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The Locust / Toys That Kill

The Locust/ Toys That Kill: Live In OrlandoLive In Orlando (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: Kevin11Kevin11
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This show will probably end up being the most unpredictable show I have ever been to. The six o' clock start time resulted in a half full Social when the first band of the night Le George Lengrad (I think that is the spelling) took the stage. This French Canadian 4-piece was like nothing I had .


This show will probably end up being the most unpredictable show I have ever been to.

The six o' clock start time resulted in a half full Social when the first band of the night Le George Lengrad (I think that is the spelling) took the stage. This French Canadian 4-piece was like nothing I had seen before; the lead singer (I guess) was dressed in A pink prom dress, and would not let her face to be shown, instead opting to push her hair forward. On The Keyboard was a lady dressed like a beauty queen. The Drummer wore a white button down shirt, open of course. While his face was adorned with a zorro-esqe mask. The strangest of all was certainly the bassist (although they switched instruments quite frequently) as he was dressed in a suit, with a huge mask on, which I won't even attempt to describe. You kids always bitch about how I don't talk about the musicā?¦so here it is.

They played (not surprisingly) some of the strangest music I have ever heard, speaking not a word of English, they successfully set off my "what the fuck?" sensors. You know all of those weird ass parts of Pixies songs? It was like thatā?¦ except for 20 minutes. Slow, intricate beats dragged on as the singer laid down her French vocals, and often times the drummer would give his best opera voice. I didn't enjoy this band's music, but I did enjoy the set simply because I had seen nothing like it before.

Next up was San Diego's Kill Me Tomorrow, this three piece had a weird set-up, Drummer in the front middle, standing up, facing right, bassist on the left into the drummer and guitarist facing the drummer's back. Oddly enough, Kill Me Tomorrow sounded just like the first band! Slow, simple and at some points interesting, they had little stage energy and did not speak in French, which made the first band cool. I may have enjoyed them if they did not follow Le George Lengrad or if I didn't see them live. Unfortunately, their live set was boring.

Next up was Toys That Kill. Now at this show of unpredictability, the most unpredictable thing of the night was the fact that a band that was totally predictable played! Pop-punk resembling a more poppy version of Dillinger Four ran through the speakers as the crowd stared blankly, as Toys That Kill were greeted with little applause after each song. While I have enjoyed their studio releases in the past, this live show has tarnished their image in my mind. They looked like they were having fun, and I wish the crowd was into them more, unfortunately their live show left a lot to be desired.

After about a 15 minute delay, the 4 bug costume-clad and apparently starved guys known as the Locust graced the Social's stage and wasted no time, going right into "Earwax Halo Manufactured For The Champion In All Of Us". To be honest, I was disappointed in the crowd's reaction, with such fast and energetic music as the soundtrack to the mosh pit, only a handful of street punks and skater boys were jumping in there. The stories I have heard about Locust shows in the past and in different cities had built up my hopes for a energetic crowd, however the crowd seemed too scared to do something. The band was probably the tightest and most talented band i have ever seen live, with each member posessing a control over their instrument not seen in many musicians. The Locust played about 25 minutes, drawing songs from all of their full lengths, including a good number from their Epitaph debut "Plague Soundscapes". The band refrained from speaking too much, limiting themselves to only "You made a good choice coming here, you saw some good bands" until the last song. They played the intro to "Moth Eaten Deer Head" to which the crowd erupted, and at the point of picking up in the song, they stopped and Justin said "This will be out last number" and played another song. The crowd was pretty bummed. If the crowd were into this like they should have been, it would have been a 9, sadly they were not, so 6 it is.

I'd have to say that going to a Locust show is an experience that you probably don't want to miss.

Merch highlights include: stickers with "Anything Jesus Can Do, I Can Do Better" and "Get off the cross, the wood is needed" on it. Also, bars of soap, belt buckles and assorted things are also on sale. A free booklet is given out mocking Christian ministries' pamphlets, mocking Mr. Brett and Epitaph that is not to be missed.

 


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maverick (July 21, 2003)

I saw Toys That Kill last September with Dillinger Four, and they were sooooo boring. They played *forever,* too. This score is for them.

-Scott

Anonymous (July 18, 2003)

i thought the best band of the night was les Georges leningrad, they play a mix of devo and lucrate milk, except on acid, very amusing, not to be taken seriously.

Anonymous (July 17, 2003)

man i got the new toys that kill "control the sun" CD and that shit is one toe-tappin motherfucker. my fav track so far is "we control the sun."

Ramo

supercreep (July 16, 2003)

It's too bad that no one was into Toys That Kill. I think they're one of the best live bands around right now. A friend of mine that saw this tour said, "Toys That Kill were like the E Street Band compared to all that art shit."

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

I really want to see toys that kill live. FYP was one of my favorites.

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

Am I the only one who felt like Kill Me Tomorrow sounded like a poorman's Sonic Youth?

Also, Locust = Amazing and Le George Lengrad simply amusing.

flocktothebeat (July 16, 2003)

I dont know why that posted twice

flocktothebeat (July 16, 2003)

I saw this show in Tampa. We got there like a hour and a half late and i was hoping we missed the first bands but we didnt because no one even started till like almost 11. The first band with the girls sucked really bad, really fucking bad, I didnt think the second band sounded the same, I thought they had more of a depeche mode thing going on but they still sucked. Toys That Kill played basic punk rock and wasnt bad but not my cup of tea, I'd say better musically than fyp but not as funny. The locust played good and didnt get any beer bottles thrown at them and there keyboard didnt get broken (everytome they play here people act like dipshits and go "wild" so be thankful people took it easy in orlando.)

flocktothebeat (July 16, 2003)

I saw this show in Tampa. We got there like a hour and a half late and i was hoping we missed the first bands but we didnt because no one even started till like almost 11. The first band with the girls sucked really bad, really fucking bad, I didnt think the second band sounded the same, I thought they had more of a depeche mode thing going on but they still sucked. Toys That Kill played basic punk rock and wasnt bad but not my cup of tea, I'd say better musically than fyp but not as funny. The locust played good and didnt get any beer bottles thrown at them and there keyboard didnt get broken (everytome they play here people act like dipshits and go "wild" so be thankful people took it easy in orlando.)

evildeadalive (July 16, 2003)

Yeah, you said Toys That Kill were having fun, but that their live show left a lot to be desired. Please elaborate. I thought they were rather good the time I saw them...

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

i just like to say toys that kill are great live. that is all.

Ramo

pwise32 (July 16, 2003)

i saw them perform about a year ago with lightning bolt and arab on radar. they came on stage and played for about 20 minutes and just stopped and took off and the crowd just stood there and expected an encore. it was great. lots of weird kids there also

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

kevin 11, please elaborate on "weird ass parts of Pixies songs". i can't really think of any.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

"they successfully set off my ?what the fuck?? sensors."

i like that line... good review

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

Never seen toys that kill live but FYP put on a great show. The singer spit in the air and caught it a few times. Punk rock!

TheOneTrueBill (July 15, 2003)

Locust on the 24th.
Circle Jerks/GBH on the 25th.

yay!

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

Punkcore kid? Ok...who were you talking to? Good review...

punkcorekid (July 15, 2003)

Yeah, the best thing was that Christians suck....you're so ignorant. Don't write anything else until you have something intelligent to say.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

the locust might be the worst band on the planet

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

god dammit i am so pissed that i missed the atlanta date. i hope they come back SOON. did anyone go?

-Kerry

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

oioioi jackass.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

Woops i typoed

-bsd

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

You really appreciate more than a few loser punks or sk8r bois care about good music? This score is for that weird ass Canadian band.

-BSD

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