Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Secret History

When I discovered The Secret History a while ago, they only had a few demos at their MySpace, which I liked, now they've released their debut EP. After listening to it a few times, it was clear to me that this band won't be a secret for long, and not history soon.
The Secret History was formed in 2007 by songwriter Michael Grace Jr., best known for acclaimed cult indie pop band My Favorite. The Secret History also features vocalist Lisa Ronson, daughter of Bowie guitarist, and glamrock legend Mick Ronson. The Secret History continues as a vehicle for Grace’s myth and monster laden song writing, which unfolds across cinematic landscapes…part New York in the late 1970s, part Sicily at the turn of the last century, part Nowhere. The sound itself, created by longtime collaborators Darren Amadio on guitar, Todd Karrasik on drums, Gil Abad on bass, and Kurt Brondo on keys, is a kind of continental art rock, combining the rainy jangles of C86, the stomp of glam, the innocence of the girl groups, and the anxiety of disco. Grace first met vocalist Lisa Ronson whose voice...and everything desperate just under the surface of it... was that convinced the lads. The addition of Erin Dermody, an ethereal young lady in dress, to sing harmonies, completed the new project. A sold out debut at Cakeshop (which Grace dubbed CBTweeB’s) was followed by shows alongside Love Is All, Boyracer, My Teenage Stride, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Dig and others. They also appeared at the legendary 40 Watt Club for the Athens Popfest. Desolation Town, is the debut EP released on November 12, 2008 by the Le Grand Magistery record label.


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