(Young Widows, Breather Resist, Black Cross, National Acrobat)
Robotic Empire 87
Released on July 7, 2009
The improv duo Bad Secrets delivers dark, weird, and hypnotic
jams on their debut release. The band, comprised of
Evan Patterson (Young Widows) and Dan Davis (Kodan
Armada), is built around a guitar-vocal-and-drums foundation.
Conceived, recorded, and mixed over three weekends in
late 2007, the lo-fi nature of this seven-track mini-album
works to Bad Secrets’ advantage, setting an overall mood
of drunken, haunted desperation. Patterson’s unique and
twisted guitar twang mixes with distant howls and Davis’s
rumbling, primal drum work.
Bad Secrets successfully channels the energy and soul of
blues, the mesmerizing spirit of shoegazer and psychedelia,
and the harsher “dropped out of life” elements of desert
rock. Seven varied songs (none over three-and-a-half minutes
long) are crammed onto this unique nine-inch vinyl record,
which comes with an accompanying CD of the same
tunes and is housed in a silk-screened jacket hand-made by
the band members themselves.