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New Erections
3/20/2007

Safety Second, Body Last
3/22/2005

Follow The Flock, Step In Shit
6/22/2004
 
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Despised Icon Featured On Vice Magazine's VBS.TV
October 25, 2007
Vice Magazine's VBS.TV recently met up with Despised Icon in their hometown of Montreal for a tour of the band’s practice space. The guys ended up jamming a few tracks while new guitarist Al Glassman explained how he ruined a special vacation with his girlfriend in order to tryout for the band. Click here to check it out.

Despised Icon will cap off an extremely successful year as part of the “Crashing Through the Holidays” tour alongside The Acacia Strain, Full Blown Chaos and the Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, which kicks off on Nov. 24th. This will be preceded by an extensive Canadian run on the Exclaim!/Much Loud Canadian tour with The Locust.

The group recently completed a new video for the track, “Furtive Monologue,”with director Jonathan Desbiens. Click here to check out a trailer for the clip and look for the full-length version to make its online debut early next month.

Despised Icon
'Aggressive Tendencies Tour' (Exclaim!/MuchLoud!) w/ The Locust:
11/03 UBC Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
11/05 Velvet Underground – Edmonton, AB
11/06 The Underground – Calgary, AB
11/08 The Exchange – Regina, SK
11/09 West End Cultural Centre – Winnipeg, MB
11/10 TBA – Thunder Bay, ON
11/12 Call the Office – London, ON
11/13 The Casbah – Hamilton, ON
11/14 The Reverb – Toronto, ON
11/15 Le Studio – Montreal, QC
11/16 Babylon – Ottawa, ON

w/ Acacia Strain, Full Blown Chaos, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza:
11/24 Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL
11/25 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
11/26 Peabody’s Down Under – Cleveland, OH
11/27 Mainstage – Pompton Lakes, NJ
11/28 First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
11/29 Alley Katz – Richmond, VA
11/30 The Soundvent – Thomasville, NC
12/01 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
12/02 Thee Imperial – Jacksonville, FL
12/03 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
12/04 Backbooth – Orlando, FL
12/05 American Legion Post 33 – Pensacola, FL
12/06 The High Ground – Metairie, LA
12/07 The Javajazz – Houston, TX
12/08 Fat Daddy’s Sound Shack – Lewisville, TX
12/09 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
12/11 The Sets – Tempe, AZ
12/12 Knitting Factory – Hollywood, CA
12/13 Showcase Theatre – Corona, CA
12/14 Soma – San Diego, CA
12/15 MACLA – San Jose, CA
12/17 Eagles Lodge – Wichita, KS
12/18 Creepy Crawl – St. Louis, MO
12/19 The Mad Hatter – Covington, KY
12/20 The Penny Arcade – Rochester, NY
12/21 Backstage Enterprises – Kingston, PA
12/22 The Palladium (Upstairs) – Worcester, MA
 
 
 
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Despised Icon Continues North American Touring
October 22, 2007
Montreal based quintet Despised Icon recently completed an unprecedented fourth tour of North America this year in support of their highly acclaimed new album 'The Ill’s of Modern Man'. These Canadians walk a fine line between the death metal and grindcore genres, resulting in an exciting juxtaposition that will leave all fans of extreme music begging for more.

Despised Icon will cap off an extremely successful year as part of the “Crashing Through the Holidays” tour alongside The Acacia Strain, Full Blown Chaos and the Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, which kicks off on Nov. 24th. This will be preceded by an extensive Canadian run on the Exclaim!/Much Loud Canadian tour with The Locust.

The group recently completed a new video for the track, “Furtive Monologue,”with director Jonathan Desbiens. Click here to check out a trailer for the clip and look for the full-length version to make its online debut early next month.

Despised Icon
"Aggressive Tendencies Tour" (Exclaim!/MuchLoud!) w/ The Locust:
11/03 UBC Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
11/05 Velvet Underground – Edmonton, AB
11/06 The Underground – Calgary, AB
11/08 The Exchange – Regina, SK
11/09 West End Cultural Centre – Winnipeg, MB
11/10 TBA – Thunder Bay, ON
11/12 Call the Office – London, ON
11/13 The Casbah – Hamilton, ON
11/14 The Reverb – Toronto, ON
11/15 Le Studio – Montreal, QC
11/16 Babylon – Ottawa, ON

