The Singles soundtrack. Rainier beer and Lucky Strikes at the Frontier Room. Army boots and plaid shirts. And a Sub Pop “Loser” shirt. If all of these things sound like the greatest thing this side of the Nite Lite in Seattle, then today might be the greatest day since that time you saw an unbilled Nirvana at the Crocodile Room after Nevermind made them the most influential band in the world.
Three of grunge’s founding fathers—guitarist Kim Thayil and drummer Matt Cameron of Soundgarden, and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic—have banded together to form a new supergroup called 3rd Secret. Actually, the formation of the group happened some time ago, even though those involved never actually made the band public.
Today brings the release of the group’s eponymously titled first album, with the lineup rounded out by singers Jillian Raye and Jennifer Johnson, and guitarist Jon ‘Bubba’ Dupree.
Those expecting an unholy superfuzz bigmuff mix of “Jesus Christ Pose” and “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter” will instead find songs that draw on everything from deepwoods country to subterranean blues to new millennium indie folk. If that sounds disappointing it shouldn’t, as 3rd Secret also unleashes the Seattle sludge floodgates on tracks like “I Choose Me” and “Lies Fade Away”.
Seattle recording legend Jack Endino mixed the album, which is currently streamable on Spotify, available for purchase on Amazon, and headed to Apple Music at some point in the near future.
To listen, go here.