FW: Everyone I play your "Thin
Cities" EP to immediately falls in love with
the music. Did you sell your souls to the devil?
ISAAC: If by "soul," you mean my
young taut body, and by the "devil", you
mean a 43 year old Hatian immigrant that works at
Bennigan's, then the answer is I am too drunk to remember.
MARTIN: Umm, I'll let you know when this hellhound
on my leg.
FW: We hear your latest material utilizes
a real drummer instead
of retro-sounding drum machines. How does that affect
MARTIN: On the new record, its a bit more
organic sounding, and live, its about ten thousand
times better sounding to have a real drummer as opposed
to playing along with canned beats. but sometimes
we do both at once.
ISAAC: On some songs Casey straps on the headphones
and they have both crazy drum machine beats and crazy
real drums. Casey listens to more genres of music
than anyone I know and he can seriously out-class
and out-freak the drum machine anytime. Best! Drummer!
FW: Every band gets influences hung on them,
but lets do the opposite. Finish this sentence: "If
you hate (insert bands here) you'll love The Secrets"
ISAAC: If you hate Arab On Radar and Joan
of Arc, then you'll love The Secrets.
FW: Being in a band is much better than working
a shitty job. What's the shittiest job you ever had?
ISAAC: I was a gas station attendant and I
had to dust off the convenience store food every week.
MARTIN: I waited tables until very recently.
the people I worked with were great but godDAMN, what
a demeaning job. you basically go in as a volunteer
and kiss ass in the remote hope you might leave with
some money at the end of the night. I was pretty low
in the waiter hierarchy at the restaurant and I'm
not a cute girl so I didn't work good shifts or make
lots in tips.
FW: Do The Secrets have a band van? If so,
ISAAC: No. Casey's car has lots of coffee
cups littered about, though.
PAUL: Before we got real drums, we could fit
all our equipment into my Chevy Lumina's trunk. That
was cool. Now we have to take 2 cars to every show.
MARTIN: I don't know what those guys are talking
about. our van is painted to look like B.A. Barracus'
van in "The A-Team" and is packed with retired
CIA Agents. No wait, that IS the A Team... they were
retired CIA people right? I dunno...
FW: Who would be your dream cameo on your
ISAAC: I want Miriah to sing a duet with me!
PAUL: Forget a duet, she should sing our whole
MARTIN: I want Bob Pollard to bring us beers
and do his big rock kicks in the tracking room while
we record in the studio. You might only hear his pant
legs swishing against each other (especially if he
was wearing cordurouys) but you'd hear the spirit
in our playing... yeah...
FW: What's your biggest pop culture vice?
ISAAC: MTV2, MTVX, and VH1 classic. I can't
PAUL: Isaac makes me watch it and I hate him
for it. But I love him for it. I am so torn.
MARTIN: fuckin' INCUBUS. I can't help it,
that "into flames" song kicks ass.
FW: Is rock-stardom bringing in the booty?
ISAAC: If by booty you mean pirate treasure,
then the answer is yes. We also solve mysteries...
MARTIN:..in our A-Team van.
FW: What are The Secrets upcoming projects?
ISAAC: I am going to remix Kid 606's remixes
of J. LO when I get the sampler I won from ebay in
the mail. Then I am going to sell them for cred! Also,
The Secrets are releasing our fight song in 7"
inch form in the coming months with some sort
of remix on the b-side. Our split single with DL Bucket
(from Holland) on Dangerfive Records (from Vermont)
is coming out Valentine's Day, 2002. Maybe within
a year we will have a full length. I hope so.
We're also playing at LOCAL (in Williamsburg, 349
Kent Ave, corner of S. 5th st) on the 22nd of March.
MARTIN: yeah, what he said... we wanna tour
FW: Would you say your music comes from the
heart, the soul, or the loins? Please explain.
MARTIN: it depends on how good we've been about
tending to the needs of each. when one falls behind
in maintenance, songs come out of it. figure it out