The Locust

The Locust Share Music Video For Their Remix Of Danny Elfman’s “Cruel Compensation”, Rule Out Any Future New Albums


San Diego, CA-based grindcore outfit The Locust were one of the many artists to contribute to acclaimed composer/musician Danny Elfman‘s latest release, “Bigger. Messier.“. That effort is a remix compilation of material found on Elfman‘s latest solo outing “Big Mess“.

This remix of the track “Cruel Compensation” is expected to serve as the final piece of new material from The Locust, who have apparently decided to hang up the band in the wake of the death of their bandmate Gabe Serbian this past April.

The group’s guitarist/vocalist Bobby Bray commented:

The Locust is pleased to present the official video for our remix of Danny Elfman’s song Cruel Compensation! The remix was the last recording Gabe Serbian did before he left this world, making this video release surreal, intense, and cathartic.

When we were asked if we wanted to do a remix for Danny’s album it was one of the easiest things for the band to say yes to. After narrowing it down we finally decided on Cruel Compensation as it had a lot of parts we could put our own stamp on while reinforcing the intentions of the song — in an attempt to make the weird parts weirder and the brutal parts even more intense. We stretched a couple of parts, edited a couple of parts, cranked the bass, JP and I added some vocals, Kareem added lots of synth, I added some guitar towards the end, and Gabe redid all of the drums.

During the pandemic and the previous US administration, Danny Elfman wrote the album Big Mess, which did a great job of reflecting and regurgitating the dystopian despair that was taking place. It was largely based on his guitar playing and was born out of what he called Chamber Punk. (So maybe our remix is Sci-fi Chamber Punk!)

The remix album (Bigger. Messier.) includes vocal collaborations and remixes by Trent Reznor, Zach Hill, Square Pusher, and Iggy Pop. There are great videos as well — check it all out if you haven’t already!

This new video was directed and edited by our collaborator Dark Details. The images speak for themselves with plenty of dark details abound.

Thanks to Stu Brooks, pSEUDO bEAST, Epitaph, and of course Danny Elfman!

Bobby Bray

Replies shared by the band on this official Instagram post for the above video find the outfit confirming that there won’t be any new The Locust records going forward. The band also shot down several requests for touring in the comments of that post, stating simple that “we can’t.”

- Advertisement - Purchase Merch