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Taylor Locke: the new sound of West Coast Rock

After LA rockers Rooney called it a day, Taylor Locke kicked around in tribute acts. Then he met Kim Fowley, and recorded one of the Califiornian rock albums of the year

We’ve all been there, when a relationship you’ve spent years devoting yourself to splutters to a halt. It’s a confusing, disorientating time. In Taylor Locke’s case he was dealing with the demise of Rooney, the LA-based five piece he played guitar in for over a decade. Looking and sounding like a West Coast version of the Strokes, they were pretty, had good hair and major label backing, but somehow it never worked out, and after their last album in 2010 Rooney went on ‘indefinite hiatus’.

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