WORDS BY : DEC SHERRY
After taking a brief hiatus, These Streets are back, having played a handful of local shows and finished off working on new record Expect The Worst to be released through Blood Blast Distribution and Upstate Records.
We spoke to vocalist Cameron Grabowski about the band’s upcoming release and the process behind its creation. Speaking on their choice to change labels Cam tells us, “We really figured out a way to truly get the most of this release and both labels are really doing the most for us. It’s exciting to have creative control completely in our hands.”
his new record is mostly about coming to terms with yourself and becoming self aware of who you are and what to expect from the world around you
Cam goes on to tell us, “This new record is mostly about coming to terms with yourself and becoming self aware of who you are and what to expect from the world around you. It’s truly a conversation with your inner psyche. It’s about mental health, addiction, and being self aware. Honestly we really tried to avoid outside influence on this and we did our best to develop a new sound for us and it’s crazy how much we put into this.”
It’s been a few years since These Streets released Unfinished Business, and while they might have been somewhat quiet up until recently it’s clear the band have been busy. They may well have been silent for sometime, but news of their return hasn’t gone unnoticed with These Streets still drawing interest from the scene, but the band don’t take this for granted. Speaking on the amount of time the band has been together Cam admits that that These Streets thought they would still be a band after so long. “None of us expected it but we are really really fortunate to still do this. And we really value the fact that we have the ability to still do cool shit and put out the records we want.” Cam adds to this saying “This is easily the best material we’ve ever created and we are so proud of it.”
Expect The Worst has mutated during the creative process on the record with the band throwing in experimental ideas as they’ve gone along
These Streets isn’t the only foray Cam has had into the world of music, he gives us an honest account on his experiences as a part of Lionheart saying, “Well I was fortunate enough to do a heavy amount of touring with Lionheart and I really got to experience how to make a lot happen with very little. To tell the truth, we have actually never written a song together in a band practice setting …. ever? hahah From 2013-2018 we RARELY practiced, one thing I learned from my time in LH was that if all the members of the band practice their instruments and learn the material, you should technically be able to show up and just play the songs. And within 1-2 practices you can lock in a set for a tour. And then we just kinda wing it for one offs”.
Expect The Worst has mutated during the creative process on the record with the band throwing in experimental ideas as they’ve gone along. Cam explains, “with this record, it started out as more of a small production, stripped down straight forward hardcore record and slowly evolved into something we never expected, Its metal, its heavy, its catchy and we straight up said screw it and we really went all out on the production adding hip hop drums, a ridiculous amount of 808’s and theres even some keyboard stuff in the track “Irreversible””. Adding to this Cam gives an insight into the record’s sound, “It’s just heavy, it’s got catchy hooks, tons of dope bass breaks, hip hop drums and we even put in some synth in a song. For a bit we had two singers and the song “Stay Awake” was the last song he tracked before he left but we had a lot of cool stuff planned that kinda gave it a linkin park vibe and that was cool and makes that song pop out. Shout out Izzy Roc”.
These Streets have created something that takes them away from their metallic hardcore roots and onto new pastures. Only a 5-track EP, it’s a clear sign of the bands artistic flair and where they want to take the band to next.