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The Locust - Follow The Flock, Step In Shit (Cover Artwork)

The Locust

The Locust: Follow The Flock, Step In ShitFollow The Flock, Step In Shit (2004)
Three One G Records

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Three songs in three-minutes, 11-seconds. Hey, what do you expect? It's The Locust, bringing us some more fine chaotic, unpredictable hardcore/grind coupled with electronic/sonic noise at intermittent intervals. The first two offerings, according to the press release, first were heard on a split wit.
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Three songs in three-minutes, 11-seconds. Hey, what do you expect? It's The Locust, bringing us some more fine chaotic, unpredictable hardcore/grind coupled with electronic/sonic noise at intermittent intervals. The first two offerings, according to the press release, first were heard on a split with Jenny Piccolo. Also featured is "Red", a song from a comp entitled 'Cry Now, Cry Later Vol.4' - for all those who care.

The EP starts off with the merciless title track, a fed-up-with-society lament to which any of us who've ever been disgusted by humanity and society can certainly relate. This bleak look at our culture is carried over to the next song, the incredibly fast 29-second "Coffin Nails", which has a VERY Conflict feel (well, not musically, but certainly lyrically), as the guys bemoan what has become of this once "fertile earth" and how if we carry on our present course (which seems all too likely), we'll be ruined. They end it all with the profound lines: "When there is no grain to feed the butchered cows/When there is no grain to feed yourselves/Then you will see that money can't be eaten." The third and final track is the most diverse and harrowing, beginning with sputtering electronics and hectic drumming, turning into a slow, sludgy, oppressive, doom-like dirge with tortured, drawn-out vocals, that every now and then is broken up by sudden bursts of speed.

Most likely a challenging listen for some, but for those tolerant of extremes and fans already of the infamous troupe, 'Follow the Flock, Step in Shit', is a great release from a band that continues to defy conventions. Oh yeah, on a weird side note, the disc is a tiny square, sure to piss more than a few people off...

 

 
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davepwnt (December 21, 2006)

This EP was the first I had really listened to the locust. I must say, this is a lot different than their other stuff. But still ace.

Anonymous (January 14, 2006)

Mateo is gay and so is anyone else who hates The Locust.

Anonymous (July 1, 2004)

Don't these guys have AIDS yet?

Anonymous (July 1, 2004)

Haahaha. That's funny, because John Zorn...

Anonymous (July 1, 2004)

the locust are horrible. i would much rather spend my time listening to jazz than this shit.

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

Gee, good point. I'm convinced.

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

They played really fast... That's not very hard.

-BSD

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

"What about the Bad Brains? Superb musicians, good enough to be a jazz fusion band. Yet they chose to play what would later be known as hardcore... So, what do you think of them? Good musicians choosing to play simple music..."

Am I taking this the right way? Are you saying that the Bad Brains played simple music? That's the funniest shit I've ever heard. The Bad Brains ripped the hell out of the basic guitar bass and drums setup. I don't think there is anything simple about what the Bad Brains did.

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

I'm sorry but in your reviews, you site VanHalen as the epitome of "great rock solos", thus opening up grounds for debate.

-BSD

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

Ill buy this cause I want a square CD

And queen rock...its true.

Jesse (June 29, 2004)

I love how everything I say is half-joking, yet, it still rustles BSD's feather's like no other.

Yes I like Van Halen. I think they were a great group. Do I think that they're the end all for music? No. Do I understand that people don't like them? Yes.

Am I going to be an ass about it anyway to make BSD whine, moan, and shit his pants in fury?

You bet your sweet bippy.

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

Yes isn't math rock, they're prog. Try to learn about these genres before you throw their names around.

And, as much as you'd like to think that music was created in 1978 with the inception of one of the crappiest cock rock bands ever, you'll be hardpressed to persuade me that any Eddie jack off solo can match Chuck Berry, George Harrison or ANYTHING Mott the Hoople made. And what about Bob Dylan? Another great guitar player. ... Telling me that I have to appreciate an antiquated, PLASTIC, mainstream idea of what heavy metal is to appreciate music is pretty fucking offensive stuff.

I won't support/listen to VanHalen for the following reasons:

They're pop dribble
They simply don't rock hard enough
Flashy guitars don't mean shit when you can't write a tune
They supported the military

-BSD

Jesse (June 29, 2004)

Wow, you put a lot of words into my mouth. I just said that all those bands are great musicians that couldn't have played the music they did without being talented. And I didn't say Black Sabbath's earlier stuff. I said "War Pigs." You know the one with the extended guitar and bass solos at the same time? Yeah, that one.

