Taylor Locke And The Roughs Blast Through 2 LPs In One Year

posted December 14, 2010

Taylor Locke And The Roughs Blast Through 2 LPs In One Year

Pop-rock pantheon worshippers Taylor Locke and The Roughs have completed not one but two albums in 2010.... And they're just getting started. The pair of full-lengths - "Grain & Grape" and "Marathon" - were self-written, recorded and released within a mere year of forming, a prolific pace for any band. While The Roughs may be new on the scene, they are no strangers to this business of music.

The Roughs emerged as the brainchild of Rooney guitarist Taylor Locke and Price frontman Chris Price, both of whom have been making music since their teens. Together, they've churned out two stellar LPs, brimming with "hook-laden rock songs," as recently described by Nylon magazine. They openly pay homage to rock 'n' roll greats, ranging from Brian Wilson to The Ramones, and make no apologies for their prominent Rundgren and Big Star influences. Their songs teem with raw aggression yet never veer from the beautiful pop melodies. As Locke puts it, "I'm looking for a point where something that has beauty and something that has brutality meet."

Rooted in classic rock with their guitar-driven melodies, their harmonies soar and their hooks dig in deep, appointing them heirs to the stylistic throne of pop greats such as Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Jellyfish, Weezer and anyone else who's ever written a song that sticks like Teflon.

Armed with an arsenal of ear candy, the LA-based quartet is ready to take their show on the road and may be coming to a town near you quite soon.


  • January 14 Hermosa Beach, Calif. Saint Rocke
  • January 17 San Diego, Calif. Soda Bar
  • January 19 Phoenix, Ariz. Rhythm Room
  • January 20 Las Vegas, Nev. Beauty Bar
  • January 23 San Francisco, Calif. Hotel Utah
  • January 25 Seattle, Wash. High Dive
  • January 26 Portland, Ore. Studios