Lokata (LOW-kah-TUH) means to stop thinking about fate/destiny and live in the 'now'. You won't find it in a dictionary, because it's not a real word. It's therefore also not a real meaning, but how we interpret it. (we made it up.) Lokata's music is comparable to that of bands like story of the year, killswitch engage, and the used. Drawing influences from the deftones, refused, metallica, nirvana and green day; it's a mesh of ideas and attitude set to a punk rock backdrop. Lokata began with 3 teenage friends. They auditioned singers, but couldn't find 'that guy'. An email to a friend who was doing the school thing at the time, brought him into the group after a few jam sessions. After auditioning a few bassists the band got frusterated and went into a hole. They wrote for 6 long months, meeting to record and write and record some more. After 30+ songs, the band decided to head back to the practice space and rock a few songs out. Auditioning still more bass players, Lokata couldn't seem to find 'that other guy', until they realized there wasn't one out there. Their singer took on bass responsibilities and the quartet forged on. Completetly self sufficient, the band moved to a rehersal space and began regular recording and rehersals, in preparation for touring and releasing their first EP. No story ever ends that easily though. In early January a few days prior to a show supporting a national band, one of 3 friends quit. The band faltered. Make no mistake, there was talk of giving up. Team morale was at an all time low. BUT. After frustrating interviews, losing jobs, living at the studio, selling personal belongings to cover studio rent, the band struck some well deserved good luck. Recruiting Mat on drums and Jason on bass on the SAME day changed the face of Lokata. Lokata's current plans include a busy show schedule, constant internet and street level promotion, and another recording at the end of this year. Lokata is: JAe : Singing / Screaming Mike : Guitar / Backup Vocals Ed : Lead GTR / droopy droors Connell : Bass Mat : Drums.