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.

Following up End Position, their stellar 2016 debut, The Kicking Mule is comprised of ten vignettes transporting listeners to the frontlines of battles with mental illness, the rock bottom of addition, and the unsettled territory beyond. Though primarily known as aces of barbarous samples and electro jitters, The Kicking Mule denotes a seismic shift for the duo’s sound. Informed by the avant-garde lean of Eno-era Roxy Music and Bowie’s Berlin years, Street Sects have made peace with ghosts of the past and omens of the future.

Ashline and Ringsmuth’s longtime artistic partnership sprung into the world as Street Sects in 2013. Embracing the boots on the ground ethos of punk and the experimental zeal of the industrial scene, Street Sects have crafted a rawboned, bareknuckled sound anchored in deft lyrical storytelling.

The Kicking Mule has been released to the world today. LP orders include a limited booklet containing a short story written by Street Sects’ Leo Ashline with cover art by Huseyin Ozkan.  Hear this new material played for the first time live on Street Sects’ upcoming tour—a full itinerary can be found below.

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The Kicking Mule — Tracklist:
1. 269 Soulmates
2. Birch Meadows, 1991
3. Chasing the Vig
4. Suicide By Cop
5. Everyone’s at Home Eventually
6. Dial Down the Neon
7. In For a World of Hurt
8. Before it Was Worn
9. Still Between Lovers
10. The Drifter  unnamed (1).pngStreet Sects — on tour:
10.26 – Dallas, TX @ One Night Only (Record Release)
10.27 – Houston, TX @ Insomnia Gallery
10.28 – New Orleans, LA @ Bank Street Bar
10.29 – Memphis, TN @ 831 S Cooper
10.30 – Lexington, KY @ Green Lantern Bar
10.31 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter^
11.01 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery^
11.02 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church^
11.03 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar^
11.04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus^
11.05 – Harrisonburg, VA @ The Golden Pony
11.06 – Athens, GA @ Krux House
11.07 – Gainesville, FL @ Loosey’s
11.08 – Jacksonville, FL @ Nighthawks
11.09 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Fubar
11.10 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl (Echosynthetic Fest)
11.11 – Asheville, NC @ Static Age Records
11.13 – Providence, RI @ AS220
11.14 – Montreal, QC @ Turbo Haus
11.15 – Ottawa, ON @ Happy Goat
11.16 – Toronto, ON @ The Baby G
11.18 – Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary
11.19 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Mockbee
11.20 – St. Louis, MO @ FUBAR
11.21 – Kansas City, MO @ Union Library
11.22 – Des Moines, IA @ The Fremont
11.23 – Minneapolis, MN @ Eagles 34
11.24 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean Downstairs
11.25 – Omaha, NE @ Pop 20
11.26 – Tulsa, OK @ Matt Hex
11.27 – Denver, CO @ Streets of London
11.28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records
11.29 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder
11.30 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios*
12.01 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey*
12.03 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop*
12.04 – Fresno, CA @ Strummers*
12.05 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo*
12.06 – Santa Rosa, CA @ Arlenes Francis Center*
12.08 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah+
12.09 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
12.10 – El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse Bar
^ w/ Daughters
* w/ Uniform/The Body, Author and Punisher
+ w/ Author and Punisher, Lingua Ignota

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