Sensation creation was on Trouble in The Street’s mind when it came to their debut release Electro Tribe. The four-track EP drops physically Oct. 6 and features GRAMMY award winning artist Beto Martinez (Grupo Fantasma) on guitar, a hailstorm of synth beauty and burst of sensations like chewing 5 Gum.
The Austin-based trio melds diverse backgrounds into a synchronized electric-punk dystopian rhythm that screams “Damn the Man!” Every track is a story of liberation, whether it be from self, baggage or a fixed system.
Trouble in The Streets essentially has two paths when it comes to their soundscape. One of quick-temperance throws calls for change out that come back screaming from the accompaniment. The second route follows a more mellow and dulcet cadence, relying heavily on melody.
Both paths intertwine throughout the EP and leave a steady pattern that comforts in the lows and incites a riot in the highs creating a beautiful contrast with smooth transitions from verse to verse.
Tension rises with a soaring guitar lick that sets the tone for the opening track “Pyramid Scheme.” The pumped-up song voices the lesson of breaking loose from the cycle and becoming your own person. Beto Martinez is rife with riffs throughout the song and amplifies the message of awareness.
Vocalist/keyboardist Nnedi Agbaroji’s celestial vocals are alongside bassist/synth player Andy Leonard’s commanding rhythms. Agbaroji’s potent presence during times of distress catches the ear. Coupled with a laid-back beat from Robert Slangen on the drums and her own keyboard playing, it becomes obvious that the aptly titled ‘Electro Tribe‘ is the essence of Trouble in The Streets.
“Pyramid Scheme” features a major jam section. Martinez takes control of the helm with a distorted and souped-up sound while Agbaroji urges listeners to move their body and act. The duo truly shines in this section and create a spiritual effect.
Rage Against the Machine meets “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick” for the track “Sop Me up Like a Biscuit.” It’s aggressive from the start, asking “Who run it?” with a series of frenzied synths and programming sounds inducing a slight head bob in the foreground. This track features a more hip-hop influenced flow than the others.
In context, the song is about letting go of baggage and reaching your full potential. This yearning for a change breaks through loud and clear in the entire arrangement, especially with a crazed acceleration towards the end. Heavy drums, panicked synth and a running bass line all culminate around this idea of a swift and needed change.
Trouble in the Streets debut is one that comes already sounding full-formed. With each musician bringing in their own array of sounds and concepts it would be so easy to get lost in every story told. The group coherently blends each instrument in a way that’s made them create a genre of their own. This electro-jazz-pop soundscape is undeniably groovy.
The band launched their West Coast tour on Saturday at Austin’s Empire Control Room and will be releasing a tour diary exclusively on Track Rambler. You can find show photos from the tour launch party and a link to the tour diary below as well as tour dates and a streaming option for Electro Tribe. Just make sure you’re wearing your dancing shoes when you press play.
Check out Trouble in The Streets’ first video diary entry from Phoenix, AZ here!
West Coast Tour Dates:
Oct 5-8 @ Joshua Tree Music Festival – Joshua Tree, CA with The Last Internationale, Turkuaz and more
Oct 11 @ California Institute of Abnormalarts – Hollywood, CA
Oct 13 @ Winston’s – San Diego, CA
Oct 14 @ Universal Bar & Grill – Hollywood CA
Oct 19 @ Your Moms House – Denver CO, with Zeta June
For more information visit http://www.troubleinthestreets.com/.
Photos by: Demetrius Judkins
Written by: Sawyer Click