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Tunes: Street Eaters takes tunes to the streets of Las Cruces

July 30, 2014

By Alex Wilts, Las Cruces Sun-News, N.M.



July 30--Two-person punk band Street Eaters is devouring the highways of America as they travel to over 35 cities in five weeks.

One of the band's next stops on their summer tour will be the City of Crosses, with a performance at 9 p.m. on Saturday at the Trainyard, 102 W. Conway Ave.

"We meant to play a lot on this tour," said drummer and vocalist Megan March. "We're very thorough with our bookings. We just wanted to be able to play music and get the new record out."

Street Eaters' sophomore album "Blood::Muscles::Bones" was released on June 17, three years after their first album, "Rusty Eyes and Hydrocarbons," debuted in 2011.

The California-based band, said they began touring pretty relentlessly after they put out their first record.

"We took a year off from touring so we could knuckle down and work on ('Blood::Muscles::Bones')," said guitarist and vocalist John No. "It really came out the way we wanted it to."

March and No said they formed their own record label in order to have full control over the creation, production and look of the new album. They even had each album cover letter-pressed to ensure that every copy was unique in some way.

"We put a lot of energy into all the different aspects," March said.

March and No formed Street Eaters in 2008. Both grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and played in a variety of bands before forming Street Eaters.

Although they are categorized as a punk band, the duo said they are influenced by music that has more of a left-based approach to punk, making Street Eaters' music more experimental.

They said their music is also impacted by the punk rock community of the East Bay Area, whose lyrics are often more political in nature than meaningless.

Even the Street Eaters' band name is meant to be thought-provoking and semi-philosophical.

"(The name is) more of the idea of some cosmic monster coming down from outer space and deconstructing the idea of what civilization is," March said.

"We just thought it sounded cool too," No added.

March and No said they write their lyrics together, which tend to form out of conversations they have about politics, life and things that are affecting them independently and together.

"(The process) is very organic," March said. "We have a lot of discussions and a lot of time together."

The duo said it is also easier for two people to write music and lyrics than it is in a band with more members.

"It's easier to go back and forth and complete each other's thoughts," No said. "We tend to get out the music that we both want without it being filtered down from other perspectives."

Street Eaters will play at 10 more locations, including El Paso on Friday, before finishing out the tour back in San Francisco. So far they have only had two days off in two months.

"We thrive on intensity, and we thrive on having a lot of activities and a lot of ground to cover," No said.

"When you're in the zone, you can totally (keep going)," March added. "We like to keep moving."

Alex Wilts can be reached at 575-541-5457.

IF YOU GO

What: Street Eaters

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Trainyard, 102 W. Conway Ave.

Cost: $5

Info: www.streeteaters.com

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