w/ Acacia Strain, Full Blown Chaos and Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza:
11/24 Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL
11/25 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
11/26 Peabody’s Down Under – Cleveland, OH
11/27 Mainstage – Pompton Lakes, NJ
11/28 First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
11/29 Alley Katz – Richmond, VA
11/30 The Soundvent – Thomasville, NC
12/01 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
12/02 Thee Imperial – Jacksonville, FL
12/03 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
12/04 Backbooth – Orlando, FL
12/05 American Legion Post 33 – Pensacola, FL
12/06 The High Ground – Metairie, LA
12/07 The Javajazz – Houston, TX
12/08 Fat Daddy’s Sound Shack – Lewisville, TX
12/09 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
12/11 The Sets – Tempe, AZ
12/12 Knitting Factory – Hollywood, CA
12/13 Showcase Theatre – Corona, CA
12/14 Soma – San Diego, CA
12/15 MACLA – San Jose, CA
12/17 Eagles Lodge – Wichita, KS
12/18 Creepy Crawl – St. Louis, MO
12/19 The Mad Hatter – Covington, KY
12/20 The Penny Arcade – Rochester, NY
12/21 Backstage Enterprises – Kingston, PA
12/22 The Palladium (Upstairs) – Worcester, MA
 
 
 
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Despised Icon Post New Track, Video Report Online
September 27, 2007
Despised Icon recently annihilated crowds throughout the U.S. on tour alongside Suicide Silence, Winds of Plague and See You Next Tuesday garnering a whole new legion of diehard fans. This trek marked the group’s fourth North American tour this year in support of their latest album, 'The Ill’s of Modern Man', and they recently shot a new video for the track, “Furtive Monologue,” with director Jonathan Desbiens. Look for it to make its debut online later this month.

In the meantime, Despised Icon recently took some time to discuss the current tour and update us on the ongoing beard growing contest. Check that out at this location.

The track, “Furtive Monologue,” can also now be streamed now on the band’s MySpace page www.myspace.com/despisedicon. Alex Erian (vocals) further describes the video’s concept: “We shot another video a few weeks ago for the track ‘Furtive Monologue’ and from the looks of it so far, this will be our darkest video yet!

This was our first time working with director Jonathan Desbiens and judging from his previous videos, we’re all confident that it’ll fucking slay. We also just posted the song and some pictures of the video on our MySpace page

Aggressive Tendencies Tour (Exclaim!/MuchLoud!) w/ The Locust
11/03 UBC Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
11/05 Velvet Underground – Edmonton, AB
11/06 The Underground – Calgary, AB
11/08 The Exchange – Regina, SK
11/09 West End Cultural Centre – Winnipeg, MB
11/10 TBA – Thunder Bay, ON
11/12 Call the Office – London, ON
11/13 The Casbah – Hamilton, ON
11/14 The Reverb – Toronto, ON
11/15 Le Studio – Montreal, QC
11/16 Babylon – Ottawa, ON
 
 
 
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Despised Icon 'Aggressive Tendencies' Tour 2007
August 24, 2007
Despised Icon continues their non-stop fall North American touring onslaught by taking part in the Exclaim!/MuchLoud! Aggressive Tendencies 2007 tour alongside The Locust, which runs exclusively throughout Canada from Nov. 3rd through Nov. 16th. This trek marks the group fifth tour in support of their highly acclaimed new album, 'The Ills of Modern Man'.

Alex Erian (vocals) further comments: "We’re finally doing a full Canadian tour in November. We haven’t been to western Canada in almost two years and can't wait to see all our friends out there. We want to thank Exclaim! and MuchLoud for this amazing opportunity. It should be awesome!"

Despised Icon are currently on tour alongside Darkest Hour, Job For A Cowboy, A Life Once Lost and The Faceless. This devastating package is a one of the most brutal, fan-friendly, affordably-priced tours this summer and is sure to be the perfect alternative to the oversaturated festival events. This trek leads them directly into another crushing U.S. tour with labelmates Suicide Silence and Winds of Plague, which kicks off on Sept. 2nd and runs through Sept. 26th.

"Despised Icon w/ The Locust –
Exclaim!/MuchLoud! Aggressive Tendencies 2007 Tour:

11/3 - Vancouver, BC - UBC Ballroom
11/5 - Edmonton, AB - Velvet Underground
11/6 - Calgary, AB - The Underground
11/8 - Regina, SK - The Exchange
11/9 - Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
11/10 - Thunder Bay, ON - TBA
11/12 - London, ON - Call the Office
11/13 - Hamilton, ON - The Casbah
11/14 - Toronto, ON - The Reverb
11/15 - Montreal, QC - Le Studio
11/16 - Ottawa, ON - Babylon

For tour updates and more, check out the band's official Myspace page.
 
 
 
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The Locust Album Available For Pre-Order
March 12, 2007
The Locust's new album, 'New Erections', will be hitting stores on March 20th, 2007, but you can pre-order it now on Interpunk.com. Moreover, for those of you that want to shoot for a little more for your dollar, The Locust has teamed up with Interpunk.com, and are running a contest in connection with the album's upcoming release date.

