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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Secret Science

Chicago-based Secret Science is comprised of bassist Paul Lieponis, songwriter Tom Riordan, multi-instrumentalist Bill Turner and drummer Jeff Wagner.

Although the men have been musicians and friends in the same circle since high school, the band did not form until the summer of 2011 under the common theme of “do what feels natural.”

In May, Secret Science released a self-titled four-track EP. The post-punk group then released Secret Science II, another four-track EP, in September. Both albums are available for free on Bandcamp.

The Spec interviewed Secret Science, read what they have to say about Ancient Aliens and plans for the future

How long have you been making music?
We’ve been making music in some capacity all our lives and have played in bands since we were about 13.

Who or what are your influences?
Pixies, Nirvana, Bowie, but probably moreso newer stuff…Wavves, Ty Segall is sweet.

How did you come up with your name?
After way over-thinking an episode of Ancient Aliens.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
After doing two fairly raw sounding EPs, we’ve been working putting together a nice-sized collection of tracks to whittle into a more thought out and produced EP or LP sometime over the next year. It will be exciting to get in the studio and get that tracked so that we can start focusing more on touring and getting the music out there.

What inspires your music?
Once again…Ancient Aliens is definitely a factor. It’s good to think of weird shit every now and then.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
We’ve always really liked Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s…will be sweet to see what happens with their next album they’re about to drop. They mesh pleasing melodies with darker instrumentation, which is something we try to do at times.

Why do you make music?
Don’t have a good answer for that, but sure can’t seem to stop.

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