"I was lucky enough to sit down with three gracious gentlemen of The Locust and ask them a few questions about their band and lives in general. To all of you out there who were curious, and avidly posted questions, check out what these guys had to say."
Letâs start off with your name and what you play.
Iâm Joey and I play the keyboards and do a third of the singing.
Iâm Gabe, I drum.
Iâm J.P., I play bass and a third of the singing.
And we have a guest.
Hi, Iâm Cody, from the Blood Brothers. I play guitar.
So how do you like Seattle so far?
Joey: Well, it hasnât rained yet.
Gabe: I woke up, and it has been nice so far, a good time as usual.
J.P.: I like Seattle, always. Itâs good.
How has the tour been so far with Dillinger?
Gabe: I think itâs been a really good tour actually. It turns out to be a lot better than I thought it would be. I didnât really know these people, and I was kind of nervous about that whole situation, but it worked out great. All the bands get along; itâs been a lot of fun.
Joey: I think Gabe covered it.
J.P.: But we did have and accident. That kind of put a damper on the tour. Two people hit us, and totaled our van.
But everyoneâs okay? You were able to walk away?
J.P: We walked away, yeah. But it was pretty rough, but it happens.
Gabe: I ran away. I thought it was going to blow up.
Where did that happen?
All: San Diego.
Gabe: Itâs the funniest thing, because we had been on tour for seven weeks, in the most extreme weather we have ever been in, 35 below, blizzards, stuff like that, and we get in a car accident when we are five exits away from our house. Ironic.
How do you feel about the large volume of "grind-core" bands that are now forming?
Gabe: What do you mean now forming?
That are now becoming more and more popular I should say.
Gabe: I think itâs good in a way. A lot of those bands have cool politics, and talk about good stuff, so therefore if it is becoming something that any kid can get into, itâs kinda cool, you know?
Joey: Better that than pop punk.
Gabe: Or new metal.
What bands are you guys into right now?
Gabe: I donât listen to music . . . just kidding.
Joey: Um, I have been listening to all kinds of shit.
Gabe: I just got the best of Sweet. Thatâs a great one.
Joey: The new Liars is great, and Fanny Pack.
Are there any mainstream bands that you guys are into?
Gabe: I listen to Radiohead sometimes.
Joey: Are the Yeah Yeah Yeahâs considered mainstream yet? I love that band. We all love that band.
What did you guys grow up listening to?
Gabe: The Beatles, Run DMC,
Joey: Public Enemy, NWA,
Gabe: Elton Jon, Carcass, Styx, Bob Seager,
Cody: Sweet Kiss, Struggle, The Locust
J.P.: Heâs a youngster.
All: Billy Joel, Steppenwolf, Skynard . . .
If you could reunite any band, or bring them back to life to see them play, who would it be?
Joey: The Birthday Party. Thatâs it.
Gabe: This is a hard one.
Joey: That oneâs easy for me.
J.P.: Iâm in agreement with Joey, but Iâm sure I could find a dozen other . . .
Joey: Iâm sure there are a lot of old blues musicians that I would love to see.
J.P: I think that if The Birthday Party got back together now, it might not be as good as seeing them back in the day.
Gabe: Time traveling would be more appropriate.
J.P.: I think there are some bands that I am glad that I got to see, but then got back together and were just horrible. So thatâs a let down, because then I wish Iâd never seen them.
Gabe: Iâd just be more excited about the time traveling.
J.P.: And going to Australia to see The Birthday Party.
How much do your uniforms cost?
Gabe: What is it, like $200 a uniform?
Joey: We paid in euros.
Gabe: They vary; it depends on which one it is.
Cody: Arenât the costumes?
Gabe: Uniforms. (laughing)
J.P.: Theyâre not fucking costumes!
Cody: (laughing) Iâm sorry.
Gabe: It just depends on the make and model.
Have you ever played without them?
Gabe: In the earlier days. Before we evolved.
J.P.: We were still human at that point.
Is there a reason behind always wearing them?
Gabe: It just feels right. Alter ego.
Joey: Visually . . . itâs much more interesting to look at than we are. (all laughing)
How much of The Locust is role playing?
Joey: Like as far as our personal relationships with one and other?