If I were talking about math rock, I would've brought up the fact that Yes' 90125 is one of the greatest albums of all time.

If you can't appreciate Van Halen, you can't appreciate music. Simple as that.

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

But all of heavy metal is built upon the premis of minimalist blues rock. Most all of Black Sabbath's famous (early) stuff is very easy to play. And what did Van Halen really bring to the table? About as much as AC/DC. If I cared that much about musicianship, I'd listen to the school band. I'd listen to light jazz.

What about the Bad Brains? Superb musicians, good enough to be a jazz fusion band. Yet they chose to play what would later be known as hardcore... So, what do you think of them? Good musicians choosing to play simple music...

Tempo changes? You act like math rock hasn't been around for at least 15 years. You fail to notice that what the Locust are doing isn't that dificult and isn't that new. It's an extension of powerviolence.

Complicated? I guess, but so is replicating the random notes beginners hit and call solos.

And through listening to 3 Van Halen LP's, I've been convinced that no matter how many hours they spent thinking they were great at their instruments, they were incapable of making good music. It just isn't there, and it makes me wonder what you think they bring to the table.

-BSD

Jesse (June 29, 2004)

Me. Hence my grand appreciation for The Locust, Van Halen, Joan of Arc, The Blood Brothers, and "War Pigs" by Black Sabbath (only that song, though). All are bands that have brought something new to the table that could not be accomplished without sheer, utter musicianship.

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

Seriously, though... Who actually listens to rock n roll because they want to hear talented musicians?

-BSD

Jesse (June 29, 2004)

Van Haggar, maybe, but just read David Lee Roth's autobiography, "Crazy From The Heat." That guy was punk rock.

Seriously, when it comes to rock music, there is almost no band that was more talented than the original Van Halen. David Lee Roth's vocals tore shit up, while Eddie's guitar playing is legendary. Not to forget Alex's complex as hell beats. And Michael Anthony played the bass. No one really cares, but he did his part. Just listen to the opening of "Hot For Teacher," or my personal favorite "Running With The Devil." That shit is balls to the wall.

Anonymous (June 28, 2004)

three one g should have a released a Jenny Piccolo discography instead of this. they were a much better band.

Anonymous (June 28, 2004)

Oh yeah, I'd also like to thank Van Halen for being the first outspoken pro-Reagan rock band. GO BLUE ANGELS! YEAH!

-BSD

Anonymous (June 28, 2004)

Noise/art-rock and hardcore are two different musical forms.

-BSD

mateo (June 28, 2004)

OK, so no one has the knowledge to answer my question, i take it?
OK, if melt banana isnt hardcore, what DO you fuckers suppose they are?
All I've read on this thread is a buncha people namedropping the shit out of bands and claiming (INSERT BAND NAME) not to be (INSERT GENRE), but no one can actually fuckin tell me...ah, fuck it. Where's KEN?

-MATEO

Anonymous (June 28, 2004)

i still cant believe people pay money for this shit

Anonymous (June 28, 2004)

"Are the Boredoms metalcore?"

now that's a brain-teaser.
-Janelle

opivykid (June 28, 2004)

Dillinger Four = possibly the best punk band going right now = 10

AC/DC = rocked the hizouse = 10

The Locust = eats shit = 1

score is for The Locust......

Anonymous (June 28, 2004)

listen to slayer.

Anonymous (June 28, 2004)

melt banana = hardcore ?

Anonymous (June 28, 2004)

Jesse, is your Van Halen obsession a joke? I hope so. That band is even worse than AC/DC...

D4 better than Minor Threat? Watch what you're saying, you sound really ignorant.

Just because it's three chords and Ian shouting doesn't mean it's bad. By that count, you must not like or appreciate very much punk rock at all. Hell, even this stuff is essentially superfast metal chord progressions with a guy screaming on top of it.

Van Halen? Jesus Christ. Yeah, and latter-day Queen was awesome, too. We will rock you.

-BSD

Anonymous (June 28, 2004)

Melt Banana aren't hardcore at all... I mean, they of course integrate grind into their sound, but they don't have enough to do with song structures to actually be like that...

Are the Boredoms metalcore?

