Hello Music Maeniacs and welcome to another Weekend Warriors feature with the Oklahoma City heavy-hitters- Locust Grove! Earlier I reviewed their EP- ‘Monster EP’ which you can check out HERE!
To follow up with this killer EP feature, I took the time to Chat with Zain Smith, lead vocals, and guitarist of Locust Grove!
I know some of your members are from different bands. How did you all find each other?
So, I grew up around Chickasha, and I’ve known Vince the longest out of everyone. He played in a couple of bands around Oklahoma City, and I was in Anti-Mortem. When that fell apart in 2014, I started recruiting members for Locust Grove, and Vince stepped in to play guitar beside me! Our drummer, Joey, I met at Namm 2015 he said hello, and I noticed his badge said Yamaha Drums, so I looked further into it, and found out he lived in Norman, so we started jamming songs the following week. Quentin, our bassist, I met at a show at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City, and the rest is history!
Your five track Monster EP kicks ass!!! Does Locust Grove have any plans on going for a full album or are you guys sticking to EPs?
Well, the goal is to make a full length for sure, but we are patient until the songs and production are right. I own a studio in Oklahoma City, and we demo music all the time, but the plan is to go to Bob Marlette and do another EP or hopefully a full length soon!
In Oklahoma, you pointed out your travel generator. What’s the most random/crazy show you guys have played with it?
Well, that was just our generator to power our RV so we can have air conditioning on the road, but you never know what you are going to get with some of the venues out there. We would use it if needed! At the end of the day, the show must go on.
You guys have some great videos out. Got any more in the works?
We plan to as soon as we get new material. Videos are important in the world we live in today, but I think we all want to have more songs to choose from and maybe an idea will stick.
Locust Grove champions the hard rock sound. Do you plan on expanding to any more genres, or styles?
Actually yes, we love playing music, so it doesn’t matter what the sound is as long as we all have fun while doing it. I write all the time as you got to hear in my studio the night we hung out! It’s all over the place; from hard rock to rap and back to heavy metal. Recording and producing is another love of mine, so I spend a lot of time crafting ideas.
What’s Locust Grove’s biggest show to date?
Rocklahoma. We were lucky enough to play there two years in a row and both years were packed with at least 1,000 people.
My personal favorite question to ask; who are you most influential and/or inspiring local bands/musicians?
I don’t get out nearly as much as I should, and the majority of local bands I have listened to are no longer active. I am constantly building Locust Grove, so my time is limited, but I support anyone playing and giving it their heart and soul.
Have you ever opened the show for one of your members’ heroes?
We have shared the stage with some pretty big acts but our biggest heroes we haven’t gotten to meet or share the stage with yet!
Finally, what do your fans have to look forward to in the future?
They have more music to look forward to, more shows coming soon! Also, more merchandise! We are working on getting an online store and more items for everyone to buy!
Thank you once again to Zain and Locust Grove! It was an honor to meet you all while I was on the road and I hope to see you again soon!
Edited By Samantha Crocker