Incorporating layers of haunting ambience, crooning melodies, and an often-punchy percussive backbone, Lokella’s music unleashes an evocative performance. Often extending beyond the confines of the rock genre, the West Michigan group creates a bait and hook by flirting with blues tropes, jazz elements, dashes of latin feel, and an abundance of drama.
New Noise are proud to premiere the group’s video for “Witchmer” below:
Forming in 2016 and bursting into the scene with a four-song visual EP, The Worst Of, the title only insinuated that members Jennifer Bartlett, Evan Bartlett, Chris Bursley and (former member) Nathan Jean were dead set on overcoming personal boundaries in their craft and their performance. The four went on to shed a few layers and followed up with another five songs the following year, fashioning an EP appropriately titled Shedding Skin.
Gaining traction with a constant push for visual elements that coincided with the songwriting, the band was met with a small metamorphosis with the addition of Josh Poel on drums before writing for the most recent release Censory Overload.
On the meaning behind “Witchmer,” Jennifer Bartlett states:
“Amid a pandemic, social and political unrest, while many issues have come to light, we seem to still be uncomfortable with women in power. As someone who has experienced misogyny firsthand, watching how some people seem to have complete meltdowns any time a woman takes a stand is mind-blowing.
It’s now almost laughable … if women still didn’t have to worry about the violent reactions from those who fear them or think they are too crazy, too emotional, too sensitive or too much of anything to get a job done. When watching each press conference of our Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, was giving in response to the pandemic, the comment sections on social media blew up with vitriol and hatred.
While I am personally no stranger to nasty internet comments, what I was seeing beneath Whitmer’s posts both shocked and disgusted me…and it happened again and again. The lyrics from the verses of the songs are direct quotes from just a few out of many internet troll’s attempts to distract her. The choruses and bridge are our response. We stand with the Nasty Women.”
Stream Lokella here.