Posted in music | tour dates | video on April 7, 2009

by Black Bubblegum

Secret Chiefs 3 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Secret Chiefs

Secret Chiefs 3 recently played the Oddity Faire at Terminal 5 with Les Claypool, Saul Williams, and O'Death, and will be back in NYC again on May 30th, this time tackling Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are now on sale.

Judging by the above photo and the fact that sunn 0))) collaborator Eyvind Kang is currently a member, the SC3-unfamiliar might think that the band dips their toes in the same pond as Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson. Not so. Although the experimental spirit of sunn 0))) is present, SC3 has more in common with mastermind Trey Spruance's other projects, Mr Bungle and Faith No More:

Secret Chiefs 3, also known as SC3, is a group of musicians led by composer and producer Trey Spruance, former guitarist of Mr. Bungle and Faith No More. Their studio recordings and tours have featured different line-ups, as the group performs a wide range of musical styles including surf rock, Persian, Arabic, Indian, death metal, film music, electronic music, and various others...

Spruance formed the band in the mid-nineties with fellow Mr. Bungle members Trevor Dunn on bass and Danny Heifetz on drums [ed: Trevor has since moved on]. Some of the many musicians who have since recorded or toured with SC3 are violinist Eyvind Kang, percussionist William Winant, former Mr. Bungle member Clinton "Bär" McKinnon, and Estradasphere members Timb Harris, Jason Schimmel, and Tim Smolens.

Secret Chiefs 3 dropped Xaphan: Book of Angels Volume 9 on Tzadik (John Zorn's label) in May of 2008.

sunn 0))) drop Monoliths & Dimensions in May and will be featured on The Limits of Control soundtrack.

No more SC3 tour dates yet. Some videos below...



Comments (9)

Eyvind Kang is not currently touring with SC3, and is so much more than a "sunn 0))) collaborator".

Posted by schlep | April 7, 2009 6:26 PM

Thanks for pimping SC3...

Another sidenote: Danny Heifetz has also moved on (except for when SC3 play in Australia).

SC3's recent John Zorn Masada Book Tewo performance in San Francisco (March 10th):

(Sorry, I have two YouTube links on that page and am too lazy to copy and paste both of them out)... :)


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Posted by oyun | April 7, 2009 8:33 PM


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Posted by twigz | April 7, 2009 8:51 PM

More recent video of SC3:

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2009 12:35 AM

Thanks for reading all.

To Anon 6:26... SC3 is currently not touring, I believe we stated that in the piece.

"No more SC3 tour dates yet."

Also, we are aware of Eyvind Kang's many many accomplishments, but this piece is about Secret Chiefs 3. You may notice that Trevor Dunn's many accomplishments were not a focus either.

For more on Eyvind Kang's other works, and there are many, please take a look at his myspace here:

Posted by BBG | April 8, 2009 9:23 AM

on tour now : eyvind is not on this tour, but danny heifetz is playing drums with them this tour

Posted by j | May 27, 2009 9:32 AM

great show in Boston a couple of days ago.

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2009 1:42 PM

um... trevor dunn hasn't played with the chiefs in over 10 years...

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2009 9:03 AM

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