The cancer story behind Lincoln band’s emotional music video

Lincoln rock band Lock Up Laura’s latest music video is inspiring hundreds to remember lost loved ones, with a song telling the story of a challenging cancer battle.

After drummer Kareem Mahfouz lost his mum Jacqueline Mahfouzl Green to cancer two years ago, his band mates decided to write a song in her memory, and invite fans to pay their own tributes in the video.

‘Remember You’ was written by lead vocalist Lee McCusker, who said he wanted to support his band mate during the difficult time.

The American-style band released the final single from their debut album Running in the Dark on September 8 and already it has over 500 views on Youtube.

Fans were asked to contribute special videos in tribute of the people they miss the most, of which a selection was chosen to be included in the production.

The band consists of drummer Kareem Mahfouz (28), guitarist and vocalist Sam Buckthop (26), Bassist Liam Giles (20), guitarist Aaron Hall (27) and lead vocalist Lee McCusker (26).

Lee said: “This song has always been my favourite on the album and the one I’m most proud of.

“When you see one of your brothers go through such a devastating loss, you feel quite helpless and this was our way of supporting Kareem during that time.

“We all knew Jacqui and she really was a diamond, and to be able to write and perform something that not only was a tribute to her but for so many people, was really important to all of us.

“It was Aaron that first mentioned the idea of inviting the fans to get involved and trying to make the song accessible for as many people as possible.

“Warren Hayward from Any Idea shot the video at Insonic Studios in Lincoln with us, and we all collectively had an input on how we wanted it, but Warren really got into the idea from day one of discussing it.

“Opportunity to shine is very important for most emerging bands, and we’ve been incredibly fortunate from the start with loyal fans and some really supportive people around us.”

Lock Up Laura are looking forward to heading back to the studio to start recording the next record, Masquerade, and will be supporting The Brew at The Engine Shed on November 18.