After taking a two year hiatus to pursue family/travel/school/work, the members of ‘Men As Trees’ have relocated and reformed as Locktender in Cleveland, OH. Locktender is a concept focused hardcore band concentrating on artists and their works interpreted through music, lyrics & art. Every album is an artist, every song is a different work.

Our first three songs took quick looks at individual works by William Blake, Earl Nightingale & Raphael Gleitsmann. Our first full length LP, Kafka, was released in 2013 and focused on five short works by Franz Kafka. This was followed by another split for which a Herman Melville short story was used. Our second LP, Rodin, based on four sculptures, was released in 2014 and was supported by a second European Tour. Our third LP is based on the works of Caspar David Friedrich, was released in 2018.
Locktender plays Reverend guitars & Railhammer Pickups.


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  1. I was wondering what the samples you guys used on the Men As Trees album Weltzschmerz were from. They sound so familiar to me but I just can’t place it.

    I love Locktender. You are one of the few bands I’ve found over the last few years that really speaks to me and makes me think. I love reading and looking at the source material that inspires the songs and contemplating both the meaning in them and your interpretations of them. Thank you for making meaning-filled works of art.

    • Thanks for the kind words Dylan!

      As for the samples on Weltzschmerz, MAT used footage found in Dick Proenneke’s documentary “Alone in the Wilderness”. You can find a lot of it on youtube:

      It also plays on PBS a lot… so there’s that. something to keep in mind when channel surfing.

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