For the uninitiated, yesterday was World Book Night and to celebrate that there was an all day event down at the Hastings Art Forum, under Marine Court. Sounds a little confusing I know, but….
I had been meaning to go down anyway, see what was happening and relieve them of a few free books, if any took my fancy. But then I found out that one of those unique bands that Hastings tends to throw up every so often were playing during the evening session.
So, I made my way down to the Hastings Arts Forum yesterday evening, listened to some poetry, an acoustic performer and duly relieved them of three free books. All very good it was too and then came the closing act of this all day and very impressive event, Lockup Quartet.
Well, as you can see from the photo above, the band consists of a few different elements. In fact Julian Humphries, who you can see there on the congas, described Lockup Quartet to me as being Multi – Ethnic, Gender and Generational. Add to that the fact that they describe their music as being World Fusion and you can see that we’re dealing with something just a little bit different here. And as I said earlier, something that Hastings excels in.
The sound has definite echoes of the Middle East and Arabia, but all the different elements involved mean that it all adds up to substantially more than that. There is variety and diversity within the songs and even the liberal use of a cowbell. That takes me back!
Although sounding pretty tight as a band, they still manage to sound loose as well. Not an easy thing to do, but when the musicians are this good it’s maybe not quite so hard?
As mentioned, this is only the second time I’ve seen Lockup Quartet as they are a new band on the local scene. But, on both occasions they’ve gone down a storm.
It’s just a case of leaving any musical prejudicies that you may have at the door and enjoying the music, the rythmns and some great playing. I did and it certainly worked for me. I suspect it would for you too.
Thanks to Sam Kinch Photography for the photo of Lockup Quartet.
As yet Lockup Quartet don’t appear to have either a website, or Facebook page. We’ll let you know if that changes.