Secret Band
Secret Band EP


3.5
great

Review

by Mall USER (72 Reviews)
January 26th, 2015 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Quoting line after line trying to start my own crew

For what initially started as a side project, Secret Band have arguably done more for the Dance Gavin Dance legacy than the band themselves. They exclude clean vocalists, instead focusing on the angry squawks of Jon Mess, a vocalisation of the complete insanity conveyed in the dazzling, cascading swathes of guitars that keep both bands rooted in the furious technicality of slick, modern post-hardcore even when more poppy tendencies manifest.

Mess' weirdness has got his less remarkable peers far even when his contributions border on unlistenable (Dance Gavin Dance). Here he's at his best, and in only four songs delivers the greatest array of lyrics in his career thus far, all while lathering Will Swan's labyrinths of electrifying guitar and Jordan McCoy's slithering basslines in his own brand of bizarre, often disturbing lyrical imagery. More remarkably, Mess' delivery conveys a seriousness that is almost laughable especially when he bellows the line 'I'll never have sex again, I think I'm just too stoned' in 'An Advertisment'.

His wacky lyrics and expertly delivered screams may be at odds, but that is what comes of a man who has been forced to hone his skills to adapt to so many lineup changes in his home band. Here his freedom is greater, and on Secret Band he delivers the strongest set of songs affiliated with his name.



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mryrtmrnfoxxxy
January 26th 2015


13967 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

besy

Digging: Dirty Dishes - Guilty

BMDrummer
January 26th 2015


10978 Comments


haven't heard

Slut
January 26th 2015


3215 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0



Mess' weirdness has got his less remarkable peers far even when his contributions border on unlistenable (Dance Gavin Dance).



Huh. Not quite sure what this means. But he was not unlisted able on st

Mall
January 26th 2015


1986 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it means that on that album the unremarkable riffs sound more impressive because of his performance, even though he's hard to listen to there

Slut
January 26th 2015


3215 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Probably should be rewordeD a bit better

Betray
January 26th 2015


5854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

more like jon best

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mryrtmrnfoxxxy
January 26th 2015


13967 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeaa



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