Austin, TX industrial/punk duo Street Sects thrive in the midst of infinite possibility and mutually assured destruction. With their new LP, vocalist Leo Ashline and multi-instrumentalist Shaun Ringsmuth unleash a calculated assault on the senses rife with melodic tension, center-stage vocals, and neo-noir themes. The Kicking Mule is official released today via The Flenser — listen to the album in full now via Bandcamp or Spotify.
Continuing to stoke the fiery anticipation around their sophomore album, Austin-based duo Street Sects have unviled a new song titled “The Drifter.” Driven by metallic clatter and vocalist Leo Ashline’s neo-noir narrative, the track serves as the bridge between the calamity of the duo’s 2016 debut (End Position, 2016) and the forthcoming melody leaning LP The Kicking Mule. Listen to “The Drifter” now courtesy of Echoes & Dust (or directly on YouTube).
As urgent and tense as a hunting knife pressed to your quickening jugular, post-punk duo Street Sects’ forthcoming sophomore LP The Kicking Mule presents ten intimate vignettes about self-sabotage, visiting themes like battling mental illness, addiction, alienation and more. Though primarily known as masters of cacophonous samples and jittery electronic stutter, Street Sects’ new album represents a seismic shift in execution by applying those ideas to that of the romantic yet experimental approach of Roxy Music/Brian Eno as well as Berlin-era Bowie. Remind yourself of the way “Something I Can Never Have” fits on Pretty Hate Machine– a section of serenity within a blanket of attack.