March 27 2013 03:52 PM

No other shows planned for bug band-plus, more music news

The Locust
Photo by Sonny Kay

Fans of The Locust may want to consider booking a trip to the United Kingdom. The sci-fi grind champions recently signed on to perform at I'll Be Your Mirror, a London music festival curated by Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Grizzly Bear that goes down in early May.

The band, on hiatus for four years, doesn't have any other shows lined up.

"I personally would like to push forward and finish the album we started writing, as well as be active," bassist-vocalist Justin Pearson says in an email. "But one of the members is not ready to get back into it."

In recent years, members of the band have been busy with other projects. Pearson's been touring regularly with his hardcore band Retox, and the quartet recently signed to Epitaph Records. The pioneering punk label will put out the band's new album, YPLL, on May 7.

Meanwhile, Locust guitarist-vocalist Bobby Bray now plays in Innerds, teaches at The Art Institute of California—San Diego and co-curates the "Makeout Weird" series at Whistle Stop Bar (which will hold its final installment on April 18, with a performance by Maniqui Lazer).

Bray, for his part, seems ready to move on from The Locust.

"This show is more of a formal ending rather than a resurgence," he says in an email, about the festival gig. "The band was pretty active between 1994 and 2008— that's a decent amount of time for any entity to run its course.

"It's 2013, and our species is barely going through puberty!" he adds. "It's time for something new, time to seize the present!"

Keep an eye out for Chess Wars, a new duo featuring guitarist Dustin Lothspeich of Old Tiger and funky drummer Jake Najor of The Styletones. The duo recently banged out an album of dirty blues-rock on Lothspeich's four-track cassette recorder, and they'll play their live debut at The Void on Thursday, April 11.

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