-BSD

Anonymous (June 28, 2004)

"The next Minor Threat? You say it like that band was talented and hard to match...sure it was revolutionary for it's time, but it's just 3 chords and Ian shouting "Fuck You!" over the simplest double time beat ever. "

minor threat's genius was not in the complexity of the music. it was in the intensity and the songwriting and raw honesty and energy. bands can be more complex or more articulate, but the pure power and intensity of that band has never been matched by any punk/hardcore band since, in my humble opinion (feel free to disagree, it's all subjective).

mateo (June 28, 2004)

Locust, D4, NFG aside.
If MELT BANANA is a hardcore band, what the fuck are some old school NOISE CORE bands?
I'm confused.
Amidst all the name dropping goin' on in here, someone better fuckin' know this shit.

Anonymous (June 28, 2004)

Wow I finally agree with something Jesse has to say... You cannot fuck with Dillinger Four. Wait til you see em live. Genius.

...evildeadalive

Jesse (June 28, 2004)

D4 is probably the most intelligent, most clever, well written "punk" group out there today. Read the lyrics. Listen to the change-ups. If it sounded like NoFX to you, you were fucking deaf. Almost every NoFX song has a double time beat. Only one song on Midwestern does. Already, you've been proven an idiot.

The next Minor Threat? You say it like that band was talented and hard to match...sure it was revolutionary for it's time, but it's just 3 chords and Ian shouting "Fuck You!" over the simplest double time beat ever.

There are two bands that you cannot fuck with. Dillinger Four, and the original line-up of Van Halen (post 1984).

FortyMinutesWest (June 28, 2004)

I don't recall anyone ever calling D4 a hardcore band.

Anonymous (June 28, 2004)

From the way you people hyped them, I was expecting the next Minor Threat when I bought Midwestern Songs... All I heard was a slightly harder NOFX... And modern NOFX, not oldschool punk (good) NOFX.

-BSD

elliot (June 28, 2004)

"D4 sound like NFG playing very unconvincing versions of old school punk songs."

oh cool! thanks for proving that your opinion means nothing! see ya!

FortyMinutesWest (June 28, 2004)

There are several things that really strike me about DA. Dave Witte's drumming is great and I think Jon's vocals have really good range. A lot of vocalists shift between shrieks and growls, but he does it smoothly and hits extremes at both ends of the spectrum. Aside from that, I love their energy.

Anonymous (June 28, 2004)

Or WERE, to be more correct.

-BSD

Anonymous (June 28, 2004)

Because DA are an amazing band, even though I fail to see how they're that unique aside from the guitarist.

-BSD

FortyMinutesWest (June 28, 2004)

I think everyone is missing the point here, the CD is square.

Anyway, BSD, have you ever heard Discordance Axis' cover of "Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie?" It's really strange, the music is pretty much the same, but the vocals,well... yeah.

Anonymous (June 28, 2004)

"the locust is, in all seriousness, quite possibly the most important band currently operating under the punk umbrella.

relevant, distant, commanding, subliminal, intelligent, vulgar, progressive, artistic, aesthetic, ugly, constructive, destructive, absolutely paradoxical, the band is the next (d)evolutionary step. more punk than punx. "

this is the stupidest comment yet. because it means nothing

Anonymous (June 27, 2004)

D4 has nothing on this band. They don't even play the same type of music.

Worse, D4 sound like NFG playing very unconvincing versions of old school punk songs.

I don't see the comparison...

-BSD

jamespastepunk (June 27, 2004)

I'm lost on these guys. Its organized chaos when I want music.

Must be a taste thing.

Anonymous (June 27, 2004)

two things one I already have both of the original records so I am scoring this off those songs.

two- the locust make fun of the kids who mosh at their shows

Not-To-Regret (June 27, 2004)

It scares me the how intelligent some fans of The Locust are... Because in all honesty listening to this music makes me want to pull my own teeth out to dull the pain in my ears.

soulbleed (June 27, 2004)

"No mention of Hewhocorrupts? Blasphemy"

Fuck yea, Forty.

This release is good btw.

mateo (June 27, 2004)

WE,
I think you meant DILLINGER FOUR.
Yea, you did.
Or maybe when D4 starst selling thongs and fanny packs, you'll be convinced.

Anonymous (June 27, 2004)

the locust is, in all seriousness, quite possibly the most important band currently operating under the punk umbrella.

relevant, distant, commanding, subliminal, intelligent, vulgar, progressive, artistic, aesthetic, ugly, constructive, destructive, absolutely paradoxical, the band is the next (d)evolutionary step. more punk than punx.

