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"This trip could last a long, long time," sings Full Service drummer/vocalist Hoag on "Mushed 'Em," opener of the locals' 12th studio album, Lockers. The exhilarating kickoff pops with manic drum fills and a sunny guitar lead courtesy of Bonesaw before giving way to an electrifying riff and Hoag's vocals, which fall somewhere between Claudio Sanchez and Dexter Holland. Unfortunately, Hoag's exclamation also applies to Lockers. The band churns out serviceable midtempo rockers with "Tim Roberts," "Mikey Mussel," and the title track (which features a scorching guitar solo), but soon devolves into meandering alt-psych filler that deflates the disc. Full Service doesn't hide their affinity for reggae, a naturally infectious genre, but "That's My Jam" and "Slow Drops" rely too heavily on feel-good vibes and campfire sing-along choruses while lacking substance. If songs five through nine were cut, the trip wouldn't last as long and thus prove far more pleasurable.


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