The Secret History (band)
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The Secret History is a New York based indie pop/art rock group formed in 2007 by cult songwriter Michael Grace Jr and members from his previous group My Favorite, alongside vocalist Lisa Ronson (daughter of David Bowie guitarist and Glam legend Mick Ronson.) Their first release was the "Desolation Town" e.p. in 2008, on the boutique indie label Le Grand Magistery, which had previously been home to many artists Grace admired, including Momus and Stars.
Their debut LP, 2010's "The World That Never Was," (Le Grand Magistery) was an under-the-radar critical success, landing on best-of lists from Allmusic.com, Spectrum Culture, and taste-making public radio station KEXP (in addition to cracking the CMJ Top 200 for college radio airplay overall.) It was also listed amongst the best records of the year by Kip Berman of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart in the NME.
The Secret History music continues many of the themes which brought My Favorite acclaim amongst esoteric fans of indie pop. Michael Grace Jr is among indie's most conceptual songwriters, and "The World That Never Was" is unified by variations on b-movie monster, pulp horror and ghost stories. Elements of Catholic mysticism (particularly on the track Our Lady Of Palermo) find an uneasy place beside them. Musically, some of the shambling synthpop and "twee" aspects of My Favorite are replaced by more confident references to glam and NYC art rock, but principle influences like The Smiths, Prefab Sprout, Bowie/Eno, The Velvet Underground and C86 remain. There is also the tangible influence of 60s girl groups in tracks like "Our Lady Of Stalingrad,' and "Johnny Nightmare."
The bands lineup consists of: Michael Grace Jr (vocals, synthesizer), Lisa Ronson (vocals), Gilbert Abad (Bass), Todd Karasik (drums), Darren Amadio (guitar), Kurt Brondo (keyboards, accordion), Jamie Kozyra (vocals)
- New Musical Express January 2011 issue