I mean more between on stage and off stage. When people see your live show, it is so intense, and many times they have a preset notion of what you guys are like. So does how you appear on stage resemble how you act off stage?
J.P: Well Joey shoots lightening bolts out of his fingers when he is onstage. When heâs offstage he canât do it.
Joey: Yeah, Iâm still working on that one.
So is there a difference?
Joey: I donât know . . . I mean, I guess there is a whole certain dynamic to us being on stage. Some nights things feel off, they feel not really together . . .
J.P.: Weâre not Kiss.
Gabe: I am.
Joey: I donât know, I guess sometimes things on stage are really funny and we like to laugh a lot and I guess that comes across when we play.
Will you ever record a ballad?
Gabe: We already have, the whole last record. The last record is pretty much an onslaught of non stop ballads.
What about a long song?
Joey: Weâll weâve done something like that, but I donât know, who knows?
J.P: The song on our last EP, Flight of the Wounded Locust, the song Flight of the Wounded Locust is kind of like a ballad.
Cody: How long is it?
All: Two and a half minutes.
If you had $5, where would you eat?
All: Pokieâs, a Mexican restraint in San Diego. For 5 bucks, definitely.
What are your thoughts on "The Passion of The Christ", the new Mel Gibson movie?
J.P.: I hate Mel Gibson. That guyâs a son of a bitch.
Gabe: Lethal Weapon is so rad.
J.P.: Heâs a crazy homophobe.
Joey: I donât really know much about it.
Gabe: I heard some funny shit though. I heard that when they were shooting the film there was this one scene where Christ is on the cross, and there is not a cloud in the sky, and he gets struck by lightning. And I also heard that when they were doing the nail scene, they missed, and hit his wrist, and it shattered his wrist. Which is pretty funny too.
All: I want to see the movie.
J.P.: I want to see how it is anti-Semitic supposedly.
Gabe: Itâs real gory.
Joey: I really liked The Last Temptation of Christ. I guess Christ films that arenât directed by Christian organizations tend to be more interesting I suppose.
Do you mind people taping your shows?
J.P.: As long as he can pay his rent off of making videos of us, I am all for it. No. It sucks actually.
Gabe: I am not into it at all, but we donât stop people. I mean what if it was a horrible show for me, and I donât feel I played well; I donât want that shit floating around.
J.P.: Or if our equipment breaks or something. But the whole eBay factor is a drag. For someone else to make and ass load of money off of other peopleâs art is pretty pathetic.
Joey: While they (the artists) are not making much off of it.
Gabe: Hereâs an example: We played a show in Minneapolis, at a place called The Triple Rock, and I didnât know that they recorded it. And the last time I was at the club, some guy said, "Hey listen to this comp." Some guy had just put it together, you know, a burned CD of all these bands he recorded that had played there. Our song was fucked up. First of all, it started in the middle of one song, and it went to another song where we straight fucked up and stopped. And that was our song on the comp. Itâs bullshit. Thatâs like here; listen to this band fucking suck. Itâs not cool.
What is your favorite joke?
J.P.: I just learned a really good one yesterday. Iâm gonna fuck it up though, I know it. Oh itâs so funny. Ok . . . Whatâs so good about fucking 28 year olds?
Thereâs twenty of them.
Joey: That wasnât that good.
J.P.: Really? I liked it. I mean I like eight year olds, sorry.
Gabe: I like the one . . . I canât remember, with the Harley and the dirt bag . . .
J.P.: Whatâs the difference between a Harley and a vacuum? The placement of the dirt bag.
Cody: I know some real questionable jokes . . . I donât know if I can say them.
Gabe: Itâs cool, youâre not in our band.
Do you have any major plans coming up?
J.P.: Tours, a bunch of touring.
Gabe: Weâre going to try and write a record this summer.
J.P.: We have like three months more of touring planned, and then we are going to chill for a little bit.
How much down time do you usually get in-between your tours?
Joey: A few weeks. A month tops.
Is that enough for you guys?
Joey: Sometimes for me it is. I get a little bit stir crazy after a while.
Gabe: It is and it isnât. I am totally torn between the two.
J.P.: I have a business I run so itâs a mess. When I am at home its just like crazy.
