Secret Boyfriend

Secret Boyfriend

Reverent, Housefire, Mille

Sun, January 13, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Pinhook

Durham, NC

$8.00

This event is all ages

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Secret Boyfriend
Secret Boyfriend
As circumstance would have it, the project of North Carolinian Ryan Martin, founder of the Hot Releases label, has taken the secrecy of its intimacy to a whole new level — in fact, to an extent that’s forced obliviousness to the musical lovin’ that he’s provided since around 2009 or so. Let me italicize the musical part of that phrase; there are no legal boundaries being crossed or straddled in a non-consensual manner here. Instead, Martin and his alias have so far kept the anniversary-celebrating and the sweet “Good morning :)” texts deep in the underground, a few live shows to supplement the limited cassettes, and… fuckin’ hell, that’s what I call secret. Who’s tired of all the sneaking around?

Secret Boyfriend has a new album out December 9 (his first genuine LP, as it turns out) entitled This Is Always Where You’ve Lived, sponsored by (in a notable step into the limelight) the UK label Blackest Ever Black. “Potent” and “fully realized” though the album may be, I’ve had the chance to listen to some of it, and it’s nothing if not heterogeneous. It’s not quite folk. It’s not quite noise. Were we still in the age of antenna-based cable, you might find the best description during a thunderstorm. Here’s the official release page, and there’s a little SoundCloud preview embedded on that page too.
Reverent
Reverent
The all-vocal industrial blues project of American Damage founder Jordan Reyes, Reverent is a solo project that weaves together gospel, gregorian chanting, industrial ethos, and pop hooks. In Reverent, Reyes wears the trappings of his religious upbringing on his sleeve, frequently invoking the sacred and the divine, while also meditating on the inbred guilt he can’t seem to shake. The other experiential component of Reverent is living as a sober person. This January, Reyes celebrates five years without drugs or alcohol.


This January, he’s also celebrating the release of a new cassette - Long Wave Sermon, a live recording from Que4 radio done in 2018, featuring songs like “Daylight,” a rollicking dark pop song with a cheeky nod to Harry Belafonte’s “Banana Boat Song” and noisy bruisers like “I Take Drugs to Leave Bed to Take Drugs.”
Housefire
Housefire
"You ever have those moments when you're driving down a long stretch of highway alone and suddenly you realize that you've lost about 20 minutes and the last several miles went by in a blur, and when you come to you're equal parts horrified by the hypnotic time lapse but ecstatic that you made it out alive and didn't kill anyone else in the process? Housefire's new album is the soundtrack for that deadly, invigorating trance." - Mark Williams
Venue Information:
The Pinhook
117 W. Main St.
Durham, NC, 27701
http://thepinhook.com/