Secret Chiefs 3
Kevin Brown Secret Chiefs 3 at Cafe Du Nord. All photos courtesy of Kevin Brown
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Cafe Du Nord
Better than: The day before mother's day has any right to be.
To say Secret Chiefs 3 have been lately absent from the musical landscape is to ascribe a regularity to their release and touring schedule that's never really existed in their 17 years as a band. Of course, this "band" moves exclusively to the watch of guitarist/composer/producer Trey Spruance, formerly of Mr. Bungle, whose conceptual ambition along with the high overhead of the band's lush records leads to sporadic output.
But while Secret Chiefs 3 haven't played locally in a while, they have been busy, alternately performing before enthusiastic festival crowds in Europe and the Middle East, and working on the long-awaited follow-up to their 2004 LP, Book of Horizons. So it came as a welcome surprise when, a little under two months ago, fans of their Facebook page were treated to news of recording progress and a US mini-tour to make up for the absence. As the Bay Area has been Spruance's lifelong locale, Saturday's homecoming gig at Cafe Du Nord promised to be a barnburner.More »