Rock

Black Market Syndicate: Punk Believers Rejoice with Peasants

Black Market Syndicate are true believers. Besides releasing second album And the Peasants Rejoiced at Fitzgerald's Saturday, the Houston punk quartet is streaming it all weekend on their ReverbNation page. For the people.

Produced by Street Dogs' Johnny Rioux, Peasants stands up for the powerless and dreams of escaping the workaday routine in barricade-storming, fifth-column would-be anthems like "Disenfranchised Rebellion," "Greed and Hate," "Great Leap Forward" and "Avalanche." It's very much in the proud tradition of a couple of their punk heroes you'll read about in a bit.

Rocks Off subjected the five-year-old band's singer and guitarist Randy Rost to the third degree via e-mail earlier this week. Okay, maybe two and a half degrees.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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