Pop: hot ticket
By GINA VIVINETTO, Times Pop Music Critic
© St. Petersburg Times
published July 18, 2002
Punk rock with a quirky streak
Like your hardcore intense? No, I mean, really intense. Check out the Locust from San Diego, who bring bludgeoning, fast punk rock to our neck of the woods. With indecipherable lyrics, 60-second songs, and musicianship that's -- well, heck, who knows? -- the angsty Locust is known for wild stage antics and shows that seethe with a nasty, bristling energy.
Not that the quartet is all hyperviolent. These guys are punks, sure, but with a quirky, innovative streak. The Locust has the good sense to add keyboards here and there, and allowed a DJ remixer to give its signature tune, Well, I'll Be a Monkey's Uncle, a drum 'n' bass workout. The band has also collaborated with popular California electronica artist I Am Spoonbender.
The members of experimental noise rockers Arab On Radar met while spending three days together applying for jobs at a Connecticut company that manufactures nuclear and Trident submarines. (None of them were hired) The band has a disc cleverly titled Yahweh Or The Highway.
The Locust perform at 9 p.m. Tuesday with Arab on Radar, Lightning Bolt, Quintron and Rah Bras at the Orpheum, 1902 Avenida Republica de Cuba, Ybor City. $10 advance, $12 day of show. (813) 248-9500.
Keeping the music All together
Punk rock icon All has surely seen it all. At least, in the singer department.
The L.A. act got its start in the 1980s as the Descendents -- that is, until that legendary band's lead singer split to study biochemistry in college.
The rest of the guys morphed into All, with frontman Dave Smalley, former screamer for Dag Nasty. The sound wasn't too far from the Descendents': melodic, quick, jumpy punk with pop sensibilities. The lyrics were just as goofy, about drinking too much java, or falling for the wrong girl. Put it this way, All influenced Green Day, which influenced Blink-182, which influenced . . . get the picture?
Alas, before you knew it, singer Smalley was out. (He went on to form Down By Law.) Scott Reynolds next stepped up to the mike. Right about the time fans got used to Reynolds' delivery, he, too, split, replaced in 1993 by vocalist Chad Price.
Price -- gasp! -- is still All's singer today. (At least at press time.)
All performs Wednesday with Armstrong, Someday I and Wretched Like Me at 7:30 p.m. at the State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $9.99. (727) 895-3045.
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