Of the recent local bands that have started within the last year or so, and there have been a few here and there, the most promising to date seems to be Looksy.
Fronted by Daniel Ingram and backed by John Laing, Kyle Posten, and Rob Keating, the band got started at the tail end of 2011. So, for all intents and purposes, they were a brand new in 2012 and are roughly a year or so old. It didn’t take them long to start making waves and getting mentions, though. I’ve heard more than a few people talk about how big they are. The band stole the show at the first Dinner with Strangers After Party at Green Bar in November of last year.
The band rose from the ashes of the short-lived, but well respected, band the Classic Flame and features some of the same members. Looksy are their own thing, though.
Their first collection of music, Poor Ole Devil, showed their strengths: hard driving, garage sound with stops and starts that keep things sonically interesting; Ingram’s voice, an original with hints of Jack White; powerful guitar chops; pure rock songs.
The tease from their new work released last month is promising. Bits & Pieces sounds similar to their earlier EP in theme and structure, which for now is fine, especially since the first EP was only three songs in length.
Looksy’s live shows do the great job of balancing their tunes with contrasts from their recorded works. It’s a thing that great bands don’t forget to do: take the songs that have been recorded and give them even more energy in a live setting — in other words, give the audience a little something more or a little something different. Either one works. Looksy manages to take the “give them something more” attitude, and it works well. They are high energy but never overbearing. The quiet moments of each song get your attention; the rock elements keep it. This band is talented, no doubt. Talent can be meaningless, though, if not backed with good songs and great performances, which Looksy brings to the stage and to the recordings so far.
The only complaint I have at a Looksy show is a request for more harmonies. Ingram’s voice is very distinct, and a blend of another voice or two would be ideal and probably would solidify a near perfect sound. That’s perhaps irrelevant, though.
Looksy will be one of the must-see bands performing at this year’s Druid City Art Festival, a free show and cultural gathering that’s really worth your time and support, on Saturday, April 6th. They also have several more shows lined up around the region. Check them out. They are worth your time. Hopefully, their new stuff will come out sooner than later.
We’re all looking forward to Bits & Pieces here.