COLOUR ME POP is so very proud to present this Indietracks warm-up show featuring brilliant bands from some of the world’s most glittering cities. I am honoured that The Secret History will be playing their first UK show here ahead of their Indietracks debut.
THE SECRET HISTORY (New York)
The Secret History write the story of the world that never was. Michael Grace Jr. has been painting pictures of homeless club kids, young men at the century’s end, party crashers and starry-eyed suburban dreamers since the last century. When his internationally adored band My Favorite ended in 2005, The Secret History soon appeared around the corner with new singer Lisa Ronson. To date, the band have graced us with one EP and one album. Excitingly, this June, their new album will be released. ‘Americans Singing in the Dark’ has already shared with us its song ‘Age of Victoria’. The dual vocals of Michael and Lisa are immediately appealing and the song combines sad but hopeful lyrics with an upbeat tempo and rich, beautiful sounds. It’s something The Secret History does very well. You cannot ignore these lyrics and the chiming guitars and washes of synths take your heart.
In addition to The Secret History’s songs of the past, present and future, Michael has shared that they will play a few My Favorite songs. Come out to see one of this generation’s best writers and most thoughtful, inspiring bands.
COMET GAIN (London landmark)
As The Secret History weave narratives about lost Americans, Comet Gain tell us about the kids at the club from a distinctly British perspective. The dual Rachel and David vocals of this band often mirror Lisa and Michael’s vocals of The Secret History – soul punk to post pop. While the band have been through a number of line-up changes, they are strong as ever, as I witnessed in April when they played with Veronica Falls at Islington Assembly Hall. David’s red Rickenbacker shone under the lights and we could even hear the percussive shakey egg, so clear was the sound. Support your London legends!
PALE SPECTRES (We’ll always have Paris)
Pale Spectres are hopping aboard the Eurostar to London from Paris to play their first UK show just before their Indietracks performance. They’ve charmed their own city and headed south to Limoges to play the ‘Pop & Merguez’ summer festival of sunshine, wine and pop music. From their name you might guess that their sound nods to the 80s and it does. I love that chiming, slightly haunting guitar sound so, and hope that you will too. Apparently some English friends and family will be seeing the band for the first time so join them for this celebration.
Roque from Cloudberry Records will be DJing in between bands and until we have the room. His new imprint – Cloudberry Dream Workshop – is putting out The Secret History’s new album. Get Tickets