Influential screamy, mathy, chaotic hardcore punks THE LOCUST have recently played their first shows in 4 years and today the band is back with some great news; new music video for the song “Recyclable Body Fluids In Human Form”, coming from their 2003 album Plague Soundscapes, as well as a handful of shows in late 2019! Created by Eric Livingston, the video can be seen above.
The Locust traverse, constantly cross, and redefine the line between total chaos and perfect order. Genre-defying and boundary-blurring/destroying, The Locust are proven to be masters at their craft. What that craft is, however, still proves to be difficult to define. Band members Bobby Bray, Joseph Karam, Justin Pearson, and Gabe Serbian offer a sound far removed from genre identification: brutally ultra-violent and drenched in sci-fi-noise, gruesome insectoid keyboards and herky jerky scream/ sing vocals — described by one journalist as “a car-wreck with vocals.”
After releasing Plague Soundscapes on Anti in June 2003, they solidified the markedly different sonic terrorism The Locust had began to explore and would go on to cement as their own unique creation – a glorious cacophony of synths and violent yelps arranged in the most strict and uniform sense. Many consider this album essential to the reshaping and expanding of what “hardcore” music could be, decades after its release.
After lengthy touring following the 2007 release of third LP New Erections, The Locust went on hiatus. Another archive recording was released in 2010: this time, a legendary Peel Session recorded nine years prior. In 2013, the band performed at FYF Fest and Fun Fun Fun Fest to frenzied crowds.
In the time that the band has existed, Bray, Karam, Pearson and Serbian have taken part in seemingly countless other impressive bands and projects, including Dead Cross, Le Butcherettes, Some Girls, One Day As a Lion, Swing Kids, Cattle Decapitation, Le Shok, Holy Molar, Head Wound City, INUS, Zu, Retox, Deaf Club, Planet B, and Fahih.
Video for “Recyclable Body Fluids in Human Form” created by Eric Livingston, who has collaborated artistically with bands such as Dead Cross, Prissy Whip, Planet B, Egrets on Ergot, 3TEETH, The Manx, and more.
Oct 29 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
Oct 30 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
Oct 31 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Nov 2 – Denver, CO @ Summit
Nov 7 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box w/ Silent, The Creepy Creeps
Nov 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent w/ Big Business, Geronimo
split w/ Man Is the Bastard, King of the Monsters, 1995
split w/ Jenny Piccolo, Three One G, 1996
The Locust EP, Gold Standard Laboratories, 1997
The Locust, Gold Standard Laboratories, 1998
split w/ Arab on Radar, Gold Standard Laboratories, 2000
Flight of the Wounded Locust EP, Gold Standard Laboratories, 2001
split w/ Melt-Banana, Gold Standard Laboratories, 2002
Well I’ll Be a Monkey’s Uncle EP, Gold Standard Laboratories, 2002
Follow the Flock, Step in Shit EP, Three One G, 2003
Plague Soundscapes, ANTI-, 2003
Safety Second, Body Last EP, Radio Surgery, 2005
New Erections, ANTI-, 2007
The Peel Sessions, Radio Surgery, 2010
Molecular Genetics from the Gold Standard Labs, ANTI-, 2012
THE LOCUST played their first show in four years at CA music festival Desert Daze this past Saturday: