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The Locust

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San Diego, United States (1994 – present)

The Locust are a band formed in 1994 in San Diego, California. They are known for their unique mix of speed and aggression, complexity, and weirdness. They take inspiration from (Crossed Out, Dropdead), obscure (Art Bears, Renaldo and The Loaf), and .

The Locust was formed by Justin Pearson, Bobby Bray, Dylan Scharf, Dave Warshaw, and Dave Astor. After a number of personnel changes, they arrived at their current four-piece lineup in 2001, consisting of Pearson, Bray, Gabe Serbian, and Joey Karam. Originally a band with a strong tendency towards synth-based passages, they have more recently stripped down much of their past sound, but retained the heavy distortion, synthesizers, screamed vocals, and intense stage presence. On the band’s unique sound and live presentations, singer/bassist Justin Pearson has said, “I wanted to change the way people perceive music, or maybe just destroy it in general.” Their music is complex, dynamic and fast-paced, often featuring abrupt and inconsistent time-signature changes. These erratic elements are, according to guitarist Bobby Bray, “a reflection of perhaps how our brains have to function in order to be able to do anything in the Western societies we live in.”

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