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Monday, March 19, 2012

Secret Music phones in debut album. Literally

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About two months ago, Secret Music tweeted “start an indie rock band, live in a warehouse, date a babe who poses nude, get by with a shitty service job, become a monster #march6th” — the reference to March 6 being the drop date of their self-titled debut album. If that Tweet serves as a 140-characters-or-less synopsis of Secret Music's M.O., then Daniel Fry and Chase Nicholl are messing with us in ways that are eerily reminiscent of Ben and Andrew of MGMT. Relying heavily on synths and outrageously poppy guitar riffs populated with absurd/fun/flippant song titles such as “T.O.Y.S.,” “Gulliver,” and “Floozies,” NYC's Secret Music has created an album full of intrigue. Fry talked to us about party anthems, hoedowns, and why he prefers to stick with people as crazy as himself.

With Cousin Dan. $5. 8 p.m. Mon., March 19. All Ages. Masquerade (Purgatory), 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com.

Is it true that you guys recorded the entire album through payphone receivers?

Daniel Fry: We went to get a few from the neighborhood and used them to do a lot of songs. It's our first record, so there's nothing to compare it to, and there's no expectations so that's kind of great. Perfect timing to come out. It's all these summer jams, everything's upbeat.

The first thought in my mind when I heard your debut a couple of weeks ago was that you sounded like Passion Pit.
[Laughs]

And then I found out that [Passion Pit remixer and synth player] Ayad Al Adhamy produced it, and thought, well that’s perfect.
Yeah, it was kind of perfect. He had heard of us through someone else and our connections.

According to Aquarian Weekly, Secret Music "has all the potential to bust out the next dorm party anthem." How do you feel about that? Do you kind of wanna be super secret music or do you wanna make the next dorm party anthem?
I mean, yeah, hell yeah. Who doesn't want to make an anthem? That's the stuff that legends are made of. I have no intentions of doing that, but I can totally ride that idea if someone's willing to go that far.

So you’ve said that you come from a more bluegrassy/folksy background.
Yeah, six or seven years ago I was into those scenes. But in bluegrass you're never going to make it farther than a hoedown with thirty people sitting in the room.

[Laughs]. So Chase is your partner in crime? What's the best part of working with Chase so closely?
[Laughs]. It's important to stick with people that are just as crazy as you are. [People] that are sort of kind of weird [too]. It helps balance things. Chase is just the craziest workhorse I've ever seen. I'm always drunk, so this would've never gotten done if it wasn't for Chase.

What is the worst part of working with Chase?
You know, I've figured out how to get what I want, when I want. He's a busy guy, I'm a busy guy, and I think that the hardest thing about working with him is that we don't live together anymore. Chase is also a total computer geek. He has to spend half of his life programming stuff and then the other half with girls.

What do you want to say through your music?
Listen to me. I want people to turn it on and enjoy it. I'm not trying to put a billboard on my face.

What do you love?
What do I love? I love corndogs and Coca-Cola, you know?

Yeah. I like those things, too.
And a good conversation. I'm a conversation man. I'm not good with the email and the blogging and stuff. I'm a conversation man.

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