The Locust, Plague Soundscapes

Yancey Strickler

By Yancey Strickler

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Plague Soundscapes

The Locust
Is it music or nihilistic gesture? You decide.

Yet another great post-hardcore band from sunny San Diego, the Locust mutate the sound of geographical and ideological neighbors Antioch Arrow to illogical extremes. The longest "song" here is one minute and 29 seconds; most are just bursts of noise and squeals released like anti-aircraft fire. A couple of tracks do follow traditional-ish song structures: "Recyclable Body Fluids in Human Shape" and "Pulling the Christmas Pig By the Wrong Pair of Ears" both kick it spazz-core stylee. But is it music or nihilistic gesture? You decide.