Late last year, Teenage Kicks' bassist Jeff Van Helvoort (of the illustrious Ontario dive bar indie rock family, the Van Helvoorts; perhaps Southern Ontario's own Kinsellas) introduced a new project called Secret Satanists.
Session Three is a nine-minute blurt of earnest and feel-good Jade Tree-era emo and punk rock. If you like guitar fuzz and a plaintive tune, it's music that lands like a hug or hot tomato soup or a high five.
Jeff Van Helvoort let us in on a bit of his secret and it's surprisingly unsatanic:
"There's an old family saying of mine that goes a little something like this: 'When life gives you lemons, you write some songs inspired by some of your favourite artists (David Bazan, Constantines, Guided By Voices and Oasis, for instance), practice them with your friends and record/mix them in your basement (with your brother's help!), have Gavin Gardiner master them, get Dave Nardi to do the art and then get Chart Attack to premiere them,' and I for one, do NOT go against family wishes!"
Far be it for us to go against their wishes either.
Secret Satanists' Session Three is out September 23 on Double Dutch Records.
Find them at the following dates:
Sept. 29 - Junction City Music Hall - Toronto w/ Red Arms and Teen Violence
Sept. 30 - Jimmy Jazz - Guelph w/ Red Arms and Teen Violence
Oct. 1 - Call The Office w/ Red Arms, Teen Violence and SANSEIRU