The psychedelic, groovy East African inspired title track came to me in a dream: I dreamed I was walking the streets of Omdurman at night, a city along the Nile in my native Sudan, when I heard someone playing guitar and singing in Arabic. It turned out to be my father! He was sitting cross legged on the ground, under a streetlight in front of my childhood home. His voice sounded hypnotic, raw and powerful as he sang: “I am your life/And all of our lives/From within the city until our uprising/Our days have left us in the city and, with our imagination, we move forward.” He sang that over and over, and I sing those same words in my song. This, along with the rest of Dépaysé, has given me peace. I am no longer afraid of the unknown. I’m no longer confused about my duality of my Sudanese and American identities. Now I accept it. And it’s made me feel new.
The three members of Trouble In The Streets call their latest EP Rule Breaker, and that’s no idle boast. Everything about the group is designed to defy expectation. During a time of conformity, they’ve dispensed with genre limitations and crafted a style and sound all their own – one that draws from hip-hop, punk, electronic music, dream pop, avant-soul, and wild, wigged-out experimental music. At their explosive concerts, the line between audience and band is blurred by the approachability of the musicians and the enthusiasm of their listeners. Their lyrics are frequently confrontational and uncompromising, but they’re hopeful, too; they’re invitations to other outsiders to join the rebellion. Putting together novel combinations of sounds, taking left turns, astonishing fans with the intensity of their performances – that’s what the sonic agitators in Trouble In The Streets do.