Thursday, March 23, 2017

Rare performance by NC's Secret Boyfriend slices through the fog of obscurity

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 7:00 AM

click to enlarge Cover of Secret Boyfriend's 'This Is Where You've Always Lived'
  • Cover of Secret Boyfriend's 'This Is Where You've Always Lived'
North Carolina’s Ryan Martin is one of the more important figures in the U.S. post-noise/experimental music underground. The Carrboro resident not only organizes the annual Savage Weekend event – a festival devoted to noise and outsider sounds with an energizing dose of adventurous performance art – but he also runs the well-curated Hot Releases label, an outlet for the likes of Russian Tsarlag, Housefire, Lack and Unicorn Hard-On. Equally as important – if not more so – is the ever-evolving work he does as Secret Boyfriend, a prolific solo performing/recording concern since 2008. Starting out as an almost noise/Sebadoh hybrid, Secret Boyfriend’s music has transformed into a thing of uncommon, alien and fragile beauty, with an outpouring of home-recorded hymns that veer between ambient textures, primitive body music, and absolutely heartbreaking ballad sketches. Martin keeps a purposely hazy profile, releasing limited-run cassettes for the most part, and then two incredible LPs on equally cryptic label Blackest Ever Black, so this rare live Central Florida experience is a chance to slice through the fog of obscurity to witness the beating heart that guides the machines.

with i_like_dog_face, Lush Agave, Mother Juno | 9 p.m. Saturday, March 25 | Sandwich Bar, 2432 E. Robinson St. | 407-421-1671 | $5

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