Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends, the trio of Neutron, drummer Dale Crover (the Melvins) and bass player Tony Ash (Trophy Wives), unleash a twelve-volume series of singles, with the first release featuring Neutron’s “A Litany of Grievances” and a B-side from the Trophy Wives (“Tomorrowland”).
“Typically, people are looking for unpredictability from us,” explains Neutron. “We just translated that element into the larger strategy this time. I want to build enough trust with our audience that they’re willing to get the ticket and take the ride. As gatekeepers become more and more involved in art, it’s interesting to subvert that with a combination of meticulous over-planning and our inherent freewheeling nature. Every Secret Friends album has been different than anything I’ve ever done. This is no exception!”
The first trio of releases, arriving via Seismic Wave Entertainment:
Atom: 1 “A Litany of Grievances” w/Trophy Wives “Tomorrowland”
Available digitally: Now Vinyl release date: March 16
Atom: 2 “Hate Secretary” w/Quivers “Master of Dirt”
Available digitally: March 16 Vinyl release date: April 16
Available digitally: April 16 Vinyl release date: May 16
The collection, which will always feature an A-side from Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends along with a B-side from various musical comrades including Dale Crover, Motherfucker, Reptoid, Cartographer and more, will culminate in the release of Protons and Electrons, a full-length album. The B-side contributors all have a relationship to the Secret Friends either through live outings or recordings. Protons and Electrons, combined with the Neutron make the atom. The releases are available digitally via neutronfriends.bandcamp.com as well as general DSPs or on vinyl via neutronfriends.com.
Neutron is certainly no stranger to taking a unique approach to creating music. Call his music, smart, kooky, weird, quirky – you name it, he’s heard it before. In 2015, The Secret Friends made their debut on Enemy of Everyone followed by the 2016 release, Art of Murder—a gleeful concept album about Hannibal Lecter.
Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends tour dates:
March 16 Milwaukee, WI Club Garibaldi
March 17 Madison, WI Mickey’s Tavern
March 18 Minot, ND 62 Doors Art Gallery
March 19 Missoula, MT Union Hall Ballroom
March 20 Seattle, WA Highline
March 21 Bellingham, WA The Shakedown
March 22 Portland, OR High Water Mark
March 23 San Francisco, CA Hemlock
March 24 Oakland, CA Elbo Room Jack London
March 25 Los Angeles The Smell
The touring line-up for Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends is Neutron (guitar/vocals), Replicator/Cartographer drummer Chris Bolig, Motherfucker guitar player Erica Strout and former Coliseum bass player, Tony Ash.