THE LOCUST | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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It's been nearly four years since the Locust put out their last full-length, Plague Soundscapes--I'm not counting the ten-minute 2005 "album" Safety Second, Body Last--but for me the bloom still hasn't come off that giant buzzing corpse flower of a record. (Granted, that may be because I can only listen to it when I'm already trembling from insomnia.) On New Erections, released in March on Anti-, they cut the number of tracks in half and sometimes break the three-minute mark. The manic, pummeling drums are still foregrounded--last time I saw the band, the kit was on the front line with everybody else--and the arrangements are still facial-tic twitchy, belying the occasional depth of structure in all the grinding and screaming. Songs like "God Wants Us All to Work in Factories" and "Slum Service (Served on the Sly)" even have a new sort of urgency, distinct from the usual incoherent panic and fury--it's as if they actually want you to understand what they're saying. Daughters, Cattle Decapitation, and Bastard Noise open. a 7:30 PM, Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $14, $12 in advance. A

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