There is something powerful and instantly impressive about witnessing a 2-piece band in full flow. There is no room for error. A 2-piece band has no choice other than to be committed and confident. Street Eaters display some dazzling simpatico synergy, and their sound is beautifully dialed in. A glorious fuzz bass racket, considered shouty dual vocals and pounding drums, all delivered with drive and precision. Megan March (vocals and drums) and John No (vocals and bass) have just released their 3 full length, “The Envoy”, and recently wrapped up a coast to coast US tour.
I hung with Megan and John briefly after their performance and instantly pegged them as “DIY lifers”. It’s a clearly ingrained part of them. They talked with ease and passion to anyone that passed by the merch table. Not that they were doing the hard sell, (although I don’t doubt they would love you to buy their LP, and you probably should). But commerce didn’t strike me as the main focus of the band. Street Eaters seemed happy just to be here, in our dinky little Arizona town on a Tuesday night, playing to a smattering of fuzz thirsty punks, misplaced Goths, and a few confused drunken old barflies.
Their new LP is a sonically adventurous and a rewarding listen. At times bringing to mind a myriad of possible musical reference point… KARP, Sonic Youth, Godhead Silo… Or possibly none of the above. As self-described “Truewave” or “Posi Punk” (positive punk), Street Eaters operate in a vibrant world of their own creation, in an effort to create rather than destroy. There is a calculated abandon of the musical delivery that I am drawn to and which impresses me. On “Take What I Don’t Need” there’s a neat delayed fuzz bass that swarms in and out of the mix, almost dub-style. Side 2 opener “Sentries” opens with a wash of bass feedback, before settling into a pounding groove. “Definition” is upbeat and riff-heavy. And the LP highlight for me, “Paralyzed”, has a remarkable percussive bass harmonic refrain that thrills my ears no end. It’s angry and dark, but it’s also inspiring.
The lyrical content on “The Envoy” is inspired by the writings of Ursula K Le Guin, a science-fiction novelist whose works include Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed. Her works examine reinventions of gender norms, and underlying themes of anarchy and environmental issues. Lyrically, as you may expect, the LP is intently claustrophobic in places. But overall the experience I take away from Street Eaters is far from bleak. It’s a tough and great sounding record. The bass sounds impressive and huge throughout, and the vocals are great and sit perfectly atop the clatter and verve. Whilst I enjoyed their previous 2 LPs, (“Rusty Eyes and Hydrocarbons” and the excellent “Muscle and Bones” ), I am loving where the Street Eaters are headed with “The Envoy”.
“The Envoy” is released in the US through Nervous Intent, and in Europe through Contraszt! Records.
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Street Eaters are about to head out on a European tour. Go say hi. They won’t disappoint.
6/2 FR Dijon @ Maloka Fest
6/3 DE Mannheim @ Pfing Fest
6/4 DE Regensburg @ Büro
6/5 AUS Graz @ SUB
6/6 HU Szeged @ Várkert
6/7 HU Budapest @ Aurora
6/8 AUS Vienna @ Venster 99
6/9 DE Erlangen @ Jugendhaus
6/10 FR Strasbourg @ ABC/Antinational Fest
6/11 CH Biel @ TBA
6/13 DE Munich@ Kafe Kult
6/14 DE Berlin @ Bei Rut
6/15 DE Leipzig @ Zoro
6/16 DE Hamburg @ Storte
6/17 DE Cologne @ Contraszt! House
6/18 NL Utrecht @ACU
6/19 UK Brighton @ Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
6/20 UK Bristol@ The Old England
6/21 UK Leeds@ Wharf Chambers
6/22 UK Sheffield @ Audacious Art Experiment
6/23 DE Neubrandenberg @ Punx Picnic Fest
6/24 UK Glasgow @ Spite House
6/25 UK London @ DIY Space For London
6/26 FR Paris (Montreuil) @ La Comédia
6/27 FR Bordeaux@ Void Club
6/28 ES Madrid @ La Condenada
6/29 ES Valencia @ La Residencia
6/30 ES Barcelona @ Rock & Trini
7/1 FR Marseille @ La Salle Gueule