We asked Andy Powell, Laughing In The Face Of’s drummer what his favourite Lockjaw shows and releases are. No surprise that it’s a technical masterpiece…
Introduce yourself! Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Andy and I play drums for Laughing In The Face Of.
What’s your favourite of the Lockjaw gigs you’ve played?
Not sure if this counts as a Lockjaw gig, but I would say the final gig of our 2011 UK tour with Darko! It was at a place called The Station in Kingston; Almeida also played and I still remember Karl and Borg showing off some pimping rides (Karl’s BMW and Borg’s super bike) outside the show. Another highlight was playing drums for a collective cover of Pennywise’s Bro Hymn. Good times.
What’s your favourite Lockjaw Records release?
It has to be The Fear with Here Goes Nothing!
What makes that record so special for you?
I fell in love with this record after listening to it solidly around the 2012 mark when it first came out, and I still adore it just as I did then. The whole thing shreds and has great choruses and singalongs. Joe Sledmore, their drummer at the time, was a beast of epic proportions and I love his no nonsense beats and fills. The songwriting is also right up there with the best of them, not to mention the vocals and guitars (tech as fuck!). Big up Dave Boothroyd before he took over the tubs! One other thing I love is that crazy digital whammy sound that is all over the start of the track Heavy Hearts And Bloodshot Eyes. Awesome!
If we only have time to listen to one track, which would you recommend and why?
Predator. Man, that opening riff makes me want to run at oncoming traffic whilst crushing beer cans off my head.
Here Goes Nothing is available from the Lockjaw Records webstore – it’s never too late to discover a great album! Sadly, The Fear are no longer touring, however there’s rumours of a new Laughing In The Face Of release on The Horizon…