Published Mar 23, 2007"Anyone can scream. It seems really immature, says Justin Pearson. "Weve screamed as loud as we can and as hard as we can, and theres really no need to do that. We can still be as artistic and abstract and evil and political without screaming full-throttle. As the bassist and vocalist of San Diegos technical grind-punks the Locust, Pearson has helped push screaming to new hardcore heights. While the bands latest, New Erections, features the same high-intensity blasts of frenetic, technical noise theyve been known for since their inception over ten years ago, it also makes some serious sonic detours.
"Were not interested in writing the same record again. So we wrote a different record, Pearson says. "We said Lets slow this down and play it longer and let it develop. Before, everything was so dense part-part-part-part-part-stop. The blast-beat opening of the records first track, "AOTKPTA still sounds like vintage Locust, an uncontrollable burst of sound led by guitar and keyboard that plays like a Big Black b-side played at quadruple speed. Suddenly, the song quickly makes a sharp turn into slow, doom-y atmospherics that Pearson says are "virtually non-existent in our music. The creative shift from non-stop aural abuse to something more dynamic arose out of necessity more than anything.
"We really didnt feel we could play our new material live yet, says Pearson. Heading out on tour but looking to expand their existing material, the band took a unique approach. "We ended up writing pieces between our songs and making one long forty-five minute set. Coming away from tour with a newfound interest in atmospherics and unique vocal approaches, the Locusts New Erections is the logical conclusion of the bands evolution. And as Person points out, "Its nice to have a few moments where youre not being slaughtered by blast beats.