accompanied by the distorted guitar part.

The band takes an intermission and front man uses this to address the audience, keeping all who are there continually engaged, and regaining his stamina. Some calm washes over, then the an ambush of high energy races back – ‘Noosepaper’ and ‘Something To Say’ is a whirlwind of punk vigour that inspires fight into the soul. These tracks declare a message about the issues around the media and the negative influence this can have over peoples’ lives.

The album finishes with an introduction to a final track ‘Thick as Thieves’ – however the album then abruptly ends. – Not sure what has happened here – whether this was intentional or not, but it is rather frustrating that the album leaves you on somewhat of a cliff-hanger with no resolution to conclude the album as a whole.

Nevertheless, it is very clear from listening to this Crooked Little Sons album, that this is a band that you need to see live to gain the full experience of the tremendous, unstoppable punk rock rampage. Huge credit to the front man for his pure energy and passion when performing and allowing the audience to consider the messages in the passionate lyrics he conveys.