Austin Texas’ electronic doom duo Street Sects have announced a new album. End Position will be the band’s debut album, being released via The Flenser on September 16th. Street Sects meditate on suicide fantasy, combining discordant music, visceral screeches and a frantic pace, as evidenced by the first single “And I Grew Into Ribbons.” The track is a frenzy of noise, creating an ominous and torturous atmosphere for the band to present their meditations. It’s a clever dynamic to consider the meditation in such a blistering atmosphere, really showing the fractured mental state that is lead on by suicide. ““Tomorrow I will do it. I will cash my paycheck and I will buy the gun. I am tired and I can’t take anymore.”
In 2013, after emerging from the fog of a thirteen year battle with addiction and homelessness, Street Sects vocalist Leo Ashline began collaborating with friend and multi-instrumentalist Shaun Ringsmuth. Disgusted with life but eager for catharsis, the duo embraced the experimental attitude and disillusionment of early industrial music pioneers, eschewing traditional rock music instrumentation and arrangement in favor of modern sampling technology and harsh electronics. Together they released a series of singles (Gentrification) and honed their fierce and confrontational live performance, eventually writing and recording what would become End Position. Their first release for The Flenser, End Position features a robust recording that was mixed and mastered by Machines and Magnets in Providence, Rhode Island (The Body, Muscle & Marrow, Lightning Bolt etc). Ashline’s pessimistic lyrics explore an array of intense, personal obsessions and the violence inherent in modern life, and End Position is a provocative existential statement on the bleeding-edge of extreme music.