The Locust July 31st Anti-Records release Molecular Genetics From the Gold Standard Labs features 44 tracks of hard-to-find and out-of-print material from the early years of the legendary band. The San Diego group has been blowing minds since 1994 with their unique mix of grindcore speed and aggression, mathcore complexity, and new wave weirdness.
The band's membership has proved a veritable "Who's Who" of punk royalty. Joseph Karam also plays with One Day As A Lion while Justin Pearson was in Some Girls, All Leather and played on the recent Retox album with Gabe Serbian. Past participants have included Tristeza/Album Leaf/GoGoGo Airheart/Crimson Curse's Jimmy LaValle, to Tarantula Hawk's Dave Warshaw and Dylan Scharf, and Cattle Decapitation's David Astor. In the process they have created a singular body of work, and an important piece of that appears on Molecular Genetics From the Gold Standard Labs, collecting for the first time all of the band's pre-Epitaph recordings.
"You hear it in every note they play: The Locust simply love what they do. With Plague Soundscapes, The Locust shot for broken bones and wound up epitomizing "breakneck." Have you been injured in an accident?" - Pitchfork.com
Molecular Genetics From the Gold Standard Labs Track Listing 1. How to Become a Virgin 2. Who Wants a Dose of the Clap? 3. Twenty-Three Lubed-Up Schizophrenics With Delusions of Grandeur 4. Priest With the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Get Out of My Bed 5. The Half-Eaten Sausage Would Like to See You in His Office 6. Perils of Believing in Round Squares 7. Flash's Theme 8. Gluing Carpet to Your Genitals Does Not Make You a Cantaloupe 9. Turning Your Merchandise Into a Ripped Wall of Mini-Abs 10. Bring Your 6.5 Italian 11. Alas, Here Come the Hypochondriacs to Wait With You in the Lobby 12. Siphoning Projectiles During Selective Amnesia 13. Flight of the Wounded Locust 14. Get Off the Cross, the Wood Is Needed 15. Wet Nurse Syndrome Hand-Me-Down Display Case 16. This Is Radio Surgery 17. Spitting in the Faces of Fools as a Source of Nutrition 18. Sever the Toes 19. Well I'll Be a Monkey's Uncle 20. Moth-Eaten Deer Head 21. Brand New Set of Teeth 22. How to Build a Pessimistic Lie Detector 23. Nice Tranquil Thumb in Mouth 24. Dog Without a Collar (Run over Red Rover) 25. Normal Run of the Muck (Compensation for Conversation) 26. Stucco Obelisks Labeled as Trees 27. Straight from the Horse's Mouth 28. An Extra Piece of Dead Meat 29. Twenty-Three Full-Time Cowboys 30. Backbones of Jack Asses 31. Fixed Companionship, Ghost Town Irrationality 32. Skin Graft at Seventy-Five Miles Per Hour 33. High-Maintenance Libido, Bring the Whole Family 34. Halfway to a Worthless Ideal Arrangement (An Interlude to a Discontinued Sarcastic Harmony... Yea Whatever) 35. Kill Roger Hedgecock 36. Hairspray Suppository 37. Cattle Mutilation 38. Prepare to Qualify 39. Pain Reliever 40. Off by a Long Shot 41. #99 42. Head Hits Concrete 43. Ass Gravity 44. Keep Off the Tracks