Sunday, October 08, 2006

god, show me magick

"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]

Secret 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.

Steve's 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.

Naturally all of this was processed in a nanosecond or three.

Ok, enough 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

On 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.

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