Secret Army – It’s Just a Container

Abnormal CD CoverSecret Army – It’s Just a Container
Catalog No: BF10
Release Date: 10/17/06
Format: CD

1. The Real Deal
2. Could Have Been
3. That’s How It Feels
4. Pez Dispenser
5. The Movement
6. Turning Around
7. Cabal (Addict)
8. The Illusion
9. A Very Rational Conversation
10. The Way That A Cow Does
11. Reality Check

Limited-edition re-issue of 1997’s underground electronic-industro-rock hybrid Secret Army, from New York City. Now defunct, the band started a buzz in the late 90’s, packing local venues like Webster Hall & CBGB’s. Secret Army performed at the University of Massachusetts in 1996, & North By Northeast Music Festival in Toronto 1999 before disbanding in mid-2000.

Recorded raw in Brooklyn, NY in 1997 – engineered by Ron Thal.  While their loyal fans await a reunion, this now-classic album
is all that remains….

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“Secret Army may have just sent electronic music back several decades as far as musical evolution with the release of It’s Just a Container. Not only do they attempt to mix together Funk, Jazz, and other Groove elements, but they also threw in Disco, Synth-Pop, and New Wave, thereby creating a collection of some of the most atrocious genres of music ever written. On top of it all, they throw in Porn samples, lounge music, guitars, and modern Dance elements to create this bizarre Pop hybrid of just about every conceivable electronic genre in existence.  Unfortunately, I can see how the Alternative and Pop music press will eat this band up as the next new hit act. Today’s popular music acts seems to all be going through the electronic hybridization that has given us such annoying acts as Beck and Bjork. I can’t understand why the credit carrying public enjoy this type of music because it is painful to listen to, but no matter the reason, I predict Secret Army will join the same ranks, no matter how atrocious I may consider their music to be.”
– Sonic Boom (1998)

“A meandering societal kaleidoscope, rock with an electronic base.  Tons of samples used almost as much as vocals, with plenty of  musical musings. Kinda like an extremely trippy Chemlab with even more reliance on assembled sonic bits and pieces.  Fun
and substantial. Secret Army has assembled a disc full of attractive and complex electronic pieces. A mess at times, but a well-ordered one, in any case. Wowsers.”
– Aiding & Abetting (1998)