Southern California is home to a wide variety of music acts, but few are as strange as the Locust. The group has been around for more than a decade, making post-futuristic synthetic punk rock and breaking down barriers along the way. With the subtlety of a sledgehammer, the quartet speeds through 11 songs of incoherence on its latest album, New Erections
which itself has a title that shocks and awes. Then again, the Locust isn't for the faint-hearted, and some of its tunes seem like someone is just slobbering and screaming over the microphone. But back to their bonerlicious new LP... did we mention it clocks in at just under 23 minutes and sounds like speed-punk-metal on speed? Lovers of hardcore and heavy-metal Satanists are usually all smiles at Locust concerts. But with a group that has songs like "Anything Jesus Does, I Can Do Better" and "The Half-Eaten Sausage Would Like to See You in His Office," it's understandable it's got its own niche carved out. The group is known for the eccentric artwork on its albums and offers a strange brew of loud, poignant lyricism on its recorded material. The guys also wear odd get-ups on stage, dressing either like beekeepers or mummies, or they show up dressed in bodysuits for their own amusement. It's art-rock for a non-art-rock crowd, but that's what's so fun about these guys.
The Locust, Daughters, and Cattle Decapitation play Sunday, April 22, at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. It's an all-ages show that starts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $13. Call 561-832-9999, or visit www.thehoneycomb.com.