Secret Fun Club’s latest release, the wild-eyed brainchild of Sal Gallegos and John Rieder, once again show that these two have mastered the art of auditory experimentation. Fluctuating between moments of scientific static worthy of alien airwaves on “Billy Joel Osteen,” to seemingly straightforward jazz punctuated by soothing vibraphone and just-slightly-off time signatures that feel like a calm descent into madness on “Ted Nugent Was Goth in High School,” Secret Fun Club proves repeatedly that their creativity is vast and unrestricted by any one musical direction. Throbbing wails and air raid siren assaults accompanied by punishing, repetitive rhythms give way to supremely sinister howls and collaborative noise from the likes of W.T. Nelson, Justin Pearson, Sam Lopez, and Esteban Flores on the eleven and a half minute track, Black Metal to English Dictionary.” Which brings us to the tracklist.
Never taking themselves too seriously, the duo has a penchant for titling their songs with pun-filled monikers like “Pat Minotaur”, “Scott Baiowülf” and “Pariah Carey”– amusing juxtapositions of classic history/literature and tabloid-prone celebrities that would leave you rolling your eyes were the jokes to come from your dad, but smirking in the context of its use for doomy, sludgy, experimental metal such as this. And in a way, the meeting of highbrow and lowbrow in Secret Fun Club’s tracklisting seems like the perfect metaphor for the band’s music: impressively composed pieces highly calculated in musical structure, and yet simultaneously confrontational, gritty, and unrefined in tone.
Track Listing: 01. Mastodon Rickles 02. Scott Baiowulf 03. Black Metal To English Dictionary 04. Pariah Carey 05. Pinche Harmonix 06. Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark Throne 07. Ted Nugent Was Goth In High School 08. Pat Minotaur
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