Last year Rich Lardner was going through his own personal hell, lying in a hospital bed having missed four tours with his previous and now defunct band, battling a life-threatening illness. Formed during the frontman's recovery, Lock & Key's debut EP, 'The Divide', is a five-track affair packed with hard hitting hardcore, mostly inspired by the struggles and emotions Lardner experienced.
It's quite the rollercoaster of emotions too. Opening track, 'Don't But Not Out', is a call to arms and a song about perserverance, while 'Burning Rope' was inspired by watching a fellow paitent pass and the struggles in finding hope that presents.
Having already shared stages with the likes of Stick To Your Guns, Deez Nuts, Demoraliser, Climates and Martyr Defiled, and a video for debut single, 'So Alone', already at 80,000+ views on Youtube, the Midlands quintet are already starting to carve out quite the name for themselves.
Many ticket-holders couldn't get into the O2 Arena show on Tuesday night (September 19th) because they didn't bring photo ID to match their booking.
An album re-release, a new song and a documentary mark the singer's legacy this year.
The actor plays the titular hero in the forthcoming adaptation.