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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Secondary Modern

Secondary Modern interview, Bandcamp

Secondary Modern makes traditional indie rock out of Carbondale, Ill.. The three piece began five years ago and has released seven albums including 2014’s Venus Birds. Most of the albums are available for streaming and name-your-price-download on Bandcamp.

Below, read The Spec‘s interview with Secondary Modern bassist Matt Mcguire…

How long have you been making music?
We’ve all been playing music in bands since we were kids. I started when I was 13 in punk bands. David [Brown] and Danny [Brown] started at about the ages of nine and seven. As a band, we’ve been playing together for five years.

Who/What are your influences?
The influences for our music are vast and varied. Danny’s understanding of metal and world music contributes to the rhythms he goes with. David keeps that in check with his love of The Beatles, Robyn Hitchcock, Syd Barrett, and The Kinks. Then I find myself thinking simultaneously, “what would Paul McCartney do?” constrasted with “what would Paul McCartney NOT do?” and then going with a mix of the two.

What is your favorite song on the new album and why?
Money Well Spent” is the track on New Colony that I always find something new to like with each listen. I’m really happy with the sounds we found while recording that one.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
There’s always something new on our agenda. Right now, we are sitting on a batch of new material to record for the next release. We also have two videos in the works. One that the three of us collaborated on and one that my roommate, Dustin Houston, has been slaving away on. There are also the solo endeavors and projects of our friends’ that we have been helping with. Specifically, the new Flowers of Evil album is being engineered by David, and I recently produced my friend Ben Vaughn‘s first solo album.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you do for a living?
Danny would be the President. I’d be a monk. And David would be a ninja.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
We look up to people that follow their own unique vision like Kevin Shields from My Bloody Valentine. The Elephant 6 Collective and that group of friends has also been a great example to follow.

Why do you make music?
I guess music is our favorite way to give a voice to feelings and ideas that are hard to communicate otherwise. Songs can make more sense than sentences sometimes.

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