I’ve picked a right noisy bastard of a record for this week’s Friday Tunes. The Locust’s ‘New Erections’ LP was released in 2007 and was the third album from the San Diego-based noise/math band. The Locust have always been something of a contentious issue within the punk rock community. Many merely dismiss the sight of four grown men dressed as insect superheroes as gimmicky. Others take issue with their ultra-sarcastic song titles (‘Get Off The Cross, The Wood Is Needed’, ‘The Unwilling… Led by the Unqualified… Doing the Unnecessary… for the Ungrateful’) and incredibly brief slabs of sonic violence. Hell, some folk even accused them of ruining hardcore for fat kids with their svelte figure-hugging outfits.
Personally, I love this band. See past the face value of the outfits and you’ve got one of the tightest groups of musicians out there blending an incredible mix of powerviolence, noise rock and outright weird experimentation. Don’t believe me? Then check out drummer Gabe Serbian in action. You should also check out bassist/vocalist Justin Pearson whose previous band Swing Kids basically wrote the template for all modern screamo bands to follow. His record label Three One G is also responsible for releasing some of the best punk, hardcore and noise releases of the past two decades. Check out the above video for album-opener ‘AOTKPTA’ and if that floats your boat, go to the band’s Facebook for more