In 2014, Austin-born industrial-punk duo Street Sects released the two-track Gentrification I: The Morning After the Night We Raped Death, the first installment of a planned five-part series titled Gentrification: A Serial Album. The single Gentrification II: Broken Windows, Sunken Ceilings, featuring the song "Gash Addict," soon followed. Never a group to repeat themselves, Street Sects spent the next few years exploring gothier, more melodic sounds, but now they've resurrected the dissonant, aggro series with an aim to complete the greater work.
The harsh aggression of Street Sects' latest single, "Goodbye Recidivist Road," might hint at a biting social critique, but the twosome insists that the inspiration came from a place of deeper contemplation and more emotional expression.
"The themes and stories addressed within the Gentrification series were never intended to be strict socioeconomic commentary," Street Sects' Leo Ashline and Shaun Ringsmuth explain in a joint statement, "but rather the conversation and consequences surrounding Gentrification were meant to be a fractured and brutal lens through which we are given a voyeuristic look into the emotional perspectives of characters whose lives are maligned by alienation, exile and economic peril.
"If crime is primarily a symptom of the underclass, then perhaps our prisons are filled with some our most valuable living lessons. These castaways, offenders and recidivists are a glaring example of the consequences of a systematic ideological violence inflicted by the haves upon the have-nots. The Gentrification series is not an indictment or an apology. It is an empathetic gritting of the teeth, clenching of the fist and pulling of the trigger."
Gentrification III: Death and Displacement is due out August 2nd via The Flenser. Catch Street Sects live onstage — where they excel in blowing minds — in July when they head out for a short run.
Street Sects tour dates:
07/10 Tulsa, OK @ Cameron Art Center
07/11 Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th St. OKC
07/12 Little Rock, AR @ White Water Tavern
07/13 Lexington, KY @ Clairvoyance Fest
07/14 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
07/15 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
07/16 Albuquerque, NM @ Long Hair Records
09/15 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
09/17-22 Chicago, IL @ Cold Waves VIII