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Secret Chiefs 3
Rickshaw, Vancouver BC February 10
By Alan Ranta
Strolling out on stage two hours after the doors opened, San Francisco's Secret Chiefs 3 looked like a cult. Everyone wore dark hooded robes except mohawked violinist/violist Timb Harris, who tied a sheer bandana with lace trim over his face. For many bands, such outfits have been seen as gimmicks, yet the demeanour of Secret Chiefs 3 compels one to convert, with the epic lunacy of their style matching the casual control of their remarkable skill as a quintet.
Primarily a vehicle for Mr. Bungle and Faith No More composer Trey Spruance, the influences in their experimental aesthetic appear almost contradictory on paper, bridging the gap between Middle Eastern folk, '70s horror movie soundtracks, melodic death metal, surf rock and electroacoustic music. …