John Waters’ favorite noisemakers, The Locust, plague Deep Ellum
Looking for an extreme listening experience? On Friday, San Diego prog-rock quartet The Locust will unleash a punishing blast of analog chaos at The Door (the space we used to call The Gypsy Tea Room).
The band’s insane use of time signatures, synth-heavy distortion and their fondness for skin-tight uniforms make them darlings of anti-establishment culture. They’re also one of John Waters’ favorite bands: Some of their songs appear in Waters’ terrorist comedy, “Cecil B. Demented.”
In March 2007, the band made gaydar needles bounce off the peg when singer-bassist Justin Pearson appeared on Jerry Springer. Pearson was on an episode called “Secrets Come Out,” where he informed his girlfriend that he was banging her roommate. Then after the commercial break, Pearson’s drummer Gabe Serbian joined the fun, and the two dudes made out and announced that they were having a homosexual affair. After many shoving fights, Serbian then revealed that he was also banging Perason’s girlfriend’s roommate.
It’s also been reported that Pearson and Serbian were married in Hawaii. But the bullshit detector indicates that Pearson and Serbian’s gay affair might only be an elaborate publicity stunt.
While they might jest about sexual identity labels, The Locust are serious about bashing corporate culture: The band boycotts all Clear Channel-owned venues. They are currently on tour promoting their latest disc, “New Erections” (Radio Surgery).
The Locust perform at The Door, 2513 Main St. Also on the bill: Poison the Well, Dance Gavin Dance and A Girl a Gun a Ghost. Jan. 18. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. First band at 7:30 p.m. $15. 214-742-3667
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 18, 2008