iPB-10 Programmable Pedalboard
Bobby Bray / The Locust uses:
- Whammy DT
The older version influenced how I approached specific Locust songs, which was featured prominently in Solar Panel Asses, Earwax Halo Manufactured for the Champion in All of Us, and Late for a Double Date with a Pile of Atoms in the Water Closet. The wide octave sweeps sound so smooth, and the feel of the expression pedal is just as smooth. It creates a synesthesia for me, between the sense of touch and the sense of hearing - there's a neurological harmony there that I can trust intuitively.
The added capabilities of the Whammy DT are that much more inspiring. The temporary button is great when you need to emphasize just a split second of sound - instead of having to quickly turn a switch on, and then immediately off again.
And having a second set of pitch options, separate from the Whammy capabilities gives a wider variety of sounds that you can control with your feet. For example, if you are in the middle of a song at a show, you can't bend down and change the setting between a 5th up and 2 Octaves up. But, if you have the Whammy section set for crazy pitch bends up 2 octaves, you can still have the other side giving that 5th, controlled by a separate foot switch - it's like 2 or 3 pedals in one.
- iPB-10 Programmable Pedalboard
Bobby Bray / The Locust
Originally a powerviolence band with a strong tendency towards synth-based passages, they have more recently stripped down much of their past sound, but retained the heavy distortion, synthesizers, screamed vocals, and intense stage presence. On the band's unique sound and live presentations, singer/bassist Justin Pearson has said, "I wanted to change the way people perceive music, or maybe just destroy it in general." Their music is complex, dynamic and fast-paced, often featuring abrupt and inconsistent time-signature changes. These erratic elements are, according to guitarist Bobby Bray, "a reflection of perhaps how our brains have to function in order to be able to do anything in the Western societies we live in."
The Locust was formed in 1994 by Justin Pearson, Bobby Bray, Dylan Scharf, Dave Warshaw, and Dave Astor. After a number of personnel changes, they arrived at the current four-piece lineup in 2001.
Their music was featured in John Waters' film Cecil B. Demented.
The group has also solicited remixes from Bastard Noise, Christoph de Babalon, Kid606, and I Am Spoonbender.