Do you guys read, and if so do you have favorite books, or any recommendations?
Gabe: I just started reading Galapagos, by Kurt Vonnegut. Mad magazine. My favorite book is magazines.
Joey: Yeah we like to read. We read lots of shit.
If you could choose the lineup for your ideal tour, who would you play with?
J.P.: That would be rad if we got a tour together and we didnât play.
Gabe: We were offered to do this tour but it kinda fell through. It sounded like the dream tour to me. It was Fantomas, Melt Banana and us. And that would have been really good but it kinda fell through.
J.P.: There are so many good bands out there, it is hard to decide.
Gabe: We kinda have done dream tours in the past.
J.P.: Pretty much every tour we do is great.
Gabe: The Oops tour, we toured with these guys (The Blood Brothers), Arab on Radar, Lightning Bolt . . .
What is the most rewarding part of being in The Locust?
Gabe: Getting to play, hanging out with these dudes all the time.
Joey: Writing songs.
Gabe: Just the freedom to do whatever we want.
Joey: I just really like being in this band. Itâs great.
Gabe: Itâs my best friends, and we are all playing music.
If you could interview any band, who would it be?
Gabe: A time machine band?
Joey: The Birthday Party. Well, I donât know actually, let me think about that one.
Gabe: Maybe T-Rex.
J.P.: There are so many bands. I would love to interview The Crucifucks . . .
Gabe: That question is just impossible to answer.
Where do you find inspiration for your song titles?
All: From everything.
Joey: We donât really keep too many barriers up there.
What are your parentâs thoughts on your music?
Gabe: My mom and my step-father were completely supportive. I had nothing but push and support. I was lucky.
J.P.: My mom doesnât like the music so much, but she loves that we get to do this, she goes to our shows, and she likes everyone, she likes watching us.
Joey: Mine finally just gave up and accepted it.
What would you guys be doing if you werenât in this band?
Gabe: Probably a stock trader or something.
Joey: Iâd be rich.
Gabe: Sailor, stock pirate, stock pirate . . .
J.P.: I donât know what I would be. I would run a record label. And I would probably work at food company too.
Joey: Iâd be a jet pilot.
Gabe: Iâd breed dinosaurs.
What is your scariest memory?
J.P.: The accident we were just in.
Whatâs the craziest thing you have ever seen a fan do?
Gabe: Once someone shit in the mosh pit. We saw a girl pass out. We had a kid die at our show. That was probably the worst thing that has ever happened. It was in New York. Like two tours ago.
Cody: He was in the pit?
Gabe: No, he had a heart condition.
Joey: It was during our set.
Gabe: It could have been anything, but in those conditions, it was real hot, shitty air. That was the worst memory.
Is there anything about The Locust that you want your fans to know that they probably donât know already?
Gabe: A lot of people think we are super dicks, but I think that we are only kinda dicks.
J.P.: I have some problems because I was on Jerry Springer and everyone thinks that I am really like that, but it was a joke.
Gabe: Yeah, I bet you wish you never did that just because of that fact that everyone asks you about it.
Cody: Do people take you seriously?
J.P.: Yeah, people think that Iâm really like that and shit.
There was a fan who wrote that on your newest album, it seems a lot less aggressive and harsh than your previous work. Do you have any comments for that, or do you agree?
Gabe: They donât know what theyâre talking about.
Joey: I think it probably just sounds better.
Gabe: It doesnât just sound like crap like our other records do.
Is there any change in direction you see yourselves taking?
Joey: Itâs always changing and it always evolves.
J.P.: The new stuff we're writing is changing, itâs different. I mean who wants to write the same stuff?
Gabe: Weâre going in reverse, and then left a little bit.
And for the last question, if you could change anything about your band, what would it be?
J.P.: Should we answer this one?
Cody: Haha. I bet I could answer it.
Joey: No comment.
J.P.: Yeah, we canât comment on that, sorry.
Gabe: I wish we were all fat. Tall and fat.
Joey: Yeah, tall and enormous.
J.P.: People would respect us more if we were tall and fat.
Thanks again to Joey, Gabe, J.P. and Cody for taking the time to talk with me. If anyone reading this has the chance, check out The Locust when they come through your town. I can only describe it as a religious experience.