The Secret History
Photo Courtesy of their Myspace
Sat., July 23: An irregular summer indie party at Littlefield.
“Irregulars” : A Summer Indie Party
Great bands, indie pop DJ extravaganza, food trucks – summer fun.
The Secret History, Tyburn Saints, Mahogany, Franz Nicolay, Pet Milk, Cheer!, DJs Miss Modular, Kevington + special guests DJ Jacob Graham (of The Drums)
The Secret History
The Secret History is an NYC-based band featuring cult songwriter Michael Grace, Jr. and his decade-long co-conspirators from the adored (but obscured) indiepop group My Favorite. The band also features the debut of vocalist Lisa Ronson (daughter of glam rock legend Mick Ronson) alongside Jamie Babich (of Nouvellas.) Grace’s lyrics create drive-in theatres out of bare bedsit walls, while Ronson alternates between the emotive and the plaintive — one minute channeling Dusty Springfield, the next, Kirsty Macoll. Behind them, an inventive band tailors soundscapes to each changing mood. Together, they are creating a new kind of cinematic post-pop, drawing from the rainy jangles of C86, the buzz and stomp of glam, and the light and air of the classic girl groups.
“Not only lives up to My Favorite’s legacy, but surpasses it… not since the first two New Pornographers records have the songs, vocals, and production come together so perfectly. They’ve crafted one of the best, most lyrical, and emotionally powerful pop albums of the past however long.”-Allmusic guide
“you could call Tyburn Saints’ genre of haunting and maudlin rock “death indie.” Following in the steps of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (circa Let Love In) before them (lead singer Johnny Gimenez even sounds like the love child of Cave and Joy Division’s Ian Curtis), their music is dark, dark, dark. With a set list full of murder ballads, the Saints lull you into a false sense of security while their lyrics are a bit more sinister.” – Brett Ackerman for Unveiled Arts
Mahogany is an electric music-based multidisciplinary media ensemble currently working in Philadelphia, New York, and other locations. A combination of vocals, cello, massed guitars, pianos, melodicas, sequencers, synthesizers, samplers, tape, percussion, and other instruments makes for Mahogany’s sound.
Franz Nicolay was a member of Brooklyn rockers The Hold Steady and punk orchestra World/Inferno Friendship Society. He founded the new-music collective Anti-Social Music, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2010; and is co-leader of the Balkan-jazz quartet Guignol, whose Fight Dirty came out in 2009. Also in 2009, he released his solo debut Major General (Fistolo/Decor) and vinyl-only EP St. Sebastian of the Short Stage (Team Science); and in early 2010 the short-story collection Complicated Gardening Techniques (Julius Singer Press). He made Luck & Courage in Brooklyn in two weeks in spring 2010, with producer Jim Keller (Willie Nelson, Franz Ferdinand). After completing the new album, he spent the past summer as a touring member of agit-punk band Against Me!.
5 p.m., $10: tickets
This event is 21 and over
Food truck by SNAP!
622 Degraw Street, Gowanus