by William J Locker

REDHEAD, an album written by William J Locker.  Recorded at Sonic Factory Studios in Des Moines, IA.

Released in 2015.

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“Redhead” shows transparency. The songs are both personal and gripping. A track like the opening number, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Man,” sends the listener into a noisy expulsion of nostalgic rock; while a track like “Go Make Friends With the Crows” harnesses an unforgettable pop rock hook with the same rock ‘n’ roll grit.

The record shows two sides: One is the gnarly mettle on display from Locker’s lyricism; the other oozes through in the music, in the form of distorted decadence.

“It is very much a kind of bluesy, breakup record, also a ‘beginning of a relationship’ record,” Locker said. “You’ve got [both] ends of a relationship throughout the record — ‘she loves me, she loves me not’ type-of thing. That’s what’s so fun about how it came together. It tells a story.”

“It seemed like everything was crashing down at once and I had no creative outlet at all,” he continued. “And I had this free, acoustic guitar a friend gave me and I just started messing around with it. And I wrote some songs on it.”

Locker said it took a bit of courage to show the new songs to his brother, Jon. Despite that initial struggle, it worked out.

“[You’re] very insecure when you’re first starting out,” he said. “You just gotta do it. I showed him the tunes and he thought it sounded pretty rock ‘n’ roll. I definitely wanted to go for that old sound.”

Being a solo record, Locker leaned on other musicians to help create the sound for “Redhead.” His brother played bass; Neil Stoffregen played keys and lead guitar parts; Lucas Welchans also provided lead guitar riffs; Heath Pattschull played saxophone; Erik Brown played trumpet; Nella Thomas and Jerry Lorenson sang backing vocals. Matt Sepanic at the Sonic Factory helped finish the production of the record via mixing and mastering.

He said he wouldn’t be able to of make “Redhead” without the support of the other musicians.

Written by: Matthew Leimkuehler (Juice)