Check out all the details and sign up here for a chance to win a one of a kind prize from The Locust.

 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1995
HOME TOWN: San Diego, CA
MEMBERS:
Justin Pearson (vocals/bass)
Bobby Bray (guitar)
Joey Karam (keyboards)
Gabe Serbian (drums)

"Go tweak yourself to death, you rich, big-headed rock stars. You are nothing but a bunch of image-concerned ass-wipes. All of your side-projects suck. And I hope you guys realize the only reason any of your side-projects are big is because you're in The Locust. By signing on to Epitaph, you will just destroy your underground following, and the mainstream will not catch on. So, you'll just end up destroying The Locust. Not that I have a problem with that." Such is the type of "fan-mail" that The Locust receives from the various playerhaters, misguided elitists, and jealous scenesters of the punk/ indie rock world. This San Diego-based band has long been at the center of controversy thanks to everything from their much-discussed penchant for tight pants, rumors of druggie decadence or -- as one Chicago-based fanzine put it -- "ruining hardcore for fat kids." But if you ask bassist/ singer Justin Pearson, his intentions are nothing but sincere. "I just want to change the way people look at music, or maybe just destroy it in general," says Pearson. "Things are so normal, safe, 4/4 timing, blah. Sometimes it makes me want to throw up." The Locust has been throwing up in the face of conventional music since 1995, when the band formed from the pieces of San Diego hardcore stalwarts, Swing Kids and Struggle. Since then, it has hosted a veritable Who's Who of punk royalty. Everyone from 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 have gone in and out of the band's turnstile. As far as the current line-up: Pearson has been in a string of bands almost too lengthy to list -- including heavyweight acts and art-projects like Holy Molar, Some Girls, Swing Kids, The Crimson Curse, and Struggle. Drummer Gabe Serbian was in Cattle Decapitation, Alec Empire's backing band, and is now in Holy Molar. Keyboardist Joey Karam was in Le Shok, Nazti Skinz, and Death Drug. And guitarist Bobby Bray also plays in Holy Molar. Recordings-wise, The Locust has been nothing but prolific -- putting out a slew of multi-format releases, along with infamous creative merchandising like Locust compacts -- called "coke mirrors" by the band's detractors -- and die-cast belt buckles. In 1995, The Locust released their first record, a split 10" EP with Man Is The Bastard (King of the Monsters), following that up with a split 5" picture disc with Jenny Piccolo (Three One G) and then their debut self-titled 7" (Gold Standard Laboratories). Three years after the release of their 10" debut, GSL released The Locust's first full-length, a self-titled, 13-minute-long punk opus, which sold out the first pressing of 2000 in just a few days. Soon after, came a split 7" with Arab on Radar (GSL). In 2000, The Locust cemented their difficult reputation by putting out a double 12" of electro/ drum 'n' bass remixes of the song "Well I'll be a Monkey's Uncle," with folks like Kid 606, I am Spoonbender and Sinking Body turning the song's clamorous noise bursts into unruly electronic splatter paintings. Jackson Pollock would be proud. And scared. The band's final recording as a five-piece came a year later with "Flight of the Wounded Locust" (GSL). Showcased for the first time as a four-piece on a split 7" with Tokyo's Melt Banana (GSL), Pearson, Karam, Bray, and Serbian offer a sound far removed from their deathy grindcore-leaning past. The songs are fast -- usually under a minute -- atrociously ultra-violent and drenched in sci-fi-noise, gruesome keyboards and herky jerky, bestial scream/sing vocals -- described by one journalist as "a car-wreck with vocals." But inaccessible as that might seem, Bray claims The Locust is the perfect solution for modern living. "I think that there's definitely plenty of room in the mainstream for music to evolve as society evolves," says the guitarist. "Sound is kind of a musical metaphor for human thought, and in our present-day postmodern contemporary capitalistic society, our music is a reflection of how brains need to function in order to survive -- rapid tempo changes, super fast-paced problem solving, and weirdness to hold it together." The Locust's debut Anti-Records release, Plague Soundscapes, pulls their sound into a new plane of insectoid aberrance. Aided by Alex Newport's (At The Drive-In, The Melvins, Sepultura) clean, confident production, the record crams 23 songs into just around the same amount of minutes -- piling unpredictable, split-second changes, blasts of 2-second-long space-riffs, and lupine screams onto spazzed-out keyboards that sound totally inhuman and strangely organic. It's nervy and sinuous and, above all else, uncomfortably apocalyptic -- which makes even more sense now, considering the temper of the times when it was recorded. So, will this record, as Pearson says, "change the way people look at music, or maybe just destroy it in general?" When all is said and done, we predict it will do both. In that order. Welcome to the beginning of the end. Here's your soundtrack.