The Locust Share Music Video For Their Remix Of Danny Elfman’s “Cruel Compensation”

The Locust have premiered a new video for their remix of Danny Elfman’s “Cruel Compensation.” That track appears on Elfman’s remix album “Bigger. Messier.”

Guitarist/vocalist Bobby Bray commented:

“The Locust is pleased to present the official video for our remix of Danny Elfman’s song Cruel Compensation! The remix was the last recording Gabe Serbian did before he left this world, making this video release surreal, intense, and cathartic.

When we were asked if we wanted to do a remix for Danny’s album it was one of the easiest things for the band to say yes to. After narrowing it down we finally decided on Cruel Compensation as it had a lot of parts we could put our own stamp on while reinforcing the intentions of the song — in an attempt to make the weird parts weirder and the brutal parts even more intense. We stretched a couple of parts, edited a couple of parts, cranked the bass, JP and I added some vocals, Kareem added lots of synth, I added some guitar towards the end, and Gabe redid all of the drums.

During the pandemic and the previous US administration, Danny Elfman wrote the album Big Mess, which did a great job of reflecting and regurgitating the dystopian despair that was taking place. It was largely based on his guitar playing and was born out of what he called Chamber Punk. (So maybe our remix is Sci-fi Chamber Punk!)

The remix album (Bigger. Messier.) includes vocal collaborations and remixes by Trent Reznor, Zach Hill, Square Pusher, and Iggy Pop. There are great videos as well — check it all out if you haven’t already!

This new video was directed and edited by our collaborator Dark Details. The images speak for themselves with plenty of dark details abound.

Thanks to Stu Brooks, pSEUDO bEAST, Epitaph, and of course Danny Elfman!

– Bobby Bray“

New Benefit Shirt Launched For The Family Of Gabe Serbian (The Locust, Ex-Dead Cross)

A new benefit shirt has been launched for the family of the late Gabe Serbian (The Locust, ex-Dead Cross). You can purchase that HERE.

The Locust’s Justin Pearson commented:

“Gabe Serbian and I had an idea to create a new t-shirt design for The Locust a few months back. At the time, I had recently discovered the artist Paul Rentler, who I think is one of the best modern artists around. He did some stuff for my band, Deaf Club, and Gabe loved what Paul did, so I suggested we ask him to create something for The Locust.

At the many rehearsals we had prior to Gabe passing away, we would riff on ideas for songs, but also for ideals pertaining to art, merch, and general pranks to play on the world. At one specific rehearsal Gabe and I got into a discussion about Spock, which stemmed from all the dip shits who would heckle The Locust back in the day for looking like what they assumed was Spock, and essentially coining the cheesy but catchy term “Spock Rock”.

When in our minds, we just looked like poor and scummy mods. Let’s face it, a lot of people into hardcore, and I’m talking normal run of the mill hardcore, were not cultured enough to look past a reference of a basic haircut that was adopted by the one and only Spock due to the era that Spock came about in this universe.

Nonetheless, we got into a philosophical discussion about Spock, and addressed how you can’t fuck with him. Nobody ever could. Anyhow, the sort of weird pathetic one dimensional diss that was directed to what we thought was just slightly more artistic people playing in punk and hardcore bands, by the more, lets say, athletic, or maybe more accurately put, thick headed people of the hardcore scene, became a thing that you can to this day still see as poorly executed memes or in heated conversations on random derailed threads discussing the do’s and don’t’s of hardcore.

The ones who basically had their heads up their asses really ran with that term, which in retrospect, was actually the ultimate compliment. It was like calling us and our comrades a name that is referencing one of the more bass ass motherfuckers from outer space. So to bring things full circle, we thought that a band shirt that had the four of us with an added fifth member, Spock, would be a great idea.

I presented the concept to Paul and he was going to work on it before we were set to do some shows this summer. Then the unthinkable happened, which was Gabe passing away. It wrecked The Locust‘s world forever. I also realize that it wrecked a lot more worlds than just the members of The Locust. The loss affected and reached all over this planet.

Paul and I spoke about the design idea once again after Gabe passed and came up with a benefit shirt which started with the concept that Gabe and I presented. Paul of course delivered something slightly different than what I had initially envisioned, but nonetheless, he delivered something brilliant, and something that I feel Gabe would have absolutely loved, and which captures the aesthetic of what Spock was to The Locust.

– Justin Pearson“

Gabe Serbian (The Locust, Ex-Dead Cross, Etc.) Passes Away

Gabe Serbian has sadly passed away. The musician was the drummer for The Locust and previously served as the singer for Dead Cross and the guitarist for Cattle Decapitation. Fans can assist his family by donating HERE.

The Locust said the following:

“It’s with heavy hearts that we have to share the passing of Gabe Serbian on April 30th, 2022. This world will miss Gabe as a friend, family member, musician, and artist. He will continue to live on in so many ways and through everyone he has connected with during his time with us. May 1st is his birthday, and we hope that you can find a way to celebrate his life. During this difficult time we ask that you give Gabe’s family privacy.”

Dead Cross also commented:

“Our hearts are shattered. We love you Gabe Serbian. This world won’t be the same without you”

Cattle Decapitation added:

“We are at a complete loss for words over the loss of our friend and a founding member Gabe Serbian’s passing. Its difficult to put into words the loss of someone who was such a talent and dear friend to so, so many. He was one of the real ones. We will miss you so much, Gabe. We ask that you please give his family privacy during this time. There is a GoFundMe set up for his family, his wife and two children.”

The Locust To Re-Release “Safety Second, Body Last” On Limited Edition Vinyl & Cassette

The Locust are planning to release new limited edition vinyl and cassette copies of their 2005 EP “Safety Second, Body Last” this June. An “ultra-limited variant featuring multilayered transparent anatomical illustration packaging designed by Bran Black Moon in collaboration with Brain Dead” can be found HERE. Further variants can be found at The Hard Times, Decibel, and Revolver. The cassette can be found at Decibel as well.

Watch Footage From The Locust’s First Show In Four Years

The Locust took the stage for their first show in four years at the 2019 Desert Daze festival on October 12. You can find some fan-filmed footage from the set, along with a new animated clip for “Recyclable Body Fluids In Human Form,” below:

[via The PRP]

The Locust Announce First Live Show In Four Years

The Locust have announced that they will be playing their first show in four years at the 2019 Desert Daze festival. That event will take place at Moreno Beach in Lake Perris, CA on October 10-13. Justin Pearson told Brooklyn Vegan the following about the group’s return:

“We do plan to play more, and function as a normal band again, with new material, and new uniforms as well. I guess the world is getting more and more fucked up, so we need to do our part to set things straight.”