-we

Anonymous (June 27, 2004)

Yeah I was thinking of their first incarnation.

-BSD

Anonymous (June 27, 2004)

only one bassist in the locust.

Anonymous (June 27, 2004)

"I would like to see any of you fucks even attempt to play any of the locust songs correctly, because when you try you will look like fucking jackasses trying to keep up/play the right fucking thing.Its almost immpossible."

Here's the big myth of metal guitar playing: Grindcore is hard to play.

The Locust are an exception because I believe they have 2 bassists, but most grindcore is standard barr chord/power chord thrash sped up with slower breakdowns.

It doesn't take a naturally talented/skilled guitar player to play as fast as ENT.

-BSD

Anonymous (June 27, 2004)

This score is for Mandingo's "!five" album.

Anonymous (June 27, 2004)

i can't help but notice that there's some faulty reasoning going on here. first of all, just because a band is proficient with their instruments, they're automatically good and everyone should like them? and just because you can't play in instrument, you can't say something's not good? that's ridiculous. secondly, the locust wants people to hate them - ok. so they'd be happy if every single person hated them and no one bought their cd and they had to stop playing music and get regular jobs? yeah ... i'm still trying to figure that one out.

Anonymous (June 27, 2004)

honestly though. how much does this thing cost

Anonymous (June 27, 2004)

yes, but you can listen to it more than once (IF you LIKE it, that is), but you only have to open it once...ay now there's some logical reasoning...
-Janelle

Anonymous (June 27, 2004)

ok i exagerated. it takes 1 minute to unwrap and put it in the player and push play bitch. still too much time in comparison to the amount of time the cd actually lasts.

mateo (June 27, 2004)

It takes you 3 minutes to unrwap a CD, dude?
Wow, you're one of them slower-functioning human beings, aren'tcha?
I've got some time and trouble-saving advice for ya:

Stick to VINYL.

-MATEO

elliot (June 27, 2004)

somebody way down at the bottom got it exactly on the money with "they're pissing people off, so they must be doing something right." the locust WANTS you to hate them, and that's why i think they're genius.

every other band in hardcore is like "oh hi guys, thanks for coming to our show, we really like you guys, thanks, we hope you like our band a lot, thanks guys", whereas the locust just says "fuck you, we're going to make sure you don't have a good time while watching us because we're amazing so fuck you."

totally brilliant.

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

so all you fuckers would pay money for a fucking 3 minute cd? i hope you dont pay more than 3 dollars. fucking takes you longer to unwrap and put it in the cd player than it does to get through to damn thing

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

yes, my dear BSD, you are correct - it's Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer and A.C.
-Janelle

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

AN is good but I thought they were a Pig Destroyer side project.

-BSD

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

this is really, really old locust stuff...in my opinion, before they actually got good. not horrible, but not nearly as good as what theyve become

CrookedSuperhero (June 26, 2004)

I hate the locust

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

"Janelle - are you the same Janelle who writes for Punk Planet? If so, I think you're waaaaay off base on your characterization of people who don't like Prince."

No, I'm not that Janelle - that's one publication for which I don't write...
-Janelle

So please don't make assumptions about me. Thanks

how about some agoraphobic nosebleed?
good bsd got seige...nice...

mateo (June 26, 2004)

JAY,
the fact that you've presented us with your cell phone number only show that you'd be willing to waste yours and my minutes conversing, or better yet, DEBATING over a stupid band.
Plus, you don't have VERIZON.
You and the Locust, waste MY minutes? I think NOT.

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

all i have to say to all of you sorry fucks who think that the locust is terrible, and say that "this band or that band" is better. One thing i gotta say. I would like to see any of you fucks even attempt to play any of the locust songs correctly, because when you try you will look like fucking jackasses trying to keep up/play the right fucking thing.Its almost immpossible.

if anyone begs to differ IM me at runninfromheaven or call my cellphone at 610-509-9503

Jay

chumprocker (June 26, 2004)

also, my intent was to not give them 4 stars... damn album score drop down menu fucking up my shit!!

chumprocker (June 26, 2004)

i was just discussing this band today with someone else who doesn't like them and we both agreed that maybe we just don't get it. they just don't seem like there's a point to anything they're doing. i'd take a band like Hewhocorrupts over The Locust any day.

