Bastard Noise and Secret Fun Club
Secret Fun Club will debut new songs when they play the Bancroft on April 19. They began as an experimental bass and drum noise band utilizing old tube electronics and modern computer sound manipulation, originally featuring members of Some Girls and Dead Ghosts. Now distilled down to a duo featuring Sal Gallegos and John Rieder, their upcoming album 101 features local guests such as Justin Pearson (Dead Cross, the Locust, Retox), Sam Lopez (Zsa Zsa Gabor), and Esteban Flores (Monochromacy). Recorded in San Diego with W.T. Nelson (Geronimo, Bastard Noise) and his collection of Trogotronic synth gear, and mastered by their former guitarist Nathan Joyner (Some Girls), it will be released digitally on May 17, with a smoke-colored vinyl edition also available. Song titles give a fair idea of what to expect: “Pat Minotaur,” “Scott Baiowülf,” “Pariah Carey,” “Ted Nugent Was Goth in High School,” and an eleven and a half minute jumbo jam track, “Black Metal to English Dictionary.” The bill includes Bastard Noise, Those Darn Gnomes, Happy Pill Trauma, and Speculum.