Year of the Locust

Year of the Locust

House of Blues, Chicago, IL, February 6, 2019 

By: Jenafur Schlangen


Year of the Locust (credit: Jenafur Schlangen)
On February 5 & 6, 2019, Chicago was properly introduced to the hard rock band, Year of the Locust. And, what better way to introduce yourselves than to slip into an audience’s heightened anticipation level while they await legendary rock band Tesla to take the stage? Here’s a hint: There’s not.

It’s been said that first impressions are everything and this 4-piece band from the upper east coast clearly abides by those words in their truest of forms. Perhaps this energy stems from having only been a solid unit for a short time or maybe it is a result of the professional molding they have received by producers Brian Bonds (Florida Georgia Line) and Brett Hestla (Dark New Day) along the way. Who knows? Regardless, I would like to believe it all comes from the heart and the music they alone have created. Because, in my opinion, the apparent connection between the guys in this band simply can’t be denied nor can it be manufactured.


Out of the gate, the band ripped into their single “Sunrise,” and literally took no prisoners when it came to their performance. Every song that followed was paralleled and lost zero momentum. Like stated above…..energy….but to the Nth degree. In terms of their sound, I can definitely understand how Year of the Locust is influenced by some of those they have spent time with on the road over the past few years. Specifically, Saving Abel, Tantric, Saliva, and Puddle of Mudd. There are definite undertones that call for a strong of a comparison between these bands.

Their current tour with Tesla ends in Florida at the end of February although I have zero doubt that they will be back on the road, whether it be as support or own their own, within weeks. After all, their tagline on their Facebook page clearly states, “100,000 miles on the road. 4 years. We’re just getting started.”

It’s that energy. Check them out and you’ll see/hear for yourself.

HOB Set List:
1. Sunrise 2. Broken Now 3. Sorry 4. Sunrise 5. Broken Now 6. Sorry 7. Movin’ On 8. Stay Alive
9. Whispers in the Dark 10. Line em


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