Secret History

Artist bio

The Secret History is a NYC pop group. Michael Grace, Jr writes songs about Americas real and imagined, and the he, Lisa Ronson, Jaime Babic sing them. All the lads that were in My Favorite play them quite deliberately.
The Secret History is an NYC-based band featuring songwriter Michael Grace, Jr. and his long time co-conspirators from the adored (but obscured) indiepop group My Favorite. The band features the debut of vocalist Lisa Ronson (daughter of glam rock legend Mick Ronson) along with Jamie Babich (of Nouvellas.) Grace's lyrics project dreams upon bare bedsit walls, while Ronson's vocals place her as the femme fatale in a new wave noir. Behind them, guitarist Darren Amadio, keyboardist Kurt Brondo, bassist Gil Abad, and drummer Tod Karasik tailor soundtracks to ever changing moods. Together, they are creating a kind of cinematic post-pop, drawing from the rainy jangles of C86, the art school buzz and stomp of the 70s, and the light and air of the classic girl groups. The end result has drawn comparisons to The Patti Smith Group, Roxy Music, The Smiths, and Felt.

The Secret History crystallized when Ronson answered an ad placed by Grace, Jr. in the Village Voice seeking a "tragic female voice." She noted that the influences he listed -- Dylan, Bowie, Lou Reed, Morrissey -- had all worked with her father. Living with her mother on the edge of Chelsea, Ronson had never been in a band before, content to occasionally sing back-up for artists like Ian Hunter. After growing up around great music in London and Woodstock, NY, she was willing to wait until she happened across songs (and people) she could believe in. As she explains:

"I always thought a memorable song was one that seemed to have existed before anyone ever wrote it. Like all of the music and lyrics were there just waiting to be found. That's the sort of thing I wanted to be a part of. When I met Michael and the boys, I felt like I had finally found it."

Grace, Jr., for his part, spent the late Nineties as the prototypical small town savant. Dressing like F. Scott Fitzgerald while kicking around in a skin head gang on Long Island made him an enigma, even if his songs made him a contender. His first foray into music was My Favorite, formed with childhood schoolmate Amadio, which overcame its DJ-befuddling name to release two critically acclaimed records at the turn of the century. Many of their favorite artists took note, leading to opening slots for Belle & Sebastian, The Magnetic Fields, and The Bouncing Souls. Morrissey featured one of their tracks on his between act concert mix and the second My Favorite album, 2003's The Happiest Days of Our Lives, was named "Best of the Decade" in Pitchfork by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart frontman Kip Berman.

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