"The Secret Chiefs are said to be transcendent cosmic authorities responsible for the operation and moral calibre of the cosmos, or for overseeing the operations of an esoteric organization that manifests outwardly in the form of a magical order or lodge system. Their names and descriptions have varied through time, dependent on those who reflect their experience of contact with them." [more]
Chiefs 3 is a band formed in the mid-nineties by Trey Spruance, Trevor
Dunn and Danny Heifetz - respectively the guitarist, bassist and drummer
in Mr Bungle.
The line up has changed with each record, but it's fair to say that
Spruance has remained the "chief" creative force - excuse the bad pun.
recent post reminded me that I hadn't contributed to the Rally since
April. Whilst I offer no apologies for this state of affairs, it seems
like an appropriate time to contribute again. In truth, I had considered
writing something about Secret Chiefs 3 for a while, but in a "5
degrees of separation"-sort of way, it was Steve's live album post that
finally did the trick...
To be more precise, it was Hibbett's
comment. Here's how my brain works:
Modern Lovers Live > Jonathan
Richman > he needs to get his sinuses sorted > as does Chuck
Mosely, vocalist on Faith No More's first couple of albums > FNM? I
prefer Mr Bungle > but I like Secret Chiefs 3 even more.
all of this was processed in a nanosecond or three.
beating about the bush. To warm y'all up, here's a track from the band's
second album, "Second Grand Constitution and Bylaws: Hurqalya":
Secret Chiefs 3 - Renunciation
their most recent album, "Book of Horizons" (2004), SC3 have formed 7
sub-bands (only 6 of which are named...), each one representing one or
more aspects of their musical interests. Now, I'm developing an aversion
to the use of 'eclectic' when describing music, as it's usually applied
to bands that play songs at more than one tempo, or use instruments
other than guitars, but here goes: SC3 are truely eclectic. You can read
more about this elsewhere (yes you can), for now listen to these:
Secret Chiefs 3 [UR] - Anthropomorphosis: Boxleitner
Secret Chiefs 3 [Ishraqiyun] - The 3
Good. Now go buy all their records immediately...
While you're at it, visit the SC3 website and also the Web of Mimicry label pages.