Thursday April 3
11570 Hwy. 9
ALLEGEDLY, Secret Chiefs 3 is the general name for seven different bands, all representing an arm of founder Trey Spruance's musical forays into the mystic realms of metaphysical philosophy and Middle Eastern time signatures. Spruance, who once played guitar for the experimental rock enterprise Mr. Bungle and rock band Faith No More, takes it upon himself to admonish the music world of generic melody and redundant instrumentation, focusing instead on a wide spectrum of largely unexplored sounds, textures and genres. Incorporating the haunting drones of traditional Middle Eastern folk music into an already bizarre arrangement of surf-rock and heavy metal, Secret Chiefs 3 reaches a territory that is almost impossibly avant-garde. Their new album, Xaphan: Book of Angels Volume 9, is yet another challenge aimed at shaking the very foundations of rock & roll, and in doing so, altering any preconceived notion one may hold of contemporary Western music.