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

they are sooo ill! but cool because they make their own thing!! ok, the music is ill.. :)

FortyMinutesWest (June 26, 2004)

No mention of Hewhocorrupts? Blasphemy

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

I don't know how to use the more or less symbols. And my list is more of a chain of influential bands (not grindcore, more just fast hardcore).

-BSD

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

My comment didn't show up. Well anyway, I did the

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

Oh Christ I did the "

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

The Neos < Deep Wound < Siege < Extreme Noise Terror < Napalm Death < Capitalist Casualties < Spazz < The Locust

Yes, I finally found Siege and Deep Wound's complete discographys... DROP DEAD!

-BSD

mateo (June 26, 2004)

To some person below me, you beat me to the oh-so-mothafuckin-obligatory melt banana comment.

but i'll follow in the flock's footsteps anyway and say this:

So i bought SCRATCH AND STITCH yesterday...

-MATEO

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

Yes, Melt Banana rules all.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

So says El Vaquero

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

Melt Banana > Discordance Axis > The Locust

However, I like all three.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

Napalm Death>Phobia>The Locust

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

Oh, I forgot to say, silly me, Nasum > Anal Cunt. Need to maintain those standards boys.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

I love/hate how every review of a grindy band turns into a namedropping, 'this band is better than this band!' farce.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

why the fuck would you pay money for a cd only 3 minutes long?

FortyMinutesWest (June 25, 2004)

Discordance Axis > CODCl

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

sorry to burst your buuble buddy but #12 looks like you and sawtooth grin arent grindcore, they are just tech metal bands with grind influences. the locust is grind....strange grind but grind none the less. Good grindcore is more like circle of dead children....mmmmm

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

Very happy to see someone mention Scrutum Grinder, that is a great band

Would The Locust even be considered grindcore? I usually base the grindcore sound more around bands like Phobia and Excruciating Terror

Anchors (June 25, 2004)

I'm sure the majority of the kids on here haven't.

90% of the kids on this site worship Lars Fredrikson and The Bastards, for Christ sake.

Jesse, keep replying to my comments, come on, make your life worthwhile, impress the internet kids.

FortyMinutesWest (June 25, 2004)

"Let's all be honest here, this band is terrible.

If you want grindcore, you can do so, so much better. As The Sun Sets, The Sawtooth Grin, The # 12, ect. "

Because I'm sure no one here has heard of those bands.

theOneTrueBill (June 25, 2004)

At least you tried.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

Janelle - are you the same Janelle who writes for Punk Planet? If so, I think you're waaaaay off base on your characterization of people who don't like Prince.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

i don't know how much it costs...sorry
-Janelle

theOneTrueBill (June 25, 2004)

How much would this cost? I mean, three minutes long? It'd probably not even worth buying.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

I'll take Scrotum Grinder over the Locust any day.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

Everyone used to hate this band. Good to see an honest review, though. I'm picking this up.

-BSD

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

Anchors- i hope you checked out From Ashes Rise...
-Janelle

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

Totally gimmicky, but a good collectors 5-inch for any locust fan.

Jesse (June 25, 2004)

The Locust rips.

Anchors-quit name dropping. We've already established that you a douche. No need to beat it into our low, low brows. Sorry we're not pretentious enough for you. Now go back to worshipping Buddyhead, unless, of course, you're too cool for Buddyhead.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

i do enjoy this band. And their live show puts a smile on my face.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

this band renews my faith in music. because it pisses so many people off, they must be doing something right.

gladimnotemo (June 25, 2004)

I'm interviewing them for my zine. An Epitaph band for a tiny, tiny zine. Just another reason to love them.

Anchors (June 25, 2004)

Let's all be honest here, this band is terrible.

If you want grindcore, you can do so, so much better. As The Sun Sets, The Sawtooth Grin, The # 12, ect.

This is garbage.

And to anybody thinking of seeing this shit live, don't.

This band makes me lose faith in music.

maverick (June 25, 2004)

This record is quite a departure from newer Locust material. "Red" is downright sludgecore stuff. This is really cool to own, if only to see the progression the band's made over the years.

-Scott

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

i kinda want it, but it's like $6-7 for three songs. i really like the locust though.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

I didn't think this would play in my stereo, but it did, and I'm glad.

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (June 25, 2004)

I got a record from these guys in a sampler. I don't mind some chaos grindcore whateverthefuckcore but this stuff.. i hate it. Good review.

sickboi (June 25, 2004)

No thanks.

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