Local 913, Episode 58: Locks & Dams
“Barbeque Rock and Post Country!”
“Yeah, those are our genres. We kind of had no business playing this stuff. I came from a punk/heavy background. This was just trying something new and we didn’t know what we were doing. Now we’re kind of finding our place in it.”
That’s Bill Schill & Nate Campisi from the self-described post-country group Locks & Dams. Formed about 6 years ago with Schill, Campisi, vocalist Zach Smith and drummer Chris McCune, the band developed a unique groove that brings to mind Little Feat, The Avett Brothers and 16 Horsepower. Recently, Locks & Dams partnered with another local band, Ghost Guts, to release a Split LP.
NC: “A split is when two bands get together and split alternating sides of the record.”
BS: ”Usually it’s because they don’t have enough money to press it on their own. Or they just want to…” NC: “share the promotion together. One band promotes their side and subsequently promotes the other side.”
BS: “ I don’t know the real tradition of it, other than it was done a lot in punk rock.”
NC: “Mostly punk, yeah.”
The album was recorded by Campisi at Mr. Smalls Recording Studio and features guest musicians James Hart of The Harlan Twins, Greg Smee of Wooly Woman and Chelsea Rumba of Shakey Shrines. For more on Locks and Dams, check them